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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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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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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