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wha tis a high igf 1 mean in the blood work

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wha tis a high igf 1 mean in the blood work
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. D.J. replied 7 months ago.

mysticdoc :

The views expressed by me are for educational purposes only and do not establish a doctor patient relationship.

mysticdoc :

Hi there,

I am Mysticdoc, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.

I am here to help you with your concerns.

mysticdoc :

IGF 1 is insulin like growth factor protein.

mysticdoc :

The level is elevated in case of excess growth hormone in the body.

mysticdoc :

The condition is known as acromegaly.

Customer :

it said igf -1 ( somc )185 A

mysticdoc :

how old are you?

mysticdoc :

And what is the normal reference range?

Customer :

56 do i look under the age part

Customer :

can't see your answer

mysticdoc :

Yes you should see in age specific reference range.

Customer :

56 -60 says 81=225 i don't iderstand it if it says 185 A which i assume means abnormal

mysticdoc :

how old are you?

Customer :

i am 56

mysticdoc :

ok

mysticdoc :

then your level is elevated

mysticdoc :

Anything above 173 is considered elevated.

mysticdoc :

What symptoms do you have?

Customer :

how can it be elavated if the range is 81-225 185 is in the middle

mysticdoc :

as per most standard labs, at your age group the upper limit of normal value is 173.

mysticdoc :

In case of your lab, if they specify 225 as upper normal value in your age group, then that is different.

mysticdoc :

the value needs to be interpreted by the age.

mysticdoc :

younger people have higher normal value.

Customer :

sorry i don't understand do i have excess growth hormone

Customer :

what does it mean - what do i do who do i go to what are the symtoms

mysticdoc :

IGF 1 is a proxy for growth hormone.

mysticdoc :

Yes that means you have excess growth hormone.

mysticdoc :

Do you see an endocrinologist?

Customer :

what exactly is growth hormone

Customer :

what are the symptoms more hair

mysticdoc :

what symptoms do you have currently?

Customer :

i don;t know what i am suppose to look for

mysticdoc :

Usually joint pains, enlarging jaw and tongue, headache, vision loss, deepening of the voice are common symptoms.

mysticdoc :

Growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland located in the brain,.

mysticdoc :

This is responsible for the cell growth in the body --bones, soft tissue etc.

mysticdoc :

Excess hormones will cause excess activities producing these symptoms.

mysticdoc :

Usually a pituitary tumor can be responsible for this.

Customer :

intresting

mysticdoc :

This is a complex topic and hence better evaluated by an endocrinologist.

Customer :

i have joint pain i had hashimtos- low dhea and i have a lyme disease marker

mysticdoc :

ok

mysticdoc :

see these symptoms can be caused by the growth hormone excess.

mysticdoc :

Better to get this checked out.

Customer :

really

Customer :

so i go to a endrcologist

Customer :

do i get a pitutatary test

Customer :

mri of the brain

mysticdoc :

yes you should get a MRI and go to the endocrinologist.

mysticdoc :

Best wishes,

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