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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

Dr. Michael Rothman
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Weight Gain (Definition)

Weight gain is an increase in body weight. This can be a result of increases to muscle mass, increases in body fat, or increases in body fluids like water. Occasionally, weight gain can be a symptom of ...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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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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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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F T3 (liothyronine) - 2.76pg/mL 2.60 - 5.40; F T4 - 1, 22 ng/dL 0.82 - 1.50; TSH - 0, 99? UI/mL 0.25 - 5.00, Low BG, weight gain, BG drops exercising, post workout ill?

F T3 (liothyronine) - 2.76pg/mL 2.60 - 5.40; F T4 - 1, 22 ng/dL 0.82 - 1.50; TSH - 0, 99? UI/mL 0.25 - 5.00, Low BG, weight gain, BG drops exercising, post workout ill?

Complicated.: Several possibilities. Why on metformin? Dizzy-low BP? CT scan of what? Show anything? 4 hr. GTT with Insulin levels, ACTH, 24 hr. urine cortisol, may help define. Could have hypopituitarism. Rapid GI transit possible. Antispasmodic [Bentyl or similar] may help. ...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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Had my thyroid removed in 2010 due to papillary cancer. Current levels r TSH. 15 ft4 1.2...Why can I not loose weight? Gain 20lbs since operation.

Had my thyroid removed in 2010 due to papillary cancer. Current levels r TSH. 15 ft4 1.2...Why can I not loose weight? Gain 20lbs since operation.

Probably not: Due to thyroid. What is free t3 (liothyronine). That is hormone free to act in body. If it is low then you are still low. But doubt it. You are just taking in more calories than your body needs to function. Either eat less or 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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T4 Free Level of 067 and TSH of 1.3- would this be considered normal range even though having symptons- massive hair loss, weight gain, fatigue, etc.

T4 Free Level of 067 and TSH of 1.3- would this be considered normal range even though having symptons- massive hair loss, weight gain, fatigue, etc.

Thyroid.: While your TSH looks fine, your free T4 maybe a tiny bit low on this one report. It would be worth repeating these two values along with the remainder of a full thyroid function panel. If you thyroid function numbers are normal, you may want to consider that your symptoms are due to something other than thyroid dysfunction. ...Read more

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TSH 1.15 uIU/ml - T4 1.24 ng/dl but l've all symptoms of Hypothyroid: chronic fatigue, low temp (36°≥), severe constipation, easy weight gain, etc?

Hypothyroid sx: Is that a Free T4? A FT4 of 1.24 would be normal in most assays, as would a TSH of 1.15. If these tests are indeed normal, then your symptoms are not from hypothyroidism, which is too bad, since thyroid would be easy to treat. Best to talk to your doctor about what else this can be. ...Read more

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Have raised TSH levels. Multiple nodules in thyroid and a positive ANA titre 160 (neg 3 yrs ago). Feeling tired, weight gain and mood swings.

Have raised TSH levels. Multiple nodules in thyroid and a positive ANA titre 160 (neg 3 yrs ago). Feeling tired, weight gain and mood swings.

Hypothyroidism: If your TSH is significantly elevated, your thyroid level is likely to be low (hypothyroidism). This is associated with fatigue and weight gain, and requires treatment with thyroid hormone. Having multiple nodules on your thyroid may or may not be related. You likely have hashimoto's thyroiditis. This can cause the appearance of multiple small thyroid nodules (heterogeneous texture) on ultrasound. ...Read more

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My TSH had increased by more than a point in the last two years, my T3 (liothyronine) is low, I have had fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, moody, 2 sibs hypo. Could i?

My TSH had increased by more than a point in the last two years, my T3 (liothyronine) is low, I have had fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, moody, 2 sibs hypo. Could i?

Thyroid: You do not stated the TSH levels. When the T3 (liothyronine) is low you can have fatigue, weaknes, low energy... Check with your dr thyroid us, antigens, cortisol, dhea, vit d, . .. Possible you need to chance or increase med. See a family doctor or endoc. Check hormone too. ...Read more

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Thyroid removed high TSH low blood sugar high insulin major weight gain, extream fatigue heart takes off really fast I feel faint. What's going on?

Thyroid removed high TSH low blood sugar high insulin major weight gain, extream fatigue heart takes off really fast I feel faint. What's going on?

Surgical hypothyroid: Surgical hypothyroidism requires thyroid replacement....Talk to an endocrinologist so you can get treated & feel better. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have hashimotos and normal T4 T3 (liothyronine) and TSH levels? Fatigued, freezing always, hair falling out, constipation 20 lb weight gain.

Probably not: Discuss your thoughts w/ the doctor who ordered the tests and got the results. It id not likely that these would be normal if you have that condition. T4 would be likely to be low and TSH high to compensate - but get a good explanation from the Dr along w/ alternative possibilities. Drink water, eat fruit/veggie based diet, exercise properly and rest/sleep well while you search for cause. Best! ...Read more

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8 yr/o having rapid weight gain eating habits haven't changed and TSH is normal. What are some other possible causes? 48.5in and 80 pounds

Weight: Please have your child's pediatrician give you a copy of the growth curves. Share the charts with your child and begin reworking diet and exercise. Be patient and admire the benefits over time. ...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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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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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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Are high TSH and rapid weight gain related?

It can be: High TSH means your thyroid is not able to produce enough thyroid hormone and pitutary gland which controls thyroid gland and produces more thyroid stimulating hormone, and is usually associated with low t4 (thyroid hormone) which in turn slows down your metabolism and can often cause weight gain along with other symptoms. ...Read more

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No weight gain ever previously. Stable at 53k for 1+ years. Suddenly, in 2 weeks went from 53 to 56kilos. Nothing has changed, diet, sleep, stress. Exercise 30min everyday. Tsh 2.2 in 12/2013. Nervous

No weight gain ever previously. Stable at 53k for 1+ years. Suddenly, in 2 weeks went from 53 to 56kilos. Nothing has changed, diet, sleep, stress. Exercise 30min everyday. Tsh 2.2 in 12/2013. Nervous

Need to be checked: Thanks for asking as this suggests something is changing in your body. It helps that you have already considered many things that can affect weight. Other things can as well, including some medical problems like thyroid disease, and even heart failure. But likely you would have some other things happening as well, and thyroid disease does not usually cause rapid weight gain. Best to get good exam. ...Read more

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Does suppressing TSH - high T4 cause weight gain?

No weight loss: High T4 and low TSH means the thyroid gland is overactive and producing more thyroid hormone.That speeds up your metabolism and you end up losing weight.Reverse is true if your TSH is high and T4 is low, in that case you end up gaining weight. ...Read more

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High TSH of 28 after complete thyroidectomy four months ago, but I don't feel any hypothyroid symptoms beyond a little weight gain. What is going on?

High TSH of 28 after complete thyroidectomy four months ago, but I don't feel any hypothyroid symptoms beyond a little weight gain. What is going on?

TSH 28: You can be surprisingly asymtomatic with hypothyroidism but on a cellular level the body is not at optimal performance and over a long time it will take its toll. Please f/u w/ you endocrinologist and take your thyroid medicine. ...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