Finally I can get a break from all this hard work. Being Mrs. Thyroid stimulating hormone is hard work.
Who are you? I've never seen you around here before.
Well I am a superhero that help to stimulate the thyroid gland
I am a hormone that goes from your pituitary gland in your head down to your thyroid which is located in your neck. I stimulate the thyroid to produce Thyroxin and triiodothyronine.
Uhh... Okay?? Do I really need that?
Well of course you do. You need to know how your body works.
Well yes. If the pituitary gland produces the wrong amount of me then it may be called Hypothyroidism or Hyperthyroidism.
What is that?
So all you do is make the thyroid release other hormones?
Hypothyroidism is when there is too much of me and it has lots of side effects some are fatigue, weight gain, puffy face and constipation to name a few.
Well it is the exact opposite of Hypothyroidism actually.
Well that isn't good. I hope that doesn't happen to me. What is hyperthyroidism then?
Yes. It is when the pituitary gland doesn't produce enough of me. It also has a lot of side effects. Some include hand tremors, weight loss, rapid or irregular heartbeat, and increased bowel movements.
Oh my I don't know which sounds worse.
Well kid it was nice talking to you. Next time we meet you can call me Thyrotropin, Thyrotropic, or TSH. See ya later!