A Hormone Story, Part 1: Cortisol Highs and Lows
This has been me lately.
This is an improvement on my past self, which generally was this:
and sometimes this:
I chalked it up to postpartum depression, but by 18 months “postpartum,” that didn’t make much sense anymore.
Then I realized that a lot of my symptoms were worse around the last half of my cycle, so calling it PMS made some sense. But didn’t explain it all.
I went to the doctor’s recently for a med check and the nurse was like, “So, are you taking this for anxiety or depression.” And I’m like, umm, neither . . . both? . . . Just . . .
A light began to dawn when I read The Hormone Cure by Sara Gottfried. What I experienced lined up almost exactly with the symptoms she listed for high cortisol. It “fit” like nothing else. So, I followed her “protocol” for high cortisol, which includes:
I started this at the beginning of March. Amazing! I’m more relaxed and patient and calm than I have ever been in my entire life.
I also feel like this:
A slug doesn’t yell at her kids. A slug isn’t prickly toward her husband. A slug doesn’t get uptight and stressed out.
Also, a slug doesn’t clean her house. A slug isn’t too concerned about personal hygiene. A slug doesn’t cook. A slug doesn’t exercise. A slug doesn’t even type blog posts. A slug mostly sits on the couch and reads. And eats. And gains weight.
I’ve always been Type A, so this is a whole new experience for me. I’m enjoying it for now. But I’d like to get my arse off the couch eventually. Also I’d like not to get fat.
I’m wondering if I’ve been running on cortisol and caffeine for so long that my body doesn’t know what else to use for energy anymore? It certainly isn’t burning all the calories I put into it.
I suspect low thyroid, but I’m also taking supplements that The Hormone Cure recommends for low thyroid, with no noticeable result. And my TSH was normal last time I had blood work done just 6 months ago. So what to do next?
Cue the witch doctor.
She’s actually not a witch doctor. But Pat and I enjoy calling her that.
She’s a chiropractor/ alternative health practitioner person. I went to her for a consult and now I’m getting more blood work and some hormone testing.
So we’ll see . . . .
In the mean time, if you need me, I’ll be on the couch.