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Dear Van,

I'm surprised to see what appear to be such good thyroid numbers. I imagine you must be on thyroid medication? The rest of your numbers appear to ME, and I am certainly not qualified to make judgements, that there might be some pituitary problems. Your Renin is low. Did you have aldosterone measured, as well? If this is very low, it can cause the dizziness and some other symptoms you mention. Your testosterone is on the low side, and your prolactin is elevated. All of these are pituitary hormones. And if you happen to have an adenoma (benign tumor) on your pituitary gland, it may cause wide cycles or fluctuations in the output of cortisol (high at times, low at others), and of your other pituitary hormones. There are some other pituitary hormones that can be measured, if not already done. I'll name a few: ACTH, FSH, LH, Testosterone, TSH (we don't know what yours would be if you are taking meds), prolactin, estrogen, growth hormone. I will do some more research and get back to you with more info. For now, I'd request a test of your aldosterone, and bring up the idea of having an MRI of your pituitary and adrenal glands. But I think the pituitary may be of more pertinence. Many of this seconds what "ANNEMV" has advised, I just noticed! ~ :wave: Tracy
[QUOTE=van7771]TRACY: Thanks for your reply, my latest labs show the following:

Renin, Plasma Acitvity: .2 (.4-4.5)
Cortisol Baselin: 29.6 (4-22)
Testosterone 257 (241-827)
Prolactin: 37.2 (2.0-18.0)

TSH 1.32 (.40-5.5)
T4 Free 1.2 (.80-1.8)
T-3 Free 317 (230-420)

The hardest part of what l am going through now is the emitional and mental. I feel like l am loosing it, life doesnt make alot of scence, l live day to day with no joy or happiness. I know what it feels like to be "normal".
I have been to 4 different endo's and none of them have any suggestions on what is wrong. So thats why l ask if nodules can cause these problems with normal labs? I also have wondered if anxiety or panick attacks could cause these symptoms, my cortisol is always high and dont know why that is. Its tough when you can feel that your not right but dont know whats causing it. Anyway if you have any thoughts it would be much appreciated.


How old are you brother? Are you doing anything about your testosterone? That is low unless you are like 60 years old..... If you are younger you should get your DHEA levels check as well as you LH, FSH, and SBGH to see what all that looks like. I am going through something similar, i have not had my thyroid removed or anything but if you go to this post you will see my bloodwork. [url][/url]

I think the low testosterone should be looked into more. I'm trying to do that as well. I know I feel better overall even when mine goes into the 350 range. Should be around 600-800. I am 30. Low testosterone will make you feel like crud pretty much all the time as a male. It's just not healthy. You need to get that number up somehow.

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