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Dr. Alan Feldman
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What should not eat thyroid stimulating hormone is very high?

Dr. Alan Feldman
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What should not eat thyroid stimulating hormone is very high?

Hypothyroid: If your TSH is very high, you likely have hypothyroidism. Changing your diet will not affect your thyroid level, unless you are consuming an excess amount of iodine (excess iodine typically makes thyroid levels lower in the us). ...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


Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
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My dad is worried because his Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (Serum) is High (5.370) but Free T4 (Serum) is within range (14.80). Please explain and help?

Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
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My dad is worried because his Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (Serum) is High (5.370) but Free T4 (Serum) is within range (14.80). Please explain and help?

Ranges?: The TSH is slightly high but and free T4 of 14.80 (if that is not an error) is high. You say his free T4 is normal, however if this the case, he may have what we call subclinical hypothyroidism. Further testing may be needed (thyroglobulin antibody, thyroid peroxidase antibody) before any decision to treat can be made. ...Read more

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Dr. David Geffner
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Is 31 high for a thyroid stimulating hormone?

Dr. David Geffner
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Is 31 high for a thyroid stimulating hormone?

Yes.: Contact the provider who ordered it.

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Thyroid stimulating hormone? What does it tell you about thyroid state?

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Thyroid stimulating hormone? What does it tell you about thyroid state?

Thyroid function: It's a hormone from the pituitary (brain) and it tells you whether or not the current thyroid hormone level is normal/acceptable. ...Read more

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Dr. Susan Wingo
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Where is the thyroid-stimulating hormone produced?

Dr. Susan Wingo
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Where is the thyroid-stimulating hormone produced?

Pituitary Gland: Tsh (thyroid stimulating hormone) is made in the pituitary gland, which lies just below the brain. The brain and pituitary monitor circulating levels of thyroid hormone. If thyroid levels are low, the pituitary releases higher levels of TSH to get the thyroid gland to make more thyroid hormone. If thyroid levels are high, lower levels of TSH provide less stimulation to the thyroid. ...Read more

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
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What happens when thyroid stimulating hormone goes up?

Dr. Albert Pizzo
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What happens when thyroid stimulating hormone goes up?

TSH increase: Thyroid stimulation hormone (TSH) is released by the pituitary gland in response to the amount of thyroid hormone sensed in the blood. If the blood level of thyroid hormone is low then the pituitary increases the amount of TSH into the blood in order to get the thyroid to release more thyroid hormone. Therefore a rising or increasing TSH may indicated a failing or under functioning thyroid. ...Read more

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Dr. Melissa Young
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What is thyroid stimulating hormone?

Dr. Melissa Young
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What is thyroid stimulating hormone?

Thyroid regulator : It's the hormone from the pituitary gland that makes the thyroid work harder. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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What could cause a very low level of thyroid stimulating hormone?

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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What could cause a very low level of thyroid stimulating hormone?

Many causes: Low TSH indicates hyperthyroidism. There are many causes for hyperthyroidism including: thyroiditis (inflammation of thyroid from any cause), toxic nodules/growth, graves' disease, drug side effects (iodine, amiodarone, lithium...), taking too much thyroid medications... ...Read more

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Dr. Samuel Freedman
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What are symptoms of low levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone?

Dr. Samuel Freedman
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What are symptoms of low levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone?

Thyroid: Cant tell without total thyroid hormone levels. Tsh being low usually implies hyperthyroid ism which may be sub-clinical or asymptomatic. It can cause fast heart rate, skipped beats, shakiness, tremor, weight loss, anxiety, mood swings, irregular menses, sweating, heat intolerance. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Lang
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Can you have a thyroid problem if you have a normal thyroid-stimulating hormone (tsh)?

Dr. Robert Lang
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Yes: The 'normal' TSH level is determined statistically, not clinically. Some people in the upper part of the 'normal' range will have symptoms and will benefit from treatment. This is similar to people on thyroid hormone treatment who have an increase in tsh, due to further failure of the thyroid, report recurence of symptoms and improvement with adjustment of their treatment. ...Read more

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