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.
Since 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.
Patient of Dr. Heidi Archer of BodyLogicMD of Potomac Falls