Bioidentical hormones gave me back my sanity!

June 30, 2009

BHRT gave me my life back!I so want to help other women going through what I have gone through. When I first saw Dr. Archer and she told me that I wasn’t crazy nor did I have Alzheimer’s – I was so relieved. When I first saw her I felt so hopeless and when I walked out of her office I can’t explain the joy that I felt. She told me that I was estrogen dominate, had no progesterone, no testosterone. I spiked with cortisol first thing in the morning and by noon I had very little, just a small bit at dinner and none at bedtime, but I couldn’t sleep. My DHEA was just as bad. My blood work was great with the exception that with my cortisol and DHEA, as they were, my body was now attacking my thyroid. We are trying to stop that now. A lot of the DHEA, Cortisol and thyroid are very stress related.

 I started my period around the age of 10 and had severe PMS and cramps. My first child was born at the age of 20, then I had a miscarriage at 25 and a 24 week baby at 25. She weighed 1lb 8oz. She was in the hospital 3 1/2 months. Then my last son was born at 28. When he was 11, I went to the doctor because I couldn’t sleep, my anxiety was through the roof, and I thought I had early onset Alzheimer’s. He ask me how much longer I expected myself to the job of 5 people. I told him for 8 more years. Andy would be 18 by then. He said I would be dead before then. He prescribed anti-depressants, sleeping pills and Xanax. Let me go back. I had a hysterectomy when I was 30 leaving 1 ovary. I still had severe PMS. So severe I couldn’t stand to hear my children speak. My gynecologist politely told me there was no such thing as PMS and that it was all in my head. I also have my own business, I do anything for the inside of the house. I was a mom that went to all events which meant that I stayed up lots of nights all night long to catch up. I continued to go downhill. Not handling stress, had severe foggy brain and was in constant pain. I couldn’t remember the least little things. It started affecting my work, family, and even opening my mail. I would just put it in a pile and get to it when I could handle it. I went to several different doctors and yes one was a female. She said that the one ovary I had left was putting out enough estrogen for 2 ovaries, but didn’t check anything else. I thought I was going crazy. I really thought I was losing my mind and all of the doctors around here were filling me up with ambien, xanax, anti-depressants and pain pills.

Now here is where Dr. Heidi Archer is my angel!! I was in my shop, standing at the cutting table, flipping through channels when I saw Robin McGraw on Oprah. This was in January 2009. I love Robin so I immediately stopped. When I heard what she was talking about, I couldn’t move. When I heard the lady from Canada talking again I was frozen. I had tears running down my face. They were talking about me. For the first time in 12 years I saw hope. I had been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, told I would need to close my shop and go on disability. I truly was on the verge of suicide. I say this because I had no reason to live nor did I want to. When I saw Robin and Oprah, I saw hope. I immediately started researching all that they had talked about and that’s when I found BodyLogicMD and Dr. Archer. I did the testing and went to see her. In addition to a hormonal imbalance, she also told me I was in Adrenal Fatigue. It is a 4 1/2 hour drive for me, but I would have driven across the country if I had to. Within a week of the treatments I could tell a difference. I started feeling like the old or should I say new Kathy.

bioidentical hormonesSince the first time I saw Dr. Archer and started on my hormone treatment, things may get me down for a day, maybe two, but that’s it. I started on my new hormones on June 1, 09. I have almost as much energy as I did in my 30′s. I can’t wait for the 20′s!! Today, I walked for the first time and I joined Weight Watchers one more time, but for the last time. I’m going to outlive Suzanne Somers!!! I’m handling the rejection which is something I’ve never been able to handle and I’m starting to really like me. I’m starting to paint again and starting to make my house beautiful which is why I got into this business 21 years ago.

By the way Dr Archer started my DHEA at 25mgs and now it’s at 75mgs and I will fight anyone who tries to take my hormones away.

Kathy B.
Patient of Dr. Heidi Archer of BodyLogicMD of Potomac Falls

6 Responses to Bioidentical hormones gave me back my sanity!

  1. Bilgre says:

    Just read your story – boy, did it hit home with me; I felt as if I were reading something that I had written myself – about myself ! I have been going down hill for more years than I care to admit (6 at least). I drove 8 hours for my appointment with Dr. Huey in Texas; I have never been so excitied to go to a doctors appointment. She was so sweet, so knowledgeable, so patient with me and of course, has a plan of treatment set out for me. I haven’t yet received my hormone replacements but I should in about 6 more days and I am counting the hours, the minutes because I know that my “new” me is just around the corner. Thank you for sharing with others your story – I hope that others will get on board to better health !

    BG
    Patient of Dr. Huey of BodyLogicMD of Woodlands, Texas

    • bodylogicmd says:

      Hi BG,

      Thank you for your kind testimonial! Dr. Huey is wonderful! Have you received your bioidentical hormones yet? How are you feeling?

      In health,
      Barbara at BodyLogicMD

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  5. cherie says:

    Wow
    when I read your story I started to cry because that is how I feel. 2 years I have basically been in my home in bed. I am in severe depression but on medicine..The dr. that has seen me for 10 years and has kept me on zolft thinks the other drs I have seen are missing something with my hormones, etc. She sincerely believes that the endocrinologists I have seen are missing something. I have no reason to be depressed. I have 5 beautiful children, a loving husband, and we are not poor. What makes me sad about the depression is that I am unable to take care of my younger children, 6 year old twins, the way they deserve. I havent even walked across the street to meet their 1st grade teacher. Yes, we live across the street from their school. I have been to doctors, hospitals and nobody gives a shit that I would rather be dead than have my children see me this way. I would gladly give up my life so my husband could be with someone who can take care of our kids. My husband says never to think like that and we will figure out what is wrong with me. I am wondering if hormones have been an issue since birth. I was always a nervous child but used the nerves in my 20′s and accomplished all my goals, in my mid thirties this cloud over me started to get worse. I wonder if my adrenal glands are shot. Anyway I want to go see Dr. Lisa Gorn who is with bodylogic/bioidentical hormones, she was once an endocrinologist and I feel she would best understand me and my family’s medical history. I live in the Dallas area and her office is here. If anyone else has a similar scenerio and the bioidentical hormones helped, please reply

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