User Tag List

Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Home Version Thyroid Test

  
  1. #1
    Site Donator Achievements:
    Veteran1000 Experience PointsTagger First Class
    Wilber's Avatar

    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Stars
    Posts
    72
    Country
    England
    Gender
    Male

    Home Version Thyroid Test

    Is there a way to test the health of your thyroid without expensive lab tests? Its something I feel should be more easily accessible to everyone like how people do their diabetes testing.
    Struggling to get my life back!

  2. #2
    Junior Member Achievements:
    Veteran1000 Experience Points
    hammy's Avatar

    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    19
    Country
    India
    Gender
    Male

    Re: Home Version Thyroid Test

    I cant say some proper way but if here are Some problems associated with thyroid imbalance or malfunction include weight problems, fatigue, frequent illness, feeling cold all the time, and feeling down. By that you can imaginate it.

  3. #3
    Junior Member Achievements:
    Veteran1000 Experience Points
    Hayward's Avatar

    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    23
    Country
    United States
    Gender
    Male

    Re: Home Version Thyroid Test

    You'd think that many labs should be available in some home version. Pregnancy tests and sugar tests are done at home. Now you can also test your blood coagulation at home if you are on blood thinners - though this is not widely available. There are many intrinsic problems with home testing of labs. There are ethical considerations. For example, a few years back there was controversy about home testing for sexually transmitted diseases, especially HIV. And this wasn't even with the person getting the results immediately - they had to mail in the tests to be run in a lab. Secondly, it has to be an easy test to run. I really don't know what's involved in the thyroid test once it goes to the lab. Thirdly, it needs to be a common enough problem that requires constant surveillance. Thyroid hormones take 2-3 months to stabilize. Just because you start a thyroid hormone doesn't mean it reaches its steady state right away. Therefore, daily testing is completely unnecessary. Like other hormones, there will be fluctuations in the level. In addition, people need to be taught to understand what the levels mean. Diabetics are taught what to do if their sugars are too high or too low. Taking an extra dose of thyroid hormones is not a solution to an abnormal thyroid test. Like I said, it takes 2-3 months for the levels to reach their steady state.

  4. #4
    Administrator Achievements:
    VeteranCreated Album picturesCreated Blog entryTagger First ClassOverdriveSocial25000 Experience Points
    Mike's Avatar

    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    London
    Posts
    1,195
    Country
    UK
    Gender
    Male
    Blog Entries
    19

    Re: Home Version Thyroid Test

    To be honest, I wouldnt want to rely on the home test kits as living in the UK, normally the blood tests are free so it's better to do it at the clinic.

    Trouble is convincing your GP!!!!

    Also like Hayward said, thyroid levels take time to stabilise and the change isnt overnight hence there is no point getting the test done every week.....once every six week is normal time but usually doctors take once every 3 to 6 months.

    When Thyroxine (T4) is increased, the test results reflect that immediately after two weeks but TSH takes it's time to drop and may take at least 6 weeks before you see the actual level of TSH.

 

 

  • Advertising

    advertising
    ThyroidHelp.org
    has no influence
    on advertisings
    that are displayed by
    Google Adsense

      
     

Similar Threads

  1. Home Thyroid tests, Any good? Anyone have used them?
    By standbyme in forum TSH & Other Tests Results
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 12th February 2012, 07:15 PM
  2. Hello and Thyroid Blood test Question?
    By DUSTER340 in forum General Thyroid Condition
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 7th February 2012, 11:19 AM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Powered by vBulletin™ Version 4.2.4
Copyright © 2017 vBulletin Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.
All times are GMT. The time now is 06:25 PM.