Hi Lemon - You might find this a good read... www.weillcornell.org/pdf/ibs/Frissora_-_Practical_GastroHORMONES.pdf
Hormones and GI Disorders in Women.
Hormonal Influences on the Gastrointestinal Tract and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Recent research has uncovered a potential role for abnormal serotonin expression and/or signaling in IBS and other GI disorders (53). The potential effect of sex hormones such as estrogen and progesterone on serotonin remains to be elucidated. However, the importance of serotonin and its receptors, as well as serotonin polymorphisms, in predicting response to treatment is an area of interest.
Also there is much information stating the effects of Estrogen on Serotonin/Dopamine etc. And there are three types of Estrogen in women - estrone, estradiol and estriol. At certain times in female bodies one type is more dominant than than the others (i.e during menstrual cycle, after menopause etc). So things can get screwy when one type is more dominant than the other just like this therapy.
For sure there is something to the Hormonal side and the effects/symptoms you talk of. I came across this all a loooong time ago when looking at some other autoimmune diseases and the effects that air pollution has on them for my line of work (air quality). I had to make a power point presentation on it. Statistically women are as much as 80% more likely to come down with one or more autoimmune conditions and as many as 1 in 4 will in fact most likely after menopause. There's a very strong very link suggested between air pollution and autoimmune disease (Arthritis, Lupus etc) - and hormones perhaps explain why the dominance in women.
Also when you think about
Prednisone... Almost Everyone responds to their initial Pred course, but then after tapering or after multiple courses it stops working... Just as they say in this treatment protocol - after time one (dopamine) can starts to further deplete the other (serotonin) and visa-versa. Pred is a full on hormonal drug. It mimics the effects of hormones in your body.
I just find it interesting that it all keeps coming back to this wonky Serotonin level thing.
Do feel better! And think positive!
@Miracles... How are you hanging in there?
Diagnosed Crohns-Colitis about
8 years ago - Past Meds: Antibiotics, Prednisone, Methotrexate, Remicade - Current Meds: No meds at the moment -Trying Amino Acid Balancing Therapy Actually achieved full clinical remission for about
2 years using Remicade, Diet (SCD) and Exercise
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