In this article, I will discuss the main reasons why your doctor is missing your diagnosis. Your doctor maybe overlooking information. There are millions of people around the world that have a thyroid condition or an autoimmune disease. So many people are not receiving an accurate diagnosis. Want to learn more about thyroid healing, check out the thyroid healing community.
Your Thyroid Levels Are Not Being Checked
Symptoms can range from mild to severe and in many cases, doctors don’t take their patient’s symptoms into consideration. They blame their symptoms on many things such as stress, menopause, mental issues, and more. In conventional medicine doctors typically do not start checking your thyroid levels until you are older. So if you are in your 20s or 30s, they sometimes assume that you can’t have a thyroid issue. If you are a man, they may never want to check your levels, since men are at very low risk of thyroid disease. Just because they are low risk doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. I hear many times that people have to beg for their thyroid to be tested and when they are-they check one level, their TSH. This leads us to the next reason.
They Are Not Running A Complete Panel
At this level maybe your doctor decided to test your thyroid. When your test comes back your doctor informs you that they are normal. If you feel symptoms and it is not showing on your bloodwork you can probably guess that you didn’t receive a full thyroid panel. Many conventional doctors will only check one out of six tests, your TSH. Measuring your TSH alone will never give them accurate information for proper diagnosis. If you want to have a diagnosis that is more accurate testing your TSH, Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3, TPO, and TGAB hormone levels are the best to test.
Optimal Ranges Are Not Taken Into Consideration
Just because you receive a full thyroid panel doesn’t mean the doctor will know how to read them correctly. Unfortunately, the specific lab ranges that come back when you receive your results, are not created by measuring people in a healthy thyroid function range. These ranges are put together by using the population of unhealthy people. When you think of it, who is getting the test? People that get thyroid tests usually are sick. We are not setting the lab ranges from healthy people with a normal functioning thyroid. This creates an inaccurate diagnosis leading to treating others with incorrect medication dosages.
- TSH 0.5-2.5 lU/mL
- Free T4 1.0-1.5 IU/mL
- Free T3 3.0-4.0 IU/mL
- Reverse T3 9.2-24 ng/DL
- TPO 0-15 IU/mL
- TG 0-0.9 IU/mL
This is an ongoing cycle when someone is trying to figure out why they are feeling so many symptoms. This is why many people also feel helpless. Not only do you have to beg for testing, then convince the doctor to test for more than your TSH. But you also have to be told everything looks fins because the tests are not being properly read.
What I found helped me most on my journey, is the more you know the better you can help yourself. I realized that when it came to my body I had to take charge and speak up when needed. If not, I would be left suffering from symptoms. Take this information for your thyroid healing journey and make sure to speak up!