Thanks again for your help, KSman.
All your input is much appreciated.
I did point out that the levels were good - BUT that the DR put me on TRT based on my symptoms.
Indeed, I am - I read what you said about salt. In fact, after searching Google I see articles on iodine deficiency in the UK because we don't have it in salt - but I also see that dairy products are a good source. I probably drink, on average about 2 pints of milk per day.
No, I don't - hence I am not going to continue with the TRT until I have chased this down.
I'm not avoiding anything, I am perhaps slow to understand.
I don't smoke weed. I don't know what OTC or Rx are but I don't take anything except aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen - when required. I occasionally drink alcohol. Admittedly, in the couple of weeks prior to this test I was drinking more than usual for various social reasons. Normally, I only drink, say, once a week - although periods pass where I might not have anything for a few weeks or months.
I did also point out that I'd had a heavy cold for the whole week prior to taking the blood test, during which time I was taking paracetamol and ibuprofen daily. The DR did say that was reflected in the results - though I don't know where.
Perhaps you are picking up on one of these - a higher alcohol intake than usual plus a heavy cold plus over the counter medication, plus poor sleep and travel. Not a great way to treat my body, admittedly, but not usual. But yes, it probably affected my results and maybe that's what you're seeing.
I'm sorry if I missed that. It's a lot of info and I'm not inventing the 'brain fog' I find stuff like this difficult to process. And I still haven't shaken that d@mned cold!
As for digestive issues, pulse, blood pressure, I don't know of any problems. The DR did take blood pressure at the consultation and said it was 'normal', or ok or whatever.
As I said - my mate went through the same process and was put on gel. His levels were about 10. Somehow the gel got him up from that and he reported improvements across all symptoms as a result. Now he's on injections, simply because they are cheaper and less hassle, but in principle he had no objection to the gel. He's up around 20 now, I believe and far happier.
Ok, I've read your Thyroid sticky 3 or 4 times now and it's beginning to sink in. I figure my next step is to buy an oral fever thermometer and take my temperature. And maybe get some thyroid-related blood tests?
Also, as stated earlier, I am going to delay the TRT - at least until I've figured out if it's thyroid related. That's beginning to make more sense to me just now and I'm not overly keen on TRT, I just want some energy back.