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What causes elevated TSH? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 06-Apr-2014
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User:hi doctor
User:Madam I have done TSH recently
User:result is 5.85
User:i am 32 year old and 82 kg
User:i feel little uneasiness in the throat as well
User:does that mean goiter?
User:i am not a thyroid patient earlier
Doctor:It is a little higher
Doctor:it is not goiter
User:does hypothyroidism lead to goiter
User:if left untreated
Doctor:not necessarily
Doctor:one need not develop goitre in low functioning thyroid or hypothyroidism
User:TSH should not be more than 2 for my age right?
Doctor:It should not be more than 5.5
User:oh. then hyperthyroidism might lead to goiter. right?
Doctor:that is right
User:ok thanks for confirmation
User:do i need to get some scan for uneasiness in throat?
Doctor:you could get a thyroid scan done
User:whil palpating i didn't find any nodules or lump sort of..
Doctor:no harm in it
User:any thing do i need to take care of to maintain tsh below 5.5?
Doctor:Yes, but that requires detailed evaluation
Doctor:You may have to repeat the test in 6 weeks time
User:or is it like it will go on increasing?
Doctor:If it is still high, you might have to start on Thyroid supplements
User:i did this test in may 2013 and at that time it was 5.26
Doctor:please do the test now
User:if it comes in the border say 5.5. do i need to start supplements?
Doctor:you should start treatment then
User:thank you doctor
User:i will repeat the test
User:thanks a lot for your time
Doctor:my pleasure
Doctor:thank you too
Doctor:take care
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