Hypothyroidism

Low or “Normal” TSH Lab Results, and Why You Can Still be Hypothyroid

Posted by Miss Lizzy
August 19, 2010

For years I went undiagnosed for Hypothyroidism because I am one of those people who has an extremely low TSH. It was only on instinct that I pursued treatment even though many doctors told me that I wasn’t Hypothyroid, based on the TSH test.  Here is some incredible new information about why TSH is inaccurate.

According to this article by Richard Stanley Wilkinson, M.D., TSH is a test of the pituitary gland which governs the thyroid. If the thyroid function is low (hypothyroid) the pituitary gland starts shouting at the thyroid to work harder, causing the TSH level to rise.

This means high TSH is typically used to determine hypothyroidism. But if your TSH is low (below 5.0) your doctor may say you aren’t hypothyroid, which means you could be walking around feeling like garbage from hypothyroid symptoms, like being overweight, depressed, tired, cold… and you don’t know why. Here are two incredible reasons why TSH is useless test:

• TSH levels can vary as much as 200% during the day. This is a huge margin of error! (Shocking!)

• Often after childbirth a woman’s pituitary gland can be damaged! When this happens the pituitary can no longer shout at the low functioning thyroid to work harder. The result is that the TSH looks “normal” but the patient is hypothyroid, and consequently misdiagnosed as depressed, lazy, or overweight (and other hypothyroid symptoms). This damage to the pituitary gland is called Sheehan’s Syndrome.  This explains at least one reason why so many women become hypothyroid after pregnancy.

 

Your health is only as good…

as your doctor.

If your doctor is still relying on TSH as the measure of hypothyroidism, RUN! It’s highly unlikely you will change their perspective. Instead find a doctor who measures hypothyroidism based on symtoms, body temp, and the Free T3 and Free T4 lab results.

xxoo

Lizzy

One Comment

  1. heidi November 3, 2012 9:37 pm

    I just found you. And it gives me hope. I have had thyroid issues for at least 4 years now…..but only recently figured that out. I thought the extreme postpartm symptoms I had were just part of having babies. Then discovered that there is something going on involving my thyroid. I'm so frustrated because the doctor won't treat me. My TSH is in the low end of normal, my FT3 is low end of normal, and my FT$ is a little below the normal range. So they have told me that's probably just my body's normal range. And I have begun to believe them, and believe that I'm just fat, lazy, tired, and pathetic. Then I read your blog, and it has given me a small grain of hope that perhaps it really is something going on in my body. Thank you. How do I convince a doctor that I'm still not ok??? I'm going to a new one in two days (he is my GP, but I haven't been able to talk to him yet about all this, although I've been to another GP as well as an endocrinologist, and the endo completely dismissed me as needing anything and wants to just monitor my TSH). Thank you for writing about hypothyroidism!

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