Did you know that there were decades of successful treatment for hypothyroid that involved nothing more than dosing you by symptoms?
The TSH lab didn’t even come into existence until the mid-1970’s.
But labwork gives important clues and direction on top of those symptoms! Here’s the bottom line:
1) Symptoms are the conductor of the orchestra, but…..2) understanding what labs and how to read your lab results give even more clues. You may have to teach this to your doctor, or find a better doctor who appreciates what patients have learned.
**These are also explained well in the revised STTM book, which you should have on hand and bookmarked at the doctors office. The book is in English, Spanish, German and Swedish.
LABS WE FIND WE NEED:
Summary: important labs patients report on include TSH to discern hypopituitary (i.e. low TSH with a low free T3), Free T3 and Free T4, Reverse T3, BOTH thyroid antibodies to detect Hashimoto’s, four iron labs (Ferritin, % Saturation, serum iron and TIBC), 24 hour Saliva cortisol (not blood), B12 and folate, magnesium, potassium (CMP), Vitamin D3 (and D2), MTHFR gene, Thyroglobulin if thyroid cancer is suspected. Others include whatever your doctor recommends.
ABOUT MAGNESIUM: the RBC magnesium is said to be most accurate since it can provide an earlier indicator of a deficiency than serum/blood magnesium.
OTHER LABWORK: Lyme testing is recommended if you just never seem to get well–IgeneX is preferred and more accurate. Epstein Barr Virus (EBV), Candida, etc. Direct Labs below has testing for Neurotransmitters, as well as hair testing. OAT (Organic Acids Test) is cutting edge about cellular blockages or nutrient deficiencies.
EXPLANATIONS OF THE ABOVE LABS
Summary: TSH (with a low free T3) is more about hypopituitary; “Free” in front of T3 and T4 is measuring what is available for use unlike the the “total”; both anti-TPO and anti-thyroglobulin are needed, not just one; all four iron labs are needed because ferritin can be low due to high heavy metals, not just low iron; blood cortisol might discern Addison’s or Cushings, not the cortisol problems we tend to get, thus saliva is needed; b12 can go low if undiagnosed or poorly treated hypo; Magnesium, other minerals, plus D3 and D2 can go low with hypo; Remember to have them remove tourniquet when doing a blood draw for potassium; sex hormones like estrogen & progesterone tested seven days after ovulation i.e. days 10 – 20 / FSH & LH tested days 2-4 of cycle with day 3 being ideal / Testosterone, DHEA any time; MTHFR mutation plus hair testing for high heavy metals. See Direct Labs link below for hair testing.
**Have any suspicion of having thyroid cancer? The thyroglobulin test is a tumor marker (not the antibodies test–just the thyroglobulin.)
INTERPRETATION OF YOUR LAB RESULTS:
***After you get your results back, click HERE to read what patients have learned about interpreting lab results. It’s not about “being in the normal range”.
PLACES TO ORDER YOUR OWN LABS–YES, IT’S LEGAL!!
Below are lab facilities–NOT in any special order. 1-5 are for the United States (except for NY, NJ, RI, MA or MD), then you’ll see other countries below that. All of these can be used without a prescription (unless stated otherwise). We AVOID Quest Labs for saliva cortisol testing–they give useless “less than” ranges. NOTE: Ulta has worked it out with Massachusetts to allow you to order your own labs!
Note: Saliva is highly recommended to test cortisol, but blood for the other tests. Many of us stopped using saliva for sex hormones, as we have found them to be strange. Some facilities require a prescription for RT3, sadly, so definitely talk to your doctor about it if you have reason to believe it may be a problem.
MY MED LAB packages designed specifically for readers of Stop the Thyroid Madness – After clicking on icon to the left, see the labs on the left of page. For adrenal testing, you will be choosing saliva for cortisol. Draws are done at any LabCorp facility around the US. NOTE: My Med Lab added a saliva test from Cell Science and it’s giving totally wrong results. Stick with the other saliva.
**New as of March 2016**–ULTA LAB TESTS with a page specifically designed for readers of Stop the Thyroid Madness (But not a new facility–they’ve been around, not just on here). And like the others, you have a page specifically related to STTM patient-to-patient recommended labs work. BUT…no cortisol saliva yet, as I told them no about Quest saliva which has the irritating “less than” results, which does NOT help. I will update when they get another one on. NOTE: Save an additional 10% off our everyday low prices on STTM Lab Tests with Promotional code ULTA41012
DIRECT LABS designed specifically for readers of Stop the Thyroid Madness…and includes Neurotransmitter testing, hair testing for heavy metals and other good labs. Patient do not recommend their saliva testing, as they now use Quest which has the terrible “less than” ranges. IMPORTANT NOTE about using this page: you will need to use scroll down bar just to the right of the red “Add to Cart” to view all labs they offer.
TRUE HEALTH LABS offering direct lab testing since 2010, this facility has most of the STTM recommended labwork you need and want! Watch for discounts they give throughout the year, which will show up at the top of their page if there is one! You can even use code STTM to get an additional $5 off testing. You’ll see a friendly page just for labwork which patients know is key!!
PRIVATE MD LABS have no STTM-recommended page on their website like the above facilities have, and you’ll have to search, sadly, but you can order the lab work recommended above, plus any others you feel you need and/or those results you want to share with your doctor.
All the above are Affiliate links, which means there is a very small commission made to this website on each lab ordered and which helps pay for various costs associated for time spent creating this informational website.
http://nutripath.com.au–they will send you the tests and patients find this facility the most reliable!
1) Approach your pharmacist and ask him to order a saliva cortisol test kit from Rocky Mountain Labs in Canada.
http://www.mdd.fi/ Test kits from Genova diagnostics via MDD Terveyspalvelut
www.medivere.de Saliva testing and helpful facility
http://www.prohealth.nl/ (need to state if you want a midnight sample otherwise they do 3 morning samples plus noon and 6pm samples)