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I'm having many menopause symptoms, but don't have a supportive doctor for hormones and am open to taking them if they will help my symptoms.

By Anonymous October 31, 2012 - 10:06pm
 
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My mother had breast cancer at age 55 and again at age 61. Both her sisters died of cancer. My doctor has said I should not take hormones under any circumstances. So I don't have a doctor who could help me evaluate if I need testosterone or progesterone and how much I need to take. I am 49, have night sweats about once a week, irritability seems to be rising with my husband and at work, impatient, starting to have painful sex (sharp pain), have suffered from depression for all of my adult life and have been on SSRIs for 15 years, and have had chronic sinus infections for past 5-8 years. I had an ablation at age 46 due to severe anemia/heavy clotting periods. I am a Clean Eater (2+years) - no white sugar, white flour, no packaged foods, no fast foods, processed foods at all. What tests should I have done to determine my hormone levels, how do I figure out what hormone I need to take and how much, and can you recommend how to find a doctor near Auburn, CA.

Here are the tests I have had done:

Component Standard Range 1/30/07 4/15/09 5/3/10 5/27/11 6/8/12

TSH (Thyroid) 0.34-4.82 uIU/mL 0.72 1.04 0.97 3.37

Vitamin B12 211-911 pg/mL 510 447

Bicarbonate 21-32 mmol/L 29 27 30 28 29
Sodium 136-145 mmol/L 142 138 139 140 141
Potassium 3.5-5.1 mmol/L 4.2 4.4 3.7 4 4.8
Chloride 98-107 mmol/L 104 104 101 104 105
Glucose 70-100 mg/dL 89 79 84 93 97
BUN 6-25 mg/dL 13 10 15 14 14
Calcium 8.2-10.2 mg/dL 9.4 8.7 8.8 9.2 9.2
Total Protein 6.4-8.2 g/dL 7.7 7.4 7.9 7.8
Albumin 3.2-4.7 g/dL 3.7 4 3.8 3.9
Total Bilirubin 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.6
Alkaline Phosphatase 26-137 U/L 83 86 78 80
AST 0-37 U/L 20 20 17 15
ALT 15-65 U/L 32 36 38 33
Anion Gap 10-20 mmol/L 12.3
GFR Est-Other >60 >60 >60 >60
GFR Est-African American >60 >60 >60 >60
CREATININE 0.8-1.3 mg/dL 0.8 1 0.9

White Blood Cell Count 4.0-11.0 K/uL 4.8 5.1 4.5 5.1 5.3
Red Blood Cell Count 3.9-5.4 M/uL 4.11 4.33 4.85 4.52 4.53
Hemoglobin 12.0-15.5 g/dL 10.5 L 10.6 L 13 13.4 13.3
Hematocrit 35.0-47.0 % 33.1 L 35.5 42.2 41 40.9
MCV 80.0-100.0 fL 81 82 87 91 90
MCH 27.0-33.0 pg 25.6 L 24.5 L 26.8 L 29.6 29.4
MCHC 31.0-36.0 g/dL 31.8 L 29.9 L 30.8 L 32.7 32.5
RDW 14.3 18.2 H 19.8 H 12.8 13.2
Platelet Count 150-400 K/uL 182 237 223 201 226
Differential Type Automated Automated Automated Automated
Lymphocyte % 26.0-46.0 % 26 23 L 24 L 32
Neutrophil % 49.0-74.0 % 61 65 64 55
Monocyte % 2.0-12.0 % 11 10 9 11
Eosinophil % 0.0-5.0 % 1 2 3 2
Basophil % 0.0-2.0 % 1 0 0 0
Abs. Neutrophil 2.0-8.0 K/uL 3 3.3 3.2 2.9
Abs. Lymphocyte 1.0-5.1 K/uL 1.2 1.1 1.2 1.7
Abs. Monocyte 0.0-0.8 K/uL 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.6
Abs. Eosinophil 0.0-0.5 K/uL 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.1
Abs. Basophil 0.0-0.2 K/uL 0 0 0 0

VitD,25-Hydroxy Tot 30-100 ng/mL 29 L

Total cholesterol 231 H 174 231 H
Triglyceride 88 81 100
HDL cholesterol 95 66 67
LDL Calculated 118 92 144 H
LDL:HDL Ratio 1.00-3.50 1.24 1.39 2.15
VLDL (Calculated) 5-40 mg/dL 18 16 20
Cholesterol to HDL Ratio 2.4 2.6 3.4

Iron 35-150 ug/dL 26 L 40 110 139
Iron Binding 250-450 ug/dL 445 401 337 363
IRON SATURATION 15-50 % 33 38

FSH 3.8 2.3

LH 3.1

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Anonymous

Hi anon,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Under certain circumstances, your doctor may check your level of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and estrogen (estradiol) with a blood test. As menopause occurs, FSH levels increase and estradiol levels decrease. Your doctor may also recommend a blood test to determine your level of thyroid-stimulating hormone, because hypothyroidism can cause symptoms similar to those of menopause. You will need to ask your local hospital, for a list of local doctors that can test or treat this condition. Then, you will be able to discuss with your doctor, your test results and he can prescribe the right treatment for you.  Most experts believe, if you have a family history of breast cancer, you should not take any hormones.  

Here are some resources for you

Menopause

Best,

Daisy

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