Hypothyroidism

How to Diagnose Hypothyroidism

Posted by Miss Lizzy
April 8, 2014

First it’s important to understand that TSH can be unreliable. This means many people might be living with undiagnosed Hypothyroidism because their doctor is relying on the TSH alone. With that in mind, there are other ways for doctors to diagnose Hypothyroidism.

Body Temperature

Many doctors feel body temperature is an accurate method of assessing thyroid function. According to Dr. Broda Barnes (1), measuring basal body temperature was the most accurate testing method. He explains that a temperature below 97.8 indicates Hypothyroidism, a temperature above 98.2 indicates hyperthyroidism. And when treatment is given for hypothyroidism the body temperature test can be used to monitor the treatment. As low temperatures rise to 98.2, hypothyroid symptoms will disappear.

There are exceptions to the body temperature test which affect the results, including pituitary gland deficiency, or adrenal fatigue.

Dr. Barnes also wrote that more information can often be brought to the physician with an ordinary thermometer than with all other thyroid test combined. Read more about how to measure and track body temperature.

Symptoms 

Along with body temperature, a diagnosis of Hypothyroid may be determined based on the symptoms. From my personal experience, I had many of the Hypothyroid symptoms (though not all). With treatment, and as my body temperature rose these Hypothyroid symptoms did disappear as Dr. Barnes indicated would happen. Sometimes we don’t even recognize the symptoms because we are so accustomed to living a certain way. But as the symptoms improved I was able to recognize them better.  Read the full list of Hypothyroid Symptoms

Free T3 and Free T4

According to modern approaches, many doctors including Dr. Mercola (2) feel Free T3 and Free T4 are more accurate for determining thyroid function. Mercola explains in order to optimize the hormone replacement [low thyroid], the Free T3 and Free T4 should be above the median but below the upper end of the laboratory normal reference range.

On About.com  (3), Mary Shomom explains:

  • The Free T4, or Free Thyroxine, normal range is approximately 0.7 to 2.0. Below range might indicate hypothyroidism.
  • The Free T3, normal range is approximately 2.3 to 4.2. Below range might indicate hypothyroidism.
Sources
1. Hypothyroidism The Unexpected Illness
2. http://www.mercola.com/article/hypothyroid/diagnosis_comp.htm
3. http://thyroid.about.com/cs/testsforthyroid/ht/interpretresult.htm

Post a Comment

Or
  • Shop

    Hypothyroid and Adrenal Fatigue Worksheet

    Could you have Hypothyroidism, Adrenal Fatigue, or both and not know it?
    Instant digital download. This worksheet is organized in a simple, easy-to-follow format which includes the following beneficial resources:
    • Hypothyroid symptom checklist
    • Adrenal Fatigue symptom checklist
    • Simple chart for tracking body temperature
    • Lab work record chart for tracking results
    • Treatment options to discuss with a doctor
    Satisfaction guaranteed or a full refund
    Price: $6.95 
  • Lugol's Solution of Iodine 5 Percent

    J.CROW'S Lugol's Solution of Iodine 5% by Miss Lizzy. Low Heavy Metal Verified. Made from USA Sourced Iodine. Best Seller!

    What is the benefit of using iodine?

    According to healthyonline.com, the thyroid (located at the frontal base of the neck) is the key gland that furnishes energy to every cell in the body. Its function is dependent on a balance of nutrients and trace minerals. These include zinc, copper, manganese and especially iodine.

    Iodine is an essential nutrient needed for the production of the body's thyroid hormones and is therefore required for normal thyroid function. Thyroid hormones are responsible for our basal metabolic rate (BMR), which reflects the body's use of energy. In addition, they are beneficial for:

    • Normal growth and development
    • Protein synthesis
    • Cholesterol synthesis
    • Carbohydrate absorption
    • Energy metabolism
    • Nerve and bone formation
    • Reproduction
    • The condition of the skin, hair, nails and teeth
    • Speech and mental state
    • Cold hands and feet

    Lugol's Solution of Iodine 5 Percent - Buy Now!

  • CONTACT ME

    To contact me, please follow me on Facebook (Click "Like" below) and then either post on the wall or send a direct private message. Thanks!
  • Follow Me on Facebook

  • Newsletter Sign Up

Copyright © 2012-2013 Miss Lizzy. Designed by TemplateSquare.com.
Any statements made on this site have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or condition. Always consult your professional health care provider. DISCLAIMER: I AM AN ORDINARY PERSON, NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL, SO THESE ARE MY EXPERIENCES AND OPINIONS ONLY. EVERYONE IS INDIVIDUAL, AND WHAT WORKS FOR ME MAY NOT WORK FOR YOU! NOR IS MY STORY MEANT TO REPLACE WHAT YOU WHAT YOU AND YOUR DOCTOR DISCUSS. ANY INFORMATION AND WHAT YOU DO IS AT YOUR OWN RISK! PLEASE EDUCATE YOURSELF AS BEST YOU CAN AND CONSULT A GOOD DOCTOR.