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Re: How is TSH Measured

Re: How is TSH Measured

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Posted by Lori on August 04, 2000 at 11:00:12:

In Reply to: Re: How is TSH Measured posted by Tina on August 03, 2000 at 18:59:12:

I have been on .05 synthroid for many years for hypothyroid and I have it checked periodically. I often feel very tired, cold, lethargic. My doctor has always said my thyroid is well controlled and said a change in dose is not needed. But then I came across this board and read a lot from ppl who test normal but still have systems.
My doctor said If I take more synthroid than it could make me hyperthryoird and that can be dangerous on the heart and body. I am confused as to where my numbers fall i.e. are they closer to hypo or hyper? From what I have read it seems that wiht a TSH of 1.49 (whis is closer to the lower side of the normal range) then that makes me closer to the hyperthyroid level? But I am confused by all of this. Is it true that I am closer to hyper than hypo?

: : On my lab tests I see that the normal TSH range is .035-5.50. Mine was 1.49 and not sure where that falls on the spectrum. If your TSH is a higher number does that mean you are "more" hypothyroid or is it the other way around. I know I fall withink normal limits but was wondering if my values were closer to hypo or hyper.
: : thanks!
: : L

: Hi L,

: Your TSH level would be considered to be optimal. You are right in mid range and studies are showing that the ideal should be between 1-2 now.
: But the most important thing is...how do you feel? The TSH is not the end all and be all to determine a thryoid problem. Also we are all individuals
: and feel "our" best on different levels. So please tell us...how do you feel? Why did your Doctor run a TSH test?

: Sincerly, Tina




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