Hi, 11 Years Ago At The Age Of 43 My Periods Completely Stopped, I Made An Appt With A Dr. Who Ran 3 Fsh Tests & All Came Back That I Was Post Menopausal. Had No Hot Flashes, Night Sweats, Felt Fine!

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Hi, 11 Years Ago At The Age Of 43 My Periods Completely Stopped, I Made An Appt With A Dr. Who Ran 3 Fsh Tests & All Came Back That I Was Post Menopausal. Had No Hot Flashes, Night Sweats, Felt Fine!

Worked out 5 days a week & my job was an actve one, I walked an average of 1.5-2 miles just at work. Then about 4 years ago I realized I was feeling tired & it's been getting steadily worse. I began having panic attacks, my skin & hair has gotten dry & my hair has been falling out along with my eyelashes. I've put on weight & the fatigue is terrible. I've seen 2 Drs who've said I'm fine. The last appt a nurse told me to get my thyroid checked so I saw an endo, he told me my thyroid is fine but I'm deficient in vitamin D! Could that really be the cause of it all? Thanks!

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Hi herglossiness,

You don't mention if you are on or have been on hormone therapy. If not, the issue could be that your hormone production has dropped to such a level that it is having these significant effects on your body...yes, including the panic attacks and loss of hair. Low Vitamin D can certainly be implicated, but the other major system I would check out are your adrenal glands. This is best done through saliva testing tho many docs still use blood which is fine but be sure they test you 4 times over the day. Many only do the morning and I have several patients where that was the only normal value for the day. Thus, they were told they were perfectly normal! Also, with your thyroid, were your T3 and T4 also checked or just the TSH? If it was only the one, that is an incomplete evaluation of your thyroid and can't really tell you it's functioning normally.

I would recommend you find a provider who knows menopause and hormone therapy for starters...then follow up on the thyroid and adrenals as appropriate.

Good luck to you.

Sandy Greenquist, CNM

Menopause Clinician

Answered by Sandy Greenquist