Lab test shows normal T3 ,T4 and TSH levels but signs of hyperthyroid are present like hair shedding, increase Heart rate, irritability. Is it possible to be hyperthyroid or can there be other disease.Hyperthyroid is in remission from last 10 months. Endocrinologist said levels are fine. enter image description here

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    There are many things besides thyroid hormone level that can cause hair loss, increased heart rate and irritability. I would say consult your doctor again and have other blood work done where they check your white blood cell count, etc...It could even be a neurological disorder like anxiety
    – Noah
    Apr 8, 2017 at 12:52
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    I know many people (older women for the most part) who are bothered by thyroid symptoms and want a dosage change while their doctors insist the levels are within the desired range. So anecdotally, yes, you can be experiencing symptoms while results claim you're fine. But this is something to discuss with the doctor, whether pushing for a dosage change or for testing to see what non-thyroid explanation there is for what you are experiencing. Apr 8, 2017 at 16:19

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The personal set-point of thyroid homeostasis may differ between individuals [1, 2]. Multiple studies showed that the intra-individual variation of both TSH and peripheral thyroid hormones is smaller than the inter-individual variation [3, 4]. Therefore, for individuals the range of optimality is smaller than the width of the corresponding reference range (for TSH, free T4 and potentially free T3, too) [1]. A person with a rather low setpoint may well have symptoms of thyrotoxicosis like irregular heart rhythm, increased heart rate etc. if the FT4 concentration is higher than her or his personal set point.

The potentially harmful consequences of this association were dramatically demonstrated by the Rotterdam study, which showed a fourfold-increased risk of sudden cardiac death in persons with FT4 concentration being in the highest tertile of the normal reference range [5]. A similar association was found to atrial fibrillation [6]. Recently, the THORACAL study found an increased risk of severe cardiac arrhythmia in persons with higher FT4 concentration (of note within the reference range again) [7].

Of course, there may be other reasons for increased heart rate, hair loss etc. as well. But it may be beneficial to check the thyroid, e.g. via ultrasound or antibody determination. It is not advisable to take thyrostatic agents without a definitive diagnosis of hyperthyroidism, however.


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  • A recent meta-analysis showed that even slightly elevated free T4 significantly increases the risk for major cardiovascular endpoints. Although TSH shows a similar association it is more expressed for free T4. Müller et al. Minor perturbations of thyroid homeostasis and major cardiovascular endpoints-Physiological mechanisms and clinical evidence. Front Cardiovasc Med. 2022 Aug 15;9:942971. doi: 10.3389/fcvm.2022.942971. PMID: 36046184; PMCID: PMC9420854. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36046184
    – jwdietrich
    Nov 11, 2022 at 20:10

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