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elkhoundgold

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  1. A lot of those Spironolactone reviews say it can take up to 6-8 months to see results, just so ya know. But...why isn't your doctor getting to the bottom of WHY your testosterone is high? There could be many different reasons.
  2. You have a parathyroid issue. Get parathyroid hormone tested alongside calcium. Your doctors are idiots for ignoring it, by the way. A good resource I use is parathyroid.com, or google it or something. It has all the information on that crud.
  3. Hey all since I'm trying to heal acne scars at the moment what's the best product? Would Retin-A be good for reforming collagen on small indent scars that are similar to a half-moon shape? They are rather small but make the skin look uneven/it sucks/etc. Would it refresh the complexion any and turn over cells causing some reformation? Or are there better treatments? Thanks in advance. Also wondering if there is a treatment for slight bumpyness that's permanent due to acne deforming the skin.
  4. Better pull your labs and look. Maybe you can post them here some time. A few things. Pred is synthetic--this is bioidentical. The pharmacist explained the difference to me, and believe me there is one. We also only take physiological doses. I wouldn't touch pred...just cortef. I have not heard of even pred calcifying arteries?? Maybe it's happened. Who knows. Not to anyone I know in the support groups. Of course you would take it if only needed. In us adrenal hyperplasia patients, it LOWE
  5. While I'm totally against the over prescribing of antibiotics (or any drug for that matter) I don't think that saying 'severe acne usually stems from early childhood treatment with anti-biotics' is an accurate statement. My uncle had severe acne and did not take antibiotics much growing up. He still had severe acne. So do many people on this site who didn't take antibiotics. Then there are people who had antibiotics through childhood who DON'T have severe acne. For those affected by Accutane t
  6. Well ya can't take it anyway if this isn't your answer, but no prob! I weigh 95 lbs and have difficulty gaining weight ( a huge thing that can go with CAH for some of us) but all it does is make me hungry at a regular three times a day, instead of one time (I usually am bad about that). But otherwise because HC is just what you're not making, it is practically bio identical and generally considered the best of the glucocorticoids for folks like me. I talk to those who have used it 30 years, and
  7. I'm pretty sure that the 17O being elevated ( unless lab error ) are not normal. I hope Spiro works for ya. I'm a true believer now that acne happens for a reason. But maybe consider investigating it later. I went through a lot of bad endos who were, well, wrong. Sometimes it takes repeated testing. There are also two ACTH types--the long time and the short I believe, according to my support group. One lasts longer than the other. Mild cases ( which is what most of them are anyway ) still requ
  8. What you have is complex, but what I wanted you know is about the use of corticosteroids in general. What I meant was Arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis to be specific. When you take glucocorticoids, or any other corticosteroids, it causes immunosupression. Essentially that means that you are more likely to catch a disease after exposure to certain bacteria/viruses. "The prolonged use of glucocorticoids, however, is associated with potentially serious adverse effects", which is why I told you no
  9. I'm pretty sure that the 17O being elevated ( unless lab error ) are not normal. I hope Spiro works for ya. I'm a true believer now that acne happens for a reason. But maybe consider investigating it later. I went through a lot of bad endos who were, well, wrong. Sometimes it takes repeated testing. There are also two ACTH types--the long time and the short I believe, according to my support group. One lasts longer than the other. Mild cases ( which is what most of them are anyway ) still requ
  10. Hey Emily thanks for this. My diagnosis was made based on the elevated OH-17-Pregnenolone, not the ACTH. ACTH was used as the stimulation hormone, or the cosyntropin. That is what makes it, according to my doc. Some stimulate cortisol better than others, but you're still dumping the androgen. ACTH was normal but he looked at what I call the "half way" point or pregnenolone. This is a great explanation you have shown though when I say "enzyme." It is difficult for me to try and explain things, ev
  11. You are wrong, so yeah apologies. I'm not sure how it's a miracle for osteoporosis, then you go on to say it fixes pain, so sorry if I'm a bit confused. You aren't putting anything in grave danger, and I'm not really sure what you're talking about. I'm SUPPOSED to take this because I don't make enough of the cortisol and I don't make it to cortisol--it dumps at pregnenolone, a harmful androgen. It's bioidentical cortisol, basically. Cortisol helps surpress inflammation in the immune system. If y
  12. Prolactin is not typically high, hun. Mine was normal because I have a normal pituitary. But they check it first thing for pituitary adenomas, says my endo. I think PCOS might be the diagnosis for SOME people but for some of us it's probably something different.
  13. Link all you want, sure but I'll mention one thing. The weight gain thing is pretty much over exaggerating just a bit. That's only if you were on a super high dose, and for many, many years. The pharmacist and doctor explained this. I'm talking so high and if you DIDN'T need it, then you'd gain weight. You won't if you need the drug, but we do! I'm 95 lbs. I notice a lot of acne folks are thin ( maybe not all). It merely makes you more hungry, but I have talked to people of all ages using it ( 2
  14. Something called an ACTH stimulation test showed I am dumping out excess OH-17-pregenenolone. See here. Lemme know if you need research or whatever or you can just google it. It's the gold standard for diagnosis. I had acne years before I had any symptoms of fatigue and shyt. No. If your prolactin is abnormal, you need to check yourself for a pituitary problem especially a pituitary tumor. I would highly recommend this if you can find the right doctor ( admittedly, most doctors are idiots!)
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