I have some labs to share – some are quite strange, but most show that the leptin reset seems to be working well for me in addition to the obvious lack of cravings.
I was quite upset after my doc appointment, mainly because he did not think I needed bioidentical hormones after all, and I had hoped that would be the solution to some of my issues. My main issue is that I’ve had a constant headache for 4 months now (since when I jumped back on HCG after gaining on my first go at the Leptin Reset, but did not go away in the typical 2-3 days nor when I stopped HCG), and I was really hopeful it might be gone by Christmas. I didn’t post right away, as I knew a few days would give me better perspective.
After my last appointment when I had blood drawn:
My doc predicted: low DHEA (no), low cortisol (no), low progesterone (?), low testoterone (no).
My predictions: low T3 (yes), better Vit D (yes) (?), low progesterone, low B12 and Folic Acid (neither tested – arg), high CRP (no)
So I’ll start with the strangest numbers:
Total Cholesterol: 192 (highest EVER. Up from 138 in Sept on HCG, and typical off-the-chart low 95 over last 10 years)
HDL: 152 (What?! Do they even get that high? Should I be celebrating or wondering what the heck is going on? Up from 92 in Sept on HCG, and typical 47 over last 10 years)
LDL: 36, down from 41 in Sept on HCG, and typical 39 over last 10 years)
Triglycerides: 22, about the same as 23 in Sept on HCG, and down from typical 46 over last 10 years)
BTW – the lab marked that they got the results doing a repeat analysis. Guess they didn’t believe the numbers either.
Next set of strange numbers is for thyroid. Usually you have a higher TSH with lower levels of T3 and T4, and then a lower TSH with higher levels of T3 and T4 – shows that the pituitary is sending the right message. Mine are all low or lowish. I am taking Armour (and T3 at the time of blood draw), so some would argue that TSH is not really that significant. But I’ve never had this strange combo.
TSH: .53 (.4-4.5 reference)
Free T3: 2.2 LOW (2.3-4.2 reference) I KNEW it! I always feel badly when my T3 drops below 3.0, and feel my best in mid-3s—although never been higher to compare. It has been as low as 1.2.
Free T4: 0.9 (0.8-1.8 reference)
I was most surprised that my doc DOUBLED my current dose of Armour, and removed the T3. The call I got this past week about reducing my Armour was a communication error by the nurse. He has always increased very slowly, and did recommend I titrate up to that level. I retest in a month. It is possible a lot of my symptoms are still hypothyroid, just hard to believe. I will be so happy if it helps my headache go away.
Total Cortisol: 19.3 (4.0-22.0 reference), up from 16.3 in May. SEE, I told you I did not have adrenal fatigue! I knew because I don’t have a problem getting up in the morning or getting to sleep right away. My other issues with dizziness, salt craving and animals like to lick my skin!, and muscle weakness probably have more to do with this number –
Aldosterone: 6 (<25 reference). I don’t know if this is particularly low or not and have never tested it before. I did not refrain from using salt the day before because I did not know it would be tested, and still do not know which way that influences the test.
Next set of surprising numbers – in a good way.
C-Reactive Protein 0.44 (<0.80 reference) Was surprised as I still have distention and gut issues, but this is low and my HDL is high. Where does the gut figure in?
DHEA Sulfate: 159 (25-220 reference). This is up from 116 in May with NO supplementing.
Vitamin D, 1,25 (OH)2, Total 84 HIGH (reference 18-72), up from 37.9 a year ago, but have only been supplementing 10K a day for 2 months now. Doc and I both agree this number was great. My shins are still very sore, however – so not sure what that means.
Pregnenolone 71 (7-188 reference, premenopausal). Doc said this was good. Had not supplemented.
FSH 14.4 which is normal for Mid-cycle (3.1-17.7), but above range for follicular (2.5-10.2) and luteal (1.5-9.1), but we don’t know my cycle without menstruating. I’m guessing the pain I had briefly 6 days after this test was ovulation, which would indicate the follicular stage.
LH 5.8 Normal for Follicular (1.9-12.5) and Luteal (0.5-16.9), but low for Mid-cycle peak (8.7-76.3)
Progesterone 1.4 (<1 follicular, 2.6-21.5 luteal) This is up from my last test in September of 0.6 while on HCG. This is the number that my doc totally changed his tune from saying estrogen-dominance and perimenopause 2 weeks ago to now saying my hormones were still good, and I could have a baby if I wanted. I’m 45, and definitely don’t want more babies. Both of mine had colic & reflux for 6 months, and I’d go crazy to do that again. I had so many of the estrogen-dominant symptoms, that I might revisit if thyroid/ Leptin reset doesn’t fix some things in the next few months.
Estradiol: 74 (follicular 11-212, Mid-cycle 18-480, Luteal <247)
Testosterone: 42 (2-45 reference). Doc said very good and he was surprised.
Ferritin 80 (10-232) down from 330 High a year ago. Gave blood twice.
Iron, total: 195 HIGH (40-175), up from 121 in June. Doc said this wasn’t bad. I’m thinking bad – and that I need to give blood more regularly with my current diet.
Iron Binding Capacity 327 (250-450), up from 260 in June
% Saturation: 60% HIGH (15-50%), up from 47% in June
That’s it. Didn’t run the Omega 3/6 like he said he would (twice) unless it takes longer. Didn’t run any of the other vitamins I asked for: A, B6, B12, K, Folic, Selenium, Zinc. So I guess I need to order these myself. Do you need a doctor’s order to get the Spectracel Micronutrient package? Looks like it. Is there another similar package you can get without your doctor?