Day 42: Test Results & More Confusion


So I went and had my blood drawn again yesterday, this time to test TSH, T-3, T-4 and antibodies. This morning, the test results came in. They’re ALL within normal range.

TSH test results on 9/24/13.
TSH test results on 9/24/13.


Today's test results. Notice the TSH reading - down from 5.17 to 3.25.
Thyroid panel test results on 10/1. Notice the TSH reading – down from 5.17 to 3.25.


I even made sure to fast and get my blood drawn first thing in the morning, since eating/time of day has been shown to affect test results. All I can think of right off the bat is that over this week I went gluten free, caffeine free, and laid off of other potential inflammatory foods, like dairy, plus upped my Vitamin D and Vitamin B Complex, and took it really easy – no exercise. Maybe all of this had an effect on my test results.

This isn’t new. In fact, there are plenty of books and websites out there about people who are hypothyroid but have “normal” test results. I’m also not discounting the fact that maybe my adrenal glands are to blame for pushing my thyroid over the limit. But now, without health insurance AND without solid proof that something’s wrong, what do I do? Pay out of pocket again for another round of tests that might get me nowhere?

At the very least, I’ve known for a long time that there were lots of symptoms that could be alleviated by adjusting my diet. This is just a wakeup call to make those changes, then reevaluate my mental and physical conditions in a month. That will be pretty easy to remember, since I’ll be turning 32 in just about a month’s time.

Let’s go on a cleanse, adjust our diet, do some yoga, and see what happens next, shall we?

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Craftynail says:

    so weird!! what now?
    I started a health kick recently too. I quit smoking on 9/11 and i started a diet yest!!

    1. Anna says:

      Congrats about quitting smoking – AND the diet 🙂 I have no clue what to do next, honestly. Just going to get back to exercising and try to figure it out as I go along. Guess that’s all any of us can do, really.

      1. Craftynail says:

        I suppose! Or…maybe when obamacare kicks in you’ll have no more worries!

  2. Anna says:

    Oh that would be amazing! I’m so worried that it’s going to cost something ridiculous like $250 a month for insurance, though. It’s either student loans or health insurance. If either of them were free, I’d be such a happy lady right now…

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