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Sunday, May 19, 2013
I am 25. I am having hypothyroidism. I am taking thyroxine 50, but my TSH level is not normal. It`s 5.59. What to do? How can I bring it under control? Please help.
I would not be able to make specific comments based on your information. If your condition is a true hypothyroidism, in which low thyroid function leads to an elevated TSH level, then the dose of thyroid hormone replacement should be increased gradually to aim for a normal TSH level (between 1 and 3). However, if your TSH remains elevated despite the increasing doses of thyroid hormone, then you need to be evaluated by an endocrinologist to revisit the diagnosis.
Marzieh Salehi, MD
Assistant Professor of Endocrinology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati