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Green Gables

Member Since 06 Jun 2011
Offline Last Active Sep 14 2014 02:11 AM

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In Topic: Spironolactone Effects On Bones/joints

06 September 2014 - 01:19 PM

One of my doctors said that women have more incidences of joint pain and things like TMJ. They don't know why. They do notice that joint pain reports tend to go up for women on hormonal birth control. Most birth control increases progesterone and estrogen to some degree.

I definitely do stay hydrated, and I mostly drink filtered water from my fridge. I also have my Potassium checked periodically.


When you said women have more incidences of joint pain and TMJ, did you mean in general, or with hormonal treatment?

I ddon't have any joint pain per se, but more so crepitus and popping in the afore mentioned joints.


What dose of Spiro are you currently on?


Have you ever tried Metformin alone for hormonal acne?




100mg a day


I've never been on Metformin.


More for women in general, and then also a bit more for woman on hormonal birth control. There have not been any specific studies done on joint pain for women on spiro or HRT...just birth control pills. 

In Topic: Dim Or Saw Palmetto

06 September 2014 - 01:23 PM

Saw palmetto doesn't directly increase estrogen. It does decrease testosterone.

I've already told you what I think you should do in one of your other posts. I think you should only take saw palmetto and keep at it for at least 2 months. After 2 months you can actually make an informed decision if it's helping at all or not. 

In Topic: Dianette/diane-35 Advice

06 September 2014 - 01:12 PM

Most acne is hormonally initiated.


We don't have a permanent "cure" for your hormones. So yes, any hormonal option you take, whether that's birth control or something else, will only work for as long as you take it. 


Taking a pill long term and having clear skin is worth it in my opinion. 

In Topic: 20 Year Old Acne

05 September 2014 - 12:47 PM

For sure. I didn't mean acne is always genetic. I just tend to give people the uh...benefit of the doubt that if they're bothering to post on here that it has been an ongoing thing. I mean by the time I was posting on acne forums I had exhausted so many avenues. I remember getting angry when I would ask about my acne and I would get things I had already tried... "see a dermatologist" "sleep more" "drink more water" "exercise more" "stress less" "get some ProActive".


I had to take a really serious regimented approach to get a hold of my acne after years and years. 

In Topic: Belara Log

05 September 2014 - 12:42 PM

Other things that have helped me pre-Spiro (even though they weren't a complete cure). And not to spam your thread I just don't want you to give up. Hormonal methods do work but they require some tweaking and months of patience. That can be a really long time to push through with no improvement.


Vitamin D3: 10,000 IU a day


Pro-hormone that helps your body naturally regulate its hormones. Deficiency leads to all sorts of seemingly unrelated problems.


Betaine HCl: 1-3 capsules with each meal. A capsule is usually 600ish HCl.


Acne and rosacea is correlated with low HCl. Taking HCl has decreased any negative reactions I had to certain foods.