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Please hack new TSH level!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 04, 2011 at 10:21 PM

My TSH 3 months ago was tested at .78 when it usually had been 1.95. Now my doc wants a retest. What could be going on here? Is my GF, low carb diet working? Or was it the Brazil nuts and sea salt with kelp (that I sort of quit) or something else?

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on September 23, 2011
at 05:27 AM

So with normal T3 and T4, you see lower TSH as a good thing? Mine use to be in the 2.6, then the 1.8, now it just came back as 0.3. I eat a lot of kelp and sardines.

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on September 06, 2011
at 02:59 PM

Holy cow! With a TSH that high, I'd be thinking Hashimoto's. Have you had antibody levels checked? It's common with Hashimoto's to have TSH go really high and then really low, related to the immune system's attacks on the thyroid. If you do have Hashimoto's, paleo is a perfect diet to start with, but there are some addition things you want to do along with it. Get yourself a copy of the book 'Why do I still have thyroid symptoms when my lab tests are normal?' by Dr. Datis Kharrazian and look for a functional medicine doc that can help manage the autoimmune condition.

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on September 05, 2011
at 10:23 PM

Yum, sardines! Maybe I'll alternate. I need to eat sardines away from my husband as he can't take the smell.

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on September 05, 2011
at 05:05 AM

I dunno about Brazil nuts: http://www.orau.org/ptp/collection/consumer%20products/brazilnuts.htm but either way you need to make sure you get iodine and selenium in your diet. I usually eat kelp for iodine and sardines for selenium.

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on September 05, 2011
at 01:09 AM

I've been on the levothyroxine for 2 and a half years. My TSH was initially at 171 before I went on the drug.

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on September 05, 2011
at 01:08 AM

So I'll do the retest. if it comes back at 1.95, I'll start eating the Brazil nuts and using the sea salt with kelp again.

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:27 PM

I would wager that it was the iodine and selenium that did it. The former would increase T4, the latter would increase the conversion of T4 to T3, both of which I believe feedback to inhibit TSH release. Congratulations.

2d090e680d86e2c768edb40b4b433978

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on September 05, 2011
at 01:08 AM

So I'll do the retest. if it comes back at 1.95, I'll start eating the Brazil nuts and using the sea salt with kelp again.

Medium avatar

(39821)

on September 05, 2011
at 05:05 AM

I dunno about Brazil nuts: http://www.orau.org/ptp/collection/consumer%20products/brazilnuts.htm but either way you need to make sure you get iodine and selenium in your diet. I usually eat kelp for iodine and sardines for selenium.

2d090e680d86e2c768edb40b4b433978

(384)

on September 05, 2011
at 10:23 PM

Yum, sardines! Maybe I'll alternate. I need to eat sardines away from my husband as he can't take the smell.

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on September 23, 2011
at 05:27 AM

So with normal T3 and T4, you see lower TSH as a good thing? Mine use to be in the 2.6, then the 1.8, now it just came back as 0.3. I eat a lot of kelp and sardines.

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F46d472ee4e097afd7e0081ed6f6ab21

on September 04, 2011
at 10:44 PM

are you on replacement thyroid hormone? It common to see super low TSH levels with long term pharmaceutical intervention...

2d090e680d86e2c768edb40b4b433978

(384)

on September 05, 2011
at 01:09 AM

I've been on the levothyroxine for 2 and a half years. My TSH was initially at 171 before I went on the drug.

F46d472ee4e097afd7e0081ed6f6ab21

(745)

on September 06, 2011
at 02:59 PM

Holy cow! With a TSH that high, I'd be thinking Hashimoto's. Have you had antibody levels checked? It's common with Hashimoto's to have TSH go really high and then really low, related to the immune system's attacks on the thyroid. If you do have Hashimoto's, paleo is a perfect diet to start with, but there are some addition things you want to do along with it. Get yourself a copy of the book 'Why do I still have thyroid symptoms when my lab tests are normal?' by Dr. Datis Kharrazian and look for a functional medicine doc that can help manage the autoimmune condition.

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