Before we started relying heavily on blood work diagnostics, doctors used to have testing methods and visual observations that helped them to diagnose problems behind patient symptoms. Blood testing has made some diagnosis less of a crap shoot, but unfortunately, if you aren’t doing the right blood tests, then diagnosis is sort of a moot point.
Case in point. Many doctors are still still only using an ineffective and out of date blood work protocol for thyroid testing and relying soley on TSH levels to determine the health of your thyroid. This is so far outdated, it’s crazy. It borders on negligence.
If you are suffering with some of the symptoms common to those with autoimmune thyroid disease (Hashimoto’s) like lethargy, weight issues, aches and pains, hair loss, sleeplessness, anxiety and/or depression but your doctor tells you your fine, this might help you.
Yellow (bordering on orange) skin, along with the above-mentioned symptoms is a clear indicator that your thyroid is out of whack. Flip your hand palm side up and compare it to someone near you. If they are healthy and have the standard pinkish glow, and you are yellow, you’ll see it easiest in your hands.
As you can see in the photo above of me and my friend, Sandy, my color isn’t right. Taken in the dead of winter when my tan is all but gone, I was kind of shocked when I initially saw this photo. It wasn’t until I learned about this yellow skin thing that I understood what was happening.
Keep in mind I had already be diagnosed with Hashimoto’s I just wasn’t aware that yellowing skin was part of my new deal.
Yellow skin can also be an indicator of liver issues, so don’t mistake one for the other.
I share this diagnostic tool only because many women are falling through the cracks because their doctors aren’t testing appropriately and thus not properly diagnosing their health issues. If you have the above listed symptoms along with yellow/orangish skin and your doctor says you are fine, find another doctor that knows how to not only do the right tests, but interpret them as well.Functional medical doctors will likely get to diagnoses much more quickly than a traditional doctor. Click To Tweet
Your best bet isn’t necessarily a traditional endocrinologist because many still rely on outdated testing methods. Functional medical doctors will likely get to diagnoses much more quickly than a traditional doctor. You can’t start working on fixing your problems if you don’t clearly know and understand what they are.
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