As far as the pituitary goes, no serious blows in my adult life. However, looking back at my father’s life and him at 60+ now, he has had pretty much the same life symptoms as mine throughout his youth, minus perhaps the thyroid issues. In fact, in his labs, his testosterone levels were slightly higher than mine and he’s 60+.
However, he was low on the Progesterone/DHEA/Adrenal matters. I think the weak adrenals are hereditary b/c I suspect both my sisters suffer from it too.
As for the thyroid, that’s a VERY interesting observation, because when I first tested thyroid over a year ago, I didn’t know about adrenals. Once I started taking T4/T3 thyroid hormones, my symptoms appeared to go away altogether but then I started not to feel optimal again.
I could metabolize energy better and I didn’t have napping spells during the day, I got more restful sleep, intense sugar cravings for immediate energy (due to lack of energy metabolization of food) were significantly reduced, however the mental clarity WAS there shortly but kinda went away.
I don’t have an idea of how restoring thyroid hormones could make adrenal problems worse, but that might be what I’m experiencing…kind of a feedback interplay b/c maybe my weak adrenals aggravated the thyroid even worse and now restoring my thyroid hormones brought the adrenal issues to center stage.
I read that poor adrenals impede the critical thyroid conversion of T3/T4. I was taking purely T4 first and that worked shortly but then I quickly started seeing thyroid-related symptoms again and then another endo put me on T3/T4 with the rationale that sometimes people have problems w/ their T4->T3 conversion…this is what I’m still on and what seems to succesfully keep the thyroid in check. Perhaps I didn’t react to just T4 due to the adrenals not cooperating in converting to T3?
Then I stumbled across the physical/cognitive roles of testosterone and I honed in on that thinking that was my problem. I knew about adrenals but didn’t even consider that as a possibility UNTIL the doctor gave me the results of cortisol levels and told me I was adrenally fatigued.
The irony is I introduced a friend to the phenomenon of adrenal fatigue strongly suspecting he had it , but never suspecting myself. This was pretty understandable b/c that is when I started taking the T3/T4 time-relased compound and my symptoms relatively vanished for a while.
"The fact that one steriod/cholesterol based hormone leads to another does not mean that you should be thinking that supplying more upstream will have any effect on the downstream hormones. Things just do not work that way. The problem is not supply, but the control and production systems.
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I understand that’s not necessarily the case, but if pre-cursor steroid/cholesterol hormones are deficient how could I possibly expect sufficient levels of downstream hormones?
If my pre-cursor hormones were in good supply AND I still had issues, I could safely consider control/production systems…maybe all that’s happening right now is that the deficient upstream hormones are causing rationing downstream leading to a graceful degraded output/functionality.
I can’t possibly know that until I get my upstream pre-cursor hormones out of deficiency and see what it does downstream.
The best-case scenario is my adrenal clears up and my testosterone enters normal levels due to robust thyroid/adrenals.
If that doesn’t happen…it’s back to the drawing board. But I think it’s a reasonable strategy to get adrenals in order and then see what normal pre-cursor hormones do to my testosterone.
I’d rather not touch the HPTA function w/ TRT until that’s the only problem I’m looking at.
The nice thing about testosterone is that it can still register low when adrenals are in good working order so I have a method to test if my HPTA is causing inadequate testosterone production when-and-if my adrenals clear up.