I'm 32, female, healthy appearance, avg weight, and usually wear a smile. But, something is wrong with my adrenals and/or hormones. Although my labwork is normal, my body's systems are slow- except maybe my androgen production. I have been to a number of professionals (GP, gyno, endo, psychiatrist, homeopath, nutritionist) with little relief.
Lethargy/sluggishness esp. in a.m., irregular periods, chronic constipation, low moods, bodytemp 97.5ish, normal-low blood pressure, hypoglycemia, occassional muscle weakness and light headedness, dull ache in legs/feet in the a.m., whiskers, acne, dark circles/bags under eyes, sometimes hyper-focused with exagerated startle response.
Short stature (5'), a lil too much muscle (bulk) in back and arms, straight thru waist and hips.
I've tried: antidepressants (NSRI), naturopathic remedies, retin-a, antibiotics, sunshine, exercise (no weight resistance on arms/back)...
Adrenals, thyroid, elevated androgens, pituitary??? Any guidance would be appreciated. I can't afford to keep trying doctor's until I find the right one. I need help finding a diagnosis. I live in Atlanta, GA.
Did your nutritionist do any testing for yeast overgrowth, specific organic acids or amino acid imbalance? These can find changes that may help with a diagnosis. Did your endo test for ALL of the adrenal hormones, and hopefully more than just once? How are your iron and ferritin levels?
You have symptoms of endocrine changes. Since my son has a pituitary cyst, I see this as a possibility in anyone with the symptoms that you have. Your labs may be normal now, but symptoms show up before anything can be detected in the blood. Have you had saliva testing? Iodine tests? I'm just trying to think of things that would help us understand what the doctors you've been to have actually done already to look for answers.
Have you been checked for PCOS, polycistic ovarian syndrome? I have read some about it, just wondering? I agree, it does sound endocrine related...I know it seemed to take a long time for my hubby to finally get his diagnoses...but, within 5 minute of his Endo Dr. meeting him...he told us what he thought he had, and the tests confirmed it...I think sometimes it takes getting to the right Dr...but, I know that can be hard to do...I am like smile2, just trying to think of diff. things...did they do the ACTH stim? What about MRI of the adrenals, and or pituitary?
Good luck to you...
Not meaning to speak from experience. But, I recently went off birth control, and was diagnosed with PCOS. Polycystic ovarian syndrome. I had accepted this diagnosis, not knowing any better. Getting nowhere with my GP, I saw a Naturopath, and was put on Adrenal force, Thyrolife Optima, and Rosemarinus Officialnalus, along with Evening Primrose Oil. Within a week, I noticed my cystic acne disappear almost completely, my lethargy is gone, increased sex drive... You may need to tweak your diet a bit also. But, highly suggest getting tested for Pcos, and hypothyroidism.
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