Causes Of High Thyroid Levels

While hair loss is more harmful to the psyche than anything else, some of the causes of baldness may represent serious health problems. If your hair loss is due to an endocrine condition, like diabetes or thyroid disease, proper treatment and control of the underlying disorder is important to reduce or prevent hair loss. After diabetes, thyroid problems are the most common glandular disorder the world over.

Thyroid Problems

Thyroid problems are among the most common medical conditions but, because their symptoms often appear gradually, they are commonly misdiagnosed. So much evidence suggests that thyroid problems are due to an allergic or environmental cause that it seems sensible to remove those substances known to affect the thyroid to see if this corrects the condition before taking any medication.

Even though the symptoms can be uncomfortable as well as unpleasant, most thyroid problems are not serious if they are properly diagnosed and treated. If a man has a family history of thyroid problems, notices any symptoms, or is getting up in years (thyroid problems are more common as people age), he should have his thyroid gland tested. The good news is, like high cholesterol, doctors can conduct a simple blood test to check the health of your thyroid and many thyroid problems are easily treatable.

Thyroid Disease Can Cause Hair Loss

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Would high level of thyroid causes you yo gain weight?

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  2. QUESTION:
    Over-Active Thyroid High Levels Of Testosterone In A Female?
    I’m 20 years old and i just got back from the doctor he told me that my thyroid was a little over active and my testosterone levels were a little high. I’m going to get an thyroid ultrasound till then i don’t know whats going on with me.

    Does anyone know the causes of this ?

    • ANSWER:
      I have a thyroid problem for over 10 years now,I’m on tablets (oxrine 250 mg daily).My thyroid is the one that puts weight on.

  3. QUESTION:
    why do oncologist check thyoid levels, if thyroid is high is that a indication of a cancer reacurance?
    I am a 35 year old female that was diagnosed with hodgkins lymphoma when i was 28 yrs. old. I underwent chemotherapy and radiation, and have been cancer free for 6 years.Through routine bloodwork it was found that my thyroid level was higher than normal, could this be a cause for concern for me of a cancer reaccurance?

    • ANSWER:
      the radiation and chemo might have damaged your thyroid. It could also be that your thyroid is just out of whack on its own.

  4. QUESTION:
    Does high thyroid dosage cause an enlarged tongue?
    I am perplexed on this issue because I thought low thyroid levels caused it. I had my thyroid removed several years ago because it was destroyed by thyroid cancer. I’ve never had this enlarged tongue situation before, and the only thing my doctor can find wrong is a low TSH, signifying that my levothyroxin level is too high.

    I go through testing every 4 months because my medicine always needs adjusting plus or minus, but this is the first time I’ve had an enlarged tongue. All I can eat is chicken broth, spray cheese, drinks and so on.

    My doctor is confident that an adjusted dosage will resolve this in time. I’m wondering, since my TSH has been way high and way low before and never has my tongue swollen to the point of difficulty like this. Any opinions or suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      The technical term is “macroglossia” if you want to do a search.

      The answer to your question is no, hyperthyroidism does not typically cause it. You need to go to your doctor and get help sorting out the possible causes…sounds like its pretty marked.

  5. QUESTION:
    what is the cause for high thyroid hormone. anyone know?
    the doc told me that my thyroid hormone is a little higher than norm. free T3 was 3.83Pg/dl which is about 0.3 above the higher end of the norm. free T4 was 1.62 which is just 0.02 above the higher end of the norm. my TSH level was normal and it was 2.75UIU/ml. I am wondering what could cause slightly higher free T3 level and TSH still staying in the normal range. I have symptoms that could be associated with high thyroid hormone. My heart beat feel so fast after a little excersise and shortness of breath appear at the same time with fast heart beat. its hard to sleep sometimes when the symptom appears. This is very bothering me and I wonder if anyone have some idea what should i do to cure these and what could be the cause. Because my heart beat sometimes is very uncomfortable and it makes me anxicious. I really would like to be fine like before.

    • ANSWER:
      Stay away from high iodine foods and salt. See if it helps. Cant hurt.

      BTW don’t smoke.

  6. QUESTION:
    what is the treatment for someone with high TSH thyroid Level?
    Apparently my T3 and T4 levels are normal but my TSH level is 5.6 which is apparently the highest possible average,
    will this possibly mean I’ll have to take medication for a certain amount of time or a lengthy period cause my mom has hypothyroidism and has had to take pills everyday for years

    • ANSWER:
      It means you are borderline hypothyroid.

      You will probably need a follow up blood test in a few months to see if it has got better, worse or stayed the same.

      If it gets any worse you will probably need medication like your mother.

      Once you start medication it is generally for the rest of your life.

  7. QUESTION:
    A goiter, and is directly caused by high levels of ____ in the bloodstream.?
    In the absence of iodine, the thyroid gland can enlarge enormously. This condition is called a goiter, and is directly caused by high levels of ____ in the bloodstream.

    a. TSH.
    b. TRH.
    c. thyroxine
    d. calcitonin.
    e. PTH.

    • ANSWER:
      “A”.

      Hypothyroidism is usually diagnosed by measuring levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), which is produced by the pituitary gland. High levels of TSH indicate that the pituitary gland senses insufficient thyroid activity and is attempting to stimulate the thyroid gland. In an effort to coax the thyroid into increasing its activity, more and more TSH is produced.

  8. QUESTION:
    Underactive Thyroid and High Cholesterol?
    Can an underactive thyroid cause high cholesterol as i have a cholesterol level of 7.6 and i am borderline for an underactive thyroid and was wondering if they could be linked?
    Laredo: I used to have high blood pressure but managed to get this down.
    One of my brothers have high cholesterol,my mother has high blood pressure and both my nan and grandad had heart problems but i couldnt comment on my fathers side.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes there is a link between having an underactive thyroid and having high cholesterol. In someone with high cholesterol, thyroid function is usually one of the first things that gets investigated. You said that you’re only ‘borderline’ hypothyroid, so the thyroid might not be the cause. However, your doctor should be aware that common medication to lower cholesterol (‘statin’ medication) is far more likely to have side effects on the muscle if someone has an underactive thyroid.

  9. QUESTION:
    My thyroid level is at 13.6. Is this something I can just blow off and hope that my body takes care of it?
    My thyroid level is at 13.6. Is this something I can just blow off and hope that my body takes care of it, or is it too serious? And what are some causes of high thyroid, can this happen because of certain eating habits? Because about a month ago I lived off of protein shakes and gaterade with dinner maybe 6 or 7 times in a 2 weeks period. But I have been back on a normal diet for almost 3 weeks now. Is their something I can do to help bring my levels down without taking medication?

    • ANSWER:
      By ‘thyroid level’ I am assuming you mean TSH.
      Yea, 13.6 is pretty high when you consider the ranges set by the
      AACE are (0.3-3.0)
      A high TSH would indicate hypOthyroidism and more tests like FREE T3 and FREE T4 would be the next step. If your body temperature is below 98.2, that would be the sign the metabolism has slowed, which is another indicator of possible hypOthyroidism. This “is” serious stuff, so please check things out further with a smart doc.

      Gatorade, by the way, has bromide in it. Bromide can displace body iodine in the receptors and make a body iodine deficient. Iodine deficiency can cause a lot of things including thyroid problems. There’s a good article on bromide over in the iodine section at: http://www.breastcancerchoices.org

      Anyway, if you investigate the site http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com you can learn about all things thyroid. And how to find a smart doctor…

      I hope this helps.

  10. QUESTION:
    Can stress cause altered thyroid levels?
    A couple of years I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, unusual as apart from being really stressed and under pressure and feeling tired i had no other symptoms. IE no weight loss, no tachycardia, no goitre etc. They prescribed meds which i took and slowly they reduced the dose. I had a check about 8months ago and with a low dose i was on the low end of the norm range. I stopped taking the tablets and i have not had any problems, my T4 level was at mid/low end of norm range of normal check. Could my high t4 be caused by the stress i was under at the time.

    • ANSWER:
      Stress does contribute to thyroid dysfunction and did so in my case.

