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Last updated January 1, 2014

How To Get Your Thyroid Tested Without A Doctor

Melissa Kaplan

Please note: hormones are nothing to mess around with, whether you get them from a pharmacy with a prescription your doctor has written, or you pick up "natural" glandulars at the health food store. No matter if you are taking a pill made by a drug company or a capsule of freeze-dried organ from a dead animal, you are taking a drug. To do so without proper diagnosis and consultation - and monitoring - by a knowledgeable physician puts you at risk.

As many as 13 million Americans may suffer from undiagnosed thyroid conditions.

It may be difficult to get a thyroid test if: 1) you don't have medical insurance and can't afford to pay out-of-pocket for a test; 2) you are in an HMO and your doctor is discouraging the tests as a cost-cutting measure; or 3) your doctor is resistant to the idea of a thyroid problem. Or, your insurance or HMO may only cover testing once a year but you may need more than just an annual test.

One study found that among patients taking thyroid medication, only 60% were within the normal range of TSH.

A new service, known as "Healthcheck USA" allows you to order that same medically accepted thyroid lab tests ordered by physicians. There are 3 separate tests to choose from.

More detailed information about Healthcheck USA can be found at Getting Your Thyroid Tested Without Your Doctor, at

Or, contact HealthCheckUSA at or toll-free at 800-929-2044. HealthcheckUSA also offers ABO and Rh, Chlamydia antibody, Combination Allergy Panel, Comprehensive Food Allergy, HIV, Hemocromatosis, Herpes Simplex 1&2 IgG & IgM, Lupus Diagnostic ANA, Lyme Disease (Western Blot/Enzyme Immunassay).

Note: These self-tests can be useful in finding if you have a thyroid problem, or when you need to recheck your thyroid levels more frequently than allowed (payable by) by Medicare or other insurance. If you do have thyroid disease, or feel you need a change in medication or dosing, you still need to see a physician.




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