Does your doctor spend less than 5 minutes with you?
Are you afraid to tell your doctor how many symptoms you have?
Do you think you have hypothyroidism but can’t get your doctor to listen to you?
In our previous post, we explained why a blood test is not the best way to diagnose hypothyroidism. Now you understand why many people don’t get the correct diagnosis when their doctor only relies on the TSH lab results. You should also know that there are several other factors that can contribute to hypothyroidism going undiagnosed by your doctor:
In this video, our thyroid experts explain why a hypothyroidism diagnosis is often overlooked by conventional doctors:
So, what is the right way to diagnose hypothyroidism?
Now that you know what could be keeping you from getting properly diagnosed, here are four ways to diagnose hypothyroidism:
1. Clinical Symptoms – It is important for your doctor to spend time with you in order to evaluate you for clinical symptoms, including: low energy, weakness, trouble losing weight, cold sensitivity (cold hands and feet in particular), decreased mental sharpness, brain fog, slow thought process, slow speech, sluggish bowel function, depressed moods, anxiety attacks, joint and muscle pain (fibromyalgia), headaches, migraines, recurrent infections and weakened immune system, among others. Too many doctors will only spend five minutes with you, so they are unable to get a good picture of what is going on and how you are feeling. Many patients report that if they shared more than three to five symptoms with their doctor, they were treated as a hypochondriac and prescribed an antidepressant.
2. Physical Signs – It is important to determine the objective signs on physical examination such as hair loss; coarse hair; enlarged tongue or scalloping; pale, puffy and pasty skin; ridges in fingernails; weight gain; swelling of the face; pale lips; swelling of the extremities; cold hands; high blood pressure; coronary artery disease; elevated cholesterol; and low body temperature. You don’t have to have all of these signs, however the more of these physical signs you have, the more likely you are to have hypothyroidism.
3. Body Temperature – Your body temperature is a reflection of your metabolism. A normal body temperature is 98.6. When your body temperature falls below 98.6, it increases the likelihood that hypothyroidism is present.
4. Family History – It is important to get a good family history. Hypothyroidism tends to run in families. It’s also important to get a family history of coronary artery disease and weight issues because these are also signs of hypothyroidism.
Are you ready to get the right diagnosis?
It’s time for you to get the help you need. Our doctors listen to your symptoms and spend time with you in order to properly diagnose hypothyroidism. Don’t wait, contact us today!