Are you suffering from the symptoms of thyroid disease but you have "normal" thyroid lab tests?
Maybe you are already taking thyroid medication but some of your thyroid lab tests seem "off".
Either way this is the guide for you.
This post will walk you through everything you need to know about thyroid lab testing include the complete list of thyroid lab tests, what they mean, how to interpret them and a frequently asked questions guide to top it off.
Let's jump in:
Have you been told, or are you suspicious, that you have a high TSH?
If so there are many things you want to consider before pursuing treatment.
While your TSH is important for assessing thyroid function it's certainly not the only test, or the best way, to identify thyroid disease.
We are going to take an updated, scientific dive into TSH including what a high TSH means, what kind of symptoms are associated with this condition and the top 5 causes...
Would it surprise you to know that you can have a LOW TSH but still be hypothyroid?
This situation is not uncommon and may be occurring in your body right now.
Your TSH can be a helpful tool in evaluating thyroid function in the body but it certainly isn't the only tool (and it isn't even the best).
Learn how to evaluate your TSH and what a low TSH means if you are taking thyroid medication in this post:
Getting a complete thyroid hormone blood test is critical to understanding and evaluating your thyroid function.
Complete thyroid testing includes so much more than the traditional TSH (which can be inacurrate in certain medical conditions).
Without the right thyroid tests you won't understand if your body is converting thyroid hormone appropriately or if your cells are taking up enough thyroid hormone.
The lack of these functions results in hypothyroid like symptoms and specific changes to thyroid hormone that you can pick up with testing.
In this post I am going to break down the most important thyroid lab tests, why they are important and how to interpret your results...
This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about the TSH including why it isn't always the best marker of thyroid function in the body and which conditions make the interpretation of TSH less accurate. You will also learn more reliable ways to test thyroid status in your body.
TSH might be one of the worst ways to evaluate thyroid function and yet it is probably the most widely used thyroid lab test out there.
In an attempt to oversimplify thyroid function and management Doctors have become reliant upon TSH testing, but what if there was a better way?
A way that rectifies the fact that so many patients have a "normal" TSH but clearly have hypothyroid symptoms...
Sound too good to be true?
And we are going to talk about it in detail below.
In this post we will discuss why TSH levels are NOT the best way to evaluate your thyroid function, but more importantly we are going to talk about how to actually assess thyroid function and which lab tests you need...
Do you have all of the symptoms of hypothyroidism but have been told your Thyroid lab tests are "normal"?
I've got some news for you...
Chances are VERY high that your thyroid lab tests are in fact NOT normal and that you are NOT crazy.
But it can feel like you are crazy when you go to Doctor after Doctor and you're told the same thing.
So why is it that every Doctor is telling you that you are fine, despite how you feel?
Let's talk about why your thyroid lab tests are anything but "normal"...