This test checks the function of your thyroid gland and measures levels of;
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) &
- Free T4 (FT4).
This is a more comprehensive analysis which tests for;
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
- Free T4 (FT4)
- Free T3 (FT3)
- Thyroglobulin Antibodies &
- Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies.
It provides a more complete picture of how your Thyroid is functioning and will also give you an indication of whether you have an autoimmune condition which might be affecting your thyroid – this is one of the most common causes of hypothyroidism
The thyroid is a small butterfly shaped gland at the front of the neck, located just in front of your windpipe. The thyroid produces hormones that control many vital functions in your body including your heart rate and body temperature. If your thyroid hormone levels are not normal, you could experience a myriad of symptoms such as fatigue, racing heart and inability to control your body temperature, among others.
If you are feeling out of sorts, fatigued, anxious for no reason, are inexplicably losing or gaining weight, are having trouble sleeping, are sensitive to the heat or cold, experiencing changes in your menstrual cycle or voice or have vision and hair problems, you may need to have a thyroid check-up.
To be sure your thyroid level is normal, a simple blood test will indicate your thyroid hormone levels. This is also known as a thyroid function test. The thyroid test is performed by taking blood from your arm and examining specific thyroid hormone levels in your blood. If your thyroid levels are not normal, there are thyroid medications that your doctor can prescribe to help return your thyroid hormone levels to a normal range. This often helps you on your way to feeling yourself again.
Touchwood Pharmacy can assist you with Thyroid Function Blood Tests to ensure your thyroid check-up is worry-free and carried out swiftly. Put your mind at rest by booking a thyroid function blood test in one of our pharmacy branches.