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How to manage TSH?

My wife has thyroid disease. T3 & T4 is normal, but TSH level is increase of 7.24.
How can manage the TSH level?
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Don't be so concerned with the TSH test result.  TSH is a pituitary hormone that is affected by so many variables that it is totally inadequate as a diagnostic for thyroid.  At best TSH is an indicator, to be considered along with more important indicators such as symptoms and also levels of the biologically active thyroid hormones, Free T3 and Free T4 (not the same as Total T3 and Total T4).  Of these Free T3 is the most important because it largely regulates metabolism and many other body functions.  Scientific studies have shown that Free T3 correlated best with hypo symptoms, while Free T4 and TSH did not correlate.  

TSH causes no symptoms.  TSH is supposed to reflect the levels of thyroid hormone; however, it does not correlate well with either Free T3 or Free T4, much less with symptoms.  Having said all that, your TSH is high enough to be indicative of being hypothyhroid, so lets talk about your T3 and T4 test results.

Please post your T3 and T4 test results and their reference ranges shown on the lab report.  Also please have a look at this list of typical hypothyroid symptoms and tell us which ones you have.  

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1341585/pdf/bmjcred00253-0040.pdf
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