Hypothyroid Testing: What You Need To Know and Ask For

Hypothyroid Testing: What You Need To Know and Ask For

6 hypothyroid tests can unlock the mystery of your thyroid health. A Yale-trained board-certified family physician with a specialty in women’s health and obstetrics shares how she tests for hypothyroidism. Sadly I hear from many readers that their doctors REFUSE to do these tests.The reality for hypothyroid sufferers –  you must be an advocate for yourself. If your doctor refuses to run these tests, you can also order your own lab tests.
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Are You Living Life with Thyroid Brain Fog?

Are you living life with thyroid brain fog?

Could brain fog be a warning sign your thyroid is NOT optimally treated?

It’s critical you find out.

Poorly managed hypothyroidism can have a powerful effect on your brain.
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Why A TSH Level Isn’t Enough To Understand Your Thyroid Condition

Why A TSH Level Isn't Enough To Understand Your Thyroid Condition

In mainstream medicine, TSH is considered the gold standard for the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disease. The sad truth is that this one lab test FAILS to give a full picture of thyroid health and leaves many thyroid sufferers undiagnosed or insufficiently treated. Thyroid health is a puzzle with many important pieces.

There’s a problem.

Many Hypothyroid Mom readers tell me their doctors refuse to test anything but TSH. They feel awful all while their TSH is “normal”.

There are solutions.

Of course finding an open-minded thyroid doctor is key. I’ve compiled a list of online resources to help you locate a good thyroid doctor in your area.

However there is another option.

Order your own thyroid lab tests.

Yes, there are online companies where you can order your own tests.

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Functional Medicine Approach to Healing Hypothyroidism

Functional Medicine Approach to Healing Hypothyroidism

Looking at the whole picture of hypothyroidism
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TSH Wars: The Unreliable Thyroid Lab Test

TSH Thyroid Wars

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…]