For knowing the basic cause of any issue it’s important to interrogate about it and for knowing about thyroid and the related disorders patients are advised to take tests. It is important to consider that not in first try they’ll get the results hence, it’s important to take a proper and good test before proceeding as you’ll get to know the basic issue and will be aware on how to tackle the problem.
Next, the experience and the knowledge of a doctor is highly important they should be aware of the right test results, for example the previous normal value of TSH was between 8-10 but now it is 3 and less than that, so it’s highly important for the doctors to be aware.
It’s important for people to understand that they themselves are just masters of their health and be confident in their own skin. Be respectful towards the professionals in the field but at the same time be knowledgeable enough to know your case. You should have a copy of your test and be self-assured while discussing your case as there is no need to be anxious by the doctors.
- TSH Test:
TSH or thyroid stimulating hormones test is one of the many ways to get the test done. It is specialized in a way that it test for the developed stages and hence, doesn’t solve the issue for those who are on the initial stage and don’t get the result. Therefore, there are many people who after this test are not able to recognize the issue.
This test is a good one but if it doesn’t work you and you still experience the symptoms, don’t stop and keep looking for the solutions.
Thyroid hormones are basically recognized by TSH which is secreted from pituitary glands and if a patient is having Hashimoto’s and starting of hypothyroidism the test will definitely give you the high results.
On the other hand, if the result has been shown low that means you don’t have Hashimoto’s but there are chances of Grave’s and if the result is normal you might have central hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s.
- Free T3/ Free T4 Test:
The second on the list are Free T3/ Free T4 test and are advised to many, they test the level of the working thyroid hormones in the body as there might be a condition where pituitary glands are not able to reach to the thyroid hormones. Pituitary glands are actually the one processing the hormones so ensuring the level is quite important and if your Free t3/Free t4 comes low but TSH is normal then you might have Central Hypothyroidism a rare form of hypothyroidism.
- TPO/ TG Antibodies Test:
Thyroid peroxidase antibodies and thyroglobulin antibodies test (TPO/TG) are the next types on the list, they are also advised by many experts. They hold quite an importance if the symptoms include various forms of mood swings like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, panic attack, and psychosis.
The main function of the test is to detect the relation between our body and thyroid hormones if they are considered as a help or as a threat. The levels would be high and the results can be determined many years before any other test.
TPO/ TG antibodies test helps before patients suffer from any serious damage as it determines the situation before the high levels are reached!
Ultrasounds are usually advised and acquired by the people who don’t get information about the antibodies through other tests and when the antibodies are undetectable ultrasounds are performed for Hashimoto’s. Although patients should also go for other tests if they are not getting antibodies result before going for ultrasounds.
- Reverse T3 Tests:
The main work of the test is to determine how thyroid hormones regulate themselves according to the need of the body. For instance, if any situations like hunger or injury raises the thyroid hormones brings the production to low in order to form the substances needed by the body.
It is called reverse T3 or dummy T3 as it fits with the same receptors and work as the thyroid hormones but unlike the real ones it slows down the process instead of increasing it.
This is the reason that there are cases where the test results usually come out normal but the reason behind the appearing symptoms are the high reverse T3. So in that case if the doctor is not allowing tests, patients can order one themselves by one of the reputable labs.
Testing is the way to know if everything is normal with you or not, it’s a few amount to get to know a long time results in order to keep yourself better and fit. Therefore, it’s also important to have a health expert who is working with the patient, patients should ask questions and keep the tab on their own health!