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I WAS JUST TOLD MY TSH LEVEL IS 15.9 WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

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I WAS JUST TOLD MY TSH LEVEL IS 15.9 WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? SHOULD I BE BE WORRIED? I HAVE AN APPT WITH THE DR NEXT WEEK.
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Nurse Annie replied 11 years ago.
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A normal TSH level is between 0.4–4.5, so yours is high. A high TSH level often indicates that your thyroid is underactive, which is caused by a failure of the thyroid gland. On very rare occasions a high value can occur from a pituitary gland tumor that is producing excess TSH. You can read more here
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hypothyroidism/DS00353

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