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What should my TSH be if I have thyroid disease?

What should my TSH be if I have thyroid disease?

Knowledgeable doctors know that a TSH of around 1-2 (at the low end of the normal range) is the normal level for people without thyroid disease, and they aim for this range in treating thyroid patients.

What are the risks of elevated TSH levels?

The authors begin by stating that subclinical hypothyroidism is characterized by “normal” T4, T3, Free T4, and Free T3 with an elevated TSH. And these patients have an increased risk of cholesterol abnormalities, heart disease, mental illness, and pregnancy complications even though their symptoms are relatively mild.

What to look for in a thyroid function test?

The test, called a thyroid function test, looks at levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and thyroxine (T4) in the blood. Doctors may refer to this as “free” T4 (FT4). A high level of TSH and a low level of T4 in the blood could mean you have an underactive thyroid.

Can a doctor refuse to test for hypothyroidism?

Unfortunately most mainstream doctors do NOT test for Free T3 levels. I’ve heard from many Hypothyroid Mom readers from around the world on my blog, Facebook and Twitter that their doctors refuse to test Free T3 and even though they are suffering terrible symptoms on T4-only thyroid treatment their doctors refuse to change their protocol.

Can a TSH test be used to diagnose hypothyroidism?

In addition, TSH tests are used to help diagnose a condition called subclinical hypothyroidism, which usually causes no outward signs or symptoms. In this condition, you have normal blood levels of triiodothyronine and thyroxine, but higher than normal levels of TSH.

What’s the normal TSH level for thyroid patients?

What is a Normal and Healthy TSH Level for Thyroid Patients? A healthy TSH level for people taking thyroid medication is much different from those people who are checking to see if they have thyroid problems initially. A healthy TSH level is somewhere in the range of 0.2 to 2.5 .

Can a low TSH level make you hyperthyroid?

Some thyroid patients are scared to go below that normal range because they believe that if they do they will automatically become hyperthyroid. This isn’t true. A low TSH does NOT automatically guarantee that you are in a hyperthyroid state.

What should the free T4 reading be for hypothyroidism?

The free T4 reading below 0.7 is suggestive of hypothyroidism. Total T3 result below a range of 80 is suggestive of hypothyroidism. The normal Free T3 level ranges between 2.3 to 4.2.