Enjoying the ability to get your own lab tests done without your physician ordering them can be a HUGE stress reliever.
There are two types of patients.
- The first type is those who have had symptoms of Hashimoto’s but can’t get a diagnosis because their GP or specialist won’t order the lab tests. If they do order tests the docs are only willing to look at TSH (Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone).
- The second type is the patient who miraculously got a diagnosis but still has to fight with their physician to keep doing full thyroid panels to keep abreast of what is happening with the thyroid.
Which type of patient are you?
I actually fit into both categories.
It Took Years to Get the Right Lab Tests Ordered
It took years for me to find a doctor who would believe that I needed a thyroid lab panel. They always said I was too young. I guess at 27 they just didn’t believe it was possible. Finally, after I had lost TWO BABIES, I was able to get a referral to an endocrinologist who did do a full thyroid panel and a thyroid ultrasound. Sadly, it wasn’t until then that they took me seriously. The endo indeed confirmed I had Hypothyroidism and Hashimotos.
The trouble didn’t stop there though. That endocrinologist (who was the endo for a MLB team) had absolutely no idea about the thyroid’s connection to the rest of the body and that the symptoms I was experiencing (fatigue, eczema, hair loss, depression, etc.) were all connected to Hashimotos and a suppressed thyroid. Synthroid wasn’t going to solve the problem.
Eventually, we had to move out of state and I had to search for a new doctor anyway but it was an eye-opener just how clueless the endo I was seeing was.
Sadly, I fought with the new conventional doctor I found and her staff time and time again to order me the correct lab tests. It was absolutely maddening. Just the thought of the need to go to the doctor gave me anxiety for days before my appointment.
The doctors wouldn’t do the tests I needed because their hands were tied with insurance companies. Additionally, they didn’t see the need to run the tests because they didn’t even know how to interpret them!
If you’re reading this, I know you’ve been there.
You know how discouraging it can be to need a lab test and not be able to get it.
The Convenience of Ordering Your Own Lab Tests
It goes without saying that being able to check your thyroid or your cortisol levels, hormones, CRP or if you have Lyme or Celiac disease is wildly beneficial.
Ditching the need to rely on a stubborn, in the box physician is absolute freedom and a stress reliever!
Interpretation of Lab Results
One of the drawbacks that can come from ordering your own lab tests is not understanding what the results mean. Hopefully, you are meeting with a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (FNTP) like myself or have your own understanding of result interpretation. However, if you don’t, being able to have access to a knowledgeable physician who can tell you what your results mean is priceless.
Finding both a lab to get your own testing and an interpreting physician can be a challenge though.
The Solution for Getting Your Own Hashimotos Lab Tests
Let’s Get Checked is a company that can meet both needs – ordering your own labs and access to interpretation. I am so thankful for a company like this because reducing stress is imperative for healing and if you don’t have to fight with your physician for labs that is big-time stress relief.
Let’s Get Checked reached out to me to see if I wanted to see what their company was all about. I said sure but told them I wouldn’t be sharing anything about it if I didn’t like it or I didn’t think my audience would benefit from it. The agreed and said they would send me a test to try so I could see how the process works.
I appreciated that because I get emails from companies all the time and say no to A LOT because I don’t share anything with my people that I wouldn’t personally use. I also have to love the company.
With the provided in-home lab test, I got the privilege to go through the process as a customer of what it would be like to get my own lab testing done through Let’s Get Checked.
It was seamless and any questions I did have were answered quickly and effectively which I appreciated.
How In-Home Lab Testing Works
First, you choose the type of lab testing you would like. As I mentioned you can choose a thyroid lab panel, women’s hormones, CRP, Lyme and more.
You then pay for the test online.
Let’s Get Checked sends you the box with the test and directions in it. You activate the test with the provided box code and off you go! Once you have activated the test, I learned that any further instructions about when you need to perform the lab test are given.
Their lab tests use a simple finger prick for blood and a vial. You put a few drops of blood in the vial, follow their label and shipping instructions and then send the test off. It’s pretty quick and simple.
One thing to note is that you will need to drop the test off at a local drop-off or you will get charged for the shipping service to come to pick it up from your house. (That’s the only thing I wish they would change.)
Lastly, you wait for your results to be shared with you. I was impressed with how quickly the blood sample arrived at the lab and the results were delivered. It was literally one day after I shipped it! Now that’s fast service.
Why I Love Let’s Get Checked
Not only is it convenient and stress relieving doing a lab test in the comfort of your own home but it is affordable as well.
Using Let’s Get Checked is an excellent way for YOU to keep your own tabs on what’s going on in your body without the need for an ordering physician.
For those who are actively healing their thyroid, it is important to get lab tests every 6 weeks or so to see what’s going on. Let’s Get Checked makes that easy and doable.
How You Can Get Your Own In-Home Affordable Lab Testing
I have good news!
For 20% off all lab tests use this link and the code: Feasting20
If you try to order your own tests through Let’s Get Checked, let me know in the comments what your experience was!
Don’t Stress About Your Lab Tests Anymore
Now you know you aren’t under your physician’s thumb (so to speak) and you have options for taking control of your own health without him or her. It’s important to be your own advocate. You can seek out ways to get your own lab testing and you can learn to TRULY heal your body through accurate testing and by dealing with root causes by working with a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner like me. There’s hope! You CAN feel like yourself again.
Do you want to see Let’s Get Checked specific thyroid lab tests? You can click here to check them out.