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Two possible causes of high levels of TSH?

Two possible causes of high levels of TSH?

Hypothyroidism or...: Over 99% of the tine the cause is hypothyroidism, which itself has many causes, as mentioned by Dr. Kaur.
I advise everyone with hypothyroidism to ask their doctor to test them for thyroiditis, as most will have this and treatment is a bit different from plain hypothyroidism.
Another cause can be a pituitary gland tumor. Most pituitary tumors are benign.

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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


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What would cause TSH at 8 go down to a normal level a week and a half later withouth meds?

What would cause TSH at 8 go down to a normal level a week and a half later withouth meds?

Error in testing: It is possible that one of the test results is in error. It would be prudent to discuss it with the doctor who ordered the tests.

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Dosage increased to lower TSH to a 1 or 2, its at 3.4 now. Anyone else still symptomatic with normal levels?

Yes: 1-2 is the mid normal range for TSH and is the goal many doctors treating hypothyroidism strive to get the level to. Many people will feel better with the level in this range.

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What causes TSH level to go up and down?

What causes TSH level to go up and down?

Variations: In your level of thyroid hormone. Tsh is secreted in spurts, and sometimes the lab test can detect a peak one time and a valley the next, but it's usually a fairly reliable indicator.

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What causes TSH level to go up and down without medication?

Thyroid inflammation: Can cause variable TSH results. Tsh tests are very sensitive but often not real reproducible. Levels vary by time of day. Tsh is secreted in spurts and may vary depending upon when it's drawn. Plus some labs are better and more reliable than others.

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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.

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Does higher TSH result in increased cholesterol level?

Does higher TSH result in increased cholesterol level?

May be: Deficiency of thyroid hormone, reflected in high tsh, may be associated with increased lipids and cholesterol.

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Sudden increase in TSH levels from 2.5 six months ago to 7.8 now. No meds or family history. No prior levels above 2.5 ever. Feel ok and ttc. Cause?

If your tsh: Is that elevated upon repeat morning testing, then you have early hypothyroidism, and need brand name T4 replacement until your levels are normalized. Check w/your doctor.

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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.

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Could a TSH level of 5.6 be enough to cause fertility issues? Would fixing it boost my fertility?

Could a TSH level of 5.6 be enough to cause fertility issues? Would fixing it boost my fertility?

Yes: The short answer is "yes". Hypothyroidism (elevated tsh) can affect your menstrual cycles and how you ovulate, among other health issues. Moving forward, maintaining your TSH level at, or below, 2.5 while your pregnant also has better outcomes for baby.

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Total thyroidectomy sept 9th. Severe Hashimotos. Tsh is still 190. Increased medicine to 200mcg. Can't go any higher w/palp. What can cause ^ tsh?

Total thyroidectomy sept 9th. Severe Hashimotos. Tsh is still 190. Increased medicine to 200mcg. Can't go any higher w/palp. What can cause ^ tsh?

Hypothyroidism: After total thyroidectomy will need right amount hormone replacement, inadequate amount leads to elevated levels of TSH, (elderly age group also will have higher levels of TSH) Speak to your doctor or endocranologist.

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Does incresed TSH Level affects to future planned pregnancy?

Does incresed TSH Level affects to future planned pregnancy?

Yes: High TSH level indicates thyroid deficiency and could interfere with your getting pregnant as well as affect the health of the baby. It would be prudent to see a doctor and take medication as prescribed.

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Can diet pills cause your tsh level to be low? Phentermines?

Can diet pills cause your tsh level to be low? Phentermines?

Diet pills TSH: F unknown age or medical history asks: Can diet pills cause your tsh level to be low? ANS: Yes some can. Many OTC preps esp if from Mexico can contain thyroid. There is low and very low. Ask your Dr. Which assay was used? Phentermines? ANS: I don't understand this question. What about phentermine?

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What are causes of high tsh levels? Will depression medicines cause this increase levels?

What are causes of high tsh levels? Will depression medicines cause this increase levels?

Low thyroid function: If you have a high TSH, it may be that you have hypothyroidism, which is very common & responds well to very cheap medication to correct. Low thyroid function can cause depression! So if you have thyroid hormone deficiency get treated, your depression will improve faster, even if on depression meds & the meds may not work if your thyroid hormone level is very low. See doc and get further tests.

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