Shortly after publishing my last post, Lizze’s doctor called and they spoke for a bit about what’s going on.
We received some clarification of a few things and learned some new ones as well. This was really a good news/bad news kind of phone call.
The good news is that as of right now, she’s not yet in menopause. 🙂
While her LH levels are really high, her FH levels are normal, indicating that she is not in menopause. She has something called……..crap, I can’t remember what it’s called now.
Anyways, here’s where the good news/bad news comes into play.
Basically, her ovaries aren’t working right. That’s the bad news. The good news is that she has ovaries. That’s actually really, really good news.
Essentially, the doctor said that her ovaries are acting as though they are in menopause at times and this is wreaking havoc on her body. At this point we don’t know why this is happening but basically, sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t.
Unfortunately, she can’t be treated with estrogen because of her history of clots.
I know I’m forgetting something but it’s been a long week and my brain isn’t quite firing on all cylinders right now.
Her doctor did say that this going to require a team approach.
This team with consist of her (OB/GYN), an endocrinologist and a psychiatrist. She also said that she wants Lizze back in next week because the longer this goes untreated, the more damage is being done to her body.
Right now she’s a total mess and I mean that in the most loving and respectful way but it’s true.
She’s um……how to put this lovingly…..really sorta grumpy. That totally outside of her control, but it’s not much fun for anyone. Her hair is grey and falling out, she has a serious vitamin D deficiency, there’s concern about bone loss, she’s not eating, can’t sleep at night but can’t stay awake during the day, is in a great deal of pain and severely depressed.
On the bright side, a lot of this is linked to the hormone imbalance but with any luck and if there is indeed a God, we may be able to finally get her some relief.
Again, I know I’m forgetting some of the details but this is a good way to begin the weekend.
Lizze feels like she’s knows more and has a direction to go in. If I’m not mistaken, there may even be a glimmer of hope left after all. 🙂
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When you go to the endocrinologist, have them run all thyroid hormone levels and antibodies to anything related thyroid, and check adrenal gland function. I bet something will come up on that panel. Everybody I know with hormonal issues ends up having thyroid or adrenal gland problems. At least the cause has been found, and now it can be treated. Hopefully this will resolve all the painful symptoms she is experiencing.
Glad to see a psychiatrist is part of the treatment plan. Good luck!
CharlieOz thanks 🙂