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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 does a normal TSH level with an elevated T4 level mean?

What does a normal TSH level with an elevated T4 level mean?

Nothing: The TSH is more accurate. A free T4 is more accurate than a t4, which can be affected by many factors such as estrogen. Are you on any form of estrogen, bcp's etc? ...Read more

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My TSH level is 9.1, what does it means? Do I have hyper or hypo thyroid? & my ESR level is 60, does this ESR level came high becoz of high TSH level?

My TSH level is 9.1, what does it means? Do I have hyper or hypo thyroid? & my ESR level is 60, does this ESR level came high becoz of high TSH level?

Need more: Information. Elevated TSH with low FT4 will mean hypothyroidism. ESR is non specific and could be elevated in multiple disorders and infections ...Read more

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Tsh level is 9.23 HIGH (0.450-4.500) Thyroxine T4 6.4 (4.5-12) T3 uptake 27 (24-39%). free thyroxine index 1.7 what does it mean?

Hypothyroidism: Your TSH is a substance made in the brain. When high it indicates the possibility that your thyroid gland is not able to make enough thyroid hormone. In some cases, it takes a repeat test to clarify this was not a false test, but at your age, and depending on how well or not you feel, it might indicate the need to start thyroid replacement treatment. Please review these tests with your doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if I recently found that my TSH level is high. Need guidance.?

What to do if I recently found that my TSH level is high. Need guidance.?

Easily treated: An elevated frequently means that your thyroid gland is not making enough thyroid hormone. This is called Hypothyroidism. Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) rises in an attempt to signal your Thyroid gland to make more thyroid hormone.

You may want to have it checked again to be sure. But Hypothyroidsism is easily treated with medication. ...Read more

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My TSH Level is high 9.5 but T3 (liothyronine) & T4 levels are within normal range. I am taking thyroxine 50 mcg. Do u recommend change imn dosage?

My TSH Level is high 9.5 but T3 (liothyronine) & T4 levels are within normal range. I am taking thyroxine 50 mcg. Do u recommend change imn dosage?

Hypothyroidism: Once you are on Levothyroxine, there is no point in checking your T3 (liothyronine) or T4 levels. You should see your doctor and probably you need to take a higher dose keeping with your TSH levels. Your TSH needs to be checked 2-4 weeks after dose adjustment. Please do not increase it on your own and talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Tsh level is 5.69 is that high?

Tsh level is 5.69 is that high?

A little: It depends on the lab but that is just a bit elevated. Generally a lab test called free T4 is done when this borderline. If the free t 4 is low that would confirm that you are hypothyroid. When the numbers are borderline often down the road they will become frankly abnormal. If there are symptoms such as fatigue and weight gain then I would be more inclined to treat sooner then later. ...Read more

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My TSH level was 320. Is that too high?

TSH 320: This value is very high. It means that your thyroid gland is seriously underactive. There are potentially serious consequences of underactive thyroid gland. Evaluation and correction is essential. It takes considerable time. I hope you are receiving care and are already on thyroid hormone replacement therapy. ...Read more

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Is a TSH level of 2.20 too high for a person?

No: If it is below 5 it is normal. So you do not need to worry. ...Read more

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What should my TSH level be is 10.4 to high or to low?

What should my TSH level be is 10.4 to high or to low?

Too high: That indicates that you have hypothyroidism. You need to be seen and started on thyroid replacement. ...Read more

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Hi, I am a male and I would like to know if a 3.41 TSH level is too high?

Hi, I am a male and I would like to know if a 3.41 TSH level is too high?

Thyroid condition: I understand your concern.
Thyroid stimulating hormone (tsh) blood test is done to determine if thyroid gland is normal, hypoactive, or hyperactive.
Tsh of 3.41 is within normal limits as per diagnostic lab services of hawaii.
Please see your physician for diagnosis of thyroid condition, including tsh, t3, (liothyronine) t4; and treatment as necessary. ...Read more

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Is a TSH level of 2.20 too high for a person? P.S : It was 4.32 last month Help me please

Most likely normal: Depending on the lab where you had it done, ranges of TSH will vary but typically, anywhere from 0.45 to 4.5 is considered normal. ...Read more

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Hi, I got my TSH level checked today it has come to be 18.5 whish is way too high from the normal range. What should be the future course of action?

Hi, I got my TSH level checked today it has come to be 18.5 whish is way too high from the normal range. What should be the future course of action?

Repeat test: Also measure T4 and Thyroid antibodies (Thyroglobulin and Thyroid peroxidase) If T4 low and antibodies elevated, your physician should consider treating you for Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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What is a dangerously high TSH level?

What is a dangerously high TSH level?

Hypothyroidism: The actual thyroid hormone is T4 and t3 (liothyronine). When they are low, TSH elevates, but how high is somewhat variable, and "high tsh" per se is not dangerous. A low t4/t3 (liothyronine) can be dangerous; TSH is a good marker of thyroid function, but often it is necessary to measure ft4 or t3 (liothyronine). A mild elevation of TSH (eg. 4-10) is often without any symptoms and a normal ft4. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of high TSH level?

What are the symptoms of high TSH level?

High tsh has no: Symptoms, but indicates hypothyroidis, which can cause fatigue increased sensitivity to cold constipation dry skin unexplained weight gain puffy face hoarseness muscle weakness elevated blood cholesterol level muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods thinning hair slowed heart rate depression impaired memor. ...Read more

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What is considered a high TSH level?

What is considered a high TSH level?

Above 4.5: In most labs, a value above 4.5 is high. However, symptoms related to low thyroid correlate much better with free T4 levels, rather than tsh. There are many people with elevated tsh, normal free t4, who feel perfectly normal (subclinical hypothyroidism). Persistently high TSH levels is indicative of a failing thyroid. ...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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My tsh level is 178 - is this dangerously high. T4 is 7.9 I believe?

Hypothyroid: It would be helpful to know what units those test results are. TSH is typically measured as mIU/L or micro IU/ml, with normal ranges up to 4.5. Total T4 is typically measured as micrograms/dl with normal ranges of 4.5-12, but can also be measured as nmol/L with normal ranges of 60-160. The TSH appears to be out of proportion to the T4 level, but you should be taking thyroid hormone. ...Read more