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    How accurate is the saliva test to determine hypothyroid?

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    Re: Saliva Test

    Saliva testing is more accurate than blood tests as it measures the hormones in the tissues whereas blood tests look for the amount of hormones present in blood. As the hormones do their work on the tissues, saliva test results are going to provide you more accurate results.

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    Re: Saliva Test

    If I were going to be tested and they wanted to take blood should I insist on the saliva test instead?

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    Re: Saliva Test

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    If I were going to be tested and they wanted to take blood should I insist on the saliva test instead?
    It will be up to your discretion. You may choose either one of those methods keeping in mind that Saliva one is the better one of the two. Check with the doctor to see if he prefer blood test for any other reasons or to do any other tests along with this one.

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    Re: Saliva Test

    I would be tested using both method as this should increase the likelihood of getting a correct diagnosis. I would also say that if your results don't show a thyroid problem, get a second opinion before looking for a different cause. You can never be too careful.
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    Re: Saliva Test

    I always thought Saliva tests were good to check adrenal insufficiency and not the thyroid function. Even though there may be some saliva tests for thyroid functions, FT3, FT4 and TSH if done together can give you pretty good picture of your thyroid functions.

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    Re: Saliva Test

    I would probably do both tests just to be sure. Anyway, it really isn't that painful get a blood test. I've done it several times before.

 

 

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