Your TSH is high, but that doesn't necessarily mean you have a thyroid disorder, since TSH is a pituitary hormone and merely an indicator of thyroid malfunction.
What are the reference ranges for the T4 (is that Free or Total?) and the TPOab? Higher than normal TPOab would mean you have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and you may need to start on thyroid replacement hormones.
You also need to have a Free T3 test....... Free T3 is the active thyroid hormone and correlates best with symptoms. You should also get a thyroid ultrsound and TGab test.
All lab tests have a reference range used by your particular lab; it's often printed in parentheses beside the result or sometimes in a column by itself, labeled "reference ranges). It will be (XX - XX).
Each lab uses different reference ranges, therefore, those must come from your report. There will be a range for the FT4 and one for the TPOab.
I would also wonder about what your free T3 level is. It is possible arkano has a conversion problem. (converting T4 to T3) So even with "normal" T4 if there is not enough T3 in the bloodstream, the pituitary may sense this and put out TSH call for more and this might explain the "normal" T4 with a high TSH.
Also I believe the latest recommended range for TSH is 0.3 to 3.0. Older ranges used to go up toward 5 on the upper end. Unfortunately most labs still use the old range recommendations.
Arkano, what did you end up doing? I am was was tested with nearly identical TSH (5.32 with a reference range of .4 - 4.5) and Free T4 (1.1 with a reference range of .8 - 1.8). I never had any symptoms of hyperthyroidism but was prescribed 50MCG of levothyroxine by my primary care physician, which I just started taking yesterday. Since I never had symptoms and hear many conflicting things I am debating on stoping the meds until I see a endocrinologist. I just feel with zero symptoms it may not be completely necessary now. Thought from arkano or anyone else??
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