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High Tsh Levels Treatment
High TSH: Hypothyroidism involves symptoms (fatigue, constipation, etc) and high tsh, low ft4. It is common to see people who basically feel well, have a normal ft4, but elevated tsh. The thyroid gland may be in the early stages of failing often from underlying hashimotos thyroiditis. You and your doctor need to decide whether to just watch/follow this, or begin treatment with levothyroxine. ...Read more
Hypothyroidism: The TSH test is10 times more sensitive for the diagnosis of hypothyroidism that the t4. The TSH is reported on a log scale so that small changes in the TSH value are caused by relatively big changes in the blood level. This is a reflection of the pituitary being extremely sensitive to change in the T3 (liothyronine) level if you have symptoms it would be wise to seek treatment. ...Read more
High tsh 8.01 all other thyroid levels normal. Worried had small nodules on thyroid last year with normal thyroid levels.
Subclinical hypothyroidism.: An isolated elevation of the TSH in the face of other thyroid hormone levels being normal suggests a diagnosis of subclinical hypothyroidism. The most likely underlying cause is Hashimoto's thyroiditis and your blood should be checked for the presence of anti-thyroid antibodies. At a TSH level of eight or higher I would recommend treatment with thyroid hormone therapy. ...Read more
Ok i would also like to add that I am anemic also.Hb level is 8.7 and other cells are also at minimum level.Is that because of high tsh?
I have high TSH 5.28 and 2 weeks down to 3.4 without meds? Im also hypertensive and I have brugada syndrome. Why my TSH levels drop without meds?
Various possibilitie: There's always potential lab error. Morning determinations are generally most accurate. Tsh is secreted episodically and can vary from one time to the next, also, if you have had a recent bout of thyroiditis, your labs can vary over time. Did they draw any other thyroid tests like free t4? Reheck you level in the future. ...Read more
My TSH level is 4.53 and I had numbness on the right side of my body last week followed by imbalance due to the same, is it because of the high tsh.?
Above 4.5: In most labs, a value above 4.5 is high. However, symptoms related to low thyroid correlate much better with free T4 levels, rather than tsh. There are many people with elevated tsh, normal free t4, who feel perfectly normal (subclinical hypothyroidism). Persistently high TSH levels is indicative of a failing thyroid. ...Read more
Hypothyroidism: The actual thyroid hormone is T4 and t3 (liothyronine). When they are low, TSH elevates, but how high is somewhat variable, and "high tsh" per se is not dangerous. A low t4/t3 (liothyronine) can be dangerous; TSH is a good marker of thyroid function, but often it is necessary to measure ft4 or t3 (liothyronine). A mild elevation of TSH (eg. 4-10) is often without any symptoms and a normal ft4. ...Read more