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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. ...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


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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. ...Read more

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Does a child with TSH level of 6.0 need medication?

Does a child with TSH level of 6.0 need medication?

More info needed: More information is needed in order to answer the question. How old is the child? Why was the test ordered? What other tests were ordered? Has the child been evaluated by an endocrinologist? ...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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My TSH level shows 13. But my doctor is not putting me on any medication.He says he wants to wait an watch.Is this normal to do?

My TSH level shows 13. But my doctor is not putting me on any medication.He says he wants to wait an watch.Is this normal to do?

Depends: If this is your first test and you don't have any symptom of hypothyroidism, I would repeat the test in 6 to 8 weeks. If it remains high, then I would recommend to start treatment. ...Read more

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My TSH level is17.2, Is this a dangerous level? I have tried using Tirosint but feel that it makes me dizzy. Could I avoid taking medication?

My TSH level is17.2, Is this a dangerous level? I have tried using Tirosint but feel that it makes me dizzy. Could I avoid taking medication?

Potentially,consider: A TSH of 17.2 is diagnostic of hypothyroidism, but you should check levels of Free T3 (liothyronine) to see if you have adequate levels of thyroid hormone. Even if you do, it tends to worsen. This might respond to taking iodine but that usually is not enough. You could start with a lower dose of Tirosint, but most who try natural thyroid feel better than with synthetic. Also test for thyroiditis. See comment: ...Read more

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Good evening doctor.Iam soujanya. My age 22. My TSH level is 7. Is it possible to reduce it with out taking medication?

No: It is important to treat hypothyroidism especially if you are symptomatic. You will be amazed at how much better you will feel in as little as 6 to 8 weeks. ...Read more

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7 year old has TSH level of 16, T3 (liothyronine) and T4 are normal could this correct itself without medication?

Thyroid: A pediatric endocrinologist should be consulted. They will follow this and make the determination if medication is necessary, by finding the cause of the abnormal TSH. ...Read more

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My TSH level is 0.11 free T4 is 15.4 free T3 (liothyronine) is 4.8 Do I need to take any medications? If so, what?

My TSH level is 0.11 free T4 is 15.4 free T3 (liothyronine) is 4.8 Do I need to take any medications? If so, what?

Mild hyperthyroidism: Hi. That would be a total T4, not a free T4. Your TSH is suppressed but not undetectable. If it is stably like that, this would be one or more hyperthyroid nodules. If the TSH goes up or down over time from the 0.11, you caught the thyroid a stage of a process which could be self limited, like a subacute thyroiditis (usually goes back to normal on its own), or need treatment, like Graves' disease. ...Read more