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I am 30 years old, I had graves disease with a large goiter. I had a total thyroidectomy preformed in 2008 thyroid cancer was found. I was placed on levothyroxine .175. In may of 2010 my TSH level was 16 in October 2010 it was 5 and in March 2011 it was 55. My doctor called me and said that he had concerns that this high of a level could lead to heart problems and arthritis, ( I was diagnosed with Rheumatiod Arthritis in 2007) however he said he would discuss this with me in six weeks when we would test my levels again and to continue my levothyroxine dose as normal until then.

I am curious of the long term effects this level is having on my body if you have any info i would greatly appreciate it.

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replied March 27th, 2011
Unfortunately, it can be rather difficult to control some patient's thyroid hormone levels with medication following thyroidectomy.

Actually, a high TSH level is suggestive of hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone level), rather than excessive thyroid hormone levels.

You should discuss these concerns with your Endocrinologist, as well.


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replied March 27th, 2011
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