What Elevated TSH is and How it Effects Your Thyroid
Elevated TSH begins as a sign of a lag in your thyroid function. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have a thyroid condition. Different factors can momentarily affect your biological responses. Your pituitary gland is designed to stand in for your normal amount of hormone production temporarily until it’s able to kick start regular thyroid function.
The elevated hormone levels become an issue when they continue to spike over the long-term. The early symptoms associated with elevated TSH include fatigue and depression. Monitor the progression of your symptoms and an underactive pattern will likely emerge.
What Indicative Patterns Mean
The difficulty with diagnosing an underactive thyroid is that the symptoms are so often missed, even by the patients themselves.
Since elevated TSH develops slowly and mildly at first, the symptoms are usually mistaken for something age or stress-related. This is what specialists refer to later as the sub-clinical underactive stage. If we knew more about how to pinpoint the problem early on, it could affect both treatment options and the duration of those options.
As TSH levels continue to rise, the progression of symptoms also worsens. You’ll now likely see changes to your weight, hair and skin, menstrual cycle, energy level, and body temperature. Some patients have all of the symptoms while others still only have a few.
Elevated TSH is of particular importance if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant. Your thyroid hormone is an essential component of both fertility and sustaining a pregnancy.
Make it a Personal Standard Practice
There is no standard thyroid test during pregnancy, but we recommend that women get regular thyroid tests throughout their pregnancy to make sure that they have an ample supply to provide for the developing baby.
Infants do not have a thyroid gland until after the first trimester. This means that they rely solely on the mother’s hormone supply to survive. Depleted hormone levels can complicate the pregnancy and even lead to a miscarriage.
There are rarer symptoms still like adrenal failure, coma, and ligament damage. If you are experiencing severe symptoms of an underactive thyroid, do not put off going to the doctor. It could literally save your life. The overall health improvement will not be immediate, but it is worth it in the long-term.
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