Interestingly, I went to a new eye doctor this morning for an exam and discovered that I may very likely have some form of autoimmune disease via questioning of his (constantly very very dry eyes - no allergies - rashes like exema/ultra sensitive skin, clicking joints etc)...he ended up referring me to a rheumatologist. I am now wondering if this could have been the main cause of my low-normal test levels and other low levels before I started TRT.
I have high progesterone, and I have just read this as well:
It’s not uncommon with these disorders [including but not limited to – rheumatoid arthritis, sjogren’s syndrome, hashimoto’s thyroiditis, graves disease, lupus, rosacea] to find that their symptoms gradually resolve when they balance their hormones with progesterone.
I also read something about 5AT (a hormone metabolite which greatly boosts the immune system) which is a DHEA and T metabolite, which can also be the cause for low T (too much T converting to 5AT which may be needed by the body to deal with an immune disorder). In this case, the body essentially rips through it's stores of T and possibly of DHEA.
Some very interesting finds today, just from wanting a new pair of eyeglasses! This doctor in Brooklyn was great, very thorough. I told him also about my pituitary microadenoma and he is going to do some field of vision tests to ensure there is no problems with the optic nerve, but he told me to see the rheumatologist, gave me a referal, and told me to get my hormones in order because these issues are all likely intertwined.... I was like "yes! finally a good doctor who understands things!" all other doctors I have been seeing have just wanted to prescribe anti-depressants and cialis and never wanted to get to the root of things, or didn't know how to...and didn't think about other possible issues or testing...
Anyhow, just wondering if anyone here has had treatment for an autoimmune disorder and thus had their hormones naturally balance out?? Am I right in my hypothesis about hormone pathways being diverted to treat the AI disorder? I don't know for sure if I have one, but I have a feeling as it runs in the family...but it would be nice if this can all be treated and things can be balanced out naturally!