By, Susanne Summers
I’m certainly too young for this! I actually just turned 36 about a month ago. I certainly don’t feel 36! In fact… I still think of myself as in my mid to late twenties! I’ve kinda passed that!!!
Although… a few weeks ago while at work someone asked me if I had graduated nursing school yet or if I was just finishing up?!?!?! HAHA!!! That would make me 21 or 22! Of course I assured her I was certainly a licenced and registered nurse!!! And she insisted I didn’t look like I could be over 25! To surprise her even further, I followed with the fact that I’ve been working as a nurse for over 10 years and have four children! I’m not really sure I convinced her, but it certainly made my day!!!
I don’t feel like I’m in my mid thirties, but I also feel like I’ve aged a lot in the last year and a half. A lot has changed in our lives and it’s made me have to deal with big people emotions. Through these months I’ve felt so tired, no energy, emotionally up and down minute by minute, little things anger me quickly, I don’t have the solid sleep I used to, my thinking feels “thick”, I’m not loosing weight as I used to, I NEED a beer or glass of wine each evening, I’m easily overwhelmed, my sex drive has decreased and I have irregular menstrual bleeding. With that list it sounds like I’m falling apart and am in my 50s or 60s… although, why do we think that should be normal for that age either?
I thought all of these symptoms were part of grief and sorrow, maybe a bit of depression and just my body trying to get back to normal after having two significant losses. I made excuses… but I wasn’t happy… I’m not happy with that explanation. I don’t feel like myself and the little things seem to overwhelm me instead of bringing me joy in my children.
I don’t like this change.I’m Too Young For This!
A friend from the birth center recommended this book and I’m really glad I read it. ALL of these symptoms I just listed… ALL of them are symptoms of hormone deficiencies or over production or hormones. We have LOTS of hormones that run our bodies and keep us functioning “normally”. I was fearful as I read this book and read a description of myself on each page, but I was also SO hopeful that maybe I can get back “the old me”.
Full of energy, cheerful, willing to work hard, run with my kids, enjoy their craziness, sleep hard each night, and enjoy intimacy with my husband again. There is hope!
This book doesn’t really discuss the reasoning of hormone drops excpet that it is a normal part of life, but can be managed. I, personally, believe that the immense amount of stress and changes our family went through last year really messed with my hormones and they haven’t recovered. I’m hoping that with a little help, I can get them regulated and encouraged to continue on their own. I recently sent off saliva samples and blood spots for hormone testing. I don’t yet have the results back, but I’m hopeful. I’m excited and fearful at the same time.
Some of the other hormone related symptoms Summer lists includes:
- Painful, tender, swollen breasts and not pregnant or breastfeeding)
- Anxiety and stress
- Heavy periods
- Night sweats
- Weepiness, headaches associated with your period
- Excessive water retention
- Hot flashes
- Bladder infections
- Heart palpitations
- Red/flushed face
- And those are just some of the symptoms she talks about.
I’ve mentioned this book a few times to a few different people, but I highly recommend it. It’s an easy read and easily understandable. It had enough science in it for my RN brain, but wasn’t too overwhelming with the chemistry of how the hormones function.
Also, I know for me and I’m sure many others, we hear about hormone replacement and we think of all the studies that show increased risk of heart problems and cancer. Yes, that is true for synthetic hormones. Summers talks about bioidentical hormones which are in natural forms and are also dosed and adjusted based on each individual need. I found this book fascinating and I’m hoping it will help me on this journey of recovery and health… mentally and physically. Maybe for you too!?