The Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) test helps to diagnose: if you are suffering from thyroid disorder and monitor ongoing treatment of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. The test is also done on infants to check if they are infected with TSH after birth.
The TSH test normally advised along with other tests such as free T3 and free T4. This test normally measures the total amount of TSH present in your blood.
A small organ is located behind the sinus cavities and below the brain, which is called anterior pituitary gland. It produces TSH which stimulates the thyroid gland to release triiodothyronine thyroxine hormones.
The pituitary gland produces more TSH when there is a decrease in your level of thyroid hormones. The pituitary gland produces less TSH when there is an increase in your level of thyroid hormones. There are also very rare cases where dysfunction of the pituitary gland is found.
Test results with high TSH depict that:
You are suffering from hypothyroidism and
Your thyroid gland is underactive causing stimulation of TSH due to chronic thyroid dysfunction.
Test results with low TSH depict that:
You are suffering from hyperthyroidism and
Your thyroid gland is overactive that prevents the pituitary gland to produce sufficient amount of TSH.
Before going for the test avoid taking ceretain medications that can hamper or alter your test results. Medications to be avoided are: Supplements, Multivitamins and Biotin. Mention your doctor in advance of any ongoing medication if there is any.
As per your test result, the doctor will prescribe you medications to be taken regularly wthout nau fail.
Besides medications, you can also change your dietary habits as well.
Include more fruits and vegetables in your daily diet.