Continued

A patient’s dosage needs to be reevaluated based upon the degree of symptomatic improvement and “finetuned” as necessary. Blood tests are helpful only to the extent that they insure that the thyroid hormone dosage is adequate and is being properly absorbed. Blood tests that are taken 4-5 hours after taking thyroid medication may show elevated levels of T3. Elevated T3 levels in treated patients indicate good absorption and do not mean that the patient is taking too much medication.

The important point to remember is that the evaluation of symptoms is of equal significance to the levels of thyroid hormone in the blood.

Summary

The diversity of symptoms can make the diagnosis of hypothyroidism quite challenging, especially since laboratory tests do not always reflect thyroid gland under activity in a significant number of symptomatic individuals. If you, a friend, or a loved one experience any of the above symptoms or generally feel poorly, you should speak to your doctor about the possibility that subclinical hypothyroidism may be the cause of such symptoms. After an appropriate diagnostic evaluation of symptoms and laboratory tests, a therapeutic trial of a natural thyroid supplement or any other thyroid medication may provide relief from these troubling symptoms.

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