TSH stands for Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, and this is the test that conventional doctors consider the "gold standard" for diagnosing a thyroid condition, and in particular, for diagnosing hypothyroidism.
But do you REALLY understand the TSH test, what it's measuring, what the numbers mean, and how it affects your health?
- For example, check out this fast recap, essentially a crash course on the TSH test. In less than a minute, you'll understand the essentials.
- Many patients write to me to ask a common question: What should you do if your TSH results are normal but you still have symptoms?.
- Why is your TSH fluctuating so much from one test to the next?
- One thing seems to be a sticking point for many. It's the relationship between TSH levels, and dosages of medication. So, why, when TSH goes up, does the dosage of medicine go UP?
- When it's time to get the actual blood tests, read my article on optimum time and conditions for TSH tests: when should you test, and should you fast?
- And what if your TSH is normal? Should you still be treated? Some doctors say yes...that some cases of Hashimoto's should be treated even when the TSH is normal because it can help.
Unfortunately, almost four years later, many doctors still aren't practicing according to these standards. Some are not even aware.The debate rages on, however, and if you care about your thyroid health, you'll want to make sure you're read about "The TSH Reference Range Wars" to discover what's normal, who is wrong, who is right...and what it all means for your health.
Finally, be sure to bookmark the handy chart on key thyroid function tests for your reference.