  11. QUESTION:
    Hyperparathyroidism? high calcium levels?
    17 years old
    male

    i have all the symptoms of hyperparathyroidism , specially the muscle fatigue and weakness, highblood pressure, heart palps, high calcium,… and on. But my blood test showed the PTH hormone normal, but my calcium slightly elevated. So i did a re test and the calcium was still high. Can you have high or low PTH or a tumor of the PTH but not show it in the blood? what can cause high calcium? my other tests like thyroid and everything was normal, but also my cortisol levels for PM were high as well.

    • ANSWER:
      Your calcium should never be elevated. Your PTH is thus not working correctly to keep the calcium in the proper levels. Did they do a urine calcium, ionized calcium and other tests like phosphorus and alk phosphatase?
      I would find a doctor that knows how to treat hyperparathyroidism – check out www.parathyroid.com and read up there – they have a lot of info there.

  12. QUESTION:
    Preparation H cream, Prostate enlargement, does it enlarge the prostate or affect thyroid levels? the warning
    I was going to use preparation h cream , but on the label it has a bunch of warnings like, do not use if you have difficulty urinating due to enlargement of the prostate. Well I have an enlarged prostate, is this stuff going cause it to get bigger?

    It also says if you have thyroid problems or high blood pressure, which I have both. This stuff can mess with my thyroid ?

    • ANSWER:
      Never ever use this crap:way to dangerous.
      Sky

  13. QUESTION:
    High Estrogen levels?
    My estrogen level on a recent blood test came out to be
    1,060. One thousand and sixty… when I’ve been reading that it’s suppossed to be around 100. It wasn’t an error or typo…
    yet my doctor didn’t seem worried…??

    I have constant fatigue, mood swings, and horrible anxiety…rapid heart beat, all kinds of symptoms… it’s not my thyroid….could this be causing it? it high estrogen level dangerous?

    Does anyone know how to LOWER your estrogen level?

    thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      it could be Menorrhagia. Check it out on Webmd.com

  14. QUESTION:
    High Iron Levels but normal Feritine…?
    Hi! I’m a 24 year old girl and I just got my blood test results and I noticed that my Iron Level is pretty high, it’s 191 and the normal is 37-145μg/dl. In previous exams 6 months ago my Iron Level was 141 so within normal. What could have caused the iron to grow that fast?

    My Feritine in this current test was 28, that is ok and within the normal 10-160ng/ml. All the rest of my blood test, cholesterol, glucose, etc etc are within normal!

    Some extra stuff that might help:

    - The day before the exams I had eaten legumes. I don’t know if that could affect the results somehow..
    - Since a month now, I have a swollen lymph node in the right side of my neck. It keeps changing in sizes, and my doctor told me that it’s caused by an infection. It’s soft when touching it and I can rub it. Sometimes it’s painful too and my neck gets pretty numb.
    - In my previous exams 6 months ago my Bilrubin total was 1.9, with normal being from 0.1-1.2mg/dl, my Bilrubin Direct and Indirect were higher than normal too. I didn’t have a check this time though.
    - My thyroid levels are normal.
    - I’m very thin, almost skinny.

    Maybe all the above facts are unrelated, but since I don’t know and I have a tendency to get scared, I thought I would mention all the facts, even if they are random.

    I’ve arranged to see my doctor today, but I would like to hear a few more opinions from people that have knowledge on the subject. So please, if you don’t have a clue don’t comment, cause I’m kinda worried at the moment and silly answers won’t help. Also base your answer in facts, don’t just throw to me speculations that will make me even more anxious. Thanks a lot in advance to anyone willing to give me some help! It’s much appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      High iron might be from iron pills or iron skillets or maybe no periods from being anorexic.

      It can also be an inherited disease.

      http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/177216-overview

      The swollen lymph node probably should be checked out to make sure it is an infection and not something like Hodgkin’s lymphoma or non-hodgkin’s lymphoma.

  15. QUESTION:
    high blood pressure and high sodium levels. Do HB tabs have sodium in them?
    My sister who is in her late 40′s had a stroke in november and has been having lots of tests since.
    she has high potassium and this is controlled by diet. Last year she had a biopsy on her kidney.
    she has or has had in the past an under active thyroid…used to take thyroxin but not any longer. she has a goiter in her neck though.
    she has been taking hb tabs
    she takes asprin daily now since november

    my question is :
    she had a blood test today (friday) and it showed up to be high in sodium. she was told by her doctor to not take her high blood pressure tablets now.
    she is having another blood test on Monday.
    Surely high sodium causes higher blood pressure….why would they get her to not take her HB tabs? so the blood pressure tablets have sodium in them? I am sorry but i don’t know the name of the drug she was on.

    thank you for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      The diuretic (water pill) is one of the medications for controlling the blood pressure. If it is taken potassium level in the blood may increase causing dangerous heart rhythms.
      Potassium is found in many food groups, including fruits and vegetables. Choosing the right item from each food group can help control your potassium levels.
      When eating fruits:
      * Choose peaches, grapes, pears, cherries, apples, berries, pineapple, plums, tangerines, and watermelon
      * Limit or avoid oranges and orange juice, nectarines, Kiwis, raisins or other dried fruit, bananas, cantaloupe, honeydew, prunes, and nectarines
      When eating vegetables:
      * Choose broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, eggplant, green and wax beans, lettuce, onion, peppers, watercress, zucchini, and yellow squash
      * Limit or avoid asparagus, avocado, potatoes, tomatoes or tomato sauce, winter squash, pumpkin, avocado, and cooked spinach
      Reduce sodium in the diet. (Sodium chloride, Sodium bicarbonate, Monosodium glutamate, a common food additive)
      Clonidine, an anti-hypertensive agent also increases blood sodium levels.
      Please note that I am not a medical professional.

  16. QUESTION:
    Thyroid levels elevate more after starting armour thyroid?
    so my levels were normal, just like 4.6 or 5.0 or something around there, and i had like 20+ symptoms of underactive thyroid, so we decided to start armour thyroid to see how it would work.

    at first i was on 30 mg , once a day before breakfast. but it made me have bad headaches and my heart race. so i cut it in half everyday.

    so i got my blood tested 3-4 weekd later. and my levels got higher! its like a 6 or something.

    why is that? is it cause i might not need a thyroid pill?

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  17. QUESTION:
    why are my liver levels high?
    I’m in my mid 30s and have been taking medication for thyroid issues & diabetes (because that runs in the family & have been monitoring levels as well) At the last round of blood tests taken, thyroid & A1C levels are good status. However, my liver is “slightly elevated”. This is the 3rd time in a row they’ve come back high. Doctor sent me for an ultrasound at the 2nd one, and it didn’t show any cysts or masses. Never been advised on what, if anything, can be done to reduce liver levels. She did switch from Metformin to Glipizide after the 2nd “high” reading. so I’m back to “slightly elevated”. but I’m wondering if I have reasonable cause to be concerned, or I’m just being worrisome.

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  18. QUESTION:
    Help!!!!! worried about Seroquel side effects!!!?
    Doctor put me 50 mg seroquel xr twice daily for bipolar with psychotic features and I’m worried about the side effects.
    Even though Seroquel XR is not classified as an antidepressant, the FDA has required Seroquel XR to carry the special antidepressant and suicide warning, since Seroquel XR is used to treat depression and bipolar depression. Antidepressants may increase the risk of suicidal thinking or behavior in children, teenagers, and adults (see Depression and Suicide for more information). Therefore, if you notice any changes in symptoms or new symptoms, talk to your healthcare provider immediately. Some of these symptoms may include anxiety, hostility, agitation, panic, restlessness, hallucinations, extreme hyperactivity, and suicidal thinking or behavior.

    Seroquel XR can cause an increase in blood sugar levels and can increase the risk of developing diabetes. Tell your healthcare provider if you develop signs of diabetes while taking Seroquel XR. Possible signs of diabetes can include an increase in thirst, urination, or hunger. If you have diabetes, your blood sugar should be monitored carefully and regularly during treatment with Seroquel XR to make sure your diabetes is not becoming more severe (see Seroquel and Diabetes).

    Seroquel XR can cause a life-threatening condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS). Some symptoms of NMS include:

    A high fever
    Stiff muscles
    Confusion
    An irregular pulse or blood pressure
    A fast heart rate (tachycardia)
    Sweating
    Irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias).
    Tell your healthcare provider right away if you think you might have NMS.
    Seroquel XR can cause low white blood cells, which can be dangerous. If you already have low white blood cells (or have experienced a white blood cell drop due to a medication in the past), your healthcare provider should check your white blood cell count during the first few months you take Seroquel XR.

