Can Addison's cause low LH/Free T?
Hi everyone, let me say thanks in advance.
To keep things short, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2009 and Addison's at the beginning of this year. Recently I went back to my Endocrinologist because of extreme fatigue and weight loss. Basically I just feel like I am sick all the time and doing anything has been a struggle. I thought maybe Addison's or Celiac was the causes, so I went to see my Endo. He is starting me today, on Testosterone Therapy due to my low numbers but when I called to ask what is the cause for low LH & Free T, he told me the damage to my adrenal gland is the cause.
1. I agree with him, I found information online that shows Addison's can cause low Testosterone because some T is produced from Adrenal's. But everywhere I look says if you have low LH/FSH as well, you need to have your Pituitary gland checked. Should I pursue this with my GP or is my Endo right to blame Addison's for both tests being low?
2. I am a 25 year old male, is a Free T of this level likely the cause of my symptoms lately and has anybody experienced this before?
3. I am just curious as to if this is a lifelong treatment. If my Endo is correct and the damage to my adrenals is the cause, then I'd assume my Free T will always be low as my adrenals will always be damaged, right?
Anyways, I know that nobody hear is a doctor but until I am able to see my Endo again, I am left in limbo. Thanks!!
LH: 1 (range 2 - 10)
FSH: 3 (range 2 - 15)
Free Testosterone: 4 (range 35 - 100)
RBC: 3.93 (range 4.4 - 5.8)
HB: 121 (range 140 - 180)
HCT: 0.36 (range 0.39 - 0.52)
WBC: 3.91 (range 4.5 - 11)
TSH: 1.4 (range 0.3 - 4.0)
Free T3: 3.7 (range 2.6 - 5.7)
Free T4: 15 (range 12 - 23)
Posted on 09/29/11, 06:34 pm