Recently, on my 29th birthday I saw my OBGYN for my yearly well woman exam. She recommended that I get tested for Thyroid Disease due to my symptoms (cold hand, sluggish, thinning hair and eyebrows, inability to lose weight, lump in throat, etc.) The TSH and T4 tests were above the normal range of 0.5 - 5.0 and my DHEAS (adrenal hormone) was very high. I was recommended to an endocrinologist who retested me...TSH, T4, T3 and free and total was lower (around 4.5 - 5.0), but the DHEAS was even higher. She also recommended that I get a CT scan of my pelvis and ultrasound of my thyroid gland. Both tests came back normal.
I have normal menstral cycles, have never been pregnant and have never been treated for any other disease. She recommended that I do a 24 urine test to see if I have Cushings Disease, however after researching it, I don't have the main symptoms (moon face, etc.).
My concern is this: my endocrinologist said that if my DHEAS levels get higher than 500 (I am not sure of the measurements/units) then it is considered dangerous. My last test result was 493.
Does anyone have any idea what this could be?
Would look at CT adrenals and do the 24h urine as many patients don't have the typical symptoms. Some people run slightly high DHEA levels that are of no consequence, but this should be monitored. If you are taking supplements/herbs of any kind, bring this to the attention of the endo.
If your TSH was in the range 4.5 - 5 that is not 'normal', that is subclinical hypothyroidism. I would suggest she tests antibodies to perhaps confirm. Sometimes when people are hypo their adrenal glands become fatigued and I have seen cases (such as my own) where I have elevated DHEA but low cortisol. It is the bodys attempt to pull up the low levels of cortisol by elevating the DHEA. You may have adrenal fatigue. You can do an ACTH stim test or even better a 24 hour saliva cortisol adrenal stress index. I'm not a Doctor. Good luck.
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