Hi! In the throes of symptoms and a lack of diagnosis, I’d really appreciate any advice you could offer. In February, I went to my GP with what I think are a pretty common list of symptoms: fatigue, unexplained weight gain, headaches, memory/concentration difficulty, dry eyes, moodiness/irritability, shorter periods, increased PMS. She tested my hormones and my testosterone was low (5 in a range of 8-48), so she recommended that I see an endocrinologist.
This is where the fun begins.
The endo indicated that low testosterone in women is a good thing and isn’t the source of my problems. She suspected PCOS and ordered her own battery of tests. I’ll provide the abnormal results below for you (normal range in parenthesis):
Cortisol – LOW at 0.6 (6.2-19.4)
Dhea Sulfate – LOW at 32.3 (57.3-279.2)
Vitamin D 25-Hydroxy – LOW at 29.1 (30-100)
In addition, this time total testosterone was normal at 13.6 (10-55), as was free testosterone at 0.5 (0.0-4.2). TSH was normal at 0.564 (0.45-4.5), as was Free T4 at 1.22 (0.82-1.77). Endo is not at all concerned with any of these low tests, and ended up prescribing Metformin IN CASE I have PCOS and to help with weight loss. Meanwhile, the actual problem has yet to be identified, and I’m left with the many other symptoms – including the six pounds I’ve gained in the past month (with no change to my daily routine whatsoever.)
I am concerned about the low DHEA – just given what I’ve read online.
I’m honestly not sure what to do next. Do I return to my GP? Seek out another endo? Consult a hormone specialist despite most of my numbers coming back normal? Any advice you can offer would be so appreciated – I’m at a loss! At age 43, I have a long way to go and can’t bear the thought of feeling like this.