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My blood estrogen, twice tested, is over 1, 100. I'm 50, no menopause. My doctor is referring me to an endocrinologist. How high is too high?
The absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. After the complete transition into menopause, women can no longer get pregnant. The average age for menopause is 51 years old. Symptoms include dry vaginal tissue, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood ...Read more
Hormone disorder: Endocrinologists see people with many different hormonal abnormalities. Pituitary, thyroid, and adrenal disorders, as well as diabetes, osteoporosis and calcium disorders, and sex hormone abnormalities are among the many illnesses endocrinologists manage. Some disorders like diabetes and hypothyroidism can be managed by primary care physicians, but complex cases are referred. ...Read more
Blood tests: Would are most likely, but it depends on your symptoms and what disease or problem you are seeing the endocrinologust for. ...Read more
Use "Find a Doctor": On the healthtap site, click "find a doctor" on the menu on the left side of the screen. Type "reproductive endocrinology" or "fertility" in the search box; and type "burbank" in the location box. If that search doesn't bring up any names, one can try a google search with similar words. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: Because of the large number of cases of diabetes, it seems that they make up the majority of patients that endocrinologists see. They also see patients with any disorder affecting the endocrine (hormone) system, including thyroid dysfunction, pituitary gland related deficiencies, adrenal gland problems, etc. ...Read more
Rererral: You need a referral to an Endocrinologist when your primary care physician recommends that or you are dissatisfied with the help and advice you are getting from your doctor. ...Read more
Yes: In a non diabetic person, suspected hypoglycemia needs to be confirmed with a fasting test. Because of the risks, the test has to done in a hospital, where the patient can be monitored. When and if the blood sugar drops, the Insulin is measured, to understand whether the condition is cause by unregulated Insulin secretion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not critical: One ovary can work well in most circumstances. Certainly if pregnancy is desired, then it may be wise to seek consultation with a reproductive endocrinologist as there is decreased fertility in this situation. If family building is complete and there are no problems per se, then endocrinology consultation is not needed. Reproductive endocrine, not medical endocrine is your best bet in any case. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
72 hour fast: If they are looking for an Insulin producing tumor (insulinoma), you may be asked to fast for a maximum of 72 hours. If and when you develop hypoglycemia during that time, labs will be drawn to determine the cause. ...Read more
Most likely not:
Most people experience some discomfort with electrical stimulation (nerve conduction part) and also with the pin (needle) insertion (electromyography part).
Rarely, some patients (in my experience less than 2%) experience more than discomfort and can not tolerate the study properly. The study is then best aborted by common agreement between the patient and the examining physician. ...Read more
Many!: Problems of the pituitary, thyroid, adrenals, parathyroids, menopause*, testosterone*, fertility*, bones. Imbalances of sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphate, vitamin d. Problems of various glans may be over/under-production of hormones, masses/tumors, or cancers. Individual endocrinologists tend to have areas of interest, and not all will treat all conditions (especially * issues). ...Read more
Check insurance site: Places to look for a doctor... Do a doctor search on healthtap by location and specialty, and look at his profile. Search for a doctor on the web at one's insurance company's site. Ask friends, neighbors, relatives for recommendations (but sometimes they'll ask "are you sick? "). Call the local hospital for recommendations, as the hospital will give out the names of doctors who use the hospital. ...Read more
What I eat to dr: Yes this is always a good idea if. You are not doing well. I would get the free app Loseit and use to record for a week or two all food, drink and exercise. Then you can show the weekly averages to dr or nutritionist. Good luck. ...Read more
My bloodwork came back abnormal and now I have to see an endocrinologist. What could be the problem?
Many reasons: An endocrinologist takes care of diabetes (blood sugar), lipids (cholesterol), thyroid, adrenal, pituitary, parathyroid (calcium), and reproductive hormones. Many of these items may be found or suggested on routine bloodwork. Ask your doctor what it was in the blood work that made him make the referral. You should probably follow through and see the endocrinologist. ...Read more
My bloodwork came back abnormal and I was referred to an endocrinologist. What could be the reasons?
Many reasons: It is hard to answer your question. An endocrinologist deals with hormone and metabolic problems. The most common ones relate to diabetes, cholesterol, thyroid, pituitary, adrenal, and reproductive hormones. The first three issues are most common causes for referral, and your doctor may have found abnormalities in glucose, lipids, or thyroid. Ask him/her the reason for the referral. ...Read more
My bloodwork came back abnormal and now I have to see an endocrinologist. Why did I get referred to one?
Depends: An endocrinologist deals with hormone problems. There are many hormones in the body so there is no way to know why you were referred without looking at the lab results. Ask your referring doctor why this was needed. The most common reason for referral to an endocrinologist is abnormal thyroid level. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers