Your Thyroid Stimulation Hormone Level

What Causes Abnormal Thyroid Stimulation Hormone?

Abnormal thyroid stimulation hormone can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'needs attention' to 'very serious'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose abnormal thyroid stimulation hormone, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "abnormal thyroid stimulation hormone" as a symptom.  Here are three possibilities:
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hypopituitarism
  • Hyperthyroidism

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
hyperthyroidism
macrocytic red cells
poor cold weather tolerance
hyperthyroidism in family members
low HDL cholesterol level
angry/hostile disposition
frequent colds/flus
slow reaction time
major unexplained weight loss
premenstrual weight gain
having non-scalp scaly/flaky skin
being easily irritated
... and more than 60 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of abnormal thyroid stimulation hormone:
Cause Probability Status
Hypopituitarism 91% Confirm
Hyperthyroidism 12% Unlikely
Hypothyroidism 4% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate having had recent lab tests, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Have you had your thyroid function tested within the last year? The usual test is for TSH (Thyroid Stimulation Hormone). Unit: uIU/mL or mIU/L
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ Under 1.0 (low - too much thyroid activity)
→ 1.0 to 3.4 (normal)
→ 3.5 to 6.9 (early / marginal elevation)
→ Over 7.0 (elevated - not enough thyroid activity)
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate low TSH, normal TSH, mildly elevated TSH or elevated TSH, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
... and also rule out issues such as:
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