Twice in the last 7 years I have had high TSH levels. The first time being 16. I didn't want to go immediately on meds so I changed my lifestyle and within the first week I felt much better and continued to do so. I excersised regularily and ate really well. For 4-5 years I was fine. Then, I experienced a death in the family, I made an international move, started a life in a new country, stopped excersising, basically, experienced a lot of stresful situations in a short period of time. I then experienced a couple of panic attacks for the first time, and during this time my TSH showed as being 16, then a re-test a month later showed it at 12, then, yet another test a few weeks later and it was down to 8. During this time I had some counselling regarding the death in my family as well as my anxiety around that. I also had many more tests done to my thyroid...T3 T4, an ultrasound to look for anything on my thyroid or pituitary gland, I was tested for all thyroid diseases and everything came back normal. I began to feel better as I learned about my anxiety around the stress and trauma I experienced. One doctor suggested that she had red some Psych journals that suggested that TSH levels can be high in anxiety or depressed patients and can be unrelated to the thyroid. A year and a half later (now), I just went for a check up. I have added a bit more stress (quit my job and starting my own business), my TSH is at 6.5. My doc doesn't seem worried because of my history and because it seems to keep dropping. Is it something to worry about? She said severe cases are around 115. Is it possible that having a lot of stress in my life has created high TSH levels? What are the Physical symptoms of high TSH levels? Any info, thoughts, or feedback is greatly appreciated. I have always preferred a wholistic approach to health rather than meds for life. If anyone has feedback on nutrition and excersise etc regarding hight TSH, that would be great too.
Any time you run a low TSH it is a big deal on the body. Thyroid affects every part of your body. The normal ranges set by the AACE are 0.3-3.0. Having a TSH of 115 would be unbelievable. You wouldn't be able to move a muscle, finger, and eyelash. What on earth is she thinking?!
You need to find an endocrinologist who specializes in thyroid or a thyroid specialist.
Physical symptoms are fatigue, constipation, brain fog, muscle weakness, tingly digits, lots and lots of pain everywhere, depression, stress, the list goes on and on. Do a search on hypothyroid symptoms and you should be able to find the complete list.
6.5 is not all that high considering TSH can go as high as 300, 400 and 500.
AACE has revised/amended version 2006 - page 9.
AACE 2006 (amended version) and the US Government 2004, has set the guidelines for diagnose for Overt Hypothyroidism and Levothyroxine therapy is reasonable with a TSH Higher Than 10.
TSH levels and treatment is also based on different factors and conditions, such as nodule/goiter.
The AACE TSH 0.3-3.0 that everyone keeps referring to, is a target range once diagnosed and on meds. Not a diagnose level. Amended version Page 9.
Many other health condition share the same symptoms of thyroid. So levels determine thyroid conditions.
If you are having stress and its giving you issue, doctor can give you prescription for meds. to help with your situation.
Follow your doctor, not the internet. After all, doctor is the one with the long, expensive education.
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