Health

Ask Health Experts and Get Answers to Your Health Question ASAP

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Health

Why would blood serotonin levels be elevated then dropto

Customer Question
normal? Can elevated blood serotonin...
why would blood serotonin levels be elevated then dropto normal? Can elevated blood serotonin levels cause physical or mental symptoms?
Submitted: 7 years ago.Category: Health
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Health Question
Answered in 2 hours by:
5/1/2010
Health Professional: Susan Ivy, Nurse (RN) replied 7 years ago
Susan Ivy
Susan Ivy, Nurse (RN)
Category: Health
Satisfied Customers: 4,058
Experience: BSN, MSN, CNS
Verified
Hello and thank you for using JustAnswer for your question.

Could you explain about what test you are speaking of? Seretonin is a neurotransmitter in the brain and is not measured by laboratory tests.
Ask Your Own Health Question
Customer reply replied 7 years ago
The Endocrinologist did blood work as I have been in a terrible Menopause since my total Hysterectomy 4 yrs ago I have persistant anxiety Ativan barely helps severe nite sweats hypotension and drops when I stand don,t feel like myself shakey dizziness easily sob excersise can worsen symptoms since Hyster have not been the same have bad reactions To Anti depressants, don,t tolerate HRT well. Fatique easily,wake up from naps anxious, just not the same person
Health Professional: Susan Ivy, Nurse (RN) replied 7 years ago
Thank you for the additional information.

I am glad to know that you are seeing an endocrinologist so that any imbalances with your thyroid or hormones are evaluated.

Very often when individuals have a 'bad reaction' to antidepressants and have one or more of these symptoms: increased anxiety, insomnia, irritability, or hypomania, it can indicate that a mood stabilizer would be a better choice. Medications originally developed for seizure disorder such as Lamictal (should be prescribed by clinician aware of side effects - generally must be started at lower doses and more gradually than for those with a seizure disorder) divalproex, carbamazepine are first line medications from this issue.

If the endocrine issues have been ruled out or are being treated and you still have the symptoms you describe, then you should speak with your family physician or even see a Psychiatrist for treatment.

If you have questions please respond to this post so that I may assist you further.
Ask Your Own Health Question
Customer reply replied 7 years ago
I was put on Zyprexa, and tegretol to help with the anxiety and felt horrid on them I don,t get irritable ,hypomania, or insomnia on them most do calm down the anxiety ,I,ve seen 2 Physchiatrist and Bi Polar is not an issue if thats what your thinking believe me thats my worse fear and have taken every test there is and it does not point to that. I had none of these symptoms before yhe Hysterectomy was able to take Elavil at one point for GI problems and had no problem with it before the Hyster, when this started took Lexapro and had no problems stopped it because I was feeling fine then tried to go on 3 times with bad sideeffects. Both Physchiatrist said I respond like I,m Bi Polar but I,m not they said sensitivites to ssri,s.My labs are showing Estrogen undetectable, FSH 89, and LH 49, The main issue is the anxiety and severe sweats.At nite time most of these symptoms calm down and I sleep well except for the nite sweats. I,m kind of upset that your thinhing Bi Polar since I had none of this till my total Hyster. If your not thinking that I do apoligize. One question how could someone have the anxiety and sweats and shakes for all this time and be considered Bi Polar? With no other symptoms of it.
Health Professional: Susan Ivy, Nurse (RN) replied 7 years ago
There is frequent misunderstanding of mood disorders. Some only become apparent at or after menopause. Just like the endocrine disorders, the neurotransmitters that effect the moods can become depleted and at any time in life, but more commonly in the elderly or earlier in those that have been exposed to high levels of physical or mental stress.

There are many degrees and classifications of bipolar illness, from the typical type that people know of; periods of mania alternating with depression, to mild types where anxiety may be the main symptom, and sometimes the milder forms are refered to as "soft" bipolar.

From what you have said that has already been tried, a choice would be to either try a mood stabilizer without an anti-psychotic (since that did not work for you when you tried it), or to try a different SSRI, such as Zoloft, since you say that at one time Lexapro worked for you but take a low dose of lamictal or other mood stabilizer along with it. . Lamictal works well for soft bipolar often, but has to be started at a low dose and titrated up very slowly to prevent the side effect of a rash. When this is done that side effect does not occur. Many people like Lamictal, because unlike most other mood stabilizers and anti-depressants, it does not have sexual side-effects, nor does it cause weight gain.

