Any clue as to what is wrong with my period? Thyroid? Perimenopause?
April 29, 2014 9:02 PM Subscribe
I know you are not my doctor and this question may seem dumb but I could use some experience, answers, something. I'm just lost right now.
I'm dealing with issues regarding my period. I got my hormone levels back but they don't point to anything specific or alarming. I'm worried because my periods have definitely shortened and I don't seem to ovulate the way I used to yet I'm running out of ideas as to whats wrong with me. Hormone levels and history included.
posted by grablife365 to Health & Fitness (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I tried the NuvaRing for a month last year in June to help with Endo. Since then my cycles have changed from 30/31 days and about 4-6 days of heavy bleeding (thought to be because of Endometriosis) to 24-26 (26 if I'm lucky) and I bleed light to medium for at most two days. I don't seem to ovulate regularly but when I do its around cycle day 13 and my luteal phase is not the 14 days that it used to be. Its been about 9 months with these changes. I've tried 5-6 different hormone pills and never had this reaction.
In the last month my cramps have increased in pain days ahead of starting my period (where I was already on the verge of passing out but not three days before). I'm a week before my next one and already cramping enough to know its gong to suck again. I feel like I get heat waves every once in a while, I'm weepy and overly sentimental, and generally sad or irritable.
My vitamin D was a 7 in the beginning of March and I started a prescription for that nearly 6 weeks ago. It will be rechecked in June. My RE doesn't think that's the problem and my PCP doesn't seem to think so either but we're trying it.
I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 1997.
I have not had surgery for Endo (my doctors prefer not to do it due to scar tissue).
My HA1c is 5.9 but fasting glucose was 77. I've been watching my carbs and sugar as told by my PCP.
My hormones were fine to my RE (FSH 7.01, E2 88, LH 5.58 AMH 2.1 all on cycle day 4). Prolactin was good. Nothing stands out anywhere to her. Recent pelvic ultrasound showed nothing.
My iron blood saturation level is low but I'm not anemic anymore she said? I didn't understand this much. I had been supplementing with prenatals since I have been anemic most of my adult life.
My TSH is 3.78 and my T4 is normal. Negative for antibodies. I read that sub-clinical doesn't exhibit such bad symptoms but I'm not sure. It was .9 four years ago and tested as 1.9 last month but different lab.
My RE was worried about perimenopause since my mother was in menopause in her early 40s (I'm 28) but not so much now that my hormone levels are in. I'm going to do an iron prescription and she said I can take something for my thyroid if I want to but neither alarmed her. I'm going to get my TSH rechecked next month (since the results this month and last were two different labs) and then decide whether to treat it. My mother was hyper (removed) and my grandmother hypo so I am leaning towards getting a prescription called in.
My question is - what does this sound like? Is there a medical issue that I'm not thinking of? I'm planning an HSG to check my uterus and tubes too but I'm stuck other than that.