    Seroquel XR can cause a drop in blood pressure when going from a sitting or lying position to standing (known medically as orthostatic hypotension). This can cause a person to faint or to have lightheadedness or dizziness. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any of these symptoms when standing. Orthostatic hypotension can be especially dangerous in people with heart disease or congestive heart failure (CHF).

    Seroquel XR can cause tardive dyskinesia, a condition involving unusual and uncontrollable body or facial movements. The condition can become permanent (even if Seroquel XR is stopped). The best way to prevent it from becoming permanent is to tell your healthcare provider right away if you notice any abnormal movements (including abnormal movements of the tongue) while taking Seroquel XR.

    Seroquel XR can cause cataracts (an eye condition). It is recommended that all people taking Seroquel XR have their eyes checked for cataracts every six months.

    Seroquel XR may increase the risk of seizures. Before starting Seroquel XR, tell your healthcare provider if you have epilepsy or a history of seizures.

    Seroquel XR can cause an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), high liver enzymes, high cholesterol, or high triglycerides. It is probably a good idea to have your thyroid, triglycerides, liver enzymes, and cholesterol checked (using a blood test) regularly while taking Seroquel XR.

    Seroquel XR can cause high levels of the hormone prolactin. Let your healthcare provider know if you develop signs of high prolactin, such as breast enlargement or breast discharge.

    Very rarely, Seroquel XR can cause priapism (a painful erection of the penis that does not go away). Because this is a medical emergency, seek medical care immediately in order to prevent permanent damage to the penis.

    Seroquel XR can cause difficultly swallowing, which can lead to inhalation of food (which can cause pneumonia). Tell your healthcare provider if you notice any problems swallowing.

    • ANSWER:
      If you can find a way to feel better sans the drug… you’re way ahead of the game. Start here!

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/positive-thinking/SR00009

      It’s never a good idea to rely on meds to aid us in feeling less anxious or depressed.
      Depression plaques all of us at one time or another. Arm yourself with positive thinking and really concentrate on thinking more positive and with more confidence. Granted 50 mg is a small dosage… it can still have many unfavorable side effects. It’s OK to feel down, it’s OK to feel overwhelmed… feel the feeling and let it go!
      Try keeping a journal and see if you can pinpoint the source of your depression. And then find a way to turn it around.
      I believe in you… won’t you believe in you? (^_^)

  19. QUESTION:
    Is PBDE exposure something to be worried about?
    The term PBDEs refers to a class of chemicals used for decades as fire retardants, found in vehicles, airplanes, virtually any furniture with foam in it, carpet padding, and electronics. Known to bioaccumulate in humans and animals, they’ve been long banned in Europe, although in America were only outlawed in 2004, and go figure, can still be used in imported goods. Recent studies (look them up via wiki or google) published this year have correlated women with higher blood serum levels with infertility and trouble conceiving, while both childhood and prenatal resulted in significant developmental delays – neurological and physical, but mostly neurological – and up to a five to eight point IQ loss, which basically means that PBDEs are practically as bad as lead. What’s worse, is that American levels continue to rise each year because our houses and our foods are all so saturated with these chemicals, and we’re nearing the same levels that caused thyroid and liver mutations/cancers in lab animals.

    Does this not alarm anyone else? PBDEs work in subtle and difficult to detect ways; who knows how many children from recent generations are suffering brain damage from PBDEs? One drop was all it took to permanently brain damage and alter the behavior of exposed mice.

    And to anyone educated on this subject, I pose a question that pertains to myself: Whereas normal chemical exposure goes, I don’t worry myself; it’s inevitable, and living in society means we’re subject to being slowly poisoned by a toxic brew of who knows what and that’s fine as we’ve all got a share in it, but I don’t wanna end up being one of those people with levels that are off the charts. I practice MMA and train on an old carpet from the early 80s, and it’s all torn up and the padding is exposed in many areas. It’s fairly cushioned unlike most carpet paddings, but nevertheless it seems to be rebond, which is a type of padding made up of tons of bits of recycled foams from a host of sources (other carpet pads, vehicle seats, furniture cushions). I love training there, but should I fear that this regular contact with the padding (we practice barefoot) can cause insanely high levels of PBDEs in my blood? After all, carpet recyclers, when tested, showed some of the highest blood levels of PBDEs found in any group ever studied. If anyone could recommend what to do here, thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you are looking too hard for things to be afraid of.

  20. QUESTION:
    Thyroid levels all out of wack please help me someone?
    I am 22 year old female who had a child 5 years ago and was diagnosed with lupus 5 years ago my ANA was 2000 points high and I have also test positive for those 4 qualifying things the RNA DRNA and whatever else but I did not have one of the four…. anyways I have chronic fatigue, arthritis, mouth and nose ulcers, and my hair falls out in a lot… But my ana last time it was tested was back in normal range but haven’t had it tested again in 2 years… but now to the thyroid… the doctor says i don’t have hashimoto and i don’t have the normal hypothyroidism or the hyperthyroidism… Is the lupus causing my body to attack my thyroid? I can’t get into a endocrinologist for 3 weeks and I am freaking out… Some suggestions please Thank You
    TSH reads 0.372 normal levels 0.400 – 5.500
    T3 is 1.67 normal range is 0.70 – 1.79
    T4 is 1.5 normal range 0.8 -1.8
    thyroglob ab 133.0 normal range 0 -60
    thyr perox ab is 217.0 normal range 0-60
    ultrasound- normal

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t know the answer but I hope someone else can, this sounds very worrying for you. Good luck.

  21. QUESTION:
    what can cause a high blood protein level?
    i have under active thyroid ( 3 years now ) controlled with levothyroxine . recent very bad headache ongoing pain in eye, and down one side of faceand back of head and neck . fizzing sensation running from head into neck . dr took blood samples testing for bells palsey ??? all results back …. one lot of bloods in wrong vial , so needs repeating, others normal except for raised blood protein . have got to wait until other bloods done, then see dr . what causes thius high level and can it be put right ?? seeking some sort of reassurance as it’ll be about a week before i see the dr.

    • ANSWER:
      Physiological hemoglobin heighten the dehydration, sweating, less water
      Into the blood and vigorous exercise; concentration,

  22. QUESTION:
    What could cause high vitamin B12 in urine?
    In my annual physical urine test, vitamin B12 is always much higher than normal level. To me, it means my body cannot absorb or hold it, so it gets drained to the urine. Who knows what could cause this to happen? BTW, I’m taking prescription drugs of “Armour Thyroid” and “Fosamax”.

    I appreciate for any helpful answers!
    I’m taking multi-vitamins too.

    • ANSWER:
      It just means that the excess vitamin your body can’t use is being peed out. Are you taking just B-12? I thought that riboflavin was what caused the yellow urine.

      I think it usually just means that it’s more than your body is using, but it’s probably something along the lines of 1000% of the RDA (Bvits are often much, much higher than the RDA and the amount in food), so you may need (probably need) somewhere in between what you’re getting from your supp and what’s in your food..

  23. QUESTION:
    Can hyperthyroidism cause acid reflux?
    Hi I have graves disease which is the cause of my thyroid levels being too high. I have been dealing with it for awhile and am under the care of an endocrinologist. Recently I started with heartburn and I have had a bad taste in my mouth. I think it’s acid reflux and I am wondering if it’s related to my thyroid. I tried calling my doctor but of course he hasn’t called me back yet. Anyone with hyperthyroidism had this?

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  24. QUESTION:
    period or depressed?
    ive had a pretty rough life. i never let it get to me only at my weakest moments. i just found out i have sligtly high thyroid levels. not a problem it can be fixed. i shouldve gotten my 3rd period 4 days ago but it missed or is late. ive been feeling extra heavy and tired and just sad and hormonal the past week. like out of nowhere today i started crying over nothing at all. idk like nothing is stressing me more than normal.
    so i came down to three options that could be causing it
    1. my high thyroid levels
    2. my period
    3. im clinicly depressed???

    idk what it is but i been thinkin its number 3

    btw i been feelin a bit achey too
    im 13

    • ANSWER:
      It’s just being 13. Stop telling yourself you have these medical problems that you don’t. I used to be like that lol. It messed me up. You’re really just going through puberty. Yeah..it sucks…for a few years you will feel CRAZY and cry @ weird stuff…and once you hit around 18-19 it tones down a LOT..you feel SOOOOO much better. Hang in there! It’s usually just some ups and downs. Whatever you do..don’t take meds like I did. It was not necessary.

