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prolactine high level

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  • Posted By: rachel nairy
  • September 14, 2009
  • 10:30 AM

i'm 21 years old and i have had disorder in my period times a very long time ago but lately i was getting it somehow regularly every 20-22 days, but the last time i had it had me concerned because it was sooner than ever so i went to see a doctor who advised me to take a prolactine blood test and i had the result of 22.3 , i'm a virgin.. is this level normal? the doctor perscribed me Bromotriphine but i'm scared of taking it because (as he said) it is a hormonal drug and i don't want no unwelcomed side effects, i was wondering what may happen in case i don't take the drug.. is it possible that the prolactine level might increase in my blood? is it common that the level of prolactine change throught the years? and i must mention that i have been under emotional stress and depression lately but i haven't taken any anti depressions. wat is the normal level of prolactine? please can you let me know what to do? thank you

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  • To rachel nairy I had the same exact problem and it took years to diagnose. You need to ask for a field vision test and an MRI of the brain. I have something called a Prolactinoma which is a pitutary tumor that secretes prolactin. It has the same symthoms you described. The problem is that as it grows it can keep you from ovulating. It is very rare also so many doctors miss it. If it gets too big it can causes problems but my prolaction level was around 80 before I was finally diagnosed. The drug Bromocriptine (Parlodel) is used to treat people with Parkinsons and to shrink this tumor. The normal prolactin level is less then 20 but anything over 30 should point to a possible tumor or microadnoma. I have had 3 children after taking the bromocriptine so it does help. Also I had alot of headaches and some vision problems so be sure to see an endocrinologist to rule this out.CandyGood Luck and if I can help answer a question email me at catc818@aol.com
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