Hi. I am new to this message board and am hoping someone out there has some information about the following...I went to my general doctor complaining about fatigue. He told me that a common cause of fatigue for a woman in her 30's is depression which causes the fatigue. I did not want to accept that answer. I agreed to take some blood tests, including a serotonin test. My blood work came back fine, but my serotonin levels came back much lower than normal. Has anyone taken a serotonin test and does anyone know if it is common to have lower than normal serotonin levels? I am at a point in my life where I was hoping to start a family soon, but now I am concerned about that. Thanks for any info.
wow, when I asked if there was a way to measure serotonin, I was told no, there was no accurate way....But, you had one so hmmmm, if there was a test, I guess the pharmaceutical companies and doctors would be out some money, because a lot of trial and error with medications would be avoided....now I feel P***sed!....the only thing I can think of though, is serotonin is made in your brain and metabolized in your brain too, so I don't think you're supposed to have a lot of serotonin floating around in your bloodstream, so a blood test might not be accurate, I don't know, I'm no expert
I do not now about the accuracy of the test either. However, you are required to refrain from certain foods for 36 hours prior to your test so there is no interaction. I was looking for some scientific proof about why I was feeling this way. I am scheduled to go see a psych next week. I have started to take L-Tyrosine (pre-curser to dopamine). My understanding is that after you use up your serotonin, you start to use your dopamine. I believe dopamine is responsible for your more extreme emotions (anger, uncontrollable laughter). L-Tyrosine (just like 5-HTP) is the poor man's version of an antidepressent, except it's a precusor to dopamine instead of serotonin. I take 500 mg three times a day on an EMPTY stomach (wake-up, mid-morn, mid-afternoon). I do notice some difference. I just started taking 100 mg of 5-HTP just before bedtime with food and I am not sure if I like that at all. I may go to everyother day, three nights and slowing get myself off. One thing I have learned is that you never jolt your body with this kind of stuff since you are playing with your BRAIN. This may all change once I go see the psych. I would like to find out other tests that can check for other things that can affect your serotonin levels, such as Estrogen. Understanding what causes low serotonin levels may be a difficult challenge, but I really think it is important to understand the root-cause. It could just be my stressful job! I am at the age where my husband and I want to start a family. I feel responsible for fixing this problem before starting a family. I am hoping there are others who have taken this test and can comment. Thank you.
I didn't even know you could test for serotonin levels in the blood. I was told it had to be done through a spinal tap, and everything I've read points in that direction. What were the reference levels and how did you rate?