  25. QUESTION:
    TSH Level High and 12 Weeks Pregnant?
    I’m 12 weeks pregnant and had a partial thyroid remove in August because I had a thyroid nodule on my right thyroid that was suspicious of cancer. It didn’t end up being cancer and I had blood work up 6 weeks after the surgery in mid Sept and all my thyroid levels were normal so my husband & I started trying for Baby #2 and conceived with no problems on the first try.

    I had my first OB appt at 10 weeks and they tested my thyroid levels. My T3 & T4 levels came back normal, but my TSH level is high: 4.8. The nurse said she didn’t think it was any cause for concern and they will check my levels again in 4-6 weeks. I’m really concerned now and thinking I should have had my levels checked earlier in the pregnancy? I’m going to see an Endocronologist next week to see if I should get on Synthroid.

    While the Internet is a great wealth of information it’s also freaking me out because some sites say normal TSH levels are 1-5, some say its between 1-3. And also if TSH levels are high during pregnancy it can cause low birth weight, mental retardation, etc. So my mind is RACING with the worst thoughts!!

    Anyone experience this or have any insight??

    • ANSWER:
      You’re misinterpreting some info. First of all, normal TSH is 0.3 to 3, or 0.5 to 5, depending on the lab or doctor that you ask. I go with 0.5 to 3 myself. Many patients find that 1.0 is where they feel optimally well.

      The big misinterpretation that you are making though is that TSH levels are the cause of cretinism. TSH is not the cause. Low thyroid hormone levels are the cause of cretinism, and TSH isn’t a thyroid hormone. T3 and T4 are the thyroid hormones. If your T3 and T4 are fine, then your baby will be fine, no matter what your TSH is. Doctors use TSH as a guide because it is an indirect, second hand way to guess at what your thyroid hormone levels are. But it’s only a guess, and it can be wrong for some people. For example, you. Your TSH is high, but your thyroid hormone levels are fine. But your high TSH might be an indication that things may change for the worse. So follow your doctors advice, and get your thyroid hormones tested again in 4 to 6 weeks.

  26. QUESTION:
    thyroid question?
    the doc told me that my thyroid hormone is a little higher than norm. free T3 was 3.83Pg/dl which is about 0.3 above the higher end of the norm. free T4 was 1.62 which is just 0.02 above the higher end of the norm. my TSH level was normal and it was 2.75UIU/ml. I am wondering what could cause slightly higher free T3 level and TSH still staying in the normal range. I have symptoms that could be associated with high thyroid hormone. My heart beat feel so fast after a little excersise and shortness of breath appear at the same time with fast heart beat. its hard to sleep sometimes when the symptom appears. This is very bothering me and I wonder if anyone have some idea what should i do to cure these and what could be the cause. Because my heart beat sometimes is very uncomfortable and it makes me anxicious. I really would like to be fine like before.

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like you have hyperthyroidism
      I have hypothyroidism which is too low of hormone I used to take Synthroid or armour thyroid. I however have the rapid heartbeat and can’t sleep or sleep too much and have anxieties also. I now take Zoloft and it works wonders.(for anxieties)
      your doctor should have prescribed a medicine for you

  27. QUESTION:
    Thyroid test 6.29 uLU/ML, is this high?
    I’ve been having trouble sleeping all day (12-14 hours per day), being fatigued, memory problems, speech problems where I lose what I’m talking about all the time, and my right hand shaking. I went to a neurologist a few weeks ago and did a series of tests where the doctor thought I was showing signs of early parkinsons disease. However, I just got a letter saying that one of the tests showed an elevated TSH level of 6.29. Could this be what’s actually causing all of my problems or is this just a side note to the probable early parkinsons? Is this level even high enough to really effect me in this manner? The letter said that I did have a normal level of thyroid hormone so I’m a little confused by the meaning.

    • ANSWER:
      This may be a type of under-functioning Thyroid. (It is called sub clinical hypothyroidism).

      It is due to poor conversion of T4 to T3. In this condition there are normal or possibly slightly raised levels of TSH, normal levels of T4 but low levels of T3. So you need to know the levels of T3 & T4. If the T3 is low t can easily be fixed.

      It is unlikely that this is causing all your problems, but it should be checked for optimum health.

      The TSH level is only a little raised, but normally if the TSH level is raised so are the T3 & T4.

      You see TSH is Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, and it stimulates the thyroid to make T3 & T4 (these are the thyroid hormones that make your body run ‘fast’ or ‘slow’).

      Ocassionally the body has a bit of a problem converting T4 to T3. (There is more T4, but it has much weaker effects than T3). So if this is happening it could be adding to your Parkinson like symptoms by slowing you down.

      The effects should not be great, but they may be, and it is easy to fix. This is why I think it needs looking at (if it hasn’t already been).

      Anyway, if I were you I’d want this simple thing done before I started taking any Parkinsons drugs, just in case it pepped me up a bit.

      I wish you all the best.

  28. QUESTION:
    is my babies brain for sure gonna be damaged by thyroid?
    So my daughter is 2 years old, I gave birth to her in april 2009 and after I had her, I started getting irregular periods. They would be super heavy, and last weeks upon weeks, sometimes never stopped. Then later on my hair started shedding, and i also had rapid weight gain. When she hit about a year old, april 2010 i got on a low dosage birth control. It did stop my period for sometime, but because it was a low dosage pill it didnt do much, and I wasnt on insurance so there wasnt much I can do. I had gotten pregnant in Novemember 2010, and am now 27 weeks pregnant.. and now being on insurance they did blood work and told me my thyroid levels were high and that i need to see a special list cause it can mess with the babies brain. Because i have to go through all this paper work to get a referal to get the thyroid work done, I still havent gotten medication for my thyroids and i am scared that because i am already more than half way through wiht my pregnancy that my babies brain will be damaged. Her organs and everything are all in the right place. She seems healthy, but it scared me. And I have an appointment to see the specialist on tuesday, but still need the paper work done. & im wondering what happens if i dont get the medication…Please anyone help. Its really a burden on me and it is scary. NOne the less I will love my baby, but I dont want to see her go through difficulties because of what happened to my thyroids unknown.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi hun, there is medication you can have that is safe in pregnancy to bring your levels down. With you saying they are high is it your T4 do you know, which would make it over active. I have graves disease and have been treated for hypertention before. When i was pregnant (i had him in 2009) i wasnt as big as i was with my first child, had bleeds throughout and also suffered from palpatations which they put down to anemia, i think it was the hypertention returning, as i got diagnosed with graves after having him with extreemly high levels. My son was born absolutly fine, but please get on medication soon just incase, im sure your daughter will be fine :) x

  29. QUESTION:
    What causes tingling in the lips and the lower part of the face?
    I have a history of hyperparathyroidism and have both parathyroids on the left removed. My calcium is elevated and is being monitored and my thyroid level is also going to be checked. My other symptoms are those commonly associated with hyperparathyroidism such as bone pain, tiredness, recurrent headaches, dizziness, racing heart, sometimes chest pain, occaisional breathlessness, high blood pressure, lower back pain,etc..

    • ANSWER:
      please, consult ur doctor to regulate dosage of thyroxine. that’s all.

  30. QUESTION:
    What can cause high liver ensymes?
    Hi I have been a nervous wreck for the past week I had my doctor check my Thyroid levels because of recent weight gain turns out when the test came back that my thyroid was ok but my liver enzymes were at 173 (that test was done 2 weeks prior) I just recently went to the ER because of a pain in the right side of my abdomen and extreme nausea all day. I had an ultrasound and a CT scan done ultrasound revealed nothing but the CT scan showed a lesion of 1.9 cm the ER doctor told me to follow up with my doctor I have been crying non-stop very scared. When I saw my Doctor 2 days later he called the radiologist to ask his opinion what he thought it was doctor says he didn’t seem concerned it appeared to be a hemangioma he also told me me enzymes levels were at 80 at this point still high but they had come down some. My doctor went ahead and referred me to a gastroenterologist he said he knew the ER doctor had scared me enough and understands my doubts? My question was if a hemangioma is not suppose to be a bad thing why are my enzymes high? Does anyone have any insight on what it could be based on results they have not told me fatty liver.

