Maybe I need Progesterone also?
(Tiverton, RI, USA)
I stumbled on your site a few weeks ago, after trying to self diagnose a couple of odd symptoms. I keep coming back to read more - what a wealth of information you give us. It's clear your mission is truly to help. I hope you're thanked daily.
I'm a 47 yr old female and have been fortunate to have enjoyed good health all of my life. I am a type A, always on the go. I have a 23 yr old daughter and 2 boys 6 & 7.
The past 6 months, life has thrown me for a loop. I lost my Mom in June after being with her constantly in ICU for 30 days - then my Dad was hospitalized having a heart attack. During this time, I developed a bacterial vaginal infection, promptly followed by a stubborn yeast infection because of all the antibiotics. I am not one to have issues like that, so I was convinced I was headed downhill.
I am convinced my issues are likely stress related - but getting frustrated trying to connect the dots.
The first symptom was muscle twitching (painless) that could be anywhere, but the preferred location was legs/feet. I narrowed it down to possible magnesium deficiency, so I started supplementation and finally things started to get better. I still have some twitching but much better. Then out of the blue a few weeks ago, the cold hands started. This really bothered me. I can be a bit anxious at times, but for months now I feel impending doom. I'm not fatigued, eat very well, exercise and get plenty of sleep.
Found a Dr. who ran some thorough blood tests because I was convinced something larger was looming. Everything looked good except for "slightly" low thyroid, low Vit D (29.5 ng/ml) and a slight elevation of Cardio CRP (inflammation). He didn't seem too concerned about the D, recommended a horrible smoothie protein powder, and a natural supplement to boost thyroid and told me to relax and that his hands are cold a lot also.
I researched daily and realized that the D was very low - so have been taking 6000/8000 per day to get that boosted. So now I'm taking so many different vitamins/supplements to cover everything thyroid related. I also started iodine supplementation and I think that is helping my cold hands a little - but afraid it's just a vascular dilation effect.(I did an iodine loading test but those results not back yet).
Incidentally, 2 years ago, I started having hot flashes at night and a friend recommended a local bio identical hormone pharmacist. He ran some saliva tests and determined I was somewhat "estrogen dominant." I felt better soon so rather forgot about that and ceased taking the supplements for this.
Long & short, I'm suspecting that perhaps my hormones are indeed out of whack. And that maybe this is causing the slightly low thyroid. And/or maybe I'm still estrogen dominant, possible more so due to the recent stress factors. I will be getting the saliva test again, so I will learn more soon about the hormone status.
I'm sure my husband thinks I'm a bit nuts to be so worried about some clammy hands but I can tell something is just off. I start to cry much more easily also. I am praying this can all be fixed so I can get back to being productive.
Thanks in advance for any input - it will be grateful.