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This Thyroid Stimulating Hormone Test or TSH test evaluates the overall function of the thyroid by measuring levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). This substance triggers the production of thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) which play active roles in the body’s metabolism regulation. However, unexplained changes in weight, mood, or sleep patterns can be indicative of a thyroid condition. This Thyroid Stimulating Hormone Test can help identify hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism and can be used to determine your potential risk for other thyroid conditions.
Thyroid testing is not commonly part of routine blood work, but it can cause significant health issues for many individuals. If you want to look into how your thyroid functions, consider purchasing the Thyroid Panel with TSH, a quick blood test that can give you an understanding of how your thyroid is performing and whether additional evaluation or testing is necessary.
To order the Thyroid Panel with TSH, add it to your Priority Lab Testing cart and complete the purchase. After buying the test, you can head to the most convenient of our 4,000 lab locations to provide a blood sample. You have up to 90 days following your purchase to come into our facility to complete the test. When you come in, you will have a quick blood draw, and within 24-72 hours, you will receive an alert that your test results are ready to view.
The thyroid gland works to keep certain hormones and your metabolism in check. When your thyroid is not functioning properly, it can wreak havoc on your overall well-being and can be mistaken for other health problems. A thyroid blood test is an easy way to keep an eye on your thyroid function and catch thyroid disease sooner rather than later.
Issues with your thyroid can cause symptoms such as:
When you receive your Thyroid Panel results, it will show measurements taken from your blood sample of the thyroid hormones in your body, T3, T4, and your TSH. When comparing the results, each result will show the amount found in your blood of each hormone category next to the typical reference range. Your results will clearly indicate if your numbers fall outside the reference range for a particular test element. The thyroid hormones can be too high or too low; results on either end of the spectrum could indicate thyroid disease.
The Thyroid Panel with TSH measures only and specifically the thyroid hormones in your body. If you are looking for a complete overall health check, consider the Standard Health Panel. The Standard Health Panel includes the Thyroid Panel with TSH test in addition to various other blood tests evaluating other areas of your body function such as CBC, CMP, A1c, and Cholesterol.
Higher TSH numbers combined with low T3 and T4 hormones are common blood test results in a person with an underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism1. An underactive thyroid is most common in people suffering from Hashimoto’s disease, with thyroiditis, or those with enlarged thyroid nodules present.
Low TSH levels are evidence of an overactive thyroid2 and could be indicative of an autoimmune disease affecting your thyroid, such as Graves’ disease or another thyroid condition. However, when you have low TSH, it is common for your thyroid hormone numbers T3 and T4 to be high.
The thyroid can have a significant impact on your health. Consequently, if you have high or low thyroid hormone numbers that fall outside the normal range, it is worth speaking to your doctor about it. If you have a thyroid condition getting treatment for it can help you prevent the worsening of your condition and lessen the effects on your body and life.
While the results of a Thyroid Panel with TSH may not definitively tell a doctor what the cause of your thyroid imbalance is, it can give them important information to plan the next steps to find out. For example, a doctor may order additional testing, imaging or biopsy if the results of a Thyroid Panel are abnormal.
Several medical conditions can have an effect on your thyroid. While some people may develop thyroid problems with no family history, others may have hereditary risk factors that make them susceptible to thyroid disease.
Examples of some of the most common thyroid conditions include:
Most thyroid conditions are easily treatable.