Question about ZRT Lab tests

by Ashley

Hi Wray,
It is Ashley again (see my Posts Severe PPA and PMS, and Don't know how I have been functioning). I was wondering if the ZRT tests give any feedback as to where to start your dosage based on your hormones levels and ratios reported? If so, I would do another test through them. I am currently working with a place, http://www.hotzehwc.com/en-US/default.aspx and they only want to up my progesterone by 12.5mg each cycle if symptoms warrant. I am currently taken 50mg and have not noticed any improvement, in fact, I think it has actually stimulated my estrogen and caused me more symptoms, especially after the first day or two when my body was adjusting (i am super sensitive to hormonal changes). Is it common when you increase your dosages to have some worsen of symptoms at first? I keep telling them that I feel I should be around 100mg but they say your body will tell us that. Ughh, I really don't want to wait through each cycle to see if symptoms get better. I have a 3 year old and a 5 month old and life does not stop because I feel awful. Can you please point me to any studies or literature that says that for severe symptoms, the starting dosage should be such and such.
These folks are doctors and they do a great job, in fact they found that I also have low thyroid. I guess I am just getting impatient....I desperately want to feel better and not on edge, irritable, etc. I just want to be calm and happy.

Thanks for all your help! This site has been a lifesaver.

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Jan 18, 2013
Question about ZRT Lab tests
by: Wray

Hi Ashley Thanks for the kind words. It seems you can't have seen my reply to you on the page you entitled 'PND and Anxiety and severe PMS', the link is here. I suggested you started at 400mg/day, and if this was insufficient to increase it. 50mg/day is no where near enough! 100mg/day is not either. Each tiny increment they are suggesting you use is only making matters worse. It does stimulate oestrogen each time. But if you use a large amount initially, it generally overcomes this. If it doesn't then it would be necessary to increase by large amounts each time, i.e. 100mg until the optimum is reached. You might like to read these comments from others who had to go very high before achieving relief, see here, here, here, scroll to Nov 26, 2012 Having a Hard Time and here. ZRT don't give advice on how to use hormones, they only do testing. Please read that link I also gave you on the above page, to our Pregnancy page, and this one here too. PND is mentioned. As I said Dr Dalton would use amounts up to 2400mg/day for her very severe patients with post natal psychosis. Maybe you could get her book on Depression after Childbirth, Amazon stock it, see here. I also asked you to have a vitamin D test done, this is essential, as I believe your level is very low. Not until you have that test done, will you know how much vitamin D to take. You have to get your level up high very quickly. I gave you all those papers on your other page about a lack causing depression. Continued below

Jan 18, 2013
Question about ZRT Lab tests part 2
by: Wray

Hi Ashley It's evident you have a lack as you say they have picked up a thyroid problem, this is often due to too little vitamin D, see here, here, here and here. I also suggest you try this supplement here. If there is insufficient iodine and tyrosine the thyroid can't make T3 and T4, selenium is a necessary co-factor. There is an iodine deficiency in the States, see here, here, here, here, here and here. Selenium is low in our soils too. And tyrosine is depleted by stress, as it's also the precursor to adrenaline, one of our stress hormones. It's also the precursor to dopamine, if dopamine drops depression can occur. It's one of the most important amino acids. Take care Wray

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