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kjlm1971
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posted 04-07-2003 11:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kjlm1971     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dr reports that I have elevated DHEA and wants me to come back for more blood work...anyone had experience with this? How does elevated DHEA affect a woman? how is it lowered? what are long term effects?

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posted 04-08-2003 12:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wheresrunt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome to the club. I have been trying to lower mine for three months now. Normal levels are between 57 and 400. That being the highest it should get. As you get older your levels will get lower and lower.Unfortunately our bodies think we are entering puberty all over again and now we are producing much more than we need.Mine was 629. Your adrenal glands(located on the top of each kidney) releases hormones. Your body tells them which hormone you need more or less of.Estrogen or testosterone. The doctor put me on yasmin bcp. They have a different kind of hormone than other bcp's. I had my second blood test done while still taking the pill. It came back at 400. So it did lower but is still on the high end while on meds. So the doctor will keep me on them for six more months. It really sucks having to take the pill considering my husband had a vasectomy , but the side effects i was having before i started taking it were much worse. There can be some damage done to your liver if your levels get too high for too long or left untreated.Hormones are tricky and sometimes mean . So follow your doctors orders. I was too busy being a mom and tried to ignore what my body was telling me and have had some pretty awful affects. It is treatable and fixable. Listen to your doctor. Are you having any unusual symptoms? It will almost act like menopause. I have night sweats , my face started breaking out and i was moody and emotional for no apparent reason. It will also make you feel like your having an anxiety attack.I let mine go too far and am now battlig with hypoglycemia. So don't hesitate like i did. Nip it in the bud now. I hope i answered some of your questions. Good luck and take care.

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posted 04-08-2003 01:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wheresrunt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I forgot to tell you that there are good things about dhea. Cancer patients and women with osteoporosis take dhea supplements. It will help boost your immune system , and your hormone levels. Some Menopausal women use supplements to ease the transition. My mother did because she couldn't afford all of the hormones the doctor wanted to put her on. Women that suffer osteoporosis have a lower dhea level than other women their age that don't have osteoporosis.In our case though ....too much of a good thing isn't good.Go to your search engine and type in affects of elevated dhea and you will find lots of info.

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posted 04-08-2003 01:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SantaBarbaraGal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To Wheresrunt: I am wondering if I too have a high DHEA level-I tried searching for the links and couldn't find any good ones. Can you post a few on this board?

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posted 04-08-2003 02:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for prunepie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
hi..high levels of dhea is a male hormone... meaning you are out of whack..i have pcos ..polycystic ovarian syndrome..which means high levels of male hormones and sometimes low levels of female hormones...

the symptoms that high dhea can cause is hair loss and hair gain on the body... cute i know..ughsss..and also irregular periods and in some women whose levels are really high and who have pcos..you can stop ovulating... and need meds to become fertile again.. oh also wierd hormones can also cause wieght gain.. here is a board that has info for you.. www.soulcysters.com

what is your doc doing for the high dhea...???? and what other tests did he run..its not really something that you should ignore hun xoxo jenn

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posted 04-08-2003 02:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wheresrunt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Go to http://medicinegarden.com/Library/dhea.html .You will have to scroll down quite a ways to get to side effects. I listed some of them .Another sight is this one http://www.drdebe.com/STRESS.htm. I like this sight. It goes along with what my doctor said. Side effects of DHEA have been acne, facial hair on women, cardiac irregularities, feeling of chest tightness, irritability, anxiety, headaches, and sleeplessness. In addition to these, DHEA can cause elevated liver enzymes which increases the ratio of total cholesterol to HDL cholesterol. Elevated liver enzymes have also been implicated in the formation of some tumors, especially tumors of the breast. Taking antioxidants such as alpha-pipoic acid, silymarin, and reduced glutathione can offer some protection to the liver.
Side effects of DHEA have been acne, facial hair on women, cardiac irregularities, feeling of chest tightness, irritability, anxiety, headaches, and sleeplessness. In addition to these, DHEA can cause elevated liver enzymes which increases the ratio of total cholesterol to HDL cholesterol. Elevated liver enzymes have also been implicated in the formation of some tumors, especially tumors of the breast. Taking antioxidants such as alpha-pipoic acid, silymarin, and reduced glutathione can offer some protection to the liver.Remember it is very important that you are fasting when you have your levels checked. What you eat can effect the results. To get an accurate result and to know exactly how your body is responding to your dhea levels ....it should be done on an empty stomach. If you suspect you have elevated levels...just ask your doctor to do a hormone level blood test.To check your dheas. It will take about a week to get the results back. Don't hesitate to have it done. I did and i regret it. I hope you can find the info you are looking for.
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posted 04-09-2003 12:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kjlm1971     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
wheresrunt- thanks for the info. I relate to everything you have described, everything! I got the results from the lab today (the first test) and the normal range for DHEA is 1.9-7.6ng/ml mine was 13.5ng/ml, so it was much higher than normal. Any idea on how long I should fast before I go in for my next blood test?

Everyone I do really appreciate your feedback! Thanks

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posted 04-09-2003 01:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wheresrunt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My doctor told me not to eat or drink anything after 8:00p.m. the night before.So i went 13 hours without anything. I had the blood test done at 9:00 a.m. Make sure you take a bottle of orange juice and or a protein bar. If you get light headed after not eating like i do....make sure you eat and drink something before you drive home.Good luck. So far my symptoms have subsided. Some are still there but not near as bad.Let me know how you do. What your doctor prescribes for treatment.How long before your next blood test?

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posted 04-09-2003 02:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kjlm1971     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I will probably go in for the blood test tomorrow AM. When I find out more I will update!

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posted 04-10-2003 04:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kjlm1971     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To anyone who has been or is being treated for elevated DHEA....are you being treated and if so by whom? (general practitioner, gynecologist, natural path, etc.) I am considering asking for a referral to see an endocrinologist for this. (I went for my second blood test this am- I will be anxious to see the results a second time)

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posted 04-14-2003 02:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kjlm1971     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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posted 04-30-2003 11:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kjlm1971     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I finally got my second lab work results back! They show that I have an elevated sex hormone binding globulin (normal range 18-114 units) mine was 125. Dr said that the results were as expected (whatever that means) and that this has no clinical significance for me. I just don't get it, I have blood work that shows things aren't normal and symptoms that indicate something is wrong but yet the only treatment I get is nothing. I scheduled an appointment with a gynecologist tomorrow (makes me think it is important since I was able to get in to see her with a couple days, usually it is a few weeks to get an appointment) Wish me luck

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posted 05-02-2003 12:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wheresrunt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dhea levels are very important. Long term affects of elevated dhea are bad. So going to the gyno is great. Good luck and let us know how it turns out.

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posted 05-02-2003 12:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wheresrunt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dhea levels are very important. Long term affects of elevated dhea are bad. So going to the gyno is great. Good luck and let us know how it turns out.

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posted 05-06-2003 10:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kjlm1971     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My appointment with my gyno was great she really listened to all of my concerns and even asked to take my notes I had written down. She is concerned that I may have fibroids and ran a bunch more blood tests, I go for an internal ultrasound in a couple weeks to find out more. My question for anyone reading this is...do fibroids increase certain hormones? or do certain hormones create the right environment for fibroids?

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