I am 29 years old, have never been pregnant and have been lactating for 3 almost years (small amount of milk, mostly when breast is squeezed). I don't have health insurance and so I'm limited in what I can do, but I'd like to get a diagnosis so I can try to heal myself.
A proloactinoma/pituitary tumor has been ruled out. My prolactin levels are normal and I also had an MRI that showed I am tumor-free. My doctor said I'd need to go to an endo if I wanted to pursue it further. I decided against it because 1). I didn't have money to spend and hadn't gotten anywhere with the $ I had shelled out and 2). By the time I got the MRI I wasn't feeling that bad other than knowing my hormones were obviously messed up.
Here's some background:
I was extremely stressed for about 2 years before I started lactating and I honestly think this is what caused it. about a month before the lactation started I felt totally out of control and couldn't handle stress. My sex drive plummeted (and has yet to return). The only way I could motivate myself to work (and I was super busy at the time, so this is what I did daily), was get myself stressed about the task at hand so I'd somehow have the energy to complete it. I've always had cold hands and feet and that continues. I do sleep well now, but had some issues sleeping around that time and I also would grind my teeth. Things have improved since then, but I'm not 100%. I'm wondering if the lactation is caused by hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue or both.
I eat pretty well, don't drink much coffee or eat a lot of sugar - lots of good fats, whole grains and veggies.
For now my symptoms are basically lactating, no sex drive, not good at handling stress, not super energetic (but generally OK), cold when it's below 75 if I'm not moving. My pulse is 60 and my temps are a bit low, but I haven't tested them consistently (they seem to be around 98.4 during the day). My hair is dry too.
Knowing that my finances are limited, what would the best steps be?
Thanks so much,