I am 67 years old. I have taken cortisone for 47 years and my Adrenal Glands no longer produce it. I am on a maintenance dose of 25mg per day and I take Thyroxine 100 mcg for an underactive thyroid. I get such bad night sweats and restless body symptoms that it actually gets me out of bed for approx. 2 hours a night. This is so disruptive that I am contemplating getting some natural Progesterone cream to see if this would help assuming that it is a continuing menopausal problem. It hasn't always been this bad - running cold water over my wrists when it started in the night did help but no longer does so. My body temperature does seem to be awry. If I drink a cup of tea, I get hot! I am wondering if my Thyroid has gone wrong some more? However, it has always been that when I have a blood test for Thyroid the results come back in the normal range ...........My Endocrinologist and GP just say that the night sweats will eventually get better and do not suggest any remedy. Could I have your opinion without prejudice please. Thanks - Penny.
Person's Gender: Female
Person's Age: 67
I did take HRT from the age of 46 when Menopause first diagnosed for approx. 11 years which prevented these awful night sweats.
HelloI need to know your TSH on your thyroid studies to be sureBut to answer the question, natural progesterone cream would be safe..we think at least for 5 years..and it might well help as it is earlier in the metabolic chain than cortisol, and if your cortisol supply is adequate then the progesterone might well balance sex hormones..it might not...but presumably it can.Cautiously started I don't see a down side.But let your docs know what you are doing.
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Dear Dr Thomas - thank you for your reply which is very helpful. The most recent information on my thyroid is that on 2nd November 2011, normal T3 and T4 at 5 and 21, but an unrecordable TSH. All the best - Penny
OKTSH is the most important valueIf the T4 is high on your lab reference ranage, and the TSh is too low to record..then a sensitive tSH needs to be run, and if low....too much thyroid medication.....=...hot flashes.
Is my T4 reading of 21 high? Why would the TSH in my November thyroid test be'unrecordable'? Is a sensitive TSH a special blood test and what would be a low reading? Thank you for your time Dr. Thomas
You need to look on your lab reference rangeNormal on many labs is up to 12.5If TSH can not be read..then it might be very low..indicating hyperthyroid as does a high T4TSH is not a special blood test..it is part of the profile.Sensitive TSH should now be the standard.
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