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How to know it is level of hypothyroidism worth treating?

How to know it is level of hypothyroidism worth treating?

All levels.: Blood tests demonstrating hypothyroidism indicate treatment should be given no matter how mild it is. ...Read more

Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

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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Can high TSH levels or hypothyroidism cause miscarriages?

Can high TSH levels or hypothyroidism cause miscarriages?

Yes: Thyroid malfunction, especially hypothyroidism can cause miscarriage. Please see the article below for thyroid function and pregnancy. http://www.nytimes.com/ref/health/healthguide/esn-hypothyroidism-expert.html?pagewanted=all. ...Read more

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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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My wife is having a 6.4 level of hypothyroidism during her 1st trimester of pregnancy. Is it a matter of risk or can be controlled?

Can be controlled: She must consult with her ob/gyn and an endocrinologist (thyroid specialist). It is essential for the good health of the baby ; your wife to make frequent appointments and keep them. ...Read more

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Could a TSH level of 5.69 cause missed periods? Is the level considered hypothyroidism?

Could a TSH level of 5.69 cause missed periods?  Is the level considered hypothyroidism?

Yes: Depending on your laboratory's established levels of normal, this could indicate hypothyroidism and definitely can cause irregular periods and difficulty conceiving. See your gyn or pcp for treatment of the thyroid abnormality soon. ...Read more

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I have no thyroid and I did not have my Synthroid (thyroxine) for a week. My levels indicate hypothyroid. Can I really go hypo in 1wk? Tsh 9 FT4 .08

I have no thyroid and I did not have my Synthroid (thyroxine) for a week. My levels indicate hypothyroid. Can I really go hypo in 1wk? Tsh 9 FT4  .08

Hypothyroid: yes.. If you have no thyroid, you need to take thyroid medication daily. Thyroid is like an engine to your body.. If your thyroid is not working or removed , you need to take thyroid medication regularly to maintain optimal levels. ...Read more

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Are high dhea hormone levels associated with hypothyroidism?

Are high dhea hormone levels associated with hypothyroidism?

No.: Dhea is a by-product of adrenal gland metabolism, unrelated to thyroid gland status. ...Read more

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No libido, testosterone levels are fine. Hypothyroid, but levels check out ok with medication. What is the next step our test or step?

No libido, testosterone levels are fine. Hypothyroid, but levels check out ok with medication. What is the next step our test or step?

Many things affect: libido.From mood/depression to medications ,to physiologic disorders of vasculature,and the complex list goes on.Many times there is more than one cause( multi factorial).If libido is the problem,consult first with Endocrinology.If medical work up is equivocal,don't forget Sex Therapist.Good luck?? ...Read more

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I am 19 and recently got my TSH levels checked for hypothyroidism, but my results came back normal (1.29 mIU/L).This was shocking considering my symptoms and family history. What else could be going on?

I am 19 and recently got my TSH levels checked for hypothyroidism, but my results came back normal (1.29 mIU/L).This was shocking considering my symptoms and family history. What else could be going on?

Might be hypothyroid: A TSH of 1.29 does not rule out thyroid issues at all! Ask your Dr. to check thyroid antibodies, Free T3 (liothyronine) and Reverse T3 (liothyronine) or find one who understands (Integrative doc) See http://tinyurl.com/nrww2qg and http://tinyurl.com/6mcwvzy and http://tinyurl.com/koyamo5 But many other conditions can cause similar symptoms like nutrient deficiencies,food allergies,chronic infections like Lyme disease etc ...Read more

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If i'm anemic and have slightly elevated cholesterol levels due to hypothyroidism, what are my chances of a heart attack/stroke even though i'm 20?

If i'm anemic and have slightly elevated cholesterol levels due to hypothyroidism, what are my chances of a heart attack/stroke even though i'm 20?

Life Style: You do not have big problem, as high cholesterol and anemia due to hypothyroidism will get better as thyroid problem is corrected if you watch your weight, eat properly, do not smoke, if get high BP get treated, keep your cholesterol level and sugar in noral range. Than you reduce the chance of heart attac and stroke considerably that's my advice. ...Read more

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Can long term use of birth control pills with estrogen cause high TSH levels / hypothyroid ?

Can long term use of birth control pills with estrogen cause high TSH levels / hypothyroid ?

From what I can: gather in the literature, OC's can affect the thyroid,but I'm not sure it can cause frank hypothyroidism.. I would talk to an Endocrinologist about this. ...Read more

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I have blood test results that show low calcium levels, low PTH levels, and confirmed hypothyroidism due to high TSH. what does this mean?

I have blood test results that show low calcium levels, low PTH levels, and confirmed hypothyroidism due to high TSH. what does this mean?

Calcium PTH, Thyroid: Confirmed hypothyroidism s a clear message that the TSH is working hard to increase thyroid hormone but without success. Treatment will have to be with thyroid hormone taken by mouth. Unlikely, but the surgeon might want to remove your thyroid gland since it is not working properly. ...Read more

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I have hyperthyroid. I am taking neo-mercazole. The issue is while on medication i cross the TSH level and get hypothyroidism.How should I keep track?

I have hyperthyroid. I am taking neo-mercazole. The issue is while on medication i cross the TSH level and get hypothyroidism.How should I keep track?

Lower the dose: If you become hypothyroid on the pill, you need to decrease the dose until you are euthyroid again. Your doc should be able to do this for you. This is the art of medicine. If the pill is unable to do this, you might need to consider definitive treatment such as i-131 ablation... ...Read more

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24 weeks pregnant and thyroid levels: TSH 1.36, T4 total 13.6, T3 (liothyronine) uptake below 15, Free T4 index below 2. Are these levels normal or hypothyroid?

24 weeks pregnant and thyroid levels: TSH 1.36, T4 total 13.6, T3 (liothyronine) uptake below 15, 
Free T4 index below 2. Are these levels normal or hypothyroid?

Specific case: Lab results must be reviewed in the proper clinical context by a doctor who has all of the information. This is a highly specific question unique to you. This will need to be answered in a one on one setting either with your doctor or a in virtual setting on Healthtap. You can chose one of the Healthtap Endocrinologist and go over your unique situation. ...Read more

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Could androstenedione levels be high in hypothyroidism?

Could androstenedione levels be high in hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism: With severe hypothyroidism, there could be changes in other hormones, and certainly it would be important to treat hypothyroidism. But there is not a significant relationship between thyroid and androstenedione. ...Read more

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How long after thyroid levels are normalised should hypothyroid symptoms disappear? Hypo for 3 years previously, levels now ok but don't feel better.

How long after thyroid levels are normalised should hypothyroid symptoms disappear? Hypo for 3 years previously, levels now ok but don't feel better.

Hypo symptoms: The symptoms should clear quickly, over a few weeks. If your thyroid levels are normal, then your fatigue is not thyroid related. Talk to you doctor about this, but you should probably not focus on the thyroid anymore. ...Read more

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I was on crestor (rosuvastatin) for about 2 years before my md stopped it due to higher creatinine levels . I am also hypothyroid and my chol. Is high now. Advice?

Underactive thyroid: If your thyroid disease is not well controlled, your cholesterol can be elevated. You should follow up with your doctor and have your thyroid function checked and your medication adjusted. When your thyroid function is normal, recheck your cholesterol and treat if still elevated. ...Read more

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