I stumbled on this extremely interesting article on DHEA:
In the past four years, I have seen two so called Hertoghe doctors. When I went to see them, I had been on T4 drugs for about ten years, so it was already established that I suffered from hypothyroidism (Hashimoto's, diagnosed with elevated antibody levels - >6000 at the time of diagnosis, late 2000).
Both doctors have diagnosed me with adrenal fatigue. One put me on Medrol, told me I could go up to 6 mg daily, but also that it would not be possible to measure cortisol levels in blood on Medrol. The other doctor told me to to take a multivitamin for a few months, along with 10 mg DHEA daily, to see if it made a difference.
Both diagnosed me with borderline low aldosterone levels, but told me that would be corrected once "I had my cortisol levels worked out".
Their different working methods really confused me, to say the least...however, what the doctor says in the attached article makes a lot of sense to me.
In the past few years, I have had symptoms like: elevated glucose and insulin levels (diagnosed with insulin resistance, which I treated successfully with Hyponidd, instead of taking the Metformin prescribed to me; to date, I have lost 15 kilograms effortlessly, something I was never able to do on thyroid hormone alone), salt and fluid retention, hypertension (for which I am currently medicating), high triglycerides (without eating much fat), fat around the midsection, cessation of cycle (which all doctors so far have attributed to the onset of menopause; I turned 47 a month ago), poor memory, depression which has resulted in long-term sick leave in the past year, poor sleep (I still sleep less well if I don't take melatonin...)-
According to the author of this article, all those symptoms are indicative of cortisol-DHEA imbalance, rather than DHEA deficiency per se.
No doctor has even even mentioned this possibility; most, if not all, Hertoghe doctors in Belgium seem obsessed with the benefits of DHEA...
Does anyone else recognise these symptoms? I guess that now that I know, I could at least try to correct it myself. But still, the very thought that it could be this simple, yet overlooked by so many so called experts, makes me wonder why I have paid all this money on doctors, labs, and drugs for so long...?!?!
It would also be very interesting to find out how many of you have taken DHEA and, if so, did you notice any improvement while on it? How much did you take?