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    Please help. Thyroid?
    I’m 26, and was experiencing rapid hair loss since begin of jan, when I mean rapid, I used to have hair to my bottom, now for no reason it’s very short. And have bout half a cm of hair to put in a pony tail. No balding. Just hair thinning and breaking! Very brittle! My hair used to be my pride and joy! I went drs. Who done blood tests. Diabetes thyroid fbc. Liver bone ect. I got the results Friday, Folate was low. Now on folic acid. My thyroid levels were fine. But HIgh. tSH level. What does this mean? Dr just wants me to go for another blood test in 2 months. For t3 t 4 ferratin. And antibodies. Hello?? My hair is fallin out! It’s take under 2 months for over half my hair to fall out… I don’t know what to do?? Can anything else cause my hair to fall out this much. Also I feel
    sluggish. Weak. Just not myself!

    • ANSWER:
      TSH level high (norm is .3 – 3) means hypOthyroid and antibodies present? Sounds like Hashimoto’s. Do not wait to go back to this doctor—get another doctor! See an Endo.

      ck these:

      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/

      http://www.mentalhealth.com/mag1/p51-thyr.html

      God bless

  32. QUESTION:
    Advice please.. Possible underactive thyroid?
    I’m 26, and was experiencing rapid hair loss since begin of jan, when I mean rapid, I used to have hair to my bottom, now for no reason it’s very short. And have bout half a cm of hair to put in a pony tail. No balding. Just hair thinning and breaking! Very brittle! My hair used to be my pride and joy! I went drs. Who done blood tests. Diabetes thyroid fbc. Liver bone ect. I got the results Friday, Folate was low. Now on folic acid. My thyroid levels were fine. But HIgh. tSH level. What does this mean? Dr just wants me to go for another blood test in 2 months. For t3 t 4 ferratin. And antibodies. Hello?? My hair is fallin out! It’s take under 2 months for over half my hair to fall out… I don’t know what to do?? Can anything else cause my hair to fall out this much. Also I feel
    sluggish. Weak. Just not myself!

    • ANSWER:

  33. QUESTION:
    Could this be a Thyroid problem? Help!!?
    I had 2 colds back in Nov. and the 2nd cold started off with shortness of breath and coughing. It’s gone now (cough is)
    but ever since then I’ve had Non-stop shortness of breath.
    I have it right now…. and my doctor said that my thyroid levels were a little high
    I’ve had some chest pain and fullness the past few days, could that be the thyroid problem??
    I feel really terrible all the time.
    The shortness of breath 24/7 is awful. My neck hurts a lot…. and I get headaches rather often now.
    My parents won’t take me to a doctor,so is this all with the thyroid you think or could it be something else? Also, I missed my period in this month (dec) and thyroid problems can cause irregular periods it says.
    HELP??

    Any answer helps!

    • ANSWER:
      Yep. Shortness of breath is a cardiac symptom of Thyroid disease.

  34. QUESTION:
    High Serum Ferritin Levels?
    For the past 6 years I have had serum ferritin levels over 1000 (some tests as high as 2500)

    There has not been an upwards progression of the level, just constantly high except when I was pregnant 3 years ago when the level dropped to 150 (it was over 1000 again within 3 months of giving birth)

    My mother and brother (half brother) have the same problem although mine are by far the highest. My mother has hepatitis C but my brother and I are negative.

    Transferrin saturation normal.
    Negative HFE genetic tests
    Negative Liver biopsy for iron loading.

    I have developed orthostatic tachycardia (may be unrelated) have had chronic fatigue for the past 6 years (the fatigue was the original reason for the test)

    I have been to a haemotogist who stated that I may have a virus (for 6 years??) which i didn’t find to be terribly insightful.

    Other (possibly) notible things:
    Small palpable thyroid
    Some tests show mildly elevated platelets
    Normal Liver function

    Any ideas??? My doctors are stumped. My doctor has recommended blood letting as my levels are currently about 1600 but I can’t see why as I do not have iron overload.

    Just a list of possible disorders that could cause chronically elevated ferritin would be a help. Maybe there is something my doctor has overlooked.
    If you don’t know the answer could you please “star” this question, so it can get more views.
    I imagine this detailed knowledge is not that common
    All other blood work = normal

    • ANSWER:
      I’m no doctor BUT, your SF levels are very high. I’d be having phlebotomy’s anyway – regardless of the appropriate readings on other blood chemistry’s. I’d go with your doc’s opinion to have phlebs. My gastroenterologist told me that liver readings could look normal until the liver crashes. If you don’t feel well – fatigued, weak, etc. – that sure is a sign that something’s not right. At any rate, regular phlebs keep your blood clean and fresh as your body is forced to make “new” blood. I’ve become aware that “blood-letting” is, in general, a very healthful thing to do. I have hereditary hemochromatosis – gone undiagnosed by my docs for years even though the blood chemistry clearly indicated an iron problem. I have phlebs every 6 weeks at a local blood donation center. My SF is now 20. When I started it was 500. Not that high compared to a lot of folks but I felt extremely fatigued and unable to function. I feel very good now. The first year I was diagnosed with HH I went once a week then twice a week. Piece of cake if your donation center knows about HH folks and to use a smaller needle since you need to keep your veins in good shape for a lifetime of phlebs.

  35. QUESTION:
    Am freaked out need some help ~re: cortisol level and anxiety~ Please help~?
    I just had some blood work done all was good except for my cortisol and acth were slightly elevated. I asked for the test and dr said ok sure… I am on ERT and have suffered for years with panic/anxiety disorder along with PTSD. I have a medical phobia, long story. I was anxious when I went for the blood work. The acth, plasma was 29 and the norm high is 27. Had the cortisol one done first around 10am and it was slightly elevated norm being high 22.00 and mine was 24.3. I have searched the internet and have seen where estrogen replacement can cause higher levels, adrenaline fatigue, anxiety/panic attacks. And just being nervous about the tests which I am. Thyroid etc complete blood work was NORMAL. Dr now wants me to go in for an MRI on the pituitary gland to see if there is any problem. My ? is this,,,I don’t feel this is necessary and I am HIGHLY stressed over it all. Any help would be gladly appreciated from someone that has some type of qualifications concerning this…Thank you~
    Want to say thank you for the answers,,so far they seem to fit. I want to pick all of them as best answers but Yahoo won’t let me,,may have to email you each and give you a thumbs up.
    As for some additional information I should of put in but thought it would not be of use is the following:
    I have suffered with anxiety/panic PTSD etc for several years. I was also on cortisone for a condition over 20 years ago I was on that medication for 12 yrs. Now if I take any type of cortisone or EPI I have severe panic attacks.
    I do have the book hope and help for your nerves one of my 1st books,,and I do have a case of ANTS or as Lucinda Bassett puts it “stinkin thinkin” Am so stressed that my IBS is acting up, can’t think straight, and now realize I probably have OCD over this too. Hubby tired to contact dr yesterday as dr knows me and how I freak,,,wanted to set up an appt to see him to discuss as he always has test results etc,,,they never called back. He is an Internal med dr only.
    No DHEA test was taken. What gets me the most is he knows my medical status have been going to him for years, he knows how all of this affects me, and how cortisone affects me. I was the one that asked for the test out of curiosity,,should of left it alone. In all of my readings from labs etc I can’t see where mine is that elevated to be that concerned,,2 pts over the range? That to me does not warrant an MRI, and at least deserves some type of explanation as he always goes over our blood tests with us in person. This is so out of “character” for him. I had just seen him a month ago and he knows the stress I am under, and told me that my physical is suffering due to the stress…but it was me that asked for the test NOT HIM…so now it just seems so crazy to me. And I am at my wits end about it all. His nurse said to me that he is looking for tumors on the gland benign or cancerous. HELLO PANIC attack.

    • ANSWER:
      I agree, cortisol and ACTH levels will skyrocket when you’re stressed, as they should.

