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What is thyroid testing?

The thyroid is a small gland that is located at the bottom of your throat just above the sternum. It's responsible for producing hormones that control metabolism. Metabolism is the process that occurs when the food we eat gets turned into energy. If the thyroid isn't functioning properly, it can lead to weight gain, fatigue, vision problems, muscle weakness, and more. A thyroid test is an assessment that helps identify thyroid disorders. Family physician Dr. Steven Zivich is highly trained in conducting thyroid testing to diagnose and treat functional issues. If you suspect you may be suffering from thyroid problems, call Boston Direct Health in Boston, MA to book an appointment. 

What to expect during thyroid testing

Thyroid testing is composed of a series of blood tests to measure thyroid function. On the day of your appointment, multiple vials of blood will be extracted from your arm to run comprehensive panels. These tests can show whether you have an underactive or overactive thyroid. They can also help diagnose thyroid disorders, such as thyroiditis, Graves' disease, thyroid nodules, and cancer. Once your results come back, Dr. Zivich will review the findings with you in detail and determine the best course of treatment. 

Thyroid Testing FAQ

What tests can diagnose a thyroid problem?

A thyroid function test is the most common test to diagnose possible thyroid problems. In this test, the doctor is looking for certain levels of thyroid-stimulating hormones in your blood. The most common hormone levels being checked are TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), thyroxine (T4), also referred to as free T4 and T3 total.

What are the symptoms of a thyroid problem?

Symptoms of a thyroid problem may vary from person to person but often include:

  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Brain fog and/or memory problems
  • Digestive problems
  • Vision changes
  • Hair loss

Will I need to fast for a thyroid test?

Generally, no special measures are needed before taking a thyroid function test. However, if you need additional testing alongside your thyroid function test, it may require fasting. During your consultation, Dr. Zivich will direct you on the steps to take before your test.

What thyroid disorders can a thyroid function test discover?

A thyroid function test can detect:

  • Thyroiditis
  • Graves' disease
  • Thyroid nodules
  • Cancer

thyroid function tests | Boston, mA

Are you experiencing chronic fatigue, unexplained weight gain, or have a family history of thyroid disease? Consider getting tested for thyroid disorders. While these tests may sound scary, they can provide the information needed to help get your health back on track. Reach out to Boston Direct Health to schedule an exam with seasoned family physician Dr. Steven Zivich. Our Boston, MA office offers flexible hours and telehealth services. 

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