How Do You Know If Your TSH Level Is High?

How Do You Know If Your TSH Level Is High?

An individual can determine if his TSH level is high by undergoing a TSH blood test, according to Healthline. Only a health care provider can order and interpret the results of a TSH test.

Thyroid-stimulating hormone, or TSH, is a hormone released by the pituitary gland that tells the thyroid to make and release essential hormones to help control the rate at which the body uses energy, explains Healthline. A normal range of TSH levels is between 0.4 and 4.2 microunits per milliliter, states WebMD. This range is for reference only, as normal values vary from lab to lab.

A high TSH level can indicate hypothyroidism, or in rare cases, a pituitary tumor that is making too much TSH, notes WebMD. Hypothyroidism is often easily treatable with thyroid hormone medication.