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If my TSH levels are at 83.800 am I in danger.

By Anonymous August 2, 2018 - 12:11pm
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Hello Anon

Thank you for writing!

Your numbers are very high - indicating you are hypothyroid.

Hypothyroidism occurs when your thyroid gland is not making enough hormones to keep your body up and running at normal speed. Women, especially those older than 60, are more likely to experience this condition.

It may take a number of years for symptoms to emerge. Initial symptoms, such as fatigue and weight gain, can be barely noticed, or may simply be attributed to aging.

But as your metabolism continues to slow down, more serious symptoms can occur. You may experience constipation, dry skin, aches and stiffness, muscle weakness and depression. Your face can become puffy, your hair may thin, your heart rate may decrease, and your memory could become impaired.

You may suffer from an increased sensitivity to cold. Your cholesterol levels may rise. Your joints could become painful and swollen. Your menstrual periods can become heavier or irregular.

Constant stimulation of your thyroid gland to produce more hormones can also cause it to become enlarged. This condition is called a goiter.

It is important to be on the lookout for these symptoms and never underestimate them. Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing unexplained fatigue, sudden weight gain, or any of the described symptoms above.

You may be at increased risk for hypothyroidism if you have an autoimmune disorder or if you have previously been treated for hyperthyroidism.

Having thyroid surgery, where all or a large portion of your thyroid has been removed, or receiving radiation therapy to your head or upper chest can also cause hypothyroidism.

Certain drugs such as lithium may also cause this condition, so ask your doctor about the effects of the medication that you are taking may have on your thyroid gland.

The good news is that hypothyroidism can be tested and diagnosed with a thyroid function test, and safely and effectively treated with a synthetic thyroid hormone.

With this medication you will start to feel less tired in one to two weeks, your cholesterol levels will gradually decrease, and you will start losing the extra weight.

The treatment usually lasts a lifetime. Your doctor will find the right dose for you and may change it from time to time based on your annual thyroid function tests.

Your doctor might recommend annual thyroid hormone tests if you are above a certain age, but it is always important to listen to your body and be aware of suspicious changes.

Please work with your doctor on your treatment plan.


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