Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Things I have learned over the last 18months #1:

The pituitary gland stimulates your thyroid. If your thyroid function is low (hypo), your TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone - a pituitary hormone) increases and if it is high (hyper) your TSH drops. So to check if your thyroid function is optimal your doctor will check your TSH....
Huh? Wouldn't it make more sense for them to actually check your thyroid hormones? FT3 and FT4....? Maybe even an antibody test to check if your problem could be autoimmune?
What if your pituitary gland is not working properly or like me, you have nodules that were fooling it into thinking your thyroid was producing adequate hormones?
So the bottom line is, you can go in to see your doctor with every thyroid disease symptom under the sun - but if your TSH comes back within the normal range (there is also a lot of debate about the so called 'normal' range as well) then you will most likely be told your thyroid is fine, you need to lose weight and get more exercise (even though you can hardly stay awake and everything hurts) and may even be prescribed some antidepressants for your trouble.
You may not need them, but they may just make you forget all about the fact you thought your thyroid could possibly be a little bit wonky. Silly you - it was all in your head. Because YOUR THYROID FUNCTION IS FINE!!!!!

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