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#21 Shiz

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Posted 17 December 2004 - 06:20 PM

There are really only two opinions you should have to worry about:

1. Getting your hormones tested is worth it.

2. Getting your hormones tested is not worth it.

My take? Get the test.

It is relatively inexpensive especially if you have insurance. Whether or not you agree with Ben or with SweetJade, you'll know for sure if you have a problem. And if you're one of the people in which hormones are a problem, you'll be very grateful you finally figured it out. If you're not, no big deal, now you can move on to other treatment options without worrying about having a hormone problem.

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Posted 17 December 2004 - 07:18 PM

awesome. i have insurance, and my bc prescription is running out and i'm going to have to go to the doctor soon anyway to get re-tested. i'll ask about a hormone test. thanks for this info. smile.gif

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Posted 17 December 2004 - 08:48 PM

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Posted 17 December 2004 - 08:51 PM

My doctor is not willing to give me a referral to an endocrinologist. She acts like the referrals are coming out of her PAYCHECK or something. rolleyes.gif She says we can handle it in her office but I'm not satisfied with the level of care. I think the tests she gives me are not the right ones. eusa_wall.gif

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Posted 17 December 2004 - 09:36 PM

QUOTE(Shiz @ Dec 17 2004, 07:20 PM)
There are really only two opinions you should have to worry about:

1. Getting your hormones tested is worth it.

2. Getting your hormones tested is not worth it.

My take? Get the test.

It is relatively inexpensive especially if you have insurance. Whether or not you agree with Ben or with SweetJade, you'll know for sure if you have a problem. And if you're one of the people in which hormones are a problem, you'll be very grateful you finally figured it out. If you're not, no big deal, now you can move on to other treatment options without worrying about having a hormone problem.

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I agree with u, Shiz.

I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and i've to take a pill everyday to maintain the level of thyroid hormones in my body. And skin problems incl. acne are one of the persistant symptoms of hypothyroidism. Needless to say, ive not had a single pimple or cyst since i started my hormone replacement. i cannot say for sure if its the medicine or my regimen which is helping me, but one thing is for sure. I look and most important FEEL a lot lot better since my medication. Im getting there...FAST! And my advice to anyone whos interested in keeping all options open to find out the cause for ur acne is....

GET YOUR THYROID TESTED!!

btw, why shd Sweetjade try to scare you all? i dont think she has anything to gain from it. Shes only trying to help. Anyways, whether u want to get a physical done or not is upto u.

PEACE.

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Posted 17 December 2004 - 10:35 PM

So what?
I live in Canada, and drop-in to specialist's office is not allowed here. Patients need referral from family (primary) doctor.

Even if it's possible that acne is caused by hormonal imbalance, there are NO doctors who will care or have knowledge of. They won't even let us have tests. They will even suggest us visiting a psychistrist, thinking we might have ANXIETY problem.

I'm 100% sure that when you walk into doctor's office and ask for hormone test because acne, the doctor will think something's mentally wrong with you or just too stressed because of acne. He could even laugh at you.

NO doctor will do personal research on your acne.

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Posted 31 December 2004 - 12:57 AM

so true

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Posted 31 December 2004 - 02:03 AM

im currently on accutane, would participating int his test give me a proper reading, or is the presence of accutane in my system not going to allow for a real test to be done at this time?

ps- my sister was diagnosed witha thyroid problem and has to take a pill every day for the erest fo her life. but she never had acne. her skin is beyond luminous.

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Posted 02 January 2005 - 07:10 AM

My doc refused to give me a referral to an endo as well, she found the problem not problematic enough and well, according to her there is not much endocrinologists can do for acne sufferers.So after that, I personally contacted an endocinologist and got told that it is very uncommon for them to get patients with acne , and even if, then it's gotta be a really severe case, like a woman in her mid thirties suffering from acne for 15 years now.Then, he said, they take it serious and look for possible treatments and the right diagnose of course.Other than that, especially teens or in their 20s, he said paying a visit to him is impossible because according to him ACNE IS CONSIDERED NORMAL during that stage of life.

Very normal indeed, NOT!

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Posted 02 January 2005 - 12:17 PM

QUOTE(Ben16 @ Jan 2 2005, 06:10 AM)
My doc refused to give me a referral to an endo as well, she found the problem not problematic enough and well, according to her there is not much endocrinologists can do for acne sufferers.So after that, I personally contacted an endocinologist and got told that it is very uncommon for them to get patients with acne , and even if, then it's gotta be a really severe case, like a woman in her mid thirties suffering from acne for 15 years now.Then, he said, they take it serious and look for possible treatments and the right diagnose of course.Other than that, especially teens or in their 20s, he said paying a visit to him is impossible because according to him ACNE IS CONSIDERED NORMAL during that stage of life.

