Controlling Estrogen and TMG
- 07-14-2007, 11:57 PM
Controlling Estrogen and TMG
I am a newcomer to the board and have been reading lots of the threads here over the last few days. I am 24 years old, 5'5", and 150 lbs.
I came here because I have been sorting through some hormonal issues over the last few years. Basically all of this started when, after two years or so of low libido, I began noticing that my hair was falling out. At the same time, my confidence levels were falling. I was in law school at the time and although I was very, very successful in school and should have been elated, I was mysteriously depressed (and grouchy).
I used to be an athlete in college and for the first time in my life I had low energy and all of my progress in the gym seemed to stall.
Well I cleaned up my diet big time, mostly following the recommendations of the Weston A Price people (i.e., lots of veggies, some fruit, raw whole milk, raw cream, raw butter, raw cheese, rib eye steaks, chicken, fish, etc.). That seemed to help with my energy and helped me lean out some. But it has done little for my hair or libido. I have probably had morning wood 5 or 6 times in the last 4 years or so.
I finally had my blood work done and although I never got to see the results, the doctor reported that my total testosterone was "normal" at something in the high 500s. Since my testosterone wasn't a problem (he suspected it might be low) he sent me home and told me to get some rest. Unfortunately, I didn't know enough at the time to ask about estrogen or SHBG levels. (Is it too late to go back and ask for those records?)
From all of the research I've done in books (e.g., The Testosterone Syndrome) and the Internet (including this board), it seems like I fit many of the symptoms of those who have hormone problems due to excess estrogen rather than a problem producing normal amounts of T.
To that end, I just started taking a product called Myomin. It has seemed to help me and I even had a couple consecutive days of high libido and morning wood last week (it is gone again). I am going to stay with this product for a little while longer and see where it gets me. At some point I'd like to add DIM to the equation because I see that it is highly popular on this board and it keeps popping up everytime I search for materials about estrogen. Now to my question:
I see that some of you (e.g., Plymouth City) take TMG with your DIM. I tried doing a search on here for "TMG" but it kept saying there were no matches. I am wondering what the role of the TMG is in this equation? Is it something that enhances the effect of the DIM or is it for another purpose altogether? I seem to remember Plymouth City mentioning that it helps with sleep. I already take ZMA, which is wonderful, but I could always go for something that will give me an even deeper sleep.
Sorry this has been so damn long. Thanks for reading through. Any other input you have would be great.
- 07-15-2007, 10:09 AM
inventory of your diet and supplements, write it down so you have record
second, whatewer you do, stay on that routine for about 1-2 monts so you are stable.
third, good blood test, look at my old post for the list
post it here so we can have solid basis to take action.
What to take and what to drop will come latter.
Hopefully you will not resist this suggestions for too long, whatewer you did for last two years did not worked.
I used Myomin but dropped it.
- 07-15-2007, 11:52 AM
1) Any idea about how to go about the blood test? I am starting up new insurance in a few weeks. Is it as simply as making an appointment with the Dr. and demanding a blood test? I haven't had a physical in a while, so maybe I can ask for a blood test as part of a physical?
2) What post are you referring to?
3) What made you decide to drop the myomin?
07-15-2007, 12:07 PM
I would say, stay around and study the issue little, so you are able to convey confidence to doctor in what you are asking for. Ostheopats are your best bet.
#2. see below. If you find somebody (anybody) who will write this script for you, ask me for ICD-9 codes, they will help with insurance.
Do the test at Quest Diagnostics, blood drawn at Quest. Go to Quest afternoon on a slow day, give them a chance to get your paperwork ready, it is big job for them.
#3. To induce testicles to produce Testosterone they must have the capability of it in the first place. I am 67yo, did not have a patience to make real good test and determine if I am primary or secondary. Since most likely my testis even if they produce something they cannot assure full supply, I still have to add external T and HCG. Presence of HCG will assure that I get all that I can produce. Analysis have to stop at certain point and action have to be taken.
