Not All Thyroid Tests Are Created Equal
Did you know that not all thyroid tests are created equal? We hear all the time about people who have a thyroid issue and ask your doctor to get tested…only to run 1 or 2 simple tests such as a TSH blood test, and then tell the patient that everything is coming back "normal". The patient is then left feeling confused, unheard, and not sure where to turn next. Maybe you have experienced this yourself…If this does sound like you, you are not alone.
May of us find ourselves going back and forth between doctor upon doctor…hoping we get the answers we are looking for…but normally getting the same broken answers from each conventional doctor - the concept that "there is nothing wrong with you" or "it's in your head" is so common in today's thyroid medical model.
The type of test ordered, as well as what is considered "normal" for that test play a large role in thyroid diagnosis and treatment. The truth is that a lot of docs will use TSH ONLY as the indicator of your thyroid function.
If that's the case, you might want to go doctor shopping. This is because TSH levels only depict a small portion of what "normal" thyroid function entails. Functional medicine and naturopathic doctors thoroughly understand how hormone levels, blood tests, drugs, and your own genetic makeup all come into the picture. With functional medicine clinics such as my own, you have the freedom of working with a skilled practitioner who is able to order specific and in-depth blood tests.
Here are ALL the thyroid tests that should be given:
- Free T4
- Free T3
- Reverse T3
- T3 Uptake
- Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPOAb)
- Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb)
Having a basic understanding of all the tests can help you ask the right questions and find the right doctor who understands what you're going through and how to approach it.
If I can help you in any way, please do not be afraid to reach out. If you are interested in making a new patient consultation with my clinic, our phone number is (704) 987-3993 and we are on the internet at www.drakibagreen.com or @drakibagreen on social media.
Let me know how I can help you get thyroid answers and have a great day!