Very normal indeed, NOT!

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Hence people NEEDLESSLY suffer until the doctors think that their problem is serious enough as MORE signs & symptoms have developed and they've been suffering for 10, 15 or more years. Isn't that disgusting???

On the other hand, if you have your own (private) health insurance and not...wow finally the US Health System may actually be beneficial, then you could go to an endocrinologist anyway. It's your money, if you want to pay to have the tests done, why wouldn't they let you. I will say though that I've yet to visit this new endocrinologist, but before I made the appt (which I've broken twice) she asked me if I had a referral from a doctor (of course I did). So this is a new practice as when I went to an endocrinologist for the 1st time, I was around your age, he didn't ask this.

Anyway, are you going to see about getting another Glucose Tolerance Test run? If you really want those tests, you could always purchase them discounted online. Have the kit sent to you, take it to one of the blood banks to get drawn, and then show the results to your doctor. Of course we are looking at $200 - $400 in tests. For the most part all you need to do is get a Male (or female) Panel run and that costs around those amounts discounted. Yet to visit an endocrinologists for the first time (without insurance), it's anywhere from $150 - $350 and I don't think that includes any tests! So if you can just take the tests yourself and see the results, then you can decide if it's worth fighting with your doctor to see an endocrinologist.

Due to the various types of health problems & hormonal disorders that can lead to acne, you want to have your blood sugar, lipids, liver, thyroid, and steriod hormones checked. At the very least you want these checked: Estrogen, Progesterone, Total Testosterone, Free Testosterone, DHEA, & Cortisol

http://www.lef.org/bloodtest/ $300 for Members - Their Male or Femal Panel don't give cortisol either ($extra$) or TSH ($31), but they test the males for estrogen and run both for Homocysteine.


Health Tests Direct's Panels vary, but the one most comparable to LEFs doesn't test males for estrogen, nor for homocysteine, but do run TSH & a Urinalysis

Male:
General Health & Hormones http://www.health-te...mens_health.htm + SHBG (cuz Free testosterone costs more) + DHEA (you want to know the UNBOUND amount so no DHEA-S) = $350 If you add the Cortisol 24hr (at least) = $430+

OR

Male Hormonal Panel + SHBG = $274 http://www.health-te..._male_panel.htm

Female:
General Health & Hormones http://www.health-te...mens_health.htm Total Testosterone + SHBG (cuz Free testosterone costs more) + DHEA (you want to know the UNBOUND amount so no DHEA-S) = $427 If you add the Cortisol 24hr (at least) = $507+

OR

Female Hormone Panel + SHBG = $325 http://www.health-te...emale_panel.htm



http://www.directlab...pes.php#Hormone $249 - $336 depends on Male or Female hormonal Panel or Anti-Aging Panel, but they either lacks the one for SHBG or Free Testosterone (important) or Cortisol.

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Posted 02 January 2005 - 04:43 PM

Does anyone happen to know how long one should wait to get their throid checked after they stopping taking birth pill? I guess the question is if someone has been on birth pill for a long time, how long is it before they can get an accurate reading of their thyroid after they stop the pill?l

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Posted 02 January 2005 - 06:54 PM

QUOTE(by @ Jan 2 2005, 03:43 PM)
Does anyone happen to know how long one should wait to get their throid checked after they stopping taking birth pill?  I guess the question is if someone has been on birth pill for a long time, how long is it before they can get an accurate reading of their thyroid after they stop the pill?l

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I don't know but on average it takes 3 months for medications to kick in so it probably takes 3 months for it to stop working. I know I waited 3 months after stopping BC & Spiro before I got more tests run.

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Posted 02 January 2005 - 08:27 PM

QUOTE(Ben16 @ Jan 2 2005, 05:10 AM)
My doc refused to give me a referral to an endo as well, she found the problem not problematic enough and well, according to her there is not much endocrinologists can do for acne sufferers.So after that, I personally contacted an endocinologist and got told that it is very uncommon for them to get patients with acne , and even if, then it's gotta be a really severe case, like a woman in her mid thirties suffering from acne for 15 years now.Then, he said, they take it serious and look for possible treatments and the right diagnose of course.Other than that, especially teens or in their 20s, he said paying a visit to him is impossible because according to him ACNE IS CONSIDERED NORMAL during that stage of life.

Very normal indeed, NOT!

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Well, his response sounds correct to me. Whats the problem?

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Posted 03 January 2005 - 03:59 PM

Yeah seriously. Spend less time complaining and more time focusing on school.