Originally Posted by Idiopathic PN
Doc, I am not sure if I have to discuss the hormonal treatment with my endocrinologist or my primary care physician. When I searched on the hormones - its a lot! I don't know which hormones to test.
I read your posts....are you still taking the pregnenolone?
Hormones are secreted by the endocrine system.
Endocrinology is concerned with the study of the biosynthesis, storage, chemistry, and physiological function of hormones and with the cells of the endocrine glands and tissues that secrete them.
A few years ago, I saw a certified holistic doctor who tested my thyroid, a few adrenal hormones (because there is a strong relationship between adrenal hormones and chronic pain) and some others I don't recall. Everything was well within normal and above median except the adrenals.
Later on, after reading Dr. Forest Tennant's articles on adrenal hormones, I followed his guidelines.
But it may also depend on what hormones you're looking at and for what reason(s). Men routinely work with their PCPs with regard to testosterone replacement, and women work with their gynos for estrogen replacement. I've had steroid injections from orthopedists & pain management doctors (usually anesthesiologists), and other tests from neurologists for headaches & PN, and still others from a rheumatologist for arthritis, and several of them tested me for diabetes to no avail. But for widescale screening, especially if I didn't know what I was looking for, I'd do some homework and either follow where that lead me or at least start with an endocrinologist. Asking
your PCP who to see about what isn't a bad idea either.
Yup, I'm still taking the hormones I mentioned; it's only been 3 days since that post.