We just finally got insurance coverage through the state because our income hit bottom. Had to change docs and while the doctor is about 30 mins away, I love him and his PA. They really understand that sometimes strange symptoms occur and must be managed even though a cause isn't clear. I had the PA (lovely lady who really explains but tells it like it is, up front) run some blood tests. Then today I had to go in for results. I was worried because usually you only get called in if they are bad. My A1C/hemoglobin test was exactly in the middle of the normal range!! I have an uncle who is diabetic and this is a good predictor/diagnostic tool for diabetes. He almost had my mom convinced that my health problems were because I am diabetic (he tends to "diagnose" the rest of the family with whatever problem he just got diagnosis's with or read about, always has.). As I am very allergic to all artificial sweeteners and I have a sweet tooth, I was NOT wanting to find out I am diabetic! In the past my cholesterol and triglicerides were sometimes quite high, but they would be very low on the next test. This time they were right there in the normal range!! The bad cholesterol is higher than the PA would like, but the good cholesteral is at a good level. So I will watch the saturated fats but won't have to take medications or drastically change anything!! My calcium level was in the middle of the normal range!!!!!!!!!!!! This is truly awesome because it has been incredibly low for most of the past 5 years. Vit D is still very very low, but choking down those calcium and D supplements is having some payoff!! My thyroid was the only problem. It was WAY out of line, like 12 times higher than it should be. That I expected and it was the main thing I wanted to have tested. My immune system has killed my thyroid, but it is the BEST thing to have your body attack because it is fairly easy to replace the thyroid hormones. This is not only likely the reason that even a 1000 calorie diet for 6 weeks didn't budge my weight but also the reason why my body can swell up more than 20 pounds in an hour or two. I cannot take any type of water pill for that because my blood pressure is actually on the very low side! So I am healthier than I thought and have the answers to some questions that have bugged me for a while (the swelling drives me nuts because a week or two after I swell I end up spending a day using the potty every 10 min and whizzing like a racehorse each time). Now it is time for ALL of you to go and get these things checked if at all possible!!! I don't want any of you to get sick because you ignored these things!!!