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What Does My TSH Level Indicate?

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Posted on Fri, 6 Oct 2017
Question: Hello doc, I have increased TSH level 150 n I m on medication. I have to continue it to rest of my life. Is it like this. I have heard that once the level of TSH increased then that person should be on medications for while life. I m little worried about it.
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Answered by Dr. Minal Mohit (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
hypothyroidism does need life long replacement.

Detailed Answer:
Dear xxxxxx! hi! what i could get from your query is that you have primary hypothyroidism. Now whether your TSH is 150 or your dose of thyroxine is 150 is not clear to me.
So kindly clarify that. In addition to it, your query that do you need it for life, XXXXXXX in most cases it is true. hypothyroid is a state where the gland stops working, so we just replace thyroxine from outside, we do not repair the gland per se. so the replacement is for life.
regards!
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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Follow up: Dr. Minal Mohit (1 hour later)
My TSH level is 150 and I have started taking thyroxine 100 mg. According to you is this high level of TSH will lead serious consequences in my life or this medication will continue further.
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Answered by Dr. Minal Mohit (6 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
so you have primary hypothyroidism clearly.

Detailed Answer:
Dear XXXXXXX i did not mention a word as high level of TSH or serious consequence .
please re read the answer.
TSH is high because it has not been treated for long. hypothyroidism if adequately treated and thyroid balance well maintained has no consequences rather.
but definitely you will require it for life long as the disease is overt and TSH around 150 clearly signifies that your gland is hypo functional.
regards!
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Follow up: Dr. Minal Mohit (2 days later)
Hello doc,
Today I have checked my TSH, FT3 and Ft4. TSH is 32. FT4 is 1.2, FT3 is 2.3. TSH is low may be because of medicine which I am taking thyroxine 100. Or there may some other issue??
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Answered by Dr. Minal Mohit (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
how long you have been taking the treatment?

Detailed Answer:
Dear XXXXXXX It is good to see your TSH has come down from 150 to 32 and FT3, FT4 are normal range. kindly tell me since when are you on thyroxine 100 mcg?
regards!
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Minal Mohit (52 minutes later)
It is 15 days including today.
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Answered by Dr. Minal Mohit (27 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
continue same plan

Detailed Answer:
Dear XXXXXXX please continue same plan sir, and recheck after 2 months and let me know.
regards!
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What Does My TSH Level Indicate?

Brief Answer: hypothyroidism does need life long replacement. Detailed Answer: Dear xxxxxx! hi! what i could get from your query is that you have primary hypothyroidism. Now whether your TSH is 150 or your dose of thyroxine is 150 is not clear to me. So kindly clarify that. In addition to it, your query that do you need it for life, XXXXXXX in most cases it is true. hypothyroid is a state where the gland stops working, so we just replace thyroxine from outside, we do not repair the gland per se. so the replacement is for life. regards!