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How can you test for thyroid problems?

How can you test for thyroid problems?

Usually blood tests: When there is a question of whether the thyroid is producing too little or too much hormone, blood tests will be ordered to determine the functioning of the thyroid gland. In the case of an overactive gland, a thyroid scan may be helpful. When there is a nodule or mass in the gland itself, ultrasound and fine needle aspiration are indicated in many cases. ...Read more

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Dr. Terri Washington
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Thyroid Diseases (Definition)

You can have problems with they thyroid making too much or too little thyroid hormone. You can also have problems with it being too large (goiter) of having nodules or cysts in it. There are also occasional thyroid cancers. Most thyroid problems can be easily diagnosed and treated ...Read more


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How does a doc test for thyroid problems?

How does a doc test for thyroid problems?

Tests : Usually severa ways -- good history and exam always comes first. Lab tests usually follow including tests for function and antibodies. It may stop there or an ultrasound may be necessary. In some cases if ultrasound shows large nodules, a fine needle biopsy would be the next. Radio-active iodine scans are usually reserved for hyper functioning nodule detection. ...Read more

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What test is used to diagnose thyroid problems?

What test is used to diagnose thyroid problems?

Tests: Thyroid tests include two kinds -- function and physical appearance. One does not exclude the other. Lab testing can tell the function and antibody lab tests can tell inflammation. There are also lab tests for certain tumors. Radiology tests can tell the appearance ie nodules, inflammation, cysts, enlargement. ...Read more

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What specific tests check for thyroid problems?

What specific tests check for thyroid problems?

Various: Lab tests tell thyroid function; exam, ultrasound tell structure. Uptake tells how much iodine gets into the thyroid, and scan can show which areas are taking up iodine. Other tests may show inflammation, tumor markers, etc. ...Read more

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What is the diagnostic test for checking thyroid problems?

What is the diagnostic test for checking thyroid problems?

Function, neoplasia: Hi. Thyroid problems can be roughly broken down into two categories, disorders of thyroid function (hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism) and disorders of neoplasia (cancer and benign). The tests for thyroid function are TSH and free T4 at a minimum; I also get free T3 (liothyronine) if I am monitoring hyperthyroidism. Neoplasia is checked by physical exam of thyroid and ultrasound; fine needle aspiration biopsy? ...Read more

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Does a routine blood test check for thyroid problems?

Routine?: These days, there's no such thing as routine blood tests. Drs used to perform "wellness panels" at the time of a checkup. But now we have to tailor tests to the individual & only perform what is necessary, beneficial, & cost-effective. So, if you recently saw your dr & had "routine" labs done, there is a chance that your thyroid was not tested. We only check the level when symptoms warrant concern. ...Read more

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Taking B12 shots once a week. Makes me sick.Blood test didn't show thyroid problems.Gained 60lbs in a year.Didn't change diet or exercise. No energy.

Taking B12 shots once a week. Makes me sick.Blood test didn't show thyroid problems.Gained 60lbs in a year.Didn't change diet or exercise. No energy.

Why then?: If the B12 shot is making you sick and has done nothing for me, why keep on getting them? You really need to see an internist soon to find out why you are gaining weight and feeling tired. For example, this may be a sign of underlying depression. ...Read more

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I have all the symptoms of thyroid problems but my tests come back normal. Saw my gynecologist and she found cysts? Could that be why I feel sluggish?

I have all the symptoms of thyroid problems but my tests come back normal. Saw my gynecologist and she found cysts? Could that be why I feel sluggish?

Definitely!: Most doctors rely on TSH alone to assess thyroid. If you have cysts/nodules...you need a full work-up including ultrasound (if not already done), TSH, free T4, free T3, (liothyronine) Reverse T3, (liothyronine) Thyroglobulin and Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies, SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin), ferritin levels, selenium, and iodine levels. You may have a hidden autoimmune disorder known as Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. ...Read more

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Dr. John Landi
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more