• TSH jump in two month period?

    Asked by irishka on Thursday, November 1, 2012

    TSH jump in two month period?

    Sorry everyone, my question got cut off yesterday, so I repost it now. Here it goes, and thank you so much for your replies!

    I had a total remove surgery on March 2012. Doctor said it was stage 1, and I didn't need radiation treatment. After the surgery I was prescribed Levothyroxine, don't remember the dose; I was not feeling well and had various side effects. Later on, doctor switched me to Synthroid 0.112MG. I feel better, no side effects. However:
    My TSH jumped from .73 mcUnits/ml in August 2012 to 3.62 mcUnits/ml in October 2012! My T4, Free also jumped from 1.15 ng/dl to 1.26 ng/dl in the same time period.
    Did anyone had similar experience, or do you know what may that mean? Has the cancer returned?... I've contacted my doctor's office but had no responce yet.

    4 Answers from the Community

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    • Shoeless' Avatar

      Jumps like that can be scary but if it meant the cancer was back, most doctors would have told you right away. They are busy people and can be hard to get hold of sometimes. That may not relieve much of your fear but like I said, if it was back they would tell you. Relax for now and make sure you convey all your uncertainties when you talk to your doctor next time. Some patients
      don't really want too much information - your doctor may be operating under the assumption that you don't want full and detailed explanations of every test result.

      almost 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Yes, I have, several times. I don't have thyroid cancer, but I was diagnosed with auto-immune thyroiditis several years ago and have been on synthoid ever since. While my thyroid wasn't surgically removed, it basically died in terms of not functioning, so the net result is the same as yours.

      When I first started on synthroid, it was at a low dose, similar to yours. Over the first 18-24 months, my TSH and T4 was tested every 3 months and my synthroid dosage adjusted accordingly. Since then, my TSH and T4 have been tested at least annually, more frequently if a dosage change is involved. I am currently taking 175 mcg (equal to 1.75 MG) and I expect that will go up after my next tests.

      It has nothing to do with a recurrence of thyroid cancer. Since your thyroid was removed, it will take time and periodic adjustments to your hormone replacement med to balance production of TSH synthetically.

      almost 4 years ago
    • emsavard's Avatar

      If this is worrying you place a call or make an appointment with your doctor. There may just be a need of an adjustment to your medication.

      almost 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Just got a call from my doctor with my lab results. My TSH is 7.5 and my Free T4 is 1.33 and that was with being on 175 mcg levothyroxine for the past year so I'm going to 200 mcg and will be retested in 3 months.

      almost 4 years ago

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