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Mary Shomon

The Thyroid TSH Test Reference Range: What Numbers Are Your Doctor/Lab Using?

By March 3, 2011

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Is your doctor, health care practitioner and/or testing laboratory using the older, outdated reference range of 0.5 to 5.0 for the thyroid stimulating hormone -- TSH -- test? Or have they adopted the narrower range recommended since since 2003? For almost a decade, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists has recommended that the so-called normal or reference range for the TSH test be narrowed to .3 to 3.0, and it's still not happening at most labs and with many doctors. What is your experience? Has your doctor or lab "gotten it" yet? Ore are you still waiting for them to get the news? See what almost 200 other thyroid patients have experienced, and share your own story.

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