Re: Where did my life go? How do I get it back? Long, so sorry.
I saw your post and though I don't usually use this board I just wanted to encourage you. Yes you can get your life back, as long as these issues are menopausal/hormonal. I am very drug sensitive, and I use natural substances as much as possible.
I had a complete hysterectomy 13 years ago with the promise from the doctor that with what doctors know 'now', no doctor would refuse me hormone replacement. Guess what, back then only Premarin (horse estrogen) was available, and guess what, the longer I used it the less effective it was, and the more I had to take per day, until it stopped working. About that time it was discovered that horse strength estrogens was inappropriate for a human female. Surprise, surprise. Isn't that just logical?
OK, rant over.
The long story short is that you have to be pro-actively your own health advocate. If you get doctors that dismiss what you experience, get rid of them. Change medical groups too if you need to. I don't have insurance, but when I did, I still paid cash to the right doctors that can listen and take a woman seriously. There are solutions for your symptoms.
I discovered bio-identical estrogens, naturally balanced for human females that can be gotten in pills or trans-dermal cream application that is prescribed in formulas based on your own symptoms. Some doctors, esp. online ones, charge very high fees, but if you call around and ask questions you likely can find a naturopathic MD or even an MD that knows about and is willing to specialize in hormones and will prescribe for you at a reasonable cost. Also call around once you have a prescription and check out compounding pharmacy costs. It is trial and error, but doesn't take long to get rebalanced.
Another thing is to check out the Thyroid Board if your TSH and/or a doctor told you that your thyroid is normal. It very well may not be. And thyroid controls hormone balance. Some of your symptoms may be Hyper-thyroid related. A too high thyroid is dangerous if left untreated.
I become brain dead when mine is low, and the end result of hypothyroidism if untreated can be coma and death. It's not something to be ignored and it is easily treated, though most doctors don't understand to go by symptoms or to treat it effectively. It's sad but true.
Hope is out there.
I would not take valium or zoloft for any reason, due to the side effects and I am very sensitive to drugs.. I have chronic pain I manage with PT, massage, hot baths, and OTC pain med. I would not use prescription pain med. You very well may already get enough calcium. It's magnesium tht usually is alcking to balance the calcium and allow it to go into the bones where it belongs rather than into soft tissue making bone spurs, etc. Take any amount of magnesium citrate until your bowel movements are regular and not too soft. That's how much YOU need. There are no standards for individuals. We each have different needs. Also read up on vitamin B complex vitamins. Most chronic painers are deