A lot of doctors tend to base whether or not you have thyroid disease SOLELY on TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) tests. This was probably the reason mine was not discovered for a long time, because it was always in the normal range. If it had not been for the doctor that discovered my kidney stone, after years of being told I had only UTIs (urinary tract infection), I probably would not have had my thyroid checked out completely by and endocrinologist.
With that said, I wanted to share with you the most basic profile you should get or ask for when testing for thyroid disease.
* Thyroid (TSH) * Free T4 (FT4)-measures that total amount of circulating thyroxine in the blood. * Free T3 (FT3)-measures free unbound triiodothyronine in your bloodstream. * Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody (TPO)-this is the test that is used to check for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, post partum thyroid disease, and other types of thyroiditis. * Thyroid Antibody (Anti-thyroid AB)-this is to test for hyperthyroidism
For more information regarding these tests, you can visit here, here, and here.