      The only way to determine a true cortisol problem is through stimulation testing, where your body is put under stress to purposefully make your glands secrete a lot of cortisol and ACTH. I really don’t think it’s anything you have to worry about, though; get the DHEA tested, proceed with an MRI if necessary, but I doubt it will be.

      One more thing- is this a primary care doctor? You should see an endocrinologist who specializes in these things if you’re worried. Again, I doubt you have anything to be worried about, though.

      Good luck!

  36. QUESTION:
    Can thyroid problems cause birth defects?
    I was in for my two month OB appointment and my doc said that my thyroid problem (they’re not producing the right amount of hormones and it’s slowing down my metabolism) could cause birth defects, when I asked the nurses who were taking my blood about it, they said that they were double checking everyones thyroid levels because they’ve found more problems caused by thyroid complications, but that they’d not been told that and don’t worry. My doctor has not yet called me back as to whether or not I need a higher dosage of Levoxyl so I’ve not been able to get my refill. Also I’m out of town and my boyfriend forgot to pack my prenatal vitamins and antibiotics for my UTI, it’s been since Friday, will I be alright? Do you have any information of the effects of this?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, my mom has the same thyroid problem as you. She has hypothyroidism which sounds exactly like your problem and I was born perfectly healthy. 9 lbs. 10 oz. I wouldn’t be too concerned, but let the doctors do what they do best.

  37. QUESTION:
    Yes, I tried Clomid and it did not work for me. My levels went sky high so they took me off after 1 round.?
    We’ve decided to do IVF because it will give us the best chance of conceiving. We should be doing this in mid November. I also have a thyroid condition that is under control with medications, but I wonder if this could be causing the issues with all my other hormones. My doctors tell me no, but has anyone else had experienced problems with infertility due to hypothyroidism?

    • ANSWER:
      If its under control, it shouldn’t affect fertility. However, when you do get pregnant your medication dosage will need to be adjusted because your thyroid will have to work harder during that time. I have hypothyroidism and PCOS (the PCOS came first), but the biggest issue with me is that I need the help ovulating (due to the PCOS of course). Other than that, have had no problems or complications because of the thyroid. However, my doctor did say if it wasn’t under control that it can throw off the rest of my body and impact fertility, so do make sure your levels stay normal.

      It is interesting that you tried one drug and have moved into IVF? But that may be just my assumption from your title. There are so many other new treatments available that are drugs and less expensive than IVF; however, I’m sure you’ve researched those options already with your doctor so I wish you much luck with all of the shots and the procedure.

      Baby dust to you!

  38. QUESTION:
    I am a fairly health 24-year-old male. I got a blood screening back today with super high Bili Totals. Help!?
    Ok, a little about me. Im 24, 5’7″ only 125lbs. I’m a very skinny guy. Havent been to the doctor in 7 years or so. I got a blood screen result back from a recent visit to a clinic, and all was within normal limits except my Bili Total and my TSH.
    Both were OFF THE CHARTS HIGH.
    Bili was at 4.4 (normal range 0.3-1.2)
    TSH was at 4.74 (normal range .27-4.20)

    As far as I know high Bili levels are indicative of Liver Problems. I treat my liver fairly well (no alcohol or drugs of any kind), but perhaps there is another cause…

    The TSH level is even more perplexing. A high TSH is normally indicative of an underactive Thyroid, which I believe would cause rapid weight gain and lethargy etc. My sister has a hypothyroid condition which caused her to gain weight, and I suspected I had the exact opposite of her problem (hyperthyroid) because I lose weight rapidly and I’m unable to gain weight. In fact I’m dangerously thin despite being barely normal weight.
    So, a high TSH makes absolutely no sense to me…

    Anyhow, I know I should just go see a doctor but its tough without insurance. Perhaps someone could provide some insightful knowledge in the meantime that might help me make sense of these results. Like I said, all other tests were within ideal ranges. If it helps, when I went to take this screening I had been basically sedentary for several months (laid off) so I am likely much healthier now that I ride my bike 8 miles a day, 5 days a week.
    Any input is welcomed and appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      First, I’m going to give you links to where you may get
      some help with the financial part of this. You
      definitely need to be under doctors care.
      1)Freemedicine.com
      2)Drugs for the uninsured:
      Kathy Webster-Link Dispensary of Hope
      (888) 428-HOPE (4673) or info@dispensaryofhope.org

      http://www.dispensaryofhope.org

      3)Free Medical Clinics/Camps All Over the USA

      http://www.freemedicalcamp.org/http://freemedicinefoundation.com/index.html

      4)Listing of Free Clinics:

      http://www.freeclinics.us/freeclinic.php

      http://www.researchacrossamerica.com/index.html

      5)Health Insurance for Low Income Families

      http://www.health-insurance.org/low-income

      6)Patient Advocate Foundation
      Solving insurance and healthcare Access problems:
      1-800-532-5274

      http://www.patientadvocate.org/

      ………………………………..
      ABOUT THE THYROID
      There are two glands that has to be considered in the
      thyroid problem…The thyroid itself and the pituitary gland in
      the brain.
      TSH or Thyroid Stimulating hormone is the hormone made
      by the pituitary gland and released into the blood to signal
      the thyroid to make more of the Thyroid hormone.

      The Thyroid hormone, known as thyroxine, is then made and
      released into the blood.

      If the TSH is “too high “in the blood, it means the Thyroid isn’t
      producing enough of the thyroxine and a patient is hypothyroid…
      hypo means low and in this case the thyroxine is low in the blood.

      If the TSH is “too low” in the blood, it means the Thyroid is
      producing too much of the thyroxine and a patient is considered
      hyperthyroid. Hyper means high and in this case the thyroxine
      is high in the blood.

      It is a balancing act as you can see. However, sometimes the
      problem is not the Thryoid…it can be the pituitary gland.
      In some cases The TSH and the T4,T3 (thyroxine) may both
      be too high or too low at the same time…this signifies a
      pituitary problem.

      The thyroid hormone has a great effect on may organs of
      the body, including the liver. Many people who have a liver
      problem will also have a thyroid problem and visa versa.
      Since both organs work with metabolism.
      Links about the thyroid:

      http://www.allthyroid.org/disorders/index.html

      http://www.thyroidmanager.org/

      ……………………………………….
      NOW FOR THE LIVER;
      There are different things that can cause
      a higher Bilirubin level. Let me explain what takes place.

      Bilirubin is made from our dead red blood cells.
      It is a greenish/brownish substance. The liver takes
      this bilirubin and converts it into a soluble form
      (becomes part of the bile) to flow through tube like
      structures (known as ducts)
      to the gallbladder to be stored and concentrated.
      When we eat, the food moves through the esophagus,
      through the stomach and then into the first part of the
      intestines…hormones then signal the gallbladder to
      contract and release the bile/bilirubin back into these ducts
      to flow to the intestines to help emulsify the fats we eat,
      so they can be digested.
      Anything that blocks the flow of the bile/bilirubin in the
      ducts: gallstone moves into the ducts, infection inside
      the ducts, growth inside the ducts, malformation of the
      ducts…can cause the bile/bilirubin to back up into the
      liver and the bilirubin will go out into the blood in a higher
      level. This back up into the liver can also cause
      liver cell damage. That is one thing that may happen.
      Another thing that could take place, is that for some
      reason…whether it be liver cell damage (disease) or
      liver failure…the bilirubin may not be converted to
      a soluble form and it will also rise in the blood.

      A third thing: If a persons produces too many red blood
      cells or the red blood cells die off too fast…it can cause
      a rise in bilirubin…because bilirubin is made from the
      dead red blood cells.
      A fourth thing: Is that some people normally have a
      higher bilirubin level in the blood known as Gilberts disease.

      You definitely need to be under the care of a
      gastroenterlogist now. He may also refer you to an
      endocrinologist.

      Bilirubin, is a pigment…meaning this substance can
      color other things. You may take note of the whites of
      your eyes and skin taking on a yellowish color.
      This is known as Jaundice. It is best seen in outdoor
      lighting, as indoor lighting can mask it.
      Because the kidneys filter the blood, you may see
      your urine taking on a darker appearance. Anywhere
      from a darker yellow to a dark brown. If this is a
      biliary problem where the bile/bilirubin doesn’t reach
      the intestines…then you would notice lighter color
      stools…from a light brown, light yellow, to grayish white
      and they may float on top of the toilet water.
      This is just something to watch for.

