Well, I’ll tell you a little secret that most patients and even some doctors don’t know…
If you have high TSH levels, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have a thyroid problem.
That’s right, your thyroid could be perfectly fine and you can still have high TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) levels.
Your TSH levels may be elevated because, when thyroid hormone is low, the body tells your pituitary gland (the gland that makes TSH) that it needs more. Then your pituitary gland releases more TSH to tell your thyroid to release more thyroid hormone.
But just because your pituitary gland is telling your thyroid, “Hey, we need more thyroid hormone,” it doesn’t mean your thyroid gland is broken.
In fact, your thyroid could be producing more than enough thyroid hormone.
What a high TSH level does tell you is there is a problem somewhere.
And you probably already know that you have a problem, otherwise you wouldn’t be dealing with hypothyroid symptoms such as constipation, fatigue, weight gain, cold hands and feet, dry skin, thinning hair, depression, and a low libido.
The real question is, “why do I have high TSH levels?”
And if your doctor can answer that question for you, then he or she can fix your problem.
However, in order to really know why your hormones are out-of-whack, your doctor must have a complete thyroid panel performed.
The other tests will tell him or her WHERE the real problem is.
You see, your thyroid can be producing a sufficient amount of thyroid hormone, but your body for some reason may not be able to convert that hormone to the more active form of hormone that your body needs in order to function.
So, the real problem could be converting your thyroid hormone.
Or, you can be converting enough active thyroid hormone, but it may not be able to make inside of your cells where your body needs it.
Or, the active hormone could be lost somewhere in your body and it can’t find its way to the cells.
Or, you could have a lot of foreign substances stuck in your body that may be mimicking thyroid hormone.
There are a few possible causes for your high TSH levels; but the bottom line is, until you have a complete thyroid panel your doctor will always be guessing.
And to make matters worse, once your doctor determines you have a high TSH level he or she may give you more thyroid hormone.
But if your body can’t convert thyroid hormone to its active form and you’re just putting in more thyroid hormone, you won’t fix the problem.
Some researchers suggest that giving the body a synthetic form of thyroid hormone may tell your body to stop making the real thyroid hormone.
Can you see where all the confusion is?
Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as running one test and popping one pill.
If you really want to get to the root cause of your thyroid problem, you must have a complete thyroid blood panel done.
The more pieces to the puzzle you have, the better you understand why you have a thyroid problem.
It all starts with understanding why you have high TSH levels. Once you know this, finding the right solution is much easier.