Can I have Hypothyroidism with a Normal TSH?
A common question people ask is “Can I have Hypothyroidism with Normal TSH?” The answer is YES. Even though my doctor says I do not have Hypothyroidism? YES.
My TSH result was always considered “normal,” which is why most doctors would not treat me for hypothyroidism. Countless other patients have shared the same experience not getting treatment due to “normal” TSH.
People can have Hypothyroidism with “normal” TSH. In fact, TSH normal ranges are disputed. So the TSH lab result is one big reason for misdiagnosed patients. Many doctors and patients agree the TSH test alone could be an unreliable measure of thyroid function. What does this mean for patients?
Why Patients Live with Undiagnosed Thyroid Conditions
Based on what is believed to be normal TSH test, many people are misdiagnosed. Consequently these patients have gone untreated. They feel physically awful with a myriad of hypothyroid symptoms. And they feel emotionally hopeless because they know something is wrong and they cannot get proper treatment. In many instances, doctors tell patients “it’s all in your head” and “you just need therapy” when in fact the condition is real and treatable.
This is the worst feeling in the world. Many people have experienced this misdiagnosis, myself included. We know something is wrong in our body and no one will help. All because of a controversial test and lack of awareness. It’s easy to get angry, but I try to stay positive! Hopefully now you understand why “I can have hypothyroidism with normal TSH.” So how can I get treatment and feel good?
Renewing Hope and Treating Undiagnosed Thyroid Conditions
If you have symptoms of hypothyroidism — especially low body temperature, weight gain, exhaustion, and feeling cold all the time — but your doctor says your lab work is fine, have hope! You could still have a thyroid condition.
The first step would be to ask your doctor to run a wider range of thyroid tests including FREE T3, FREE T4, Reverse T3, and Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody Test. As well as treat based on hypothyroid symptoms and body temperature. Learn more about understanding thyroid related lab tests.
If a doctor will not run these tests or won’t acknowledge symptoms, I would find another doctor. In my opinion, a good doctor is someone who listens and supports me, treats me with respect and will run lab work that I feel would be informative.
Patients often report that finding a good doctor has been the biggest barrier to treatment. Have hope and trust your inner guidance about what your body needs.
How Common is an Undiagnosed Thyroid Condition?
In case you’re wondering just how common it is to live undiagnosed with a thyroid condition, this might be helpful:
- According to ThyroidInfo, as many as 13 million Americans — or 10% of the population — have an undiagnosed or under-treated thyroid disorder due to the inaccuracy of the TSH test. .
- Another study says over 20 million (1 in 20) Americans have a thyroid disorder 1.
- Hypothyroidism affects women more than men.
- 1 in 8 women will develop a thyroid disorder according to Thyroid.org.
That friend who feels tired all the time, can’t lose weight no matter what she does, complains about being cold, looks puffy, seems foggy and disconnected. She might have undiagnosed hypothyroidism. Give her lots of love and compassion. If that sounds like you, be kind to yourself and know there is hope for getting treatment.
- http://www.rightdiagnosis.com/t/thyroid/stats.htm ↩