From the article: Thyroid Testing: What Is a Normal TSH Level?
Is your doctor, health care practitioner and/or testing laboratory using the older, outdated reference range of 0.5 to 5.0 for the thyroid stimulating hormone -- TSH -- test? Or have they adopted the narrower range recommended since since 2003? For almost a decade, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists has recommended that the so-called normal or reference range for the TSH test be narrowed to .3 to 3.0, and it's still not happening at most labs, and with many doctors across the nation. What is your experience? Has your doctor or lab "gotten it" yet? Or are you still waiting for them to get the news? Share Your Experiences
TSH Reference Range 0.3-5.0mcIU/ml
- TSH Reference Range 0.3-5.0mcIU/ml.I have 6.87-Hypothyroidism
- —Guest shib
Refuse to Comply
- I've been through 24 Endo's in last 23 years and I'm beyond frustrated. My last TSH was 10.7, I asked that my Synthroid be changed to Armour and my physician refused. She gave no explanation, other than, I don't prescribe Armour. I've regained 53lbs of the 100 I lost after gastric bypass, severe joint pain, migraines, cervical disc disease, anxiety, depression and sexual disorder. It infuriates me when physicians would rather write prescriptions for narcotic pain meds than address the root cause. Each time I read about or hear on TV the narcotic pain RX epidemic, I want to scream,"you damn idiots." If physicians treated and cured the diseases, hyper/hypothyroidism; perhaps, narcotic pain meds could be prescribed when all other conditions have been ruled out. I've had breast and thyroid cancer and I demand the highest level of care, because if my thyroid cancer had been properly diagnosed 33 years ago, I could've avoided both cancers. Physicians should be held accountable.
- Our lab still uses the older 0.5-5.0 range for "normal". My husband just had his bloodwork done this week (he is not hypo/hyper, just part of a company physical) and the TSH range is the older one.
- —Guest Stella
- Im taking 3 1gr armour thyroid pills daily. Lab work on 10-31-13 TSH 0.08, T4 is 6.2. Haven't seen my T3 result yet. What yall think? I feel fine.
- —Guest CoffeeVal
- Since early 2012 my TSH level has risen from 2.28 to 3.13 and now it is 5.9. Both my mother and maternal grandmother had hypothyroidism, so it likely is hereditary. My doctor is hesitant to treat me, but I think I've persuaded her to do so. The amount of pleading I have had to do is maddening! Doctors seem so willing to prescribe pills for anything and everything else, BUT hypothyroidism. A different doc a few years ago suggested bariatric surgery! I'm 60 pounds or so overweight, but he suggested SURGERY?!?!? Rather than consider hypothyroidism. Aarrrggghhhhh!!!!!!!
- —Guest Karen
- I had a TSH of 12. I was prescribed Synthroid but, did not fill my script. Instead, I stopped all soy products. I even make my own mayonnaise. Everything has Soy in it - even my Hellmans. TSH after 2 months is 3.40!!!
- —Guest marsha arlen
- My TSH levels on my last blood test was 1.79 (6/17/2013) I am on 100mcg daily. The doctor says I am ok, but I am wondering why I don't feel good. Tired no energy and I could sleep 12 hours a day!
I have no idea!
- I don't know if I'm reading my TSH level correctly or not. It reads: TSH  That's it. I wonder if I am living on borrowed time.
- —Guest Wicked Confused
- Kaiser in California is using outdated range in 2013. My TSH was 4.03 in 2008. Jumped up to 6.15 2013. I have been suffering the last 8 months with various symptoms.
- —Guest Ev
- I have "normal" test results (.8) but still don't feel good. I've been told to have my Parathyroid checked. Im interested in hearing others who have any advice/experience on this.
- —Guest Guest Patient
- My TSH value in the report shows 39 and the reference range is 0.27-4.2 ulU/ml. I want to conceive. Looking forward to other's experience and advice.
Low TSH and High T4
- My TSH is .007 (no its not a typo) and my T4 is 15 something. Ultrasound today in search of large nodules. Praying they are none, although there was way too much measuring of something. Since I'm not an ultrasound tech, I had no idea if it was good or bad. The waiting is killing me.
- —Guest DAH
Fleury Lab Brasil
- 0,45 a 4,5 mUI/L. This is what Fleury use in Brasil.
- —Guest JohN
Artificially Depressed TSH
- Having a TSH of say.001 does not mean hyper at all, especially if taking NDT. You can still have low Free T4 and Free T3.
- —Guest Kristina
- It angers me that so many physicians are using antiquated data to treat or not treat patients. In 2003, the AACE clearly stated that the TSH reference range should be tighter, ie 0.3-3.0 mIU/L. Obviously, these patients require additional testing, but there are many subclinical cases passing under the radar due to the fact that these clinicians are using the older 0.5-5.0 reference range values. The mere fact that some labs have changed and some have not make it difficult to monitor a patient unless they visit that same lab consistently.
- —Guest RAUL
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