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|/yes, my dr wants me to get my amalgams out. /i won't be able to do that for a while b/c ds is still nursing. Also i'm reading about chelation, but find it overwhelming. For now, I'm eating as many fruits and veggies as possible and avoiding gluten and casein.
More questions from me.
I have a doctor's appointment on Tuesday, and I was wondering what I should bring with me (if anything), and what specifically I should ask him about. I was going to bring the list of symptoms from STTM, and my log of temps I've taken as well (not many, but enough; range is between 94.6 - 97.1).
I would bring a list of MY symptoms. And a list of requested blood work you would like done.
If it were me I'd like the following:
* free T3--most people seem to feel best with this at the top of the range
* free T4--most people seem to feel best with this in the top 1/3 of the range
* TPO (thyroid peroxidase antibodies)
* antithyroglobulin antibodies
* TSI antibodies
* ferritin--most people seem to do best with ferritin 70-80
* B-12--based on our research, this should be at least 800, and 1000 is better. If you've been supplementing B-12, then testing it directly may not be valid--the MMA will be a more accurate test.
* Vitamin D (make sure it's the test for 25(OH)D)
Good luck & keep us posted!
Hi, can I bug you all for a moment?
What would you say to these results?
All tests were taken on day 19 of my cycle, though I may have ovulated on day 18.
Estradol: 14 (HRT Target Range: 5-13 pg/ml; Follicular: 5-13 pg/ml; Luteal: 7-20 pg/ml)
Progesterone: 352 (HRT Target Range: 100-300 pg/ml; Follicular: 20-100 pg/ml; Luteal: 65-500 pg/ml)
Free Testosterone: 10 (Borderline: 5-7 pg/ml; Normal: 8-20 pg/ml)
7-8 am: 20 (13-24 nM)
11-12: 10 (5-10 nM)
4-5: 3 (3-8 nM)
11-mid: 1 (1-4 nM)
CB: 34 (23-42)
DHEA: 6 (Adults (M/F): 3-10 ng/ml)
I'm surprised by the cortisol readings as I have an impossible time getting up in the morning but can't fall asleep until after 2-4 am. In fact, I felt like death warmed over when getting the 7-8 am sample. That's earlier than I normally get up (8:30-9:30 if i'm lucky). But I've always been like that, and have several family members who are the same way, so maybe it's genetic?
I'm also posting over at Real Thyroid Help (thanks FrannieP!) but I wanted to get your opinions here as well.
Those ranges seem pretty normal to me, so I'm thinking that maybe my issues (no libido, fatigue, loss of motivation, concentration, depression, etc) aren't adrenal issues after all and I need to start looking in a different direction.
These are my thyroid results. Someone commented that the free T4 and T3 looked low.
I've also got a low red blood cell count, but my dr. said it was fine. I need to ask her why a low count is normal.
fTSH 40 (Normal 26-85 nlU/ml)
fT4 .12 (Normal .17-.42 ng/dl)
fT3 .39 (Normal .28-1.10 pg/ml)
TPO Negative (Normal: Negative)
S-TSH 1.6 (Normal .4-7.0 ulU/mL)
S-fT4 1.0 (Normal .8-2.0 ng/dL)
S-fT3 1.5 (Normal 1.4-4.2 pg/mL)
Sorry to seem late to the game here... how do you go about getting the saliva testing done? I am on prednisone and have been on it for a long time. I'm working on a protocol to wean from it with the naturopath. Could/would she be able to order the saliva testing? Would it be best to wean further before checking everything out or would now be a good time? I'd appreciate your thoughts on this stuff. I have a ton of the adrenal fatigue signs/symptoms.
You'd have to wean entirely before doing the saliva test b/c the prednisone is definitely effecting your cortisol levels.
Your naturopath is I'm sure able to order the test - willing is another story.
You can one yourself from diagnos-techs through canaryclub.org.
I'm not sure how long you'd need to be off of prednisone to get accurate test results - hopefully someone else here knows.