Having your blood drawn is no fun. Having your blood drawn for no reason would be ridiculous, right?
Then why do so many doctors continue to test our thyroid using incomplete panels?
The majority of doctors are, unfortunately, still only testing TSH. Sometimes they'll go a step further and include T4 or Free T4. Still, neither of these tests will provide us with enough information about the health of our thyroid, the TYPE of condition, and, thus, how to treat.
I can't explain why this is still true when the information is out there. But it's a frustrating fact and it's maddening!
Too many women (mostly) are leaving their doctor's offices feeling like absolute crap, believing it's all in their head, because their doctor has tested them incompletely and has told them that their thyroid is fine. I remember being one of those women. I remember feeling like a door had been slammed in my face, repeatedly. I remember feeling like it must be all in my head. I remember feeling hopeless and overwhelmed and wanting to scream and cry and yell, "Somebody listen to me! You aren't listening!".
So, instead, I went to my car, tears running down my face, and decided to press on. Now that I'm a Thyroid Coach and I know the tests my clients should ask for, my mission is to arm all of you with the best knowledge to bring to the next doctor's visit. It begins with knowing your symptoms and history, yes. But the only way to drill down to thyroid issues is to TEST.
Here is your script:
"Doctor, I would like you to order a COMPLETE THYROID PANEL."
"These first 8 are the minimum tests I'd like on the panel: (this isn't covering sex and adrenal hormones...yet)
2) Free T4
3) Free T3
4) Reverse T3
5) TPOab antibodies
6) TgAb antibodies
8) Vit D
"If possible, I would like to add
and a wider nutrient panel to test if
11) vitamin A
12) B2 and others are sufficient/ or deficient as well."
And finally, I'd like my sex hormones tested and I'm requesting a saliva cortisol test.
Aside from the nutrients, which you read about in my free PDF , "Ten Necessary Nutrients to Ignite Your Thyroid and Unlock Your Metabolism", which help your body create and utilize your hormone, tests 1-8 determine: