I Get it! Raquel's Personal Hormone Story
This last winter, my decline in mood and energy was worse than it had ever been. I have been through anxiety, depression, and panic throughout my life, and have learned how to manage all this, I had no clue what was going on with me. I suddenly felt like I couldn’t get out of bed. It took too much energy to even get up and walk into the kitchen. I felt myself sinking into a hole. However, I am in the years of what they call the sandwich spot where you are taking care of your adolescent children who need me more than ever, and then my ailing parents, who also need me more than ever. I always hosted parties and family gatherings at my home and always took great pride in this. This Christmas as it was approaching. I was having a hard time feeling any joy or getting excited like I had done for the last 50 years of my life.
I would lie in my bed in the middle of the day, unable to move. My husband and children would come and stand over me and stare. I would just stare back. I didn’t know what to say. I had no thoughts.
It began two years ago, I had found myself feeling extremely irritable and wasn’t quite sure if it was circumstantial, or if my hormones were starting to give out. I had my hormone levels checked, and my provider said everything was considered normal, so I decided it must be my circumstances, so I needed to work on a few things in my life.
Now since two years passed, I decided it was time to check my hormone levels again, I found that I had zero testosterone and very little DHEA. My estrogen and progesterone levels were low, which signaled me to the thought that I now need hormone replacement.
I have since started on hormone therapy using a BHRT compounded bio-identical cream with estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone and took a DHEA pill every day. After a few weeks had passed I started to feel like I wanted to get up out of bed and see what was going on with the world.
I am now able to get out of bed early in the morning and go to the gym to work out, and then enter my day that is filled with patients who are waiting for me to help them with their hormones.
I always felt I had a deep understanding and compassion for my patients who were struggling with hormones, but now this has taken it to a different level. Now I see why patients come to me in tears and stare at me with desperation. Within a few months, they return to my office after treatment, smiling and saying "Thank you so much, you have changed my life!"
I don’t like to sound cliché, however; I would say that personally at this time in my life, I feel like I did when I was in my twenties!