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Elevated TSH even lower than 4

Discussion in 'General Treatment' started by zzz0r, Jun 14, 2014.

  1. zzz0r

    zzz0r Senior Member

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    Is there anything that a man can do when having a TSH around 2.5 or below 4 that is suggesting an early thyroid disease while you even having the symptoms but the doctor is not treating you.

    Is there anything else you can look at yourself?

    -Vitamin D
    -Selenium
    -Progesterone/estrogen balance
    -Iodine

    Is there anything else that I do not know of?
    Anyone having an experience with TSH below the lab upper limit that had hypothyroid symptoms and manage to treat it? , please chime in
     
  2. Sushi

    Sushi Moderator and Senior Member Albuquerque

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    Don't you want your TSH to be below 4? ( reference range: .358 - 3.74) Though TSH is only an indication of thyroid function, docs are usually happy if it is around 1.5 -2.5.

    Have you also checked Free T3, Free T4 and Reverse T3 to get a fuller picture?

    Sushi
     
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  3. Ema

    Ema Senior Member

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    Most functional medicine practitioners will treat based on labs plus symptoms; most traditional endocrinologists will not. You can ask when you call if the doctor will treat subclinical hypothyroidism.

    I agree with Sushi to also test the free thyroid hormones and RT3 which can help you understand where your thyroid problems are coming from. Some 80% of conversion happens peripherally and the liver is crucial. Sometimes a liver supplement can help the thyroid as well.

    Low cortisol is also a big cause of subclinical hypothyroidism so you might want to look at your adrenal status with a 4xday saliva cortisol test.
     

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