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Why Thyroid Tests Are Inadequate

November 23rd, 2022

When someone develops hypothyroid symptoms they typically go to their medical doctor. The belief among the general public is that their doctor will investigate all the different possibilities of why they’re having symptoms and run the tests needed to identify their problem. This is simply not the case.

It’s kinda like if your house or car gets broken into and you call the police. You expect them to come out with the ‘crime-scene do-not-cross’ tape to secure the crime scene, dust for fingerprints and canvas the neighborhood looking for witnesses but in reality what happens is a policeman comes to your house and fills out a police report for insurance company. If you ask the police officer why more isn’t being done, as I did as a 13 year-old boy when my brother’s car was broken into, you might get the same response that I did – ” We have bigger fish to fry”.

The investigation into the cause of your hypothyroid symptoms is not much better. A standard thyroid screen is only looking for a production problem. The problem with this is production is only one step in a six step process.

The 6 Major Patterns of Hypothyroidism
1. The Order (from the hypothalamus and pituitary)
2. The Production (from the thyroid gland)
3 Thyroid Under-Conversion
4. Over- Conversion & Decreased TBG
5. TBG Elevation
6. Thyroid Resistance

Standard Thyroid Tests
A standard thyroid screening test may only look at your TSH level. What’s wrong with that? After all, the TSH is the ‘gold standard’ test for a hypothyroid because there is usually an inverse relationship between the TSH (the signal from the pituitary gland) and thyroid hormone levels – meaning that if you have normal TSH levels you should have enough thyroid hormone.

However, if you had normal test results (normal TSH levels) and you were told that there was nothing wrong with you it could mean that you have a fatigued pituitary. An indication that this may be your problem is a TSH level between 1.0 and 1.7 along with hypothyroid symptoms (TH). What is happening here is that your doctor looks at your TSH level and assumes it means you have normal thyroid levels. If T4 levels are not checked, this will be missed and you could actually have low thyroid hormone levels due to a fatigued pituitary’s inability to place a big enough thyroid hormone order.