Toni – You seem to have a very healthy attitude about finding a doctor to work with and pinpointing the problem (or as you say, it could be several).
I believe that there is now a simple breath test for H.pylori – it is now recognized to be the bacterial cause of most gastric ulcers. The scientist, Barry Marshall, who discovered the connection was awarded the Nobel Prize 20 years after his discovery! Medicine moves slowly; I know that some doctors even today still think that ulcers are only caused by stress.
There is undoubtedly a blood test for it as well.
If it can be the long-standing cause of ulcers, if you have it, it seems reasonable that you can have it for an extended period of time.
As for the glucose numbers…, jimmylegs is correct – 100 to 126 used to be called "pre-diabetes"; diabetes was considered to be anything over 126. Recently, I heard that some doctors are considering that diabetes begins at 100 MG/DL.
As for the thyroid hormone tests…, as far as I know you have them all covered. Others here are more knowledgeable, I'm sure, and will jump in with more information. In the book, The MS Solution, by Kathryn R. Simpson, the author explains why she believes her MS was connected to a thyroid problem (or in general, hormone problems).
I try to keep a healthy attitude. I've been around many people who think modern medicine and specialists and big Pharma are all running a conspiracy to screw up all out of money and laugh over our graves, but I've never had any experience that led me to believe that. My only problem with pharmaceuticals is that we progress at such a rate that new treatments are constantly being developed, studied, and prescribed. Some people think drugs should be studied less so they're not held up, but I don't neccesarily agree. My problem is that, no matter how many studies they do, they can never know everything about a drug or what it will do to a person. I'm guessing that about half of the population has some undiagnosed medical condition, however simple it may be. It's hard to study side effects when people are studied in age ranges where they may be fine, only to have something crop up years down the road that was lying there dormant all along. I appear normal on paper, though my symptoms are clearly abnormal. Funny how all those "vague, weird" symptoms suddenly make my somewhat normal labwork a little more suspicious.
I don't know. I guess I'll study treatment options when I have a definite diagnosis. And I know there are doctors out there willing to help me, but they see thousands of people every year and there are millions of conditions to sift through. I try to do my best to be informed. I'm not gonna leave my health completely up to anyone else--that would be nuts!
And my first step will be these vitamin and nutrient levels that you guys have been so kind to share. My husband takes a laundry list of supplements every day. I guess I'll have my own soon
I'll call my doc tomorrow and request a test for h.pylori. I think he feels bad that there's not more on his end he can do, since he's not a specialist and he sees me every few months, along with my growing list of fruitless tests and procedures.