What is a Full thyroid panel? The First Step in Identifying whats wrong with your thyroid!
The first step in understanding whats wrong with your Thyroid depends on a complete or Full Thyroid panel. Most doctors who work with patients suffering from thyroid disease will NEVER run a full thyroid panel. Most of the time you will only get a TSH and Free T4. This doesn’t cut it when it comes to properly managing a thyroid problem. In fact, its is almost impossible in supporting thyroid function with the limited testing done by most doctors.
A full thyroid panel is a specific group of tests that are used in order to evaluate the pattern of thyroid dysfunction but also help diagnose hypo/hyperthyroidism as a result of various thyroid conditions. A full thyroid panel includes tests that help evaluate Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), free T3 and total triiodothyronine (free T3, Total T3), free T4 and total thyroxine (free T4 and total T4), Reverse T3, and BOTH thyroid antibody tests.
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland which stimulates the Thyroid gland in the production and release of T3 and T4 hormones
- Total triiodothyronine- total T3
- Free T3
- Total thyroxine- total T4
- Free T4
- Reverse T3
- Thyroid antibody test – In many cases of hypo/hyperthyroidism, the lymphocytes, which are the blood cells created by our immune system and released in the blood circulation with the function to protect our body from any viruses and bacteria by creating their antibodies, now create antibodies against their own thyroid. These antibodies will either stimulate or harm the thyroid gland and its function. Two main thyroid antibodies are usually found in a case of hypo/hyperthyroidism include thyroid peroxidase and thyroglobulin.
The full thyroid panel will help help Dr Hagmeyer understand your Thyroid and what could be some of the root causes behind your symptoms.
A full thyroid panel, although a simple and quite easy to perform the test, can reveal a lot about your thyroid and its function. It is strongly recommended for anybody with a family history involving any thyroid problems such as hypo and hyperthyroidism. Also, those who might have been experiencing any symptoms such as unexplained weight loss/gain, fatigue, weakness, trouble sleeping, tremor in the hands etc., in addition to all women who have just recently entered the period of menopause may want to discuss this test with their doctor in order to determine if their thyroid is functioning properly.