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|BUT, he also said that if I had gone to a "regular" doctor which I have been going to, they would just tell me everything was fine because technically everything was within normal ranges....just on the lowest of low end of normal and then the huge discrepancy in my hormones.|
Ahhh, the dreaded "estrogen dominance," I bet you get wicked PMS.
My sex hormones are off too, my doc says they'll level out a bit once my adrenals heal (since they are responsible for producing the sex hormones) & once I get my cycles back. Ds is 15 months & still nursing like a 3 month old. All of my sex hormones are below range.
Glad you got some answers - are you going to treat the AF too?
I guess the estrogen/progesterone imbalance is normal for AF? One thing that prodded me to get professional help was that I seemed to have lots of estrogen (lots of eggwhitey cervical fluid) and a 6-day luteal phase, which implied not enough progesterone--and I don't know diddly-squat about hormones, I just know this isn't normal for me. Mine's started to get better, last month was an 8-day luteal phase, so I have hope of getting back to normal, sometime.
PMS? Not really.....I get cramps and I bleed for about 15-18 days, but I don't get moody or anything.
I am treating the AF....I am taking Cytozyme AD, CoQ10, fish oils....this is what he told me to take at my first appt.
Fishface--I saw a naturpath....after going to regular MD's for many tears with no answers.
MomtoNatalee--luteal phase is just the time from ovulation to when your period starts. I'm chartering per Taking Charge of Your Fertility (by Toni Weschler, what an amazing book, I learned a ton about my body, and it was weird to learn all that after having lived in my body for almost 30 yrs at that point), so I can tell when I ovulate. When I started charting and saw it was only 6 days from ovulation to menstruation, I was shocked. Typical is 12-16 days, and I was around 14 days back when I felt normal/healthy. If it's less than 10 days (I think that's the right number), it's considered a fertility problem (assuming you want to get pregnant, which although I definitely don't now, I'd like to keep the possibility for in a few years).
|Thanks for explaining that, after reading so much of this thread I think I understand now why I have been having panic attacks|
Originally Posted by haleyelianasmom
What about licorice? Does that help? My "diet cure" book indicates that it does, but I don't want to spend too much. I think I'll hold off on any saliva or blood tests unless this continues and gets worse.
Is pregnenolone okay while breastfeeding?
ETA: Does anyone know if it is derived from vegetarian sources? I'm a strict vegetarian. Also, I haven't started my cycles yet. Could the hormones cause my cycles to return?
Sorry I have so many questions, I have just felt so drained lately and I'm looking for answers
I go see a naturopath on Tuesday (6/5).....I'm hoping he can figure out what it wrong, although I am leaning towards Adrenal Fatigue. Is there anything I should be sure to ask? I already know I want to ask about the saliva test.
Do any of you have headaches? I have had this headache 24 hours a day/7 days a week for 14 months....it started 1 week after my son was born. It feels like my head is too full and I can feel my pulse pounding in my head at all times.
Tired all the time
Have trouble getting out of bed in the morning
Have trouble falling asleep at night
Get a "rush" when I stand from sitting
Anxiety attacks? Shortness of breath, heart pounding....started in March
I also had Hypoglycemia pretty bad while pregnant
I had an MRI last week and should get the results Monday or Tuesday.
What complicates my problem is that I have Interstitial Cystitis so taking vitamins is very hard for me as it causes extreme bladder pain....I do well on chewables and liquids, but no pills. On a GOOD night I get up about 3-5 times. BAD nights.....up to 30. This is probably what caused my problems in the first place.
I went to the doc yesterday and they drew blood to test my thyroid. I should hear back in a few days. After describing my symptoms she said, "Well, if it's not your thyroid then we should consider that it's a MOOD DISORDER.." That seems like a really, really ridiculous conclusion to draw or option to throw out there after having spoken with me for 3 or 4 minutes. I hate MDs. Anyway, if my thyroid bloodwork comes back normal, I'll consult with a naturopath about AF.
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