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Dec 29, 2013, I had a severe pain in the right side of my stomach, and I was assuming that pain was due to lifting some heavy objects during the festive season. But it continued for 3 days, then, I went to consult a Gynaecologist. Doctor asked me to go for TSH and complete blood test. I got the shock of my life when I saw that TSH showed up to 11.38, but a normal rating should be max 4.0 I guess. I checked online for some genuine information on this. Didn�t find any good answers. So here I am hoping to get some reliable answers to the condition. Is the reading 11.38 very scary? What steps should I take to bring it to normal levels? How will it affect my health in long run? Is there any special diet I should follow? What is the best treatment available for Thyroid in Hyderabad? How long will it take to get back to normal? Will this condition reoccur again after successful treatment? Thank you in advance for your guidance. - Asked by S R on 06-Jan-2014 19:21:21

Answer Count: 1    Disorder Type: Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic disorders

  • MBBS, MD
    Cardiovascular Diseases
    Languages Known: English, Telugu

    Answered by Dr. Ajay Tripuraneni on 06-Jan-2014 19:38:13

    • What is the reference range given by the lab for the thyroid lab ( it can vary from lab to lab)
    • TSH Is high as it trying to raise your actual thyroid hormone levels. Would also have a Free T4 and Free T3 checked. IF not available would at least have total T4 and T3 checked as an alternative.
    • It can easily treated with thyroid replacement
      • Thyroid levels need to be checked again in 6 weeks to 12 weeks
      • Please consult with your local doctor
      • If treated there are no long term effects
      • If untreated can raise your cholesterol, which can lead to heart disease, can worsen over time and effect different organs such as skin, your bowels ( constipation), may not have the energy levels to do stuff.
      • Also have your doctor check your neck for any thyroid swelling. Once you have low levels you may have to be on replacement for life.
    • One of the causes of low thyroid hormone ( high TSH ) level can be lack of adequate iodine in diet.
    • Last checking Free T4 and T3 also helps in differentiating between other causes of thyroid disorders.

    Hope this helps. Please consult your local doctor, this is for information only and not a treatment advice.

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