But if you are are not satisfied with my answer, that is perfectly ok, just let me know, and then I will opt out, and that will give another expert the chance to respond to you.
I do wish you the best and hope you find something that works for you soon.
Ask Your Own Health Question
Customer reply replied 7 years ago
what are the symptoms of soft bi polar and why would the anxiety stay for 3 years wouldn,t I have moments or days with no anxiety at all? If you go to Power Surge .com and read the posts there are many women in my situation.
Customer reply replied 7 years ago
what are the symptoms of soft bi polar and why would the anxiety stay for 3 years wouldn,t I have moments or days with no anxiety at all? If you go to Power Surge .com and read the posts there are many women in my situation.Are you talking about Cyclothymia I was ruled out for that.
Health Professional: Susan Ivy, Nurse (RN) replied 7 years ago
No you would not necessarily have moments without any symptoms at all. Anxiety is a symptoms of soft bipolar.

Even if what you have is purely an anxiety disorder, if your anxiety has not responded to the usual treatments, then mood stabilizers are another option worth trying.
Susan Ivy
Susan Ivy, Nurse (RN)
Category: Health
Satisfied Customers: 4,058
Experience: BSN, MSN, CNS
Verified
Susan Ivy and 87 other Health Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Ask Susan Ivy Your Own Question
Susan Ivy
Susan Ivy
Susan Ivy, Nurse (RN)
Category: Health
Satisfied Customers: 4,058
4,058 Satisfied Customers
Experience: BSN, MSN, CNS

Susan Ivy is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much

Corrie MollPretoria, South Africa

I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well!

ClaudiaAlbuquerque, NM

Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion.

KevinBeaverton, OR

Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
I feel better already! Thank you.

ElanorTracy, CA

Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem.

JulieLockesburg, AR

You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions.

John and StefanieTucson, AZ

I have been dealing with an extremely serious health crisis for over three years, and one your physicians asked me more questions, gave me more answers and encouragement than a dozen different doctors who have been treating me!!

Janet VPhoenix, AZ

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Family Physician

Family Physician

Doctor (MD)

5,660 satisfied customers

Emergency Medicine and Family Practice for over 26 years

Nurse Milli, RN

Nurse Milli, RN

Nurse (RN)

4,051 satisfied customers

20 years experience in many areas of Nursing. Both Hospital and Private Practice experience.

Dr. Ketch

Dr. Ketch

Doctor

102 satisfied customers

Medical Degree, Former Assistant Professor at School of Medicine at Yale University

DrRussMD

DrRussMD

Doctor (MD)

5,095 satisfied customers

Practice Director

Dr. Arun Phophalia

Dr. Arun Phophalia

Doctor (MD)

19,749 satisfied customers

MBBS, MS (General Surgery), Fellowship in Sports Medicine

Dr. Chip

Dr. Chip

Doctor (MD)

14,036 satisfied customers

Over 20 yrs of Family Practice

Dr. Mark

Dr. Mark

Doctor (MD)

