So I'm a bad person, and I realize this, but oh well..
I really, really dislike getting my blood drawn. I have weird veins, hard to get at 'em, too many bad experiences of nurses digging around in there when I was repeatedly tested (re: hearing issues) when I was a teenager.
I wanted to test again before doing anything, to see if the first test was accurate or not.
But I didn't want to do the TEST.
And I felt fine. (Exercise helped immensely.)
So I kept putting it off.
Finally bit the bullet (and have a bruise on my arm to show for it, as the lab technician/ blood drawer person bypassed the inside-of-elbow vein, which is generally hopeless, for one more on the outside part of my arm) and got my results today.
Old TSH level:
Doc replied, yay...
My TSH is 9. Normal range is 1-5. Real problems start appearing at 20 or so.
New TSH level:
Not clear if the first test was wrong, or if things have just kind of reoriented themselves.
(I never went on any medication for this, just started exercising regularly.)
The free T4 number is out of normal range, though = .83
This seems to be low?
Anyway, will talk to the doctor and go from there.
(Also, no cysts at last two annual breast exams. All normal.)
Thanks again to all who have educated me so much on this subject!