Diagnosing Hyperthyroidism

In This Chapter

  • Conditions with similar or parallel symptoms
  • Critical blood tests for hyperthyroidism
  • Other tests you may need
  • Obtaining and interpreting your test results

If you’re experiencing one or more of the symptoms described in Chapter 10 and believe the cause might be hyperthyroidism, you shouldn’t hesitate to see a doctor and get tested.

The initial phase of this process is straightforward—your doctor takes some of your blood, and then sends it to a lab with instructions on which tests to run. What makes things a bit complicated is that many doctors fail to ask for the right combination of tests. ...

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