Not sure if I am posting this in the correct forum - and if it's not, please feel free to move it as needed.
As my last annual "female" exam, I commented to my doctor (I go to my personal doctor for the exams) that the symptoms of PMS I normally had (cramps, fatigue, moodiness) were becoming more and more severe. He suggested that I get the copper levels in my blood tested, because there is (apparently) a connection between excess copper and PMS. Yay.
I got the tests back, and the doctor literally told me that he had never seen copper levels as high as mine - which was 295.
Upon asking questions and doing some research, I discovered how this excess copper has effected me:
I recently had my gallbladder removed due to gallstones that I thought were caused by an extreme calorie-restricted diet.
I have the beginnings of arthritis in my spine (very beginning).
At the age of 19 (about six months to a year after starting on birth control pills), I began to have unexplained panic attacks. Because of these, I spiraled into depression and anxiety. I was diagnosed with GAD, PTSD (from the onset of the panic attacks), and Depersonalization Disorder. However, I have always been told by said diagnosticians that it was the clearest case of a pure chemical disorder they'd ever seen.
I've always had high blood pressure, fatigue and weight gain.
The doctor had me start taking Zinc Picolinate, B6 and Molybdenum. Since I have started taking these, it has made a tremendous difference in me.
Here's my question: in my research, I obviously came across Wilson's disease. I know that (or have been told) that I do not have Wilson's disease, but I don't know the what the difference is.
I know that Wilson's patients have low blood serum levels, while mine was obviously quite high. I also know that Wilson's patients tend to have symptoms that have to do with the liver, while my own liver has had no problems that I know of, except for the gallbladder issues that have not returned since I had it removed.
Is it possible that excess copper can only affect the brain? Is it possible that this excess copper was caused by simply taking the birth control pill? Is this hypercupremia caused by some kind of abnormality in my ability to process copper?
I came to this forum, because when I am at the doctor's office I tend to be more focused on what I can be doing to fix the problem, rather than the cause.