Your doctor may want to have your TSH level tested. The test will only take a few minutes, and your doctor can assist you with the results no matter what the outcome.
Reason For Test
TSH levels are checked if you show signs of hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. These conditions will be monitored with TSH tests, as well.
TSH levels can be checked with a standard blood test. Blood is drawn from a vein using a syringe, and is then tested in a lab.
Normal TSH Levels
Normal TSH levels are between .4 and 4.0 mIU/L. If you have a thyroid condition, normal levels are between .5 and 3.0 mIU/L.
Low TSH levels may be caused by hyperthyroidism. TSH deficiency or use of certain medications may also be the culprit.
Hypothyroidism or thyroid hormone resistance may cause high TSH levels. The cause could also be TSH-dependent hyperthyroidism.