6,234 satisfied customers

U.S. Physician/Surgeon in Neurosurgery

< Previous | Next >

Related Health Questions
I have a platelet count of 438. All of my other blood work
I have a platelet count of 438. All of my other blood work came back completely in the normal tange … read more
Onlinedoc
Onlinedoc
B.A.M.S.(Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine & Surgery)
3,078 satisfied customers
I'm having a scapular nerve block done on Wednesday and the
I'm having a scapular nerve block done on Wednesday and the MRI on Monday and it's going to be done with cortisone the shot will that interfere with my MRI test results … read more
Dr.Sawhney
Dr.Sawhney
Post-Doctoral Degree
6,299 satisfied customers
My husband feels like he has something stuck in his stomach
My husband feels like he has something stuck in his stomach and every few minutes he gets a pain. What can I do?… read more
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Doctor (MD)
Post-Doctoral Degree
19,749 satisfied customers
Dr I have this painless bump below the opening of my penis,
Dr I have this painless bump below the opening of my penis, and it's grey there. Is this normal?… read more
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Doctor (MD)
Post-Doctoral Degree
19,749 satisfied customers
I swallowed a small Zoloft pill without water prior to going
Hello I swallowed a small Zoloft pill without water prior to going to bed and feel like it is stuck in my throat. I've tried drinking water, made myself vomit by coughing and ate food. Nothing has hel… read more
Dr. Muneeb Ali
Dr. Muneeb Ali
Senior Registrar Critical Care Medicine
Doctoral Degree
7,285 satisfied customers
My 4 year old has been puking liquids and loose since this
My 4 year old has been puking liquids and loose poops since this morning. … read more
Dr Ted Manos
Dr Ted Manos
Self Employed
MD
798 satisfied customers
I m wondering how it takes tame fkunti completly clear you
Hi. I m wondering how long it takes tame fkunti completly clear you system. Having someone me and cramping and other symptoms that i think are due to the med not the flu … read more
Onlinedoc
Onlinedoc
B.A.M.S.(Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine & Surgery)
3,078 satisfied customers
My daughter keeps getting pinworm infections, she also has a
My daughter keeps getting pinworm infections, she also has a gecko. My husbans thinks that she is getting it from the gecko. I have been reading online and found mixed answers about whether or not hum… read more
Dr Ted Manos
Dr Ted Manos
Self Employed
MD
798 satisfied customers
Been having Flu like symptom for close to a year now, until
Good day. Been having Flu like symptom for close to a year now, until recently I started feeling nauseated, fulness, loss of appetite and constant burping.. really don't know what am up against.. kind… read more
Dr Ted Manos
Dr Ted Manos
Self Employed
MD
798 satisfied customers
I am wondering if a blood pressure of 156/97 will 81 pulse
I am wondering if a blood pressure of 156/97 will 81 pulse is need for alarm? This was at resting and had onset of headache and heaviness. 40 year old female not on blood pressure meds. Thank you. … read more
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Doctor (MD)
Post-Doctoral Degree
19,749 satisfied customers
I have had chills, muscle aches, no appetite for the last 5
I have had chills, muscle aches, no appetite for the last 5 days. Usually better in the morning, but worse in the afternoon and evening ( extremely fatigued as well). No runny nose, slight cough, ear … read more
Onlinedoc
Onlinedoc
B.A.M.S.(Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine & Surgery)
3,078 satisfied customers
I have a lump in my throat after violent vomiting. It's not
It's not visible, and since last night after the episode of vomiting … read more
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Doctor (MD)
Post-Doctoral Degree
19,749 satisfied customers
I was bitten by a cat yesterday. I am taking Augmentin and a
I was bitten by a cat yesterday. I am taking Augmentin and a Medrol Dose pack, which I started yesterday. I was also given Percocet for pain. I take Klonopin 2mg every night. I took Percocet at 6 PM a… read more
Onlinedoc
Onlinedoc
B.A.M.S.(Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine & Surgery)
3,078 satisfied customers
Arun A while back I pulled my hamstring (muscle behind the
Hello doctor Arun A while back I pulled my hamstring (muscle behind the knee, bellow knee) so I started wearing brace all summer long in a day time only of course, I do not wear it any longer as of 4 … read more
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Doctor (MD)
Post-Doctoral Degree
19,749 satisfied customers
Every night I wake up dizzy, bathed in sweat and then throw
Every night I wake up dizzy, bathed in sweat and then throw up. My dr thinks I have gastroparasis. Could what I experience at night be part of gastroparasis? … read more
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Doctor (MD)
Post-Doctoral Degree
19,749 satisfied customers
Well i forgot to mention that im of on my holidays to New
Hi doc..well i forgot to mention that im of on my holidays to New York on Monday doc.and im looking forward to it big time... yesterday was a good day.. today untill lunch Time ok.but then i started f… read more
Dr. Chip
Dr. Chip
Doctor (MD)
M.D.
14,036 satisfied customers
I was preparing macaroni salad and had all the ingredients
Hi. I was preparing macaroni salad and had all the ingredients on my table. I left for literally 20 seconds max to check my phone. When I got back to the kitchen, my cat was nibbling on a portion of t… read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Doctoral Degree
5,383 satisfied customers
1) Is it healthy to eat grilled chicken when it's grilled
Hello,1) Is it healthy to eat grilled chicken when it's grilled with charcoal? Some people say it's not healthy.2) In general, what's the healthiest option to prepare chicken?… read more
Dr. Scott
Dr. Scott
Doctor
1,029 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x