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Low Estradiol and LH (but not low FSH) - help me hack my hormone imbalance!

Answered on May 11, 2013
Created April 25, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Hello everyone!

I was recently diagnosed with low Estradiol and LH levels. Apparently my FSH levels are fine, which seemed to confuse my family doctor. Does anyone have any information about why these two hormones might be low (in isolation), and what I can do to get them back into balance?

I have had one period in the last 6 months, so I know something is really messed up with my hormones/reproductive system.

EDIT:

I should note some other things that have been going on. About a year ago I was diagnosed with Optic Neuritis, and the inflammation in my optic nerve has never abated. I am still pretty much blind in my left eye. I was on 60 MG of Prednisone for around 3 months in an attempt to reduce the inflammation causing my Optic Neurutis.

Around a month before my initial flare-up of Optic Neuritis, I started dieting/exercising to lose weight. Over the next 6 months, I lost 45 pounds and transitioned from a SAD to 80% primal.

Last September, my hands/feet started tingling all the time, and I was diagnosed with a vitamin B12 deficiency.

I have had stomach problems my entire life. I had my gall bladder removed when I was 19.

Current diet: 100% gluten-free, 90% paleo/primal. I eat organic/local/grass-fed meat, wild/sustainably farmed seafood and lots of vegetables.

I exercise around 4-5 times a week, usually on an exercise bike, rowing machine or doing body-weight exercises.

I have trouble sleeping, and I'm pretty much a little ball of stress all the time.

Current supplements: Vit D + K2, B-complex, B12, FCLO (Green Pastures brand), magnesium at night, digestive enzymes, HCL, coq10, "Cortisol Manager", probiotics. I was taking kelp for a little while, but my naturopath said it might be causing some digestive distress.

I'm 29 and weigh 110 pounds after losing 45 pounds last year.

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on May 09, 2013
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Good to hear that, but I'd want a second opinion with these symptoms.

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at 04:09 PM

Oh yes, I've been seeing a specialist (Neuro-ophthalmologist) for the last year. According to him, both the tingling and the optic neuritis are idiopathic (or at least all of the tests that he ran were inconclusive). Thank you very much for the concern, and the suggestion!

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on May 11, 2013
at 03:41 PM

Pituinary gland is located next to your optic nerve in the brain and responsible for producing estadiol and lh. It is relatively common to have non cancerous tumors there. You need an MRI to figure it out. You need to see a neurosurgant

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on April 25, 2013
at 06:14 PM

I hate to scare you, but are you seeing a neurologist? Optic neuritis and tingling in hands and feet is not something a family doctor should be handling and it suggests that some further tests should be run, especially given your age and physical condition.

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on April 26, 2013
at 04:09 PM

Oh yes, I've been seeing a specialist (Neuro-ophthalmologist) for the last year. According to him, both the tingling and the optic neuritis are idiopathic (or at least all of the tests that he ran were inconclusive). Thank you very much for the concern, and the suggestion!

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on May 09, 2013
at 07:32 PM

Good to hear that, but I'd want a second opinion with these symptoms.

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