      I hope this information has been of some help to you.
      Best wishes.

  39. QUESTION:
    10 months ago my TSH level were .22, now they are 4.88. What would cause it to go from too low to too high?
    I wasn’t on any meds. My physician just put me on thyroid meds because of the high TSH level, but I’m hesitant to use them until I understand why there was a change.

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor needs to give you a proper diagnosis in order to answer that question. High TSH isn’t a diagnosis. Hypothyroidism isn’t a diagnosis. They are symptoms only.

      Your doctor also needs to test your thyroid hormones. He hasn’t yet. He has only tested a pituitary hormone called TSH. Measuring TSH is only an indirect, second hand way to guess at what your thyroid hormone levels are. And it can be quite wrong.

      Now, your doctor could be doing the right thing. Maybe he just hasn’t told you that he has done all of the right tests, including antibody tests, and diagnosed you with Hashimoto’s, and is now treating your Hashimoto’s. He really needs to communicate this to you. I would fire him for this alone. A doctor that you can’t communicate with is NOT a doctor that you want to see again.

      Anyway, Hashimoto’s can do what you describe. You can get surges of hormones when thyroid cells die off, producing hyperthyroid symptoms, and low TSH. Then after everything settles down, you can have a high TSH, and hypothyroid symptoms.

  40. QUESTION:
    Why do i have high level of TSH in my bloodstream?
    So i’m 16 and both my dad and his sister have thyroids disease. My dad was hyper… Recently I my throat began to hurt and we went to the doctor and it wasn’t a strep throat so the doctor thought it could be my thyroid since its in my family history and I am overweight.
    So they had blood taken out to do a TSH test. The test came out abnormal. So we went so that I would have an ultra-sound and it came out that there’s nothing wrong with my thyroid.
    But when the doctor got the results of the ultra-sound she said that my TSH levels were too high.
    I was researching and I found out the Pituitary gland is the one that tells the thyroid to set out more TSH into the bloodstream.

    So what is the cause that I have a high TSH level? Is the the Pituitary gland???

    BTW please don’t tell me to not be scared because honestly I’m not its just that all this medicine stuff intrigues me. I’m thinking in going to a career in health care soo yeah

    • ANSWER:
      a TSH that is higher than normal suggests a thyroid that is under active and not doing its job of producing thyroid hormone. So, in general, HIGHER TSH = UNDER ACTIVE THYROID / HYPOTHYROIDISM. I don’t think the ultrasound is that uncommon, just precautionary perhaps.

  41. QUESTION:
    Which should I choose for thyroid treatment?
    Okay , I’m a 15 year old girl and about a year ago I began feeling very tired and just in a bad mood. I didn’t really think too much about it but then I began to have VERY intense stomach aches and if I ate anything 10 minutes after eating I would have to go to the bathroom, sometimes I would just be in agony from the pain in my stomach. I got a appointment with my regular doctor and he diagnosed me with IBS (Irritable bowl Syndrome). He gave me medicine but it didn’t help I tried dealing with it I missed a lot of school because of it and I began losing weight I went to the ER and had test done and they didn’t ever tell me what was wrong they didn’t know while I was in the ER they noticed my heart rate was very very high and almost admitted me but I just stayed in the ER over night and when they got my rate to go 120 they sent me home. My stomach pains randomly started to disappear but then I was having throat pain so I went to the doctors to get checked out when the doctor was feeling my neck she noticed that where my thyroid gland was it was very enlarged, she sent me over to the head and neck doctor and he took a look and recommend me to a endocrinologist. So me and my parents drove to the closet children endocrinologist to me which is about an hour away. I had blood tests done and she found out I had hyperthyroidism in January of this year 2011. She told me she thought it was caused by Graves’ disease so I was put on medication trying to normalize my thyroid levels. The enlargement the first doctor felt was thought to be a goiter. I was taking my medication and my thyroid levels improved a little but not normalized during my summer vacation my neck began to hurt and I went to the ER the endocrinologist that was on call came in to check me out and he told me he thought I had hashimoto thyroiditis. They just sent me home and said nothing more about that. My endocrinologist just last week put in a order for me to get a thyroid scan to see what was causing my hyperthyroidism. I got the scan done and what is causing it is a nodule that is on my thyroid gland and it’s making it produce to much of the hormones. I was concerned that it could be cancerous because cancer runs in my family my mother and grandmothers and there mothers all have had cancer but the endocrinologist said in most causes the nodules are not cancerous. They gave me two options to get ride of it radioactive iodine therapy or surgery. My uncle got his thyroid gland out as a kid. I have no idea what one I should get, i’m really hesitant to get the radioactive treatment because I don’t want that messing up my body or having any future problems. The surgery option also just scares me because it is surgery. I’m only 15 and I don’t know what the best option would be for me.

    • ANSWER:
      “They gave me two options to get ride of it radioactive iodine therapy or surgery. My uncle got his thyroid gland out as a kid. I have no idea what one I should get, i’m really hesitant to get the radioactive treatment because I don’t want that messing up my body or having any future problems. The surgery option also just scares me because it is surgery. I’m only 15 and I don’t know what the best option would be for me.” WHOA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      If Hashi’s is suspected, DO NOT LET THEM DO ANY OF THE 3 HYPer TREATMENTS UNTIL THEY FIND OUT!!!!! HypER from Hashi’s is MUCH different than plain HypER. HypER from Hashi’s is just a TEMPORARY hypER state….With Hashi’s the body eventually goes hypO & stays. Going on Synthroid can cause the body to let the drug take over in regulating the amt of thyroid hormone that your body is producing, thus keeping you from going to the hypER cycle anymore.

      ALL THREE POSSBLE TREATMENTS FOR HYPER/GRAVES, IS AGAINST YOU IF IT IS HASHI’S w/ A TEMPORARY hypER CYCLE INSTEAD!!!

      READ THIS CAREFULLY:

      You need testing for thyroid ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) but, for diagnosis, would not matter if ANTIBODIES are present. Indicative of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis (CYCLES BETWEEN HYPER & HYPO AT START)…main cause of HypOthyroid & is worse (...OR Graves Disease - HypERthyroid).

      THERE ARE DIFFERENT ANTIBODIES ACCORDING TO WHETHER Hashis or Graves.

      WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find/treat thyroid disease. You may have to go to more than one doctor before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.

      Ck these:

      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/

      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html

      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/blguidelines.htm

      God bless

  42. QUESTION:
    I have missed a period, but have no chance of being pregnant.?
    I’m fifteen and was due my period a week ago today and it still hasn’t arrived. There is no possible way I’m pregnant as I’ve never done anything sexual with a boy rather than kissing. Is there any explanations to this?

    Extra info:
    Vegetarian
    High thyroid levels (not high enough to be worried the doctor said)
    Average weight

    This is really worrying as I have no clue what has happened. I’m not stressed at all (never have been) and I really have no idea what could be causing it.
    I’ve never missed a period before and I started when I was 11, just it’s pretty worrying haha. :(
    @portia, my blood was tested two weeks ago for anemia and it came back negative. That’s how I found out about the high thyroid levels.

    • ANSWER:
      Late periods even if you aren’t pregnant can be normal. Most women have a 28 or so day cycle, but sometimes the cycle goes off due to emotional changes or diet changes. It can also be caused by medications, even over the counter herbal medicines can cause changes in your cycle. Also, you say you’re a vegetarian maybe you re not getting enough iron and you’re anemic that can sometimes interrupt your cycle. It’s best to consult your doctor though just to make sure. But if the doctor says you’re fine and you still have late periods here and there you may just have an irregular cycle. I had a cycle that was like clockwork until I hit 27 then it started getting irregular for no reason the doctor could pinpoint. I’d sometimes have 2 periods in a month and sometimes go 45 days without one. The doctor put me on hormones and it went back on schedule.

  43. QUESTION:
    What kind of thyroid problem?
    I had tests done on thyroid function. My TSH came back around 4(maybe a little higher) and my T4 was around 12. I feel horrible, tired, sick. What would cause both of these levels to be high?
    Actually, I checked the numbers. TSH was 6.220 and T4 was 12.2. I had a CT scan with radioactive iodine contrast too. Would this affect the #s?

