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Jacquie Beers has a thyroid condition that went undiagnosed for years.

Jacquie says "It took a huge toll on my social life and dating and everything. It was, it was very disappointing to me. It was hard."

Throughout her twenties, she felt exhausted. A classic symptom of an underactive thyroid. Yet, the standard thyroid blood test showed her thyroid was normal.

"By the time I had come here, Dr. G had tested me that my thyroid actually wasn't normal and I have what they call Hashimoto thyroiditis, which is an autoimmune disease of the thyroid." Says Jacquie.

Doctor "G" is Andre Garabedian. He checks a lot of thyroids and says a routine test to measure T-S-H, Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, is the first step.

Andre Garabedian, M.D. says "That's, those are the traditional tests. But we now know that those are not sufficient."

Doctors can test for thyroid antibodies and other thyroid hormones besides T-S-H, including free T-3, free T-4 and reverse T-3.

Andre Garabedian, M.D. says "For the thyroid to work, you don't necessarily have to have only thyroid hormone in the blood. You have to have these hormones reach the tissue level and exhibit their thyroid function."

Even if your routine test shows up normal, make sure you tell your doctor about all of your symptoms.

"There are a lot of subtle conditions now that we have discovered that have nothing to do with the blood test." Says Andre.

Jacquie's relieved she finally got the right diagnosis and the proper treatment.

Jacquie says "Things are starting to go in the right direction, so... it's been a long time."

Now she plans to get her life back on track. This is Vince Sherry reporting.

Experts have changed the normal range for the standard T-S-H Thyroid test. It's more narrow than before, meaning more people will fall outside the normal range. Researchers are also looking at links between abnormal thyroid function and high cholesterol, depression and infertility.

Online Reporter: Ashley Gatz

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