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Old 06-03-2011, 07:09 PM   #1
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Question TSH level 134 and Dr wants to wait 4 months

Hi this is my first post. I have a question...

My husband has been very fatigued and depressed for a few years. He has been back and forth to the Dr many times. This last time he went the Dr sent him for a thyroid ultra sound and lab work. I asked for a copy of both results. The Dr. told my husband they found that his thyroid is "slightly enlarged and he has a small nodule, but nothing to worry about" He will see him again in September.

I looked at his Lab work and his TSH is 134.0. This concerns me. According to the lab report his TSH in 2008 was 154.8. Does this seem ok to you? I am very uneasy about waiting another 4 months to recheck this. Should my husband see a Endocrinologist?? If so how do we do this?

Any help would be great

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Re: TSH level 134 and Dr wants to wait 4 months

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Hi this is my first post. I have a question...

My husband has been very fatigued and depressed for a few years. He has been back and forth to the Dr many times. This last time he went the Dr sent him for a thyroid ultra sound and lab work. I asked for a copy of both results. The Dr. told my husband they found that his thyroid is "slightly enlarged and he has a small nodule, but nothing to worry about" He will see him again in September.

I looked at his Lab work and his TSH is 134.0. This concerns me. According to the lab report his TSH in 2008 was 154.8. Does this seem ok to you? I am very uneasy about waiting another 4 months to recheck this. Should my husband see a Endocrinologist?? If so how do we do this?

Any help would be great

Thanks



I am a novice at hormone problems because I don't have them yet even though I have hashimoto's. I have NEVER in my entire life heard of a TSH this high. Maybe it's just me. Yeah, I'd go see an Endo. Definitely. With those symptoms he sounds as if he might have hypothyroidism, but normal TSH is from .3 - 3.0 so I don't understand why someone would have a level of 154.

I just googled this though and apparently it is possible for TSH to be this high but something needs to be done ASAP because from what I'm reading, it could be dangerously high. Definitely explains his symptoms though. Google this TSH level and you'll see what I mean.

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Re: TSH level 134 and Dr wants to wait 4 months

It's unconscienable for a medical professional to allow someone to remain so sick from hypothyroidism while doing nothing about it. It's standard medical protocol to treat TSH above 10. The American Assn of Clinical Endocrinologists suggest that anything above 3.0 is suspect and might be worth treating.

Your husband's thyroid is enlarged in a failed attempt to make enough hormone for his bodily needs. The nodule might even have been prevented if he'd gotten treatment with supplemental hormone all those years ago. If he gets it now, it is possible that it will prevent the nodule from growing larger.

The bigger question is, how "small" is "small"? Any nodule 1 cm or larger needs to be biopsied. Considering this MD's idea of what a healthy TSH level is, I wouldn't trust his word that the nodule is truly "small". Get paper copies of all his labwork from now on, because you will need to educate yourself as to the veracity of what you're told.

I wouldn't wait a minute longer to demand treatment.

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Re: TSH level 134 and Dr wants to wait 4 months

Are you sure it's not 1.34? If it is not then that doctor needs his head examined. Your husband should be on treatment.

 
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Are you sure it's not 1.34? If it is not then that doctor needs his head examined. Your husband should be on treatment.
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