Top
10
Doctor insights on: What Other Testing Can Be Done Beside A Blood Test For Hypothyroidism

Share
1

1
How does the doc know that my hypothyroidism was caused by hasimoto's? I had an ultrasound done (no nodules), and TSH blood test, then he concluded.

How does the doc know that my hypothyroidism was caused by hasimoto's?  I had an ultrasound done (no nodules), and TSH blood test, then he concluded.

Hashimoto's test: Hashimoto's (h) disease is an autoimmune disorder. Your doctor sent off your blood for TSH as well as antibodies against thyroid peroxidase. These are abnormal antibodies seen in h. You doctor made the diagnosis of h in your case based on the positive test for thyroid peroxidase antibodies. Ask your physician for confirmation of this. ...Read more

Dr. Su Fairchild
1,212 doctors shared insights

Hypothyroidism (Definition)

The thyroid gland is an endocrine organ located in the front part of the neck. Its role is to make thyroid hormones, which control the way cells use energy. Hyperthyroidism results when the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more


2

2
Done a blood test due to irregular periods.Hb 10.8 gram/dl, total T3 (liothyronine) 180.6 ng/dl, total T4 9.79 µg/dl, tsh 5.28 µlu/ml. Do I have hypothyroidism?

Done a blood test due to irregular periods.Hb 10.8 gram/dl, 
total T3 (liothyronine) 180.6 ng/dl, 
total T4 9.79 µg/dl, 
tsh 5.28 µlu/ml. Do I have hypothyroidism?

Not online: On health tap we are not really allowed to make diagnoses: this is for your protection, mainly. I will say that most endocrinologists nowadays would consider a TSH of over about 3.0 to be elevated, and so you might be hypothyroid. Ask the doctor who tested you, or consider checking with a endocrinologist or an re. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
3

3
My childs potassium, alkaline phosphate, carbon dioxide are low on blood test. Test was done due to my lupus & hypothyroidism. What does this mean?

My childs potassium, alkaline phosphate, carbon dioxide are low on blood test. Test was done due to my lupus & hypothyroidism. What does this mean?

Hard to say: Random test results reported with no history or exam findings make it impossible to decide if they are important or not. The normal values vary sometimes by age and we don't know if the report used proper kid or adult standards.You should review these with whoever ordered them. ...Read more

5

5
What's the best blood test to get for hypothyroidism?

What's the best blood test to get for hypothyroidism?

TSH: Generally, your doctor will order a TSH, and perhaps also T4 and T3 (liothyronine) levels. This is usually sufficient to get an answer for hypothyroidism, though additional tests may be necessary. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
6

6
Will a fasting blood test tell if I have hypothyroidism?

Will a fasting blood test tell if I have hypothyroidism?

Yes it will: To diagnose Hypothyroidism you do not have to fast,but if your blood was collected while fasting for some other reason it is ok/And will tell if you have Hypothyroidism as long as you are tested for it.You need T3T4FreeT4 and TSH level done on fasting or non fasting specimen ...Read more

7

7
What to do if I have all the symptoms of hypothyroidism, but had a 'normal' blood test?

What to do if I have all the symptoms of hypothyroidism, but had a 'normal' blood test?

TSH: If you have symptoms but you had a TSH that was normal, it is most likely something else. This test is very easy to do and quite specific . Ask you doctor to review the test with you and then go over your symptoms again. Many problems can masquerade as something else. ...Read more

8

8
I took my hypothyroidism medication while fasting for a blood test, would that make my levels good resulting in being taken off?

I took my hypothyroidism medication while fasting for a blood test, would that make my levels good resulting in being taken off?

No: In fact, it may even raise your blood cholesterol level. Why you would want to skip an important medication to scam on a test results is beyond me however. ...Read more

10

10
Could a thyroid blood test miss a hypothyroid issue?

Could a thyroid blood test miss a hypothyroid issue?

Yes: There are several parts to a thyroid blood test. Often only 1 part is used, called a TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone.) if it is high normal and a person has symptoms of low thyroid, like depression, weight gain, intolerance to cold, the practitioner often gets a different test, a free circulating thyroid hormone. When it's all borderline it is often worth a trial of low dose thyroid replacement. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer