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Hi, I just had some hormone tests done as have been very unwell for months.

I'm comfused by the results. My LH is 5.6 and my FSH is 3.7. One Dr says this is good and shows I'm not going through menopause. Another Dr said they are low for my age (I'm 37). My testosterone was also low. My prolactin is 412. One Dr says its within normal range, another says its slightly high lol So here I am, wondering if anyone else has had similar levels & if so what they mean?

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    Hi Mandy...

    I would take Vitex-Agnus Castus if were you. It takes quite a while to be fully effective 5-6 months, but it's really excellent. It will also lower your prolactin so it's all benefits. X

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    I was found to have excess prolactin and an MRI revealed a micro tumour on my pituitary gland.  For 6 years I had been suffering severe head and face sweating - constantly.  Drs never looked further than thyroid and menopause - I was already on HRT because of a hysterectomy and oopherectomy (sp?).  Thyroid was dismissed and they never went further.  Then, in desperation, I sought out a dr who specialised in botox to see if botox injections to head would stop sweating as it does for other areas.  This dr sent me to an endocrinologist who discovered the prolactinoma.

    Once I was taking Carbergoline which reduced the prolactin and the tumour, my head sweats dissipated.  (I was probably going crazy with other menopause symptoms too!)  Further research revealed that women with excess prolactin should take oestrogen supplements because the prolactin makes oestrogen ineffective - therefore it sent me into severe menopause for those 6 years despite my regular HRT (implants).  I really needed more.

    I suspect that is what you are suffering from, and that is why they tested for menopause.  Talk to your dr about what I have told you and ask them to allow you to try Carbergoline to bring your prolactin down (they should do an MRI too).  It is better to treat that first rather than oestrogen supplements, because you won't need it after the prolactin is reduced.  However, I have found that whenever I try to reduce the medication and not take it anymore, the menopause symptoms return.  It seems it is safe to take foreever anyway.

    I did not have to go back to the botox dr but she saved my life really.

     

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      Hi thanks for your reply. So my prolactin is high? The normal on the lab report shows anything under 500 as normal so mine should be normal at 412. But this other Dr says its high. I think I'm just gonna pay to see an endocrinologist as GP's dont seem to have a clue.

      I've had two MRI heads without contrast. Both normal.

      But I'm so unwell. My periods seemed to dramatically change right at the start of me getting ill. I lost tons of weight, dizzy, awful anxiety, itchy skin, painful muscles & joints, numbness & suddenly got tons of new moles, lots of facial hair, nose bleeds, sore spots & weird skin changes. I've had skin disease ruled out along with most other stuff so they're now turning towards hormones.

      Hopefully they sort it soon as I've become very incapacitated by it all & been rushed to hospital twice.

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      I cannot find my blood results for back then to compare.  You are probably high in the normal range but if you are suffering from these all these strange symptoms a consult with an endocrinologist would be extremely worthwhile.  Quite often when one pituitary gland hormone is out of whack, another one is too.  Also ask them to check your Iron Studies, not just Iron.

      Good luck and let us know how you go.

       

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