Menopause & Hormones...can be a challenge

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Well, those 10 lbs. I mentioned in my last entry crept up to 15 lbs. By November 2011 I was so discouraged, I tried a 2 week gentle cleanse along with and a healthy menu of mostly vegetables with lean healthy proteins in moderate amounts. Plus, I kept up with my daily work-outs......didn't lose an ounce!! One day soon after that while I was trying on clothes that fit 1 year ago, but not now I finally just sat down on the closet floor and started crying. I was totally confused how I could be doing everything "right" but feeling so lousy and gaining weight too.
My husband had been saying all along, that it had to be something beyond my control, but I had been feeling it must be something I am doing wrong. He encouraged me to go back to the Naturopath, Dr. Mary Shackleton, that I had gone to 3 years ago and who had helped me (along with the SP program) figure out my health issue's. I had started feeling better, and losing weight too.
Here I was, back to square 1. I was feeling lousy, sleeping poorly, gaining weight, feeling depressed yet all the while still working out, biking, hiking and hoping...
Last month(Dec. 2011) I did see Dr. Shackleton, she looked at me and asked, "When was your last menstrual period?" I told her I had one in August 2010, and before that February 2010. She ordered blood work to check my hormones that day. Two weeks later she called me and said, "Deb it is no wonder you have been feeling so fatigued, depressed and not losing any weight. Obviously you knew you were in Menopause, but no one had checked your hormones. You have almost NO Estrogen or Progesterone in your body - your levels are at the bottom of the barrel!" She had already started me on moderate doses of plant base hormones, and she bumped up the dosage after seeing my labs. We also made some dietary changes, and I have to say - after 3 weeks I am starting to feel better! It is so encouraging to be sleeping better, and feeling energy in the mornings like I use too. The weight loss hasn't started yet, but I feel optimistic that it will come in time.
It should have been obvious that my hormone's were the issue, but I kept thinking it had to be my thyroid even though my endocrinologist had run multiple tests, and she had even mentioned in the fall that she suspected it was my hormones - her comment went in one ear and out the other.
I keep a journal and have decided to document all of this so someday when my daughters reach this age they will be aware that hormones left unchecked during peri- or menopause can cause havoc in our bodies.
Whew! 2012 looks to be a good year.....a year of feeling good again. emoticon
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    Thanks Angora4!! We really do need to listen to our bodies, I could have been feeling alot better sooner if I had....

    2237 days ago
    Woo hoo! So proud of you for doing what's good for your body, even when there was no visible result yet. And so glad you were able to find out why your body wasn't responding to the good care. Glad you're sleeping better and feeling better now, woo hoo!
    2238 days ago
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