I really love Dr. Izabella Wentz, Pharm D. She has a wealth of information about your thyroid along with a website: www.thyroidpharmacist.com
and she is the author of a book called Root Cause
. Which is an excellent read! I strongly urge you to take the time to do so. She posted an article about how you need to ask your doctor for a full thyroid panel. She goes on in the article and said: “Many cases of thyroid problems are missed because most doctors don’t perform a comprehensive test panel. I’ve suffered for many years because my doctors would only test my TSH. Here is a list of tests to take to your doctor. These are the top 6 thyroid tests to take to your doctor and can ask for tests for Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism. Be sure to request a copy of your thyroid labs so that you can see them yourself and ensure that they are interpreted correctly.”
1. TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) TSH – This is a pituitary hormone that responds to low/high amounts of circulating thyroid hormone. In advanced cases of Hashimoto’s and primary hypothyroidism, this lab test will be elevated, (read post about interpreting your TSH test). In the case of Graves’ disease the TSH will be low. People with Hashimoto’s and central hypothyroidism may have a normal reading on this test.
2. Thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPO Antibodies) Thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPO Antibodies) and Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TG Antibodies) – Most people with Hashimoto’s will have an elevation of one or both of these antibodies. These antibodies are often elevated for decades before a change in TSH is seen. People with Graves’ disease and thyroid cancer may also have an elevation in thyroid antibodies including TPO & TG, as well as TSH receptor antibodies.
3. Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TG Antibodies) Read # 2
4. Thyroid Ultrasound Thyroid Ultrasound – A small percentage of people may have Hashimoto’s, but may not have thyroid antibodies detectible in the blood. Doing a thyroid ultrasound will help your physician determine a diagnosis.
5. Free T3 Free T3 & Free T4 – These tests measure the levels of active thyroid hormone circulating in the body. When these levels are low, but your TSH tests in the normal range, this may lead your physician to suspect a rare type of hypothyroidism, known as central hypothyroidism.
Don’t forget the reverse T3 too! So actually 7 tests..
Here is the link to explain the importance of the t3
A full thyroid panel for hypothyroidism should at least include these 7 key thyroid lab tests:
Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies
How Is Hypothyroidism Diagnosed?
If you have symptoms of hypothyroidism, your doctor will order blood tests to check hormone levels. Lower-than-normal T4 levels usually mean you have hypothyroidism.
However, some people may have increased TSH levels while having normal T4 levels. This is called subclinical (mild) hypothyroidism. It is believed to be an early stage of hypothyroidism. If your test results or physical exam of the thyroid are abnormal, your doctor may order a thyroid ultrasound, or thyroid scan, to check for nodules or inflammation.
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