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Good A.M. Gals,
Stephanie here a/n/a Pepper. 57 Year young living in Charlotte, NC. Transplanted from NYS. Married 37 years. No kids.
Quick background in health....I am 5' 0" and have kept off 20 lbs for the last 34 years. I am currently 102 lbs. I along with my husband had a long history of "infertility" and had one pregnancy in 9 years of trying that ended in a miscarriage. Having spent a good deal of my late 20's and early 30's seeing a fertility specialist, I learned a lot at the time.
It has been a real roller-coaster ride for 30+ years with the hormones. I am in a good place now, enjoying a very varied lifestyle. Eat right, exercise, limited stress, yada yada.
In March of '08 I was finally diagnosed (major fatigue) as having Hypothyroidism (which I suspect I had for many years, but I was always tested at borderline for having it because the "numbers" my blood tests were showing didn't require meds....)
I am in my 5th month of being "period" free....and I am holding my breath that it stays that way for the next 7 months.
I am very interested in this group as I am still not feeling my best. I had the thyroid test yet again and my Internist assures me I am on the proper dosage of Synthroid as my "numbers" look OK. Well I decided to be proactive and I got a recommendation from my Gynecologist to see an Endocrinologist in a few weeks. My Gyno suggested we make certain my thyroid meds are appropriate for me and if they are, he will work with the Endo Dr. to discuss HRT options. While I feel the body is naturally expelling certain hormones, I also feel that as we are living longer, there is no need to be in this perpetual "hell"....Yes gals there isn't one symptom I do not share and at the age of 57, it's really starting to wear thin. I would say the pre-menopausal systems started approx 10 yrs. ago.
I look forward to reading your posts, as I feel I will be better prepared when I go to my appointment.
Thanks for listening to this long winded email.
Pepper (a nick name my husband has given me....I wonder why?