Posted by Heather Hall on January 4, 2004, at 8:55:12
In reply to Re: pmdd, posted by Tuck on January 3, 2004, at 19:05:47
Tuck, having a high level like that is significant - and they are doing harm if they just want to hide it by treating your symptoms. I imagine that stress would effect the level, because autoimmune disorders seem to really go hand in hand with endocrine disruptions. If you are stressed you are producing more cortisol - the hormone that is resposible for 'flight or fight'. That could have something to do with your anxiety issues, especially if your body can't figure out how to regulate the cortisol.
I really think your family doc is doing you a great disservice by essentially patting you on the head and giving you a bandaid. Just because he doesn't understand or doesn't know how to help doesn't mean there isn't an issue or that it can't be better treated. Have you seen an endocrinoligist? if you haven't you may want to insist on it. Just my .02