    • ANSWER:
      That is very high TSH! TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) BUT…….. would not matter if antibodies are present. Indicative of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis…main cause of HypOthyroid & is worse (...OR Graves Disease - HypERthyroid).

      WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find/treat thyroid disease. You may have to go to more than one doctor before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.

      Ck these:

      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/

      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html

      God bless

  44. QUESTION:
    Doctors/Nurses: Higher than usual blood levels=possible pregnacy?
    For awhile now following unprotected sex several times in 2 weeks (From the 22nd-26th of October I had unprotected sex as well as the 10-12th of October.), I’ve been feeling kinda crappy: nausea, extreme fatigue, headaches, overheating, etc.

    I went to my doctor about not feeling well (NEVER thinking it could be pregnancy related) who ordered bloodwork checking for mono, thyroid levels, CBC (anemia, etc). When I got the results back, my mono spot, thyroid and cbc were all negative. BUT the doctor was concerned that “several other levels are higher than normal range” He couldnt explain it and said we’d check again in a few weeks.

    Currently, It is a week before my very regular period and by yesterday I should have been having my equally regular (and equally strong) PMS symptoms. But I havent had a single one, which is incredibly strange.

    Im not on the pill, btw. With this all taken into account, can these “heightened blood levels” be a pregnancy indicator? Can being pregnant cause changes here?
    I cant remember what levels they were, the doc didnt tell me all of him. He seemed really confused and disturbed.

    If there were pregnancy-ish hormones, would they just retest without informing me they picked up hcg?

    • ANSWER:
      i would say your pregnant hun….if the hcg levels are higher than 0 they will re-test anywhere from 1-2 weeks later to check….

  45. QUESTION:
    Doctors/Nurses:Higher-than-usual blood levels=possible pregnancy?
    For awhile now following unprotected sex several times in 2 weeks (From the 22nd-26th of October I had unprotected sex as well as the 10-12th of October.), I’ve been feeling kinda crappy: nausea, extreme fatigue, headaches, overheating, etc.

    I went to my doctor about not feeling well (NEVER thinking it could be pregnancy related) who ordered bloodwork checking for mono, thyroid levels, CBC (anemia, etc). When I got the results back, my mono spot, thyroid and cbc were all negative. BUT the doctor was concerned that “several other levels are higher than normal range” He couldnt explain it and said we’d check again in a few weeks.

    Currently, It is a week before my very regular period and by yesterday I should have been having my equally regular (and equally strong) PMS symptoms. But I havent had a single one, which is incredibly strange.

    Im not on the pill, btw. With this all taken into account, can these “heightened blood levels” be a pregnancy indicator? Can being pregnant cause changes here?
    No, he definitely didnt give me specifics, he just said we’d retest.

    and yeah, overheating. i keep having night sweats.

    • ANSWER:
      I would go get a home pregnancy test, just to ease my OWN mind. I would also call, and see if you are able to get any specific, it doesn’t seem like your doctor is too concern, but for sure ask him about it.

  46. QUESTION:
    Doctors/Nurses: Higher-than-usual blood levels=possible pregnancy?
    For awhile now following unprotected sex several times in 2 weeks (From the 22nd-26th of October I had unprotected sex as well as the 10-12th of October.), I’ve been feeling kinda crappy: nausea, extreme fatigue, headaches, overheating, etc.

    I went to my doctor about not feeling well (NEVER thinking it could be pregnancy related) who ordered bloodwork checking for mono, thyroid levels, CBC (anemia, etc). When I got the results back, my mono spot, thyroid and cbc were all negative. BUT the doctor was concerned that “several other levels are higher than normal range” He couldnt explain it and said we’d check again in a few weeks.

    Currently, It is a week before my very regular period and by yesterday I should have been having my equally regular (and equally strong) PMS symptoms. But I havent had a single one, which is incredibly strange.

    Im not on the pill, btw. With this all taken into account, can these “heightened blood levels” be a pregnancy indicator? Can being pregnant cause changes here?
    He really just stood there looking really confused the whole time. I figured (after the fact) that a pregnancy test would have been ordered based on my symptoms. Im going to my GYN today though hopefully she has better insight.

    • ANSWER:
      Not likely. My bet is that you had no tests that were abnormal. There are quite a few tests that can be outside the normal range but not far enough outside to be abnormal, either, and pregnancy wouldn’t be the cause of any of them. You can speculate all you want, but it does no good. If you’re repeating tests, then certainly they’ll want to add an HCG this time.

  47. QUESTION:
    Is a High Thyroxine level gona cause me goiter problems?
    i did a blood check and my thyroxine level was 10.38 and the critical level was 11.00. I have noticed that my thyroid gland is a lil bigger than before as i can feel them when i massage the side of my lower neck. Im male and 22 years old. I need some advice.

    • ANSWER:
      A high thyroxine level indicates hyperthyroidism. One of the symptoms (out of 12) is a goiter — while it may not cause a goiter, you will likely experience some of the other 11 symptoms. I suggest you go to the doctor to have your thyroid checked out.

      Please don’t go by feeling your own thyroid, unless you have had much experience feeling normal and abnormal thyroids … the changes are slight, take time to be learned, and are really the place for doctors. Just go .. it can’t hurt and the doctor has the expertise to help. Good luck!

  48. QUESTION:
    Thyroidless and can’t tolerate thyroid medication?
    I had my thyroid completely removed due to nodules, 11 years ago. At the time of the removal, I had been on birth control pills. I remained on them for 10 years. I took Synthroid, and never had a problem. I felt great! I got off the BC pills 2 years ago, and all of a sudden, I am unable to tolerate my synthroid. Especially after ovulation! I become extremely stimulated by it, and can only take 1/4 of the pill at a time. It seems to get better when I approach ovulation, when my hormone levels are the highest. My ability to tolerate my synthroid seems to follow my menstural cycle. And I ovulate every OTHER month. This causes me to constantly go from hypo to normal to hypo to normal. As I approach ovulation, I am able to take my entire correct dose of synthroid, and end up with a good TSH. However, then I ovulate and all of a sudden can’t tolerate my thyroid pill for about 3-4 weeks after! So, this causes my TSH to go high. I’ve had my hormones tested and my estrogen and progesterone levels are always low. Do you think this is the reason why I’m unable to tolerate my synthroid- because of low hormone levels?? I have heard that having low estrogen causes one to be more sensitive to thyroid hormone. Anybody have any experience with this??

    • ANSWER:
      Your problem is outright because you are on one of the worst thyroid medications every invented: synthroid. It’s a T4-only medication. And patients are not meant to live on T4 alone. A healthy thyroid produces T4, T3, T2, T1 and calcitonin. You are missing the other four hormones!

      Here’s a page on the patient-to-patient website Stop the Thyroid Madness about T4-only and why they really suck: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/t4-only-meds-dont-work

      And you may be having issues because the T4 is converting to too much RT3 in the presence of too much estrogen during ovulation.

  49. QUESTION:
    High thyroglobulin level?
    Recently, I had a thyroid biopsy on my thyroid nodule and was lucky enough to find no cancer cells present. However, my thyroglobulin level is very high, 679 ng/mL compared to the normal range of 2.0 – 35 ng/mL. I know that other conidtions also cause elevated thyroglobulin level. But a level that is almost 20 times higher that normal makes me worry. Could experts on thyroid disease give me some advices? Thank you very much in advance.

    lwk

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t know if you know this or not but when your thyroid level is high your thyroid is actually low and when it’s low it means it’s high. I know it makes no sense but it is true. Your Dr can give you meds to take and you will have to take them everyday for the rest of your life. they will help raise or lower your thyroid. Your thyroid controls everything in your body. From hair growth, body heat, moods. It is as important to a body as estrogen is. Please check with your Dr about it.

  50. QUESTION:
    Can taking high dosages of Calcium over a prolonged period cause damage?
    I had my thyroid and 2 parathyroid glands removed a year ago, I now have to take 2000mg of calcium daily. I have my levels checked often by my endocrinologist, but am wondering if this is going to cause damage down the road? Are my kidneys or other organs going to suffer from the amount of calcium I take? Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Most likely not. Your body can only absorb so much calcium at once. Just make sure you get your levels checked like once a year to make sure your stored levels don’t get too high.