I've been wondering if I had severely messed up hormones, could they mimic MS type symptoms. Slight tingling in fingers, lower legs, dizzy (more off balance than dizzy), feelings like someone is shaking my insides? Can those all be hormone imbalance symtoms?
I would say no to your question. The symptoms your describe sounds like some MS symptoms(and other disorders) but nothing to do with hormones. My hormones have really been messed up but never had those symptoms.
I recall reading an article about a year ago that implied a strong correlation between MS and hormone levels.
First, women are twice as likely as men to develop multiple sclerosis – that alone should tell us something. Second, the article noted that women suffering from MS regularly go into remission during pregnancy. This in turn has led to speculation that hormones, specifically estrogens, may play a role in the way that MS affects the human system.
However, researchers doing experimental research on mice discovered that the hormone prolactin, which induces milk production during pregnancy, has the effect of rebuilding myelin, the insulative protective coating that surrounds the brain, spinal cord and nerves.
The deterioration of myelin is believed to be a key factor in the cause of MS symptoms.
The research showed that pregnant mice with spinal cord injuries exhibited myelin repair at twice the rate of non-pregnant mice, and that non-pregnant mice that were supplemented with prolactin showed rates of myelin repair on par with those of their pregnant counterparts.
The research would seem to indicate a clear correlation between MS and hormones, and especially the hormone prolactin – at least in mice.
Have a mice day!
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... Slight tingling in fingers, lower legs, dizzy (more off balance than dizzy), feelings like someone is shaking my insides? ...
Although the symptoms sound very much like MS symptoms, I suspect it is something that is often misdiagnosed as MS, and that is Lyme.
I would suggest Lyme for several reasons.. although people of all ages and both sexes have reported the feelings of shaking/trembling/vibrating/motors running, etc, to the best of my knowledge, only the people who have received treatment for Lyme disease (which is antibiotic treatment) have experienced relief.
Lyme is extremely difficult to diagnose, and many with the disease strongly advise seeing a Lyme Literate Medical Doctor, because most doctors and specialists, do not have the training, knowledge, or experience to diagnose this condition which is reaching epidemic proporations in some areas of the US.
PS Lyme can mess with hormones...thyroid disorders are common with lymies, as well as problems with menstrual cycles. Many women with lyme also report that symptoms unrelated to the menstrual cyle get worse when they are having their period.
Thanks for the answers. I need to get to a doctor, but every time I am fed up and ready to go - my symptoms get better. I am one of those people who doesn't have much faith in the medical community. From past experience with myself and family memebers, it seems like unless you have a very specific problem such as cancer, they really don't seem to be able to find out what is wrong and are just guessing.....and nothing ever actually gets solved.
We moved about 2 years ago and I actually don't have a general doc, so I need to find one. Again - thanks for all the answers!
...From past experience with myself and family memebers, it seems like unless you have a very specific problem such as cancer, they really don't seem to be able to find out what is wrong and are just guessing.....and nothing ever actually gets solved.
Yes, I would agree. Despite being healthy, my health rapidly after having a routine annual physical...and continued its decline despite seeing my doctor/specialists (who were referred to me by friends in the medical field). When I stopped taking medication for blood pressure, my health returned within a few hours to 6 weeks after taking the offending medication...physician induced illness is more common than thought...some think is the one of the leading causes of death in this country.
Your primary is not the doc to diagnose and treat Lymes....when you've run through every gammut of tests (as many on the lyme boards have done), consider seeing a Lyme Literate Medical doctor...reading posts on the Lyme boards may help to explain why.
After my total hysterectomy, I developed all the MS symptoms and still have them. Its horrible..i was reading several articles and I bet the hormone's are the cause, the lack of them I mean. I just had mine tested and I have hardly any estrogen, testosterone, progesterone in my body. I tried taking some bio-indentical estrogen and it's not helping and making me feel worse. Im still trying to take a very low dose of it though.
I think you can definately have those symptoms in perimenopause and menopause. I have the trembling thing sometimes as well as a bunch of other symptoms. I have dizziness alot. I have had tons of blood work and tests, even went to a neurologist. Nothing came back other than I am hypothryroid and on meds for that. At this point our only conclusion is changing hormones and perimenopause. I am 44 and have been going through all this for 4 years now. It is miserable. I just pray I can find a way to make it through all this. Hang in there ok.