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Unread 02-23-2004, 04:25 PM
Saliva Testing Results, HELP Kim/Shelley/surferbabe

Just got some results from the saliva testing. Did not talk to the doctor but spoke to the nurse. I see him on thursday. My estrogen and testosterone are in the middle of normal ranges, with Climara .1 mg. However, progesterone is 3x the normal range upper limit. What is up with that? I have no uterus/no ovaries. How do I get that down? I am a knowledge freak so want answers before I go to the doctor, of course. Also, I am completely deficient in biotin, pantothenic acid, and carnitine. Hope you all can fill me in some on what is going on here. Thanks experts, and also to anyone else who may know.

Debbie
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Unread 02-24-2004, 02:20 AM
Saliva Testing Results, HELP Kim/Shelley/surferbabe

Hi Debbie Have you used progesterone cream at all? The reason I am asking is that saliva tests are notorious for producing very high (off the charts) values for progesterone in women who have used the creams. It happened to me... I used progesterone cream briefly during my early post op period, and when I did a saliva test my results came out THOUSANDS above the upper limit. It is a known problem with saliva tests and I've never seen a good explanation of why it happens.

If you haven't used progesterone you can still have it in your body. Your body makes progesterone from dietary cholesterol. Just curious, but did your DR check your lipids also? If so, how did that come out?

I'm not sure it's necessary to do anything to bring down that saliva test result. Are you having any symptoms that lead you to believe you have too much progesterone? (Most common symptoms of too much include depression and sleepiness.) If not, I'd just stay with what you are doing now. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

s,
-Linda
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Unread 02-24-2004, 01:13 PM
Saliva Testing Results, HELP Kim/Shelley/surferbabe

Hi Linda,
I had used the progesterone cream post surgically but only sporadically. I am curious to see what he says. This doctor is big on the implanted hormone pellets. Lipid panel was fine. I am always tired, have been for years, but I have 2 children a hubby and his mother with me so I am always pushing the limits. Need to get some energy back. Thanks for responding.

Debbie
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Unread 02-25-2004, 11:07 PM
hi debbie

i've been following your story (even read the old thread) and found it all very interesting and helpful... could you keep us posted on your progress? thank you
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Unread 02-26-2004, 10:17 AM
Saliva Testing Results, HELP Kim/Shelley/surferbabe

Well, I had my appt this morning. Told the dr. I am tired of being tired. Since I had used the prog cream ocassionally, that is why the levels are elevated. He said the progesterone is competing with the receptor sites for testosterone causing the low energy and fatique and no need for nooky. Cortisol levels are also low. I am going to stay on the Climara .1. The results from the spectracell came back also and I am deficient in carnitine, biotin, and pantothenic acid. I am also going to take an adrenal booster to pump up the cortisol. He prescribed a vitamin regime to follow closely for a few months to see if the tiredness goes on its way. The carnitine deficiency is a marker for chronic fatique syndrome. He said that all above levels show that I am biochemically stressed. My mother in law moved in with us post surgery, I wonder if that could have anything to do with it??? Since you can cut the tension in our home with a knife, I am guessing that it does. We'll see, I am ready to give it my best shot. The supplements he recommended are pharmacy grade and must be prescribed so I have a little more faith there than just buying OTC. I'll let you know.

Thanks all for listening

Debbie
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