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Hyperthyroidism and weight gain, can a low TSH level cause weight gain? And how would menopause effect TSH level?

Hyperthyroidism and weight gain, can a low TSH level cause weight gain? And how would menopause effect TSH level?

No: Rarely hyperthyroidism manifested by a low TSH and elevated thyroid hormones can cause increased hunger leading to weight gain. Most hyperthyroids lose (muscle) weight. Menopause has no effect on TSH levels, but as we age hypothyroidism with increased TSH becomes more likely. 20% of women on medicare have elevated TSH and have frank or subclinical hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (Definition)

A TSH test measures the amount of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in your blood. TSH is produced by the pituitary gland and tells the thyroid gland to make and release the hormones thyroxine ...Read more


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What does a low TSH level mean?

What does a low TSH level mean?

Need to look at T3 (liothyronine): And free t4. Low tsh, depending on the sensitivity of the assay, indicates thyroid hyper-function. However, the suspected hyperthyroidism needs to be confirmed with high levels of T3 (liothyronine) and free t4. All lab tests need to be evaluated in the clinical context and it would be prudent to take up the issue with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is 23.69 a high or low TSH level?

Can you tell me is 23.69 a high or low TSH level?

High: The normal range for a TSH usually is up to 4.5 for most labs. This is a higher than normal number. ...Read more

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Can taking too much Synthroid (thyroxine) plus cytomel, therefore having a very low TSH level, cause seizures?

Can taking too much Synthroid (thyroxine) plus cytomel, therefore having a very low TSH level, cause seizures?

Possible: Both high and low thyroid states can be associated with seizures. Seizures can be seen in 5-10% of high thyroid states and even more commonly when it is due to an overdose with medication. If you are experiencing this, go to the nearest er as this condition is life-threatening and needs immediate attention. Your doctors will also search for other conditions that may be causing seizures. ...Read more

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I am on synthroid -150. But my tsh level is 14 ml. Why? I gave gained weight.

Dose adjustment: A TSH of 14 indicates insufficient thyroid hormone replacement and you should consult your doctor or an endocrinologist to adjust the dose. The weight gain may well be due to insufficient thyroid hormone replacement. Wish you good health! ...Read more

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Could a TSH level of 2.6 on a TSH ultra test explain unexpected weight gain?

TSH: Not likely but you really need to look at your T3 (liothyronine) and T4 levels as well. High tsh, normal T3 (liothyronine) & T4 = mild (subclinical) hypothyroidism. High tsh, low t4, low or normal T3 (liothyronine) = hypothyroidism. If you truly have hypothyroidism, that may be the cause of your weight gain. ...Read more

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Does medication for low TSH hyperthyroidism cause you to gain weight?

Does medication for low TSH hyperthyroidism cause you to gain weight?

Thyroid and weight: As the medication (eg. Methimazole) normalizes your thyroid levels, your metabolic rate will return to normal. Your appetite, however, may still be in hyper-mode. Weight gain is common, but if you take care with what you eat you can minimize this. ...Read more

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Weight gain,now 82kg,and I am 35 week pregnant,increased TSH level, suggest some methods to reduce my weight.is any problems during delivery?

Weight gain,now 82kg,and I am 35 week pregnant,increased TSH level, suggest some methods to reduce my weight.is any problems during delivery?

Weight in Pregnancy: If your TSH is elevated then it needs to be treated with Synthroid (thyroxine) or the equivalent. Your increased weight gain is likely due to hypothyroidism. I never encourage dieting in pregnancy but do encourage proper diet, sometimes with the help of a dietician. Remember to eat for one not two. At this point try not to worry, your delivery will be fine. Lets just have a healthy mom and baby. ...Read more

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With low TSH levels hyperthyroid is off the table right? What other issues, full normal blood panel, could cause a major weight loss?

With low TSH levels hyperthyroid is off the table right? What other issues, full normal blood panel, could cause a major weight loss?

Low tsh?: Normal TSH values fall within a range. If the TSH is low, or in other words, below the lower limit of normal, it may suggest your thyroid is overactive. When your body produces too much thyroid hormone, the brain tries to compensate by making less tsh, and therefore the levels show up low. ...Read more

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Both oh my thyroids are enlarged my TSH level was 1.8 and free T4 was 1.4 so why am i always tired, no energy, sweats, and have gained weight ?

Both oh my thyroids are enlarged my TSH level was 1.8 and free T4 was 1.4 so why am i always tired, no energy, sweats, and have gained weight ?

Goiter: It sounds like you have a goiter, but thyroid levels are normal. Unfortunately, most people who feel tired, with no energy, and gain weight do not have a thyroid problem. There are many other causes for those symptoms. If they persist, you need to see your doctor for evaluation. Taking thyroid hormone will not help you. ...Read more

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I have not felt good in about 6 months being fatigued weight gain my TSH level came back in range but my WBC is 14. Is there any causes for this.?

I have not felt good in about 6 months being fatigued weight gain my TSH level came back in range but my WBC is 14. Is there any causes for this.?

Elevated WBC: Elevation of the white blood cell count suggests infection. Thorough physical examination and history. I would be thinking occult infection or abscess as cause for your symptoms. ...Read more

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Total thyroidectomy 8 yrs ago . Nowadays I am gaining weight. Recent labs low TSH 0.362 T3 =90 , T4=6.9 Synthroid decreased 125 mcg to 112 mcg. ?

Total  thyroidectomy 8 yrs ago . Nowadays I am  gaining weight. Recent labs low TSH  0.362 T3 =90 , T4=6.9  Synthroid decreased  125  mcg to 112 mcg. ?

Aging: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, The weight gain may be due to general slowing of metabolism with aging. Your thyroid function test results seem okay. You may need to reduce your intake of food and exercise more. ...Read more

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Can a TSH level of 6.4u/ml and free T4 of 10pmol/l cause severe hypothyroid symptoms such as weight gain, extreme fatigue, aches, intolerance to cold?

Can a TSH level of 6.4u/ml and free T4 of 10pmol/l cause severe hypothyroid symptoms such as weight gain, extreme fatigue, aches, intolerance to cold?

Both results in the: Abnromal range but not by too much. In any case the levels are indicative of thyroid deficiency and could lead to your symptoms. Please see your doctor for replacement therapy. ...Read more

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Why high testosterone, low tsh, high cholesterol, weight gain, high triglycerides, irritable, aggressive, sleeplessness, high serum calcium?

Why high testosterone, low tsh, high cholesterol, weight gain,  high triglycerides, irritable, aggressive, sleeplessness, high serum calcium?

Multiple problems: You has a whole host of problems. First of all, you need to see your physician (p) to deal with your abnormal labs. I will address only a few of them due to space limitations. One of the causes of your high calcium is that you are on calcium, please stop it. You weight gain could be due to your high tsh. Speak to the p who ordered the blood tests that disclosed your problems for answers. ...Read more

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My TSH level is low 0.43 what does this mean exactly?

More workup: Currently, it points to hyperthyroidism but you need to complete the work up to know for sure. At the very least, i would repeat the TSH along with the free hormones T4 and t3 (liothyronine). If they also point to hyperthyroidism, then proceed further to find the exact cause for this. Tsh alone does not give you a complete picture. ...Read more

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Could rhodiola cause low TSH levels?

Could rhodiola cause low TSH levels?

Unlikely but...: Rhodiola is known to improve thyroid function and thus might be expected to reduce TSH levels somewhat (though more research on this is needed). However, a low TSH tends to be a sign of hyperthyroidism and, as far as i know, rhodiola is not known to stimulate the thyroid to the point of hyperthyroidism. ...Read more

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What problem will face if the TSH level is very very low???

What problem will face if the TSH level is very very low???

Hyperthyroid: Very low Thyroid Stimulating Hormone generally indicates an overactive thyroid. Symptoms include rapid heart rate, elevated blood pressure, weight loss, diarrhea and bone loss. In some instances, the eyes may bulge. This is a dangerous situation and requires medical care. This consists of medicine to slow the heart rate and suppress the thyroid. Thanks for trusting Health Tap! ...Read more