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Hypo for 6+ years, now suddenly normal test results?

From: cperolfe - 2 years 32 weeks ago

My thyroid was first tested back in 2012 and my TSH levels were above normal. My TSH levels increased each year but I live in the US and have not had health insurance for several years, so medication was not really an option. I had my thyroid levels checked again last week and now my TSH is suddenly within the normal range. I am 28, I have not changed my diet or exercise habits, and I still experience exactly the same symptoms which have slowly been getting worse with age.

Are there any conditions that can cause thyroid fluctuation on this level? I was diagnosed with a pituitary microadenoma when I was 16, but was told it was non-secreting and so small that it would not affect anything. Is it possible that it could still be causing this? I have searched for hours on Google and have not found any type of answer. Thank you in advance to anyone who can provide some guidance.

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I have a tumor and because of taking Armour thyroid my TSH comes back at .001 - so totally suppressed so the docs keep lowering my meds, but now at the lowest dosage since 2000 I am really feeling horrible - so are you not taking any meds at all then? Your condition will worsen from all I can read the longer you go especially without taking medication the worse you can get. Over time you can get nodules - I have 7 of them, and had an enlarged thyroid and goiter when I finally got DX'd. Because the tumor made my tsh tests come within normal levels I went un-DX'd for years and years. So I would find a way to get ins. or see docs etc. Not sure what exactly your circumstances are by synthroid generic is pretty cheap, there is Obamacare at low cost and often other forms of help.

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Hi there -
Because the pituitary gland signals the thyroid to produce hormones, and change in pituitary function can affect how much or how little hormones the thyroid is putting out. Are you sure the microadenoma is the same size it was back then? With this being said, TSH is not a good indicator of thyroid function. You'll want to ask for T4, T3 and thyroid antibodies to be tested. T3 is the active thyroid hormone and when you don't make/convert enough of it, you will only feel slightly better, even on thyroid medication. Feel free to reach out to me if you are looking for consulting in this area. There are many options without having to take Synthroid/Levothyroxine. Also, even though you haven't changed dietary habits and TSH has changed, moving closer toward a mostly plant-based and definitely anti-inflammatory diet will help with regulation of all hormone production in the body.