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Is it hormonal??

By October 27, 2011 - 7:53am
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I was diagnosed with graves disease in 1997 and recieved RAI. I have never felt the same since. I am 39 years old and suffer with anxiety, sweating, mood swings, cold and heat intolerance, foggy thinking etc. I go for my annuals with my gp, and quarterly to my endo.My levels generally come back normal. I have expressed on numerous occasions to please check hormone levels. Neither is willing, because I still am on a regular monthly cycle and they say it would not be acurate. Can anyone steer me in a different direction with what I should do next? I have felt this way too long and am in need for a change.

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Hi elizabean,

Welcome to EmpowHER and thanks for your question. The fact your doctor doesn't want to check your hormonal levels because you have a cycle might be true. Because hormone levels can and do fluctuate, many doctors advise getting tested more than once -- about a month apart. Talk to your doctor and explain your how you feel about getting your hormonal levels checked. There are different types of test he can perform: FSH Blood Level Measurement
This is the key test to determine whether or not you are in menopause. A sample of your blood is taken to measure the levels of FSH -- follicle stimulating hormone -- in your blood. Because your FSH levels rise when your ovaries stop producing enough estrogen, high FSH levels can signal that your body is entering menopause.
Estrogen (Estradiol) Levels
Estradiol is the primary human estrogen -- and when your ovaries begin to fail, your circulating estradiol levels drop. This is why doctors often give you a serum estradiol concentration test to measure the amount of estradiol in your blood. In this case, the doctor is looking to see if your estrogen levels are lower than normal -- again, a signal of ovarian failure, or, in other words, early menopause.
Here's a link that might help:

Best of luck,

October 27, 2011 - 10:16am
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