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TSH is 5.5- Should I be considered to have diagnosis of Hypothyroidism?

Hi, I am 31 years old Male from India, I have family history of Hypothyroidism ( my mother and sister is diagnosed with the same disease)- since last few days I have tingling sensation in peripheral nerves ( hand and legs) with consistent weight gain apart from strict diet and exercise. I do forget some stuffs and keep on searching them. Apart from that I have grown short temperament in recent days.

I went for thyroid test today and it is 5.5 ( TSH)- Can any expert share his/her opinion whether I am prone/already a patient of hypothyroidism? Should I go for any consultation?

Thanks in advance for your time and comment. Look forward to read you back


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Welcome to the forum, Arijit.

TSH of 5.5 would qualify for a diagnosis of hypothyroidism in most parts of the world although sadly some have to wait until it is >10 in the UK. You should certainly consult a physician with a view to starting thyroxine replacement treatment.

Peripheral tingling can be a symptom of hypothyroidism but is often a sign of B12 deficiency too. If you are vegetarian you should be sure to have your B12 level tested as B12 is only obtained from meat and fish and can't be produced from plant foods. Vitamin D, ferritin and folate are often low/deficient in hypothyroid patients so it is also worth having those checked as good levels are required for absorption of thyroxine replacement.

For future posts, it helps members interpret results if you also post the lab ref ranges (the figures in brackets after your results) as they vary across the world.


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