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Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

The thyroid gland is an endocrine organ located in the front part of the neck. Its role is to make thyroid hormones, which control the way cells use energy. Hyperthyroidism results when the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more


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What to do about hypothyroidism and TSH level help?

What to do about hypothyroidism and TSH level help?

Get treated: Hi. I don't want sound trite, but if you've been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, take the thyroid hormone replacement you've been prescribed to treat it! Your doctor will adjust your dose roughly every 6 weeks or so to get your TSH into a goal range (I usually use a goal TSH range of about 1-2). It's easy and works perfectly! Good luck! ...Read more

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What is the target TSH level fir hypothyroidism with medication.

What is the target TSH level fir hypothyroidism with medication.

Normal level: We strive to reach a normal TSH when we treat a patient with hypothyroidism. Too much or too little thyroid replacement is not recommended. However there is some debate as to the desired TSH level which can be from 0.5 to 5.0 although currently an upper level of 3.0 is deemed more desirable. Consult a thyroidologist if you have further concern. ...Read more

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I have a high TSH level, but no symptoms of hypothyroidism? Why?

'Sub-clinical': Hello, probably on the basis of 'subclinical hypothyroidism'. Tsh is from the pituitary. The thyroid t3 (liothyronine) and T4 may still be in range. ...Read more

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What to do about hypothyroid diagnosis (tsh level over 100) meds are not working, what could come next?

What to do about hypothyroid diagnosis (tsh level over 100) meds are not working, what could come next?

Wrong Meds: You are probably being treated with Synthroid, (thyroxine) pure T4, and it is not converting to active T3 at the cellular level. Many thyroid resistant patient require pure sustained release T3 to notice any effect. You may also have AutoImmune Thyroiditis in which your immune system is attacking your thyroid. ...Read more

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Tsh level is a 3 which is causing pharmacist to be concerned. I do have many symptoms of hypothyroidism, what tests should be done?

Tsh level is a 3 which is causing pharmacist to be concerned. I do have many symptoms of hypothyroidism, what tests should be done?

Normal TSH 0.45-4.5: Why is your pharmacist concerned? Tsh of 3 is normal. Of course, we're trained to treat the person, not just the numbers so many of us will prescribe enough medication to achieve TSH of 1-2. Tsh less than 0.45 increases risk for hyperthyroidism eg palpitations, tremors, anxiety, insomnia, bone loss, etc. Further testing depends upon your symptoms. Bottom line: talk to your doc who ordered test. ...Read more

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I am diagnosed hypothyroidism with TSH level 516 and shooting to 1000 after 10 days. Now I am on 75 mcg levthyroxine .When TSH will come normal?

A while: Your doctor will need to keep an eye on your blood test frequently the first few months until the correct dose is reached to normalize your thyroid. The medicine works in 2 to 3 weeks, be patient. It will take a while. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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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