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Hormone Imbalances and Lupus

 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2002 3:12 pm    Post subject: Hormone Imbalances and Lupus Reply with quote

Hi Everyone,

I am posting on this topic because interestingly this week I have received e-mails from 3 seperate women, whom amongst other things have stated they are currently being tested for "Lupus" and while the practitioners have not "diagnosed" Lupus they are being treated in a manner that a person with Lupus is being treated.

IMHO and no intent to minimize the burdens of those truly suffering with Lupus, where Depo Provera is a factor I believe that yet once more quite possibly either A. this is a mis-diagnosis in more than one instance or B. If the diagnosis in validated that Depo Provera is a factor.

You will also note in the information provided below a significant number of similarites between the symptoms of "Lupus" and the side effects often associated with Depo Provera.
Certainly once again more reason that further studies should be conducted regarding the long-term use of this method of BC.

Interestingly as well each of the women are long time depo users ( 4 years or longer)

Lupus-- is an auto-immune dis-ease in which the immune mechanism forms forms anit-bodies that attack the body's own tissue.
There are 3 types of Lupus, Discoid, Systemic and Drug induced


Symptoms:
weakness
lack of energy
low grade or spiking fevers
loss of appetite
weight loss or weight gain
frequent infections
anemia or low white blood count
rashes - typically on the bridge of the nose and across the cheeks in a butterfly shape.
hair loss
ulcers in the roof of the mouth;
painful joints or muscles
convulsions; psychosis; nerve abnormalities that cause strange sensations or alter muscular ability
nephritis (kidney problems)
phlebitis (inflammation of the blood vessels)
pleurisy; pericarditis (inflammation of the membraneous sac surrounding the heart) and/or peritonitis



Hormone balance important in autoimmune disease:
Morrow and Isenberg state, "There is little doubt that oral contraceptives, especially those with moderate or high doses of estrogen, can exacerbate or even induce a relapse of quiescent (latent, dormant) autoimmune disease. In addition, there are some reports of high estrogen levels in both females and males with this disease (lupus). Male patients with lupus have also been shown to have lower levels of the male sex hormone, testosterone."

Dr. Lee states that recent studies have shown that "women who use hormone replacement therapy containing estrogen are more likely to get lupus. Women are afflicted with autoimmune diseases at a much higher rate than men, which is a good clue that female hormone balance and imbalance is involved in some way...The onset of autoimmune disorders is often in middle age, when estrogen dominance becomes common."

His conclusions suggest that estrogen dominance may have a hand in triggering the problem and thus correcting the estrogen dominance or hormone imbalance leads to gradual correction of the problem. Or, since progesterone is the main precursor of corticosteroids, and in progesterone deficient women, restoration of normal progesterone levels may enhance normal corticosteroid production, thus suppressing the autoimmune attack.


Unfortunately what the medical experts believed were symptoms of estrogen deficiency are really estrogen excess symptoms. The more serious, life-threatening conditions of estrogen excess are: reproductive cancers, strokes, blood clots, compromised immune system, toxic livers, gall bladder disease, auto-immune diseases (lupus, MS, rheumatoid arthritis), glucose intolerance, pancreatitis, and interfering with the uptake of thyroid hormones

Unfortunately, the cause of lupus is unknown at this time, but there is significant scientific research done to determine hormonal relationshsips.

So for those of you being tested without a confirmed diagnosis, once again it is my recommendation that you request your practitioner do appropriate Hormone testing for hormone balances / imbalances prior to accepting yet more Rx's to suppress more symptoms of a ROOT cause NOT YET DETERMINED!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2002 9:30 pm    Post subject: This is important stuff Reply with quote

FreeSpirit,

The BIG PICTURE is so important! So often when we are dealing with the myriad of strange symptoms brought on by depo (or any other medication) the temptation is to deal with each symptom seperately. We go to doctors, and they test for numerous separate diseases. Specialists rarely ask patients about facets of the dis-ease other than their area--for example, an ear-nose-throat specialist rarely asks about your joints or your moods!

That is perplexing until you realize that hormones are so much more than just estrogen and progesterone. If there is anything I want to impress upon people in my posts, it is that the body is an interconnected whole. You can think of hormones as a circle of dominoes. Tip over any domino and they all fall down. Depo begins by suppressing progesterone, which in turn messes up many of the others. Each person is affected differently. That is why we have symptoms in far-flung parts of the body such as skin, stomach, sinuses, ears, and joints. When in doubt, it is probably the depo.

Depo-induced illness is no less valid a diagnosis than lupus or diabetes or chronic fatigue. I know it took me years to realize that my problems were caused by depo.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2002 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Specialists rarely ask patients about facets of the dis-ease other than their area--for example, an ear-nose-throat specialist rarely asks about your joints or your moods!



Thus the crucial importance of being an active participant in ones own Health and Wellness.
For example a good portion of women posting on these boards are prime examples of "patient educating physician" as opposed to vice versa.

We no longer live in an age where a single practitioners treatment methods are "Written in stone" Not only do we have alternatives as well as endless research tools, more and more people are also altering mindsets and accepting that our wellness is a personal obligation.


Edison said it best:
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"The doctor's of the future will give no medicine but will interest patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and the cause and prevention of disease."

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