My Hormonal Problems Were Quite an Adventure

April 9, 2008 0 Comments

As I said at the beginning of the year, I had an appointment at a hormone specialist practice in February. I had no idea really what I was getting into but I had certain symptoms that were troubling. One was an increasingly high pulse rate, up to 130 at times and averaging 100, a very low blood pressure and increasing fatigue.

I have written an article about this for the site for women who are interested in all the details –here– but this is a short version for the blog. I think many of us with bone problems also have hormone issues so this may be a wake-up call for many women.

It turns out that the Armour thyroid I was taking for my hypothyroid condition was not working correctly. T3 is like the gas in our engines, we can’t live well without it. But in me the Armour was making Reverse T3 as well as T3, and the Reverse T3 was blocking the receptors on my cells so the real T3 couldn’t get in. When the tests came back I was found to have Hashimoto’s disease, which is a non-functioning thyroid. This is an auto-immune disease like the diabetes 1.5 and apparently auto-immune diseases trigger more of the same. My adrenal system is also under attack. The rest of my hormones; estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and aldosterone were very low.

According to the book I recommended, ‘The Hormone Solution’, you can’t try to fix one part of the endocrine system without testing everything and covering all that you need. It just makes everything worse. Unfortunately most doctors are not very well-versed in bio-identical hormones and just want to give you Synthroid for the thyroid and then anti-depressants if you insist on returning with more symptoms.

So I trotted off to Holtorf Medical in LA because they were the closest ones on the list I found from the website linked somehow to the book. They were very expensive but I figured I would get my problem straightened out and it would be worth it.  I have to say I was extremely underwhelmed by the service I got for my money. More on that in the article.

Anyway, I was prescribed various hormones and sent off with instructions to come back in 2 months. The doc did say it would take 6 weeks for the Reverse T3 to work it’s way out of my body but she didn’t warn me that my life might fall apart in the meantime. That first two weeks were a nightmare. I forgot my social security number at one point, and another time I drove 50 miles to deliver something and found out I had forgotten to load part of it.

They call that brain fog and I’d never had that before. I hated it! It was zombie time.
Then I was so tired that I could barely keep the business going. I stopped doing anything but the essentials. Now I’m coming back to life I realize that my internal life stopped also. I didn’t talk to Source or my angels, didn’t even think of them for the most part. It was a very odd experience and I’m actually glad I went through it just so I can really appreciate the rich life I have now my hormones are all coming back online.

I’m just beginning to recover now, it’s four weeks since I started the drugs and it can be a tricky thing to figure out how much of everything you need to make everything work for you. But it really is something you have to figure out for yourself. There is a list of under and over symptoms for every hormone in the book and you have to try and get yourself in that sweet spot that would be different for everyone. No doctor can do that for you.

Once again I have come to realize that we have to take charge of our own health. Do the research and then follow the steps. I’ve read so much about the endocrine system now that I know a lot more than the nurse practitioner that I see. And, once again, the bio-identicals are new endocrinology and still not accepted by mainstream medicine. They give you the same hormones you would be making yourself, in the same quantities, if you were strong and healthy. This is nothing like HRT, which has been proven to be dangerous.

So, I’ll keep you posted. I’m sorry this took so long. I actually have some bone news to blog as well but it may take a few more good days for that.

Onward and upward,

Pam

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Categories: Adrenal/Thyroid, Bio-Identical Hormones

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