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Old 12-01-2004, 07:56 AM   #1
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TSH Levels



I know ya'll are getting tired of my worry over TSH Levels, but I was wondering at what TSH levels you feel your best and if your doctors worry if it goes below .01!

Thanks and have a great day!

 
Old 12-02-2004, 09:52 AM   #2
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Re: TSH Levels

I feel best if I am just a little hyperthyroid but have went into Thyroid Storm for anything under .01 its kinda living on the edge for me. I am going to thyroid specialist next week and will let you know what he says. Have you had thyroid cancer and do you still have a thyroid?

 
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Old 12-02-2004, 11:02 AM   #3
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Re: TSH Levels

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I know ya'll are getting tired of my worry over TSH Levels, but I was wondering at what TSH levels you feel your best and if your doctors worry if it goes below .01!

Thanks and have a great day!
That is hard to compare and quantify, because TSH does not directly correlate with symptoms. TSH has one purpose, to regulate the thyroid gland. Its levels in the blood cause no symptoms whether it is high or low. TSH is only a "messenger" telling the thyroid gland to speed up or slow down its production. It is also a VERY indirect messenger, at that.

Here's how it works:

1. Your thyroid gland makes thyroid hormone and releases them into your blood for use.
2. Your Hypothalamus measures how much T3 and T4 is in your blood, and releases a corresponding amount of TRH.
3. Your Pituitary gland "measures how much TRH is in your blood and releases a corresponding amount of TSH.
4. Your thyroid gland releases tyhyroid hormones into the blood based on how much TSH it "measures"
5. Go back to number 2.

AS you can see it is an indirect process. Anyhow, the symptoms are caused by levels of T4 and/or T3 not being optimal for a particular person.

That being the case, I'll answer your question. My T3 and T4 have to be high enough for me to feel well that my TSH is less than .01.
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Old 12-02-2004, 11:31 AM   #4
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Re: TSH Levels

I heard if you have Hashi's your TSH can be suppressed. All I know is that I feel ten times better when I take some Armour. Right now, I cut it back to 1-1/2 grains in the morning on an empty stomach. I don't feel hyper at all. I do take an antidepressant at night to sleep (Trazodone) and am wondering if that might have something to do with my TSH levels and also have an effect on my Thyroid.

Also, I started taking the Selenium and Milk Thistle for liver cleansing.

 
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Re: TSH Levels

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I feel best if I am just a little hyperthyroid but have went into Thyroid Storm for anything under .01 its kinda living on the edge for me. I am going to thyroid specialist next week and will let you know what he says. Have you had thyroid cancer and do you still have a thyroid?
Benzi:

No, I am self-treating due to having numerous symptoms, including depression (which is relieved now).

But, please do tell me what your doctor says when you go. Thanks.

 
Old 12-02-2004, 11:42 AM   #6
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Re: TSH Levels

Thanks for the input. I posted a reply but it didn't post! I started taking the selenium and also milk thistle for liver cleansing. I do take an antidepressant at night to sleep (Trazodone) and am wondering if this will effect my TSH level or not.

Anyway, I cut back to 1-1/2 grain of Armour.

Please let me know what your doctor says about your TSH, when you go! By the way, I am self-treating due to numerous symptoms, including depression and inability to lose weight. I was working out with weights three times a week for 6 months and didn't lose a pound (was very strict with my diet also). When I started doing research, I realized I had a lot of the symptoms of underactive thyroid, including no sex drives and depression. I think I am probably borderline.

thanks a lot for the feedback.

 
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