2 CBC w/ diff
4 Carbon dioxide
6 Copper, serum
13 Alkaline phosphase
16 BUN/creatinine ratio
18 Globulin, calculated
19 Protein Total
20 Urea nitrogen
21 Bilirubin, Total
22 Bilirubin, Direct
23 EGFR non afr american
24 RPR W/Titer & Conf RFX RPR screen
25 C-reactive protein CRP
28 Hemoglobin A1C
29 Homocysteine, cardio
30 Lipoprotein (A) Lp(A)
31 Folate, Serum
32 Cholesterol, Total
33 HDL cholesterol
34 cholesterol/HDL ratio
35 LDL chol, calculated
38 Vitamin A
39 Vitamin B12, serum
40 Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy LC/MS/MS
41 T3 Free
42 T3 uptake
47 Glucose, fasting
48 Insuline, serum
49 PSA, Total
50 PSA, %, free
51 IGF Binding protein-3
54 Cortisol AM/PM
55 DHEA sulfate
61 Estradiol, Bioavailable
62 Estradiol, Free
63 Estradiol, Fractionated, serum
64 Estradiol, Ultra-sensitive (is part of fractionated)
65 Estrone,serum (is part of fractionated)
66 Estrogens, Total, Serum
67 Testosterone, Free, Bio/Total (LC/MS/MS)
68 Testosterone Total (included in T panel)
69 Testosterone Free(included in T panel)
70 Testosterone Bioavailable(included in T panel)
71 SHBG(included in T panel)
72 Albumin, serum(included in T panel)
73 Dihydrotestosterone DHT
Post results of your test in this format, post #1:
Jan's BloodTest April13/2007
You will have to condense 10 or more pages of report, into more readable format.
07-15-2007, 04:30 PM
07-15-2007, 09:35 PM
No Myomin = No morning wood for years
Start taking Myomin (2 pills, twice a day) = Occassional morning wood and increase in libido
Based on that, it would seem that the Myomin would be taking me in the right direction. Sorry for the confusion. I'll be sure to read up on that link nonetheless.
07-15-2007, 09:41 PM
Thanks for getting back to me. I looked up Quest Diagnostics and it turns out they have lab about 3 miles from my home, so that should work perfectly. I start a new job in about two weeks and it comes wih insurance coverage. Since I haven't had a physical in well over a year, I was thinking about going in and asking to get a physical done. As part of that, I suppose I could encourage them to take a look at my hormones.
There are two problems:
1) I'm not sure exactly what tests to have them run. Where can I go to get a sense of exactly what hormones I wanted tested (e.g., FT, TT, SHBG, E2, etc.).
2) The doctor might want to use their own lab to do the blood work. Is it very realistic for me to suggest that they let me do the draws at a lab of my own choosing? I suppose I could just get the script from the doc and drive over to Quest and then send the bill to my insurance? I really have no idea how this works and don't want to be stuck having to pay $1,000+ in lab fees if at all possible.
Sorry for the rookie questions; I really want to get this right.
07-15-2007, 11:01 PM
07-16-2007, 05:18 PM
07-20-2007, 12:20 AM
07-20-2007, 04:11 PM
I think it is time we updated your BW list.
T4 free - Pointless
TSH - Pointless
Pregnenolone - Pointless
Unless one is getting urinary tests, all the estradiols can be eleminated except E2. They just don't bode well with BW.
If one is getting TT and Bio, FT and Bio FT is pointless as well.
07-22-2007, 05:35 PM
They are not good in themselves but they do add information to the bigger picture that u wont get from locking at free t3 alone.
Theres lots of talk about how t4 is beeing converted to t3 and the connection between this and adrenal function. If u only test Free t3 u might miss that yr t4 and tsh needs to be elevated due to yr poor adrenal activity in order to reach normal levels of t3.
So even when normal levels of t3 are present u might want to look into adrenals if t4 or tsh are elevated. Also if low on both t4 and t3, tsh will tell u if yr pituary is the problem or if its the thyriod by itself thats gone weak.
Iguess its like testing testosterone without lh.
07-23-2007, 04:28 PM
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