TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) is the gold standard for measuring thyroid function in mainstream medicine. Unfortunately this one thyroid lab test does not provide a complete picture. Many doctors don’t run a full thyroid blood panel which should include at minimum Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3, and thyroid antibodies.
I was fortunate to find a great thyroid doctor who treats “me” the person and not strictly my lab numbers. I personally take a natural desiccated thyroid called Nature-throid plus a time-release T3 medication created by a compounding pharmacy. My TSH is suppressed below the “normal” reference range. I feel great without symptoms of over-medication. My doctor focuses on my symptoms and testing that includes Free T4, Free T3, and Reverse T3 at every blood testing. If I was being treated by a doctor who focused solely on TSH and T4-only Levothyroxine drugs, I would be a very ill woman today.
I invited thyroid expert Dr. Jeffrey Dach to share his clinical experience with the TSH lab test. [Read more…]