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Old 05-01-2006, 06:38 PM   #1
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Yeah, Normal TSH!!

Three months ago my dr. increased my meds to .5mg.......i went for a repeat TSH a couple of weeks ago and she sent me a letter today telling me that my TSH is okay at 3.07...........Does this mean it will stay at this range now as long as i keep taking the prescribed dose? Or does it change overtime??
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Old 05-01-2006, 07:57 PM   #2
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Re: Yeah, Normal TSH!!

Do you feel okay at that level?

And, yes, you will likely need several adjustments.

 
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Old 05-02-2006, 04:11 AM   #3
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Re: Yeah, Normal TSH!!

I would worry less about the number, and more about how you feel. Some people need to have a TSH closer to 1 to feel their best.

Make sure you take your meds an hour before eating and 4 hours(?) before calcium.

If you start having symptoms, get it checked again.

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Old 05-02-2006, 11:45 AM   #4
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Re: Yeah, Normal TSH!!

That tsh is NOT normal, and the nurse needs to get more educated. Do a search for new AACE tsh guidelines. A tsh that high is considered hypo even by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology. Unfortunately, most labs have not changed their reference ranges even though these guidelines were issued about 3 years ago. Anything above 3.04 is considered hypo, and these guidelines were made after a study that indicated that >95% of carefully screened people without any symptoms of thyroid disease had a tsh under 2.5. Most healthy people have tsh closer to 1.0.

If you do not have ANY symptoms of hypo, then maybe it is ok for you to be at that tsh level, but if you do have symptoms, you would need an increase in meds. How are your free t4 and free t3 levels?

Over time, changes in your body (for example, menopause), stress level, and even weather changes could affect your medication dosage. It is common for people to go up in their dosage and sometimes down.

 
Old 05-02-2006, 07:13 PM   #5
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Re: Yeah, Normal TSH!!

I didn't have symptoms of Hypo when my TSH was even higher. Right now i feel fine......lots of energy......I am always doing a zillion things. So if my dr. thinks that is normal for me, i will accept that.
I do take my meds an hour before i eat breakfast, and i take my calcium at night before bed.
I don't remember what my T3 and 4 were but my dr. said they are fine.
So i guess for now i will keep an eye on how i feel.
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Old 05-02-2006, 09:36 PM   #6
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Re: Yeah, Normal TSH!!

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I didn't have symptoms of Hypo when my TSH was even higher. Right now i feel fine......lots of energy......I am always doing a zillion things. So if my dr. thinks that is normal for me, i will accept that.
I do take my meds an hour before i eat breakfast, and i take my calcium at night before bed.
I don't remember what my T3 and 4 were but my dr. said they are fine.
So i guess for now i will keep an eye on how i feel.
thanks ..bride527
I agree that if you feel fine and have no symptoms, then you are fine. I would check my body temperature. The line about some people have low body temperature, is not a safe assumption. Temperature is an indication of low metabolism. As low metabolism is indicated in heart disease.

 
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