I've read elsewhere drs. conflict on what each one call a normal level, I was curious.I know mine in the beginnining was 47 and now 14 two yrs. later aiming for a 3 is normal according to my dr.What do you say?
The value of the exact average level of thyroid stimulating hormone secreted by the thyroid gland is very controversial; tests are often run on patients with thyroid disorders. Also, there are many scholarly articles that suggest that the TSH level can be suppressed or lowered just from taking thyroid medicaiton, and in itself, is not a conclusive factor in determining thyroid function. Have your Free T3 and Free T4 checked for more accurate results, and also note that depending on the doctor, the lab ranges for normal will vary. There are also studies that indicate Synthroid, T3, in monotherapy does not work as well for some patients with various thyroid disorders, which work better in combination with T4 prescriptions, for example, Liothyroine.
There are all sorts of different ranges for normal, be sure to look into a functioning or ideal range, and look into the research that is suggesting that the TSH level is indeterminate, and cannot be used as a sole factor in determining the uptake of thyroid in your body.
I answered this B4, but it dissapeared. I don't agree with the other answer. Science has a specific range set for healthy TSH levels. If the TSH is high- that means the body's thyroid levels are low, and the person has a very slow metabolism. This causes weight gain, anger, dry skin, hair loss, emotional problems, constipation, fatigue, depression, the heart can slow down so much the person can die. In one year-during the mid-1980s 4 women died from a hypothyroid in Grants, NM. The TSH measures a synthetic thyroid the body produces in trying to cope. A low TSH shows that there is a higher level of thyroid in the body. Too much leads to sleeplessness, nerves, high blood pressure that can cause heart murmurs, a high metabolism, loss of eyebrows, diarrhea, etc.
A TSH of three is in the middle- about as perfect as you can get. Many doctors switch back and forth between synthetics and and natural extracts. I prefer basic care- as the TSH tells me more about what parts of my gland system is producing what. I get doctors that want to talk about T this and T that. I tell them to be quiet- lets see what part of my body is producing what. I don't trust doctors that play around with solid science that works. My thyroid does slip around- slide up or down. I've been out of range on both ends, but it was quickly brought under control. I was diagnosed in Grants.
Hi. I just checked my history for past four years for TSH and then when i had TSH3 and TSH4 results. (I love our electronic system.)
The TSH range at our lab is .35 - 5.50. Right now the reading was 8.49. Crazy high. They will be doing the detail lab next month before my appt.
Anyhow. When I looked at a 3 and 4 readings, they were right in their ranges just fine. Yet my overall TSH on the date was .19.
It was too long ago that he explained which was significant for which reason. But I will be asking when I see him. I just know that until recently my tests were fine.
Thyroid removed completely. Parathyroids were transplanted into neck muscle. Surgeon found all four.
Anyhow, the question to me isn't about range as much as feeling good. My Endo agreed with that approach. We agreed that keeping me in the middle of the range was the best option. He was aware of sensitivity to various forms of medication. I will let you all know more later.
well, susieq33, the aace (american assoc of clinical endos) about 9 years ago declared that the range should be 0.3 to 3.0. sadly, it seems that most doctors haven't listened to that guideline, as most use a rough average reference range of 0.5 to 5.0, and some even still use 10 (!) as the highest limit of normal.
i was diagnosed at 4.2. however, that was only because of the positive results on the concurrent antibody tests. so, i figure if you have symptoms and feel awful, and your tsh is "normal" (but, as i said earlier, the doc is probably using too high an upper limit of normal, so it may not really be "normal"), get antibody tests done. positive results would probably push the reasons over the line for most doctors to commence treatment.
i've actually read that some researchers/practitioners feel that 2.0 is more appropriate as the upper normal limit. and, really, when you think about it, a tsh value for a healthy person without hypo/hyper is roughly between 1.0 and 2.0... maybe 2.5, and the target zone that smart doctors try to get their hypo patients to ultimately is 1.0 to 2.0 (some will move the lower limit a little bit lower)... well, if i were a doc, and a patient presented to me with obvious hypo signs and symptoms and her tsh was, say, 2.2, i'd first do antibody tests, and then do a trial of thyroid medication for her - why make a person suffer unduly, when the tsh may really be relatively arbitrary? but i would do this only with good followup, with a new tsh and exam every 6 to 8 weeks til stable.
i'm of the opinion that aiming for 3, as your doctor's doing, is not aiming low enough. you omitted any symptomatology that you may have - that might help. are you still feeling crummy or newly feeling crummy, or are you doing well? personally, i'd be aiming for the target zone that my doctor uses - 1.0 to 2.0.
i'm definitely not a doctor - just a patient with a lot of reading under her belt. i hope this helps.
You are correct on the Target of 3. Synthroid will not break down from T4 to T3 if you have Hash. It's been proven and those on it right now are suffering due to not treating the autoimmune disorder behind your thyroid problems. Google search blog on 3 reasons why your Synthroid does not work. I was blown away. He is a medical genious with thyroid and will write you back. There are also labs online that you can order.. he lists their website and info. Very detailed info. Good luck & I hope we all can find relief.
I have a question that hopefully someone can assist me in answering. I have been taking Armour thyroid for some time for Hypothyroidism. My free T4 has stayed below normal on this, so I recently added Synthroid along with my Armour to bring my T4 up. It has worked and both my T4 and T3 are in the normal range and have even risen the last two tests, yet my TSH has stayed at 0.015. Does anyone have an idea as to why my TSH would not change?
I have been tested for antibodies and it has come back negative. Also, prior to adding the Synthryoid, my TSH was at 0.164, then the first test after adding Synthryoid went to 0.015. Any answers you can give me is greatly appreciated. My Dr. has been a great support, yet she is not knowledgeable enough on this front and she tried to send me back to the Endocrinologist, which of course, refuses to see me unless I completely transition back to Synthetic T4 regimen only, which my response was, not going to happen.
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