Thursday, March 15, 2012

Feeling Crazy? Could Be Hormones

She's not acting right; it's like you hardly even know her. She used to be so calm and collected and now she keeps flying off the rails - manic one second, weepy the next. This woman you love, the mother of your children - and now it's almost like living with a stranger who is constantly depressed. This once vibrant woman has become a shell of herself. She says she needs a change, a new life, something – anything that will make her feel normal again.
In terms of havoc wrought on a woman's body, ages 30 to 35 will experience hormonal changes so disruptive that it will rival the onset of puberty. Though far too few get tested for hormonal imbalances because their menstrual cycle hasn't shown any noticeable change. Women seek assistance for chronic pain and fatigue, foggy thinking, deep depression, cyclic thinking, and more. Most are often tested for Lupus, MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and eventually most are likely to be diagnosed as having Fibromyalgia. The final diagnosis is not necessarily wrong, but it's also quite likely that the issues are not being completely addressed if Progesterone and Cortisol levels are not taken into consideration.
Two Steps Forward...
The varied effects of hormonal issues are similar to autoimmune problems, where it seems as if you get one set of symptoms under control, only to have new ones spring up. Hormone imbalances can have a direct effect on your mood, ability to concentrate and be productive, and also cause trouble with one's thyroid, blood pressure and even blood sugar. It can also make it very difficult to have any energy or to keep your weight within healthy limits.
So What Should You Do?
Get checked out; have a panel of blood tests done to see if your Progesterone levels are low and to see if your thyroid is within the appropriate levels as well. Also be sure to do some sort of exercise at least three times a week (if you can do a daily walk then all the better!). Don't forget to follow an eating schedule that will help with adrenal support, too. With blood sugar problems the time between meals plays just as much a role as the foods you choose. Also be sure to limit alcohol consumption, to get adequate amounts of rest, and to keep stresses out of your life whenever possible. Supplements to aid in hormonal balancing could also be a big help, as well as B12 shots to help aid the body in dealing with stress.
And let yourself slow down when your body asks you to. Even Superwoman takes her cape off every now and then. If your body's telling you to rest, do it, because if you keep pushing when you feel like you're coming apart at the seams you could very well injure yourself, others, as well as harm relationships with the people you love.
Written by Erin Nolan. Did hormonal problems cause an accident? Here's how to make a claim: