I would really appreciate some help on this issue that I have.
I'm 26 now and I've been suffering from panic disorder with agoraphobia ever since I was 14 - when I hit puberty. That means that I can't go out more than a few blocks away from where I live.
What makes me wonder if this is a hormonal issue, is the fact that I've never had any issues as a kid, no problems, no abuse, no nothing. No trigger at all. Hitting puberty seems to be what unlocked it.
6 months ago I got a bloodwork done for an unrelated issue.
Here are my results:
FT3 6.03 / 3.1-6.8
FT4 14.22 / 12.0-22.0
TSH 1.46 / 0.27-4.20
Prolactin 419.2 / 86-324
Estradiol 181.4 / 28-156
Progesterone 1.79 / 0-5.3
Testosterone 9.64 / 9.0-27.8
DHEA-S 11.14 / 4.34-12.5
ACTH 21.080 / 4.7-48.8
4 androstenedione 7.790 / 1.22-11.00
17 alpha OH progesterone 2.887 / 1.52-6
Somatotropic hormone 0.11 / 0.10-5.92
Cortisol 231.0 ?
Cortisol 98.3 ?
Cortisol refference- 6am-10am 124.2-662.4 ; 4pm-8pm 49.68-179
(I don't know which Cortisol is which).
I've been on Lexapro 10mg + Klonopin 0.25mg daily, for the past 6 years.
From what I researched online, AD's can affect your prolactin and testosterone, as my bloodwork clearly shows. Still, I never managed to find a single article linking SSRI or benzos to high Estradiol?
If anyone can help me out with that, I would be really grateful.
Also, can you provide additional info regarding my hormonal panel that could link it to panic disorder ?
My endo didn't see anything wrong with my results (?!) and blamed the results on AD use.
What do you guys think ?