I read a lot on this board about low DHEA-S, but not so much about elevated levels in females. I just got back a hormone panel and the only thing that jumps out is:
DHEA-S at 402.1 (NR 98.8 - 340.0)
My TSH is right on the edge of being elevated at 3.01, if you go by the revised guidelines of 0.3 - 3.0 as opposed to the lab ranges.
The DHEA-S has been an ongoing problem for at least five years (when I first had a doc run a panel), and I had birth control pills shoved in my face and my dermatologist tell me I was normal (my levels had snuck down to the high edge of normal).
I am really confused/irritated/blah and am scheduling yet another appointment with yet another doc (the internetz promises she will listen to my problems and run thorough labs), but I wanted to ask the PH community to see if anyone has ever dealt with this problem successfully.
Additionally, aside from that main question, if anyone has any thoughts on high DHEA-S plus borderline TSH...sharing would be appreciated (I was thinking maybe a cortisol issues is in play, but my physiology knowledge is not good enough to make a connection)!
asked byBlossom1 (1213)
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on August 21, 2012
at 09:24 PM
I too have high DHEA-S. My TSH wasn't as high though. At first, my ob-gyn diagnosed me with PCOS (she also did a sonogram revealing ovarian cysts) and put me on BC pills. (I exhibit some PCOS symptoms - irregular menses, acne, hirsutism - but I'm not insulin resistant nor overweight, nor do I have thyroid issues. Paleo diet didn't alleviate my symptoms) The pills haven't helped much, so I visited an endocrinologist two weeks ago and she is running more tests - to see about Cushings and late-onset adrenal hyperplasia. My testosterone is low-normal so I'm not a "normal" PCOS case, so she's not sure whether to call it that or not. We shall see. So maybe there is a cortisol issue? I'll try to remember to give an update!