Hi everyone. I have always recommended that anyone with Lyme disease, both male and female, have hormone and thyroid testing done. Lyme can definitely affect hormone levels.
For thyroid testing, I recommend asking to have the Free T3, Free T4 (besides the T3 and T4) and thyroid antibodies tested in addition to the normal panel. They are not usually done but are necessary for a comprehensive view. Even if results are in the normal range, they may not be optimal. It is important to learn as much as you can. There are some great books and websites for thyroid disorders. Many doctors treat solely on what someone's TSH is, but the Free T levels are very important. It can be difficult to find a doctor who looks at all ranges and not only the TSH.
For hormone testing, from what I understand saliva testing is more reliable than blood testing. My doctor used ZRT Lab http://www.zrtlab.com/ and I recommend them. They can test cortisol (adrenal function), progesterone, estradiol, testosterone, and DHEA. Of course many doctors do not believe this testing is reliable, but I do. To find one in your area, I suggest calling a compounding pharmacy to see if they can recommend someone who does saliva testing. Compounding pharmacies are the pharmacies that make the natural hormones when someone is deficient.
Some symptoms of hormone deficiencies can mimic Lyme symptoms, so I think it is very important to have this testing done. It has been very beneficial for me to find out which deficiencies I had.
My LLMD told me symptoms do get worse the week before our period, due to the additional stress on our body. I was pulsing abx 10 days before...but I stopped to soon and relapsed.
Back to fighting again.