A recent article has revealed that many providers have been doing Thyroid Assessment in Scottsdale, AZ wrong for many years. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located on the front aspect of the neck. It produces hormones that affect all cells in the body. Common symptoms of thyroid dysfunction include: fatigue; heat or cold intolerance; dry or brittle nails, hair, or skin; unexplained weight gain or loss; and menstrual irregularities. Thyroid Evaluations in Scottsdale, AZ usually involve a provider palpating a thyroid for enlargement or nodules, and blood tests.
A recent article is challenging the common practice of reliance on one specific blood test for Thyroid Evaluations in Scottsdale, AZ. There are several blood tests that tell a provider about thyroid function. For years a blood test (called TSH-Thyroid Stimulating Hormone), was solely used for evaluating thyroid function. The TSH is not a hormone produced by the thyroid, rather it is produced by the pituitary gland. Thyroid Stimulating Hormone works by telling the thyroid to produce more or less hormone. It works on a biofeedback system, meaning if the pituitary gland senses the thyroid is not producing enough hormone it secretes more TSH, and if the thyroid is producing too much hormone it secretes less TSH. The problem with using this test only to evaluate thyroid function is that this biofeedback system may be damaged and not working properly, leading to missed diagnosis of thyroid imbalance.
If you've ever had your thyroid function looked at before, ask your provider what labs he/she uses to evaluate. Here at Aligned Life Medical, we complete a comprehensive thyroid evaluation. There is no guess work. With our experience, we have known that reliance on TSH alone was not adequate. We would love to complete a comprehensive evaluation for you. Call us for a FREE evaluation.