Have you heard of Bioidentical Hormone Therapy?
How long was I in denial? Let’s see, it was over 2 years ago that I started with the night sweats and severe mood swings. At the time I was only 46 and was going through personal issues that I assumed were making me feel so bad. Finally I went to see my regular physician and told him what I was experiencing – I insisted I had some kind of incurable disease (or perhaps it was just menopause) that he needed to diagnose it. He agreed to do the appropriate blood tests which of course, came back normal…my FSH was at 12.9 and my Estradiol was 140.6. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed, I thought there had to be a reason for my craziness but tests don’t lie, right? There was no rhyme or reason, I was just losing it!
Over the next 18 months I gained 30 pounds, my night sweats turned into hourly hot flashes, my skin aged 10 years, my hair started falling out and I started to accept the fact that life was going to suck from this point on.
Finally, about 6 months ago, I was done – God never meant me to be miserable and somehow I knew this in my heart, so I went back to the doctor and told him his tests were wrong, that the way I felt could not be normal, and he needed to retest (if he wanted to live J )! He must of feared for his life because he sent me immediately to the clinic and the next day my results were back…FSH was up to 107.8 and Estradiol down to <12!!! There was also an email message from my doctor: “The high FSH and low E2 (estradiol) levels mean you are definitely in menopause.” – I felt like replying to his email….you’re kidding???
I was so happy to finally have a reason for what I was feeling and going through and just by chance it was around this time Oprah and Dr. Phil started talking about ant-aging and hormone replacement therapy. I was thrilled to learn there was a BodylogicMD office a few miles from my hometown! I made the call, got the tests and finally got in to see the doctor who confirmed that yes, I was a maniac, but it was not my fault and he was going to help me.
Now that I have been on Bioidentical Hormones for a couple of months it is time to go back to Dr. Grossman for a follow up. In Suzanne Somers book on the subject she stated that it took several months for her to notice results but as I’ve already mentioned I felt better within 2 weeks of starting the program! Still, I keep asking myself if I’m just imagining it so I’m looking forward to what the doctor has to say! And I am also looking forward to the day when my friends come to me and say, Diane, I feel like I am going crazy, and then I can smile and say, have you heard of Bioidentical Hormone Therapy?
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