This is an assessment that is done to determine thyroid health in relation to thyroid hormones. It is advised that women especially go for this test and ensure that the results they are given by medical experts are accurate.
This test comes in handy when diagnosing extreme cases of thyroid malfunctioning including hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Both of these conditions influence the amount of thyroid stimulating hormone that will be released into the body.
Initially when scientists were formulating a standardized scale for gauging healthy levels of thyroid stimulating hormone in a healthy person, they never took into account all age groups and assumed the values they got would suit everyone. This caused a very wide scale that had many flaws. At times, some said that even if one had a TSH test as high as 9 and still had a well-functioning thyroid, they were healthy.
People who are diagnosed to having a thyroid disorder most of the time present with the following symptoms:
- Fatigue and exhaustion
- Loss of hair
- Loss of memory
- Sleeping for longer periods than is expected
- Loss of motivation
- Rapid changes in mood
It has come to be accepted that the healthiest reading in TSH test should be between 0.5 and not above 2.5. Many health practitioners agree that 1.0 is among the healthiest TSH results anyone can get.
If a test was done and any possibilities of having a thyroid disorder ruled out yet one still has the above symptoms, they have to dig deeper. Their well-being is under their control. They should ask for a copy of the results and strive to discern the probable cause, for their health to be in its current state.
There are more than one test that can be done to give evidence of the presence of a thyroid disease. One should go for frequent visits to their general practitioner since they will not have the same TSH reading at all days.