Low hormone levels and exasperated RA symptoms, any connection?
Yes, hormones affect everything going on in your body, unfortunately.
Are there any books or articles that focus on healing Autoimmune issues by treating hormones?
I got a lot of info from Mary Shomon on thyroid and hormones.
Kristen Boudreaux - Is that a FB page?
She might have a FB page, but she is an author. Google her name and articles, books will pop up.
Kristen Boudreaux - thanks
I know that I have low estrogen and progesterone and my RA is pretty bad right now.
Have you considered trying bio-identical hormones? I am thinking about it. I do believe there is a connection, but it is more profitable for the drug companies to create other drugs then to research hormones as a treatment option.
I keep seeing people talk about them, and meaning to look into them. There’s so many things I’ve been meaning to try, hard to know where to begin.
Stephanie Trent yes I hear you, makes my head spin sometimes.
I got diagnosed from my first flare ever in nov. No period since September. I know I’m getting close to menopause but I’m guessing there’s a link between the two????
I was diagnosed right after menopause.
I had mild RA until menopause. I am severe and symptomatic now at 55. My docs have not figured this out yet and do not believe me. They do not believe that food has anything to do with it too. We have to listen to our bodies. I learned that the hard way.
I completely agree!!! I have learned to listen to my body and research anything a doctor recommendeds.
I got autoimmune symptoms after each pregnancy and premenopause/ menopause.
My symptoms are worse post menopause
I was healthy and strong until menopause. Then my body started to go wonky and two years after full menopause at age 57, I was diagnosed with RA.
Me too. 55 now.
me too, diagnosed at age 52.
Thanks, it gives me motivation to continue to do more research and consider bio-identical hormones.
My symptoms started at age 16, I haven't hit menopause yet, but I hope it doesn't get worse when I do.
I was thinking the same thing. Mine started at age 13 and at 42 it’s unbearable. Couldn’t (and don’t wanna) imagine worse...
So thinking about it though, it started for me at puberty, which is another time of rapidly changing hormones. Right around or maybe shortly after I began menstruating. Hmm... I’d never made a connection with hormones. Could it be that this worst ever year long keeps getting worse and nothing helps flare I’m in now is because maybe at 42 I’m approaching another big hormonal shift, menopause?
I don't know if I get flares, I just have chronic pain that has been getting worse as I get older, I'm 55 and have had it for 39 years, so it just gradually get worse as it continues to work on my body. But maybe it will be less painful with menopause as it is the loss of hormones and ours started with an excess of hormones.
I hear that. I say flare somewhat hopefully, like as in damn I hope this passes and doesn’t just keep getting worse like it has been. But same. Almost 30 years now and keeps getting worse and affecting more joints. Hopeful for post menopause improvement.
It most likely will get better. Mine did. Research Estrogen Dominance, XenoEstrogens and Bio Identical Progesterone. Get a saliva test to get reliable hormone levels.
Not only do I have the RA, but I have what's called MRKH syndrome. And due to the MRKH, my hormones are out of wack. So my OBGYN stuck me on birth control to help balance it out.
Absolutely related! (IMO and that of many obgyns, holistic docs and authors who have researched this. Research Dr John Lee's website, "johnleemd. Comand his books, "What your Doctor May Not Tell You about..." He has on Pre-menopause, Menopause and Breast Cancer. They don't specifically say 'heal RA", but explains the role of Progesterone, where & when it's produced in the body (20mg from ovaries or Placenta 400mg in 3rd trimester) and at what levels. I heard Dr Lee speak at a seminar a few weeks after I learned about Progesterone. I've used bio-identical progesterone for 18 years now. I wish I'd known about this back in 1963! Most traditional docs don't know about this, don't learn it in school (like the role of diet). Find a Compounding Pharmacy to see if they administer saliva tests. Or find an alternative med, holistic doc or naturopath. Most women find their Progesterone is low compare to Estrogen due to the Xenoestrogens in our environment (Estrogen Dominance). Get a cream that's packaged in a metered pump. Won't be exposed to air, and always the same dose. If you're still cycling, get with a holistic doc to learn at what time during your cycle to supplement with the cream. Definitely work with a doc if pregnant. I'm past menopause wo I use it every day for 3 weeks, stop for a week and repeat. When I have a flare I rub extra cream into the joint or muscle.
I am reading his books now / very interesting.
Excellent! My goal is to get this information to as many people as will listen!
molly - My DO likes his information and has offered to writs a scripts for progesterone, I have tried traditional hormones with unsuccessful results, so I am hesitant to try bio-identicals and I react to so many things, even different generics of the same compounding medications. It is incredible frustrating.
i don't need script for bio identical. İ get mine now from a store similar to sprouts or whole foods. You could get from compounding pharmacy probably but theirs may not be packaged in a metered pump. That's optimal packaging. Brand is progesta care. Being bio identical means that it's molecularly like the progesterone our bodies produce, or should produce if the ovaries are functioning properly. Bio identical is not synthetically altered.
ask you DO if they do saliva testing. Saliva test is more accurate than blood due to how hormones bind to blood vs saliva. When you can, check out the info on Dr. Lee's website. Hstates that every female from 9 to 99 should be usining bio identical progesterone to help offset all the xeno-estrogens we get from petrpchemicals, etc. Bio identical is made from wild yam or soy. Can't remember what progesta care is from, but it;s not a Progestin, which is synthetic hormone, like HRT, birth control pills, etc
Dr John Lee also has a book for men. Can't remember three exact title