Q&A TSH levels, affects, causes and symptoms with Dr. Christianson
TSH stands for Thyroid stimulating hormone. Our bodies produce TSH when (TRH) thyrotropin releasing hormone is released. TSH trigger the thyroid to produce (T3) triiodothyronine and thyroxine(t4). These hormones are need for growth and development. TSH levels help find whether hypothyroidism is due to a damaged thyroid gland
A Thyroid stimulating hormone test is the bes screening test for thyroid effects.
When testing TSH the results provide great information.
TSH tests let your Dr. know if your thyroid is working properly.
Hypothyroidism causes weight gain, dry skin, and fatigue.
Hyperthyroidism causes symptoms like diarrhea, and weight loss.
1. A body high in TSH may be due to Hashimotos thyroiditis
2. Pituitary gland tumor
Low TSH can be caused by hyperthyroidism which as symptoms of graves disease, a goiter, or a toxic nodule.
TSH shows how much hormone is coming into your body, that can be from what your body makes or what you take in a pill. TSH scores in healthy people are different from others.
Here are a couple other test that can be indicators of thyroid health.
It is also good to check thyroid antibodies. If your body is attacking your thyroid, the gland typically gets diseased. So, you want to see if your body is attacking it. There is the thyroglobulin antibody (TG) and the thyroid peroxidase antibody (TPO).
There is also thyroglobulin which is not the antibody, just thyroglobulin. Thyroglobulin is a good measurement on how irritated or inflamed your thyroid is.
You also want to check reverse T3. Reverse T3 is a by-product of your body getting rid of T4, and this can be abnormal, as well.
The last thing I encourage for those who suspect thyroid disease is to get an ultrasound. There are many times when patients’ labs are normal, or they don’t have measurable antibodies, yet an ultrasound shows they have nodules, goiters, calcifications, clear signs of Hashimoto's.
In terms of the labs, the one test that has the biggest difference in ranges from healthy populations to populations typically tested is the TSH test. Some argue that the free hormones (like the free T3) should be on the higher end of the range. I do not see data to support that. The healthy populations show a large range of T3 and a large range of T4. They are not all in the upper end of the range. The TSH scores in the healthiest populations are at the lower end of the range. So, being on the lower end of the range means you’re further away from being hypothyroid. Specifically, numbers above 1.9 are pretty suspicious. If your TSH is above 1.9, and you have some strong symptoms and some structural abnormalities, that's thyroid disease. It’s time to treat it, so you can feel better.
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Several months ago, I was really sick, zero energy, freezing cold, depressed, weight gain, thought I was dying. I found hypothyroidism solution “numza hope space” (Google it) and followed all the advice. The 1st week of following the solution has changed my life significantly. I really feel more alive.
My TSH is 0.6. Currently I am taking levothyroxine. Despite that my TSH in the optimal range (according to my doctor and according to you) I feel very fatigue, fag in the brain, always sweating even when it's chili, but feet are always cold, i feel weak, and just worthless. By the way my antibodys are very high, regardless of my TSH level.
I am on the gluten, and dairy free diet, and eluminated all sugar from my diet( fruits in moderation).
What can I do to feel better ?
Thank you !
Hi Dr Alan I also have another question. I suffer from adrenal fatigue and your diet is helping however I have chronic sinusitis due to my hypoadrenia issue. Do you have any tips on how to resolve this. I'm hoping once I heal my adrenals I will be able to breath again without use of steroid sprays! Regards Janey
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