Do you still feel like rubbish even though your doctor is insistent that your test results are coming back ‘fine’ or ‘normal’? Perhaps your doctor isn’t running all the thyroid tests that you want? Many thyroid patients benefit from being more involved in their thyroid care and treatment, which is where self-testing and the ability to order your own tests can be critical tools for empowering yourself.
Most conventional doctors only test TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) and go by it entirely to decide on your course of treatment, but this isn’t accurate. TSH is a pituitary hormone, that in turn tells the thyroid how much thyroid hormone to produce. By only testing TSH and not the actual thyroid hormone levels (Free T3 and Free T4), you’re not getting an accurate view of your thyroid health and thus, the best treatment. It’s very outdated but a lot of doctors haven’t caught up yet. Read more on Why Going by TSH Alone Is Inaccurate.
Another factor to consider is whether your hypothyroidism is autoimmune, which it is for around 90% of us, and this can affect which road we take to recovery hugely, yet many patients have never been tested. For this, you need to test thyroid antibody levels. I can’t stress how important it is to know whether you’re hypothyroidism is autoimmune – for me, I only started to see an improvement in symptoms when I implemented changes to address the autoimmune condition causing the underactive thyroid.
As knowledge on Adrenal Fatigue continues to grow, many of us are also checking for this and it’s overwhelmingly common in thyroid patients. Symptoms of adrenal fatigue include but are not limited to weight gain, ongoing fatigue, trouble sleeping, sugar or salt cravings, being over-emotional, anxiety, hot flushes, brain fog, dizziness, jumping at sudden or loud noises and more. For a lot of us, adrenal fatigue is half the problem and causing half our symptoms.
A basic thyroid function test includes: TSH, Free T3, Free T4, thyroid antibodies TPOAB and TGAB, and Reverse T3 wherever possible. This collection of tests give a comprehensive overview of your thyroid function and levels, to help produce the most accurate treatment plan for you, so that you can get optimal on your thyroid medication.
Because being optimal matters. It matters entirely.
More and more thyroid patients are ordering there own tests online now, including myself, because they’re wanting to become more involved in their own health and treatment, or to perhaps fill in the blanks where their doctor is letting them down. Some are also being directed by their functional doctor to order more comprehensive testing online, all so that we can improve our health.
A trusted and well recommended place you can order some more in-depth thyroid testing is TrueHealthLabs, who offer thousands of tests and options. For those of us in Europe, we can order a thyroid function test, which includes all those I mentioned above, Reverse T3 alone, Adrenal Fatigue testing (which is super important, since a lot of us also have this debilitating condition without realising) and more. It’s so helpful to have these options.
For those of you in the US, you can also order a complete thyroid function test, Hashimoto’s testing alone, Adrenal Fatigue testing and many more combinations, all from the comfort of your own home. My experience with ordering my own tests online has been super quick, and surprisingly easy. I completed my sample and then posted them off, receiving the results a few days later, letting me move on in addressing my health issues with evidence of how I’m actually doing. TrueHealthLabs regularly offer discounts too, so be sure to check their website for promotions or discount codes before purchasing any tests.
View all tests for TrueHealthLabs Europe – http://www.truehealthlabs.com/Thyroid-Europe-s/1880.htm
View all tests for TrueHealthLabs US – http://www.truehealthlabs.com/Thyroid-s/1840.htm
Another plus is that they offer a one-on-one test results review with a functional medicine doctor so that you understand what your test results mean and what the next step in your road to recovery is. You can take your results to your regular doctor to form part of your treatment plan with them, too, but it’s really just about taking back some control over your health, when at times, it can feel as it hypothyroidism has ran away with it.
The site was created to make lab testing directly available to those who are uninsured, underinsured, whose doctor refuses to order tests, and those who simply want to make their own healthcare choices, being their own thyroid advocate. Which I suggest we all become.
I always recommend patients do their own research, read blogs, books and get other patients’ experiences on having the same conditions and become your own advocate.
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