Not Producing Estrogen... Is it an Autoimmune Disorder?
I found out about 1.5 years ago that my body is not producing estrogen at all!!! I have never been pregnant and I was diagnosed with AIH in 2004. Are they connected? I also have other diagnoses under my belt but I wont go into them unless asked. Just curious...
Well, I was diagnosed with AIH in 2004. I have had @ least 5 ruptured ovarian cysts. I have a condition called Vulvadynia (SP?) I have been tested 4 Lupus @ least 3 times. 2 out of 3 the test was positive, but they R sticking w/the negative. I m hypoglycemic. I cant gain weight. Although I did gain weight while I was on Prednisone. 70lbs. 2 B exact. When I did lose the weight I lost it really fast. ( about 57lbs. in 45 days) I M now steady @ 123. I have had heart problems N the past. I have a rash on my arms and legs - has never gone away. Doctors dont seemed 2 concerned about it though. Also my legs, ankles and feet swell. Whether its hot or cold they swell. I M starting 2 get dark spots on my legs where the blood vessels have popped. I am not sure if this is normal, but I am only 29! I have no children and would love 2 have some of my own someday. I do get headaches alot. They are not migraines, but everytime I have had a CT they come back clean. Alot of the symptoms came after i was diagnosed. The doctors believe i have had AIH longer than i was diagnosed. My liver enzymes were never really elevated but enough 2 B concerned. I have had 2 biopsies. 3 yrs apart.
I ran out of room... 1st biopsy showed R/L portal and lobular hepatitis. 3 out of 4 inflammation. and bridging fibrosis. 3 yrs later had another biopsy. Nothing changed. put on stronger dose of Immuran and also put on Entocort. Sorry if this seemed jumbled...
I have not been on Prednisone since '05'. I have had the swelling unfortunately longer than that. I do experience weakness. I get really tired easily too. If i dont have anything planned for my weekends I will sleep most of it away. And at work I get tired easily in the afternoons.
I am definetly going to look into that. I experience at least 7 of those symptoms. When they say sexual dysfunction, do they mean no desire to have sex? Because if thats true...uh-oh. Thank-you for this information.
Along with getting a CT scan, I would also recommend having your corisol level checked. A cortisol level can give your physician a clue as to whether or not you are having problems with your adrenal and/or pituitary gland.
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