Take Back Control: Order Your Own Thyroid Tests

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Do you still feel like rubbish even though your doctor is insistent that your test results are coming  back ‘fine’ or ‘normal’? Perhaps your doctor isn’t running all the thyroid tests that you want?

Many thyroid patients benefit from being more involved in their thyroid care and treatment, which is where self-testing and the ability to order your own tests can be critical tools for empowering yourself.

Why Might I Benefit From Ordering My Own Tests?

Most conventional doctors only test TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) and go by it entirely to decide on your course of treatment, but this isn’t accurate. TSH stands for ‘Thyroid Stimulating Hormone’ and is a hormone secreted by the pituitary gland. It serves as an average read out over the previous four to six weeks of your thyroid levels.

It in turn tells the thyroid how much hormone to produce. By only testing TSH and not the actual thyroid hormone levels (Free T3 and Free T4), you’re not getting the most comprehensive and accurate view of your thyroid health and thus, the best treatment. You can read more on Why Going by TSH Alone Is Inaccurate here.

Another factor to consider is whether your hypothyroidism is autoimmune, which it is for around 90% of us, and this can affect which road we take to recovery hugely, yet many patients have never been tested for Hashimoto’s.

For this, you need to test thyroid antibody levels. I can’t stress how important it is to know whether your hypothyroidism is autoimmune – for me, I only started to see an improvement in symptoms when I implemented changes to address the autoimmune condition causing the underactive thyroid.

The Importance of The Adrenals 

As knowledge on Adrenal Fatigue continues to grow, many of us are also checking for this and it’s overwhelmingly common in thyroid patients.

In Thyroid Pharmacist Izabella Wentz’s experience, adrenal fatigue is present in 90% of us with autoimmune hypothyroidism.

Symptoms of adrenal fatigue include but are not limited to:

weight gain, ongoing fatigue, trouble sleeping, sugar or salt cravings, being over-emotional, anxiety, hot flushes, brain fog, dizziness, jumping at sudden or loud noises and a lot more.

For a lot of us, adrenal fatigue is half the problem and causing half our symptoms.

The Full Thyroid Panel

A full thyroid panel includes:

  • TSH
  • Free T3
  • Free T4
  • Thyroid antibodies TPOAB and TGAB
  • Reverse T3 wherever possible

This collection of tests give a comprehensive overview of your thyroid function and levels, to help produce the most accurate treatment plan for you, so that you can get optimal on your thyroid medication and begin to feel better.

Because being optimal matters. It matters entirely.

More and more thyroid patients are ordering their own tests online, including myself, because they’re wanting to become more involved in their own health and treatment, or to perhaps fill in the blanks where their doctor is letting them down. Some are also being directed by their functional doctor to order more comprehensive testing online, all so that we can improve our health.

Where Can I order from?

There are two places I have detailed below.

Medichecks – UK

Medichecks is a very popular choice for inexpensive yet comprehensive testing with a fast turn around.

I’ve written a full review of the first time I used them here. Their test kits are even designed so that you can obtain a blood sample from yourself in the comfort of your own home and then pop it back in to the post.

You can order the all important thyroid function test, Reverse T3, cortisol testing for your adrenals and thyroid antibodies to check for autoimmune hypothyroidism (Hashimoto’s).

As I have partnered up with Medichecks, all of my followers get 10% off any full priced tests with the code INVISIBLE10 until the 31st December 2019.

Results are then securely emailed to you with commentary made by their in-house doctors, letting you know how to proceed with your health. Discounts on these already inexpensive tests are often available, so do check online first before buying.

LetsGetChecked – Worldwide 

Another trusted place you can order some more in-depth thyroid testing is LetsGetChecked, who offer countless tests.

You can easily order a complete thyroid function test, Hashimoto’s testingcortisol testing and many more, all from the comfort of your own home.  LetsGetChecked often have discounts too, so be sure to check their website for promotions or discount codes before purchasing any tests.

As I have partnered up with LetsGetChecked, all of my followers get 20% off tests with the code INVISIBLE.

Another plus is that LetsGetChecked offer a one-on-one test results review with their dedicated team of doctors and nurses which are available 24/7 and will call you to explain your results.

A longer list of places (sorted by country) to order your own tests online can be seen here.

My Experience

My experience with ordering my own tests online is that it was really easy and quick with both of the above options.

Each time I’ve done so, I’ve easily completed my sample and posted it off, receiving the results a few days later, which lets me move forward in addressing my health issues with evidence of how I’m actually doing. You can use them to work with your doctor in improving your health.

I always recommend patients do their own research, read articles, books and get other patients’ experiences on having the same conditions and become their own advocate. It makes such a difference in how well-managed your thyroid condition is, to be clued up on what’s going on.


You can click on the hyperlinks in the above post to learn more and see references to information given, but further info can also be found here:

https://www.theinvisiblehypothyroidism.com/2016/05/29/what-are-optimal-thyroid-levels/

https://www.theinvisiblehypothyroidism.com/2016/02/12/why-going-by-tsh-alone-is-inaccurate/

https://www.theinvisiblehypothyroidism.com/2016/03/11/tests-you-need-to-have-as-a-thyroid-patient/

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Written by Rachel, The Invisible Hypothyroidism

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15 thoughts on “Take Back Control: Order Your Own Thyroid Tests

  1. I think having your own testing done is great. However you do not have a place for Canadians to go to. Can you tell me where i can go in Canada to have my own testing done????

  2. Hello Dr. Rachel
    I have continued pain in my back (side) area. I keep thinking it’s my adrenals. It’s daily and will come and go.

  3. Once you get to know you have hypothyroidism, things change. Thanks for doing a great job on such an unusual but most common problem of women. Keep it up.

  4. Is anxiety curable? I’ve been getting treatment for years and I still get bad symtoms sometimes. I would appreciate any insight you can provide.

  5. Hi Dr. Rachel. What are your thoughts on an at home thyroid test that uses a blood prick sample? I was looking at one from Health Test Express that screens for Free T3, Free T4, TSH, and TPO. Looks like they also provide a doctor consult to help understand the results or refer to specialists. Here’s the link if you can provide your feedback: https://www.healthtestexpress.com/thyroid-test-panel/

    1. I just did their test! It took a few weeks, but I just got my results today. From what I’ve read online, it’s an accurate way of testing. I was skeptical because I’d never heard anything about the company before and couldn’t find anything about them online, but it’s a good way of testing without having to go to a lab

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