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Understanding if you have a high TSH is SO important because it will help you understand how well your thyroid is functioning.
TSH is produced by your pituitary gland in your brain and it tells your thyroid gland to produce more hormone.
A high TSH is associated with LOW thyroid hormone (which can be confusing but it’s because of feedback loops in the brain).
The higher your TSH gets the more hypothyroid you will become and the more symptoms you will experience.
There is a difference between a NORMAL TSH and an OPTIMAL TSH.
Your doctor will try to say that a high TSH is defined as anything greater than 4.5 or 5.5.
But the optimal TSH level is anything less than 2.0 to 2.5 (depending on which study you look at). My recommendation is to keep your TSH less than 2.0 because MOST people will experience side effects as their TSH rises above 2.0.
The symptoms of a high TSH include:
Muscle pain/chronic pain
Decreased heart rate
Decreased body temperature
The higher your TSH gets the MORE symptomatic you will become. So a mildly elevated TSH is only associated with mild weight gain/fatigue but as your TSH gets higher and higher you will continue to gain weight and feel poorly.
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