What tests should you request from your doctor if you suspect a thyroid issue:
Several tests directly related to thyroid function are TSH, Free T3, Free T4, Reverse T3 and the anti-thyroid antibodies TPO and Thyroid globulin antibodies.
Nutrient deficiency testing is also necessary to determine thyroid function. The minerals iodine, iron, zinc and selenium, along with vitamin D and the B vitamins will give you a better picture. Heavy metal toxicity may be an issue as well. Poisons like chlorine, fluoride and bromine take the place of our iodine receptors in the body. Iodine is essential to thyroid function.
Synthetic hormone replacement may not work as well as natural. Be sure and talk to your doctor about this.
One of the speakers I listened to was Dr. Pamela Smith. She is a Traverse City doctor who is quite experienced in this field. Her contact information is http://www.cfhll.com/bio_p_smith.html