Hi MarriedtoLymeinNJ. No, you are not insane! Doctors who think everyone fits into the same "normal" paremeters are insane in my opinion.
Lyme disease can definitely affect thyroid, adrenal, and hormone function. As I have posted many times, I think everyone who has Lyme--both male and female--should have these levels tested.
Regarding thyroid testing, have you ever had the Free T3, Free T4, and thyroid antibodies tested?
If you want more information on testing, let me know. I am on my way out now, but I will check back later.
Hi MarriedtoLymeinNJ. You need to have better thyroid testing done. Ask to have the Free T3, Free T4, and thyroid antibodies tested in addition to the normal panel. If antibodies are present, it indicates Hashimoto's Thyroiditis which is an auto-immune thyroid disorder. Some people who have Hashimoto's have other results in the normal range, but treatment is warranted because of the antibodies. Also, normal results may not be optimal for you.
In my opinion, finding a truly knowledgeable thyroid doctor can be almost as hard as finding a knowledgeable Lyme doctor. I recommend calling a compounding pharmacy in your area to see if they can recommend a thyroid doctor and a doctor who is knowledgeable about bio-identical hormones. Doctors who are knowledgeable in these areas often use compounding pharmacies. This is how I found my latest thyroid doctor. He has helped me more in a few months than all the other doctors combined have in several years.
Regarding having your hormone levels checked, it is my understanding that saliva testing is more reliable than blood testing. My doctor used ZRT Lab http://www.salivatest.com/ to test cortisol (adrenal), DHEA, estrogen, testosterone, and estradiol levels. I was deficient in all of them, and it has helped me tremendously to address this.
I hope this helps!