Madison Thyroid Help: Why is TSH Not The Best Indicator Of Thyroid Problems?

If you suffer from a thyroid disorder, you’ve most likely had your TSH levels tested, maybe even more than once. Perhaps you’re even taking medication, yet you’re still suffering from symptoms of low thyroid. Maybe you’ve even had your medication adjusted; yet you still don’t feel well. Or maybe your TSH levels were normal. Then why do you still feel awful?

The reason is that the root cause of your thyroid disorder is being overlooked. Believe it or not, there are actually eight other markers that could be causing your thyroid dysfunction, and if you haven’t had them checked, you will continue to suffer from your symptoms. Yes! Even though your TSH levels tested within normal limits.

Did you know that liver function, GI function, hormone imbalance or your adrenal system could all be contributing to your thyroid condition? Did you know that an autoimmune disorder could be causing your thyroid condition? Unfortunately, TSH testing doesn’t measure any of these markers, and TSH testing is all that your traditional practitioner is trained to offer you. You need to work with a practitioner who provides comprehensive testing. It is really the only way to properly diagnose your thyroid disorder.

Practitioners who have training in functional medicinebegin all care with comprehensive testing that is designed to determine the root causes of your thyroid condition. These practitioners provide a complete physical evaluation as well as testing that may include but is not limited to a complete blood chemistry panel, saliva, urine and stool testing. Most patients are surprised at the personal attention and comprehensive care that they receive from a functional medicine provider. 

The goal is for you to become the expert in your own health care. This provider will take the time to educate you about your condition. They will also support and coach you through every step of the recovery process. No longer will you have to rely on a model of health care that is not working for you. You will finally have answers about your condition and the tools that you need to effectively manage your thyroid condition. Most patients find that not only does their thyroid condition improve, but so does their overall health and wellbeing.