Are you supplementing with DHEA?
If so that may explain why its out of range high.
Normally DHEA is made as needed by the body into androstenedione( a mild androgen steroid hormone thats functions more as a precursor to testosterone or estrogen), testosterone or one of the 3 estrogens. DHEA also has a modulating and protective effect on the nervous system, so its categorized as a neurosteroid.
DHEA also has a circadian rhythm similar to cortisol, in that its highest at the same times... in the morning... and decreases during the day. So WHEN you test for this hormone is important since its not kept at a constant level in the body.
Your case is complicated by your multiple sclerosis.
As you are well aware, MS comes and goes in varying degrees but its always there to some degree.
My thoughts are that all of the symptoms you are describing are symptomatic of increased MS activity and not a problem with your thyroid... at this time.
My thoughts are that your protein is elevated as a result of the muscle wasting that goes on with MS.
If this is the case, then adding T3 to your regime may very well increase your body's catabolism of its muscle tissue.
I don't know what to tell you about your doctor.
But I do know that testing is expensive, particularly when you have to pay for it out of pocket. I'm in a similar situation.
That said, sometimes tests are necessary in order to know what is best for the patient so that supplements, hormones or prescription medications can be prescribed... or completely avoided.
Otherwise imbalances can occur. You're in a tricky situation since you have MS, taking a mineral,vitamin or supplement can potentially trigger a flair.
It sounds to me like your doctor is trying to help your MS holistically, thru supplements and dietary changes, rather than thru prescription medications, and is very careful about prescribing a supplement where it is not needed.
You can't just look at a person and know that mineral or other deficiencies are there, unless the situation has been ongoing long enough to built to critical mass. So that's why there's testing.
In the end, it really comes down to it being your call.
Since you're the one for whom the consequences... good, bad or neutral... will impact.
You've got to decide what's in your best interests.
PS the person you could be discussing your reservations with, is your doctor. I'd ask her what she thinks bout the Bioness-L. Another practice to get into is to ask
WHY you need a particular test.
HOW the results of this test is going to influence your care... what will be prescribed and why.
Don't forget that supplements are a commodity.
With a little time and effort, you can almost always find a similar product for less online... if you're willing to do the work, you don't have to be held hostage to her supplements.
As for mineral and vitamin deficiencies, ask her what FOODS you can eat to reduce the amount of supplements you are taking. Or do a bit of research on your own.
Edited by: MZZCHIEF at: 7/9/2013 (12:52)
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