How Can Thyroid Tests Be Misleading
Thyroid tests can be misleading for a couple of reasons:
- They are designed to only check certain stages of hormone production in the gland. This does not include how much hormone is being produced or how that amount of hormone is being used.
2. The “normal range” for thyroid hormone production varies by lab.
These two factors make it possible for patients to have thyroid conditions and not be aware of it until the symptoms become severe enough for abnormal hormone levels to become evident in thyroid tests.
Finding the Origin of a Chain Reaction
In the beginning, thyroid problems can be so slight that even the patients don’t realize anything is wrong. Lab tests through your general practitioner’s office will use three designations to classify thyroid conditions:
- Within normal range
- Abnormal thyroid function indicating hypoactive (underactive) or hyperactive (overactive) hormone production
The scale is limited by indicators in your bloodstream and neurological function.
In order for borderline to abnormal hormone levels to show up in your bloodstream, you have to be further along symptomatically. Technically, this means you could have a thyroid condition long before it actually gets diagnosed. This is why some patients consider thyroid tests misleading.
Of course, this also means you could be suffering from symptoms that don’t get diagnosed until you have been dealing with them long-term. That’s why some patients advocate visiting a specialist if you are having symptoms and have not been diagnosed with thyroid problems.
The thyroid tests used by specialists are aimed at finding the origin of this hormonal chain reaction.
What your Body is telling you
Our bodies know something is wrong long before any tests confirm a diagnosis. The early stages of a thyroid condition is often misinterpreted as symptoms of stress or simply as the side effects of getting older. To a thyroid specialist or endocrinologist, these symptoms of stress or age are metabolic red flags.
Your thyroid gland is responsible for metabolic and immune functions on a cellular level. When a hormonal imbalance occurs, the metabolism is one of the first places to look for a catalyst.
- Sudden weight gain or weight loss
- Changes in appetite
- Excessive energy fluctuations
- Difficulty with concentration and coordination
These are some of the earliest possible signs that hormone production has changed within your thyroid gland. A general practitioner may not be able to detect this change, but endocrinologists can.
Using a specific type of reflexology, the specialist can pinpoint how much hormone is being produced in the gland and how well that hormone is supporting your everyday function. With that information in-hand, an effective treatment protocol can be developed earlier, which prolongs thyroid health; making treatments more comprehensive.