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Why is it so difficult to get diagnosed with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's in the current healthcare system? As a healthcare practitioner, it's pretty rare when a patient says, "Yeah, I had symptoms and right away they diagnosed me with hypothyroidism.” Several reasons go into why it’s hard to get a hypothyroidism diagnosis:
• The disease comes on slowly so it can go misdiagnosed for years.
• Doctors do not screen for thyroid antibodies that would catch early Hashimoto’s because it’s not covered by insurance or considered standard of care.
• Conventional lab ranges are too wide.
• TSH can fluctuate up and down and may be normal at the time of the test.
• HMO doctors are assessed based on how much each of their patients cost and avoid tests they feel are unnecessary.
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