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Found high TSH level after delivery. Family history of high thyroid level. What should be done now?

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This query is for my wife. We had a baby in August 2012. We tested her for TSH (Thyroid) during that period and we got a value of 4.08 (Feb 2012), but she did have high sugar during the pregnancy.
Now we tested her for TSH again and it showed a very high value of 16.69. Her father also has a history of high thyroid.
I need your help on what our course of action should be now?
Posted Tue, 7 May 2013 in Thyroid Problem and Hormonal Problems
 
 
Answered by Dr. Rahul Tawde 17 hours later
Dear XXXXXXX
Thanks for writing in. Your wife' s TSH is high which means she has got hypothyroidism. In hypothyroidism thyroid gland produces lower than normal amounts of thyroid hormones. She needs to be put on thyroid hormone replacement. Before that get a complete thyroid profile just to reconfirm the results. Once in a while we do get wrong TSH values. So its better to reconfirm the result from a different lab. If results are confirmed she will have to take lifelong treatment. But the condition is simple and pretty straight forward to treat. Morover hypothyroidism is quite common in women. So nothing much to worry.
Hope this helps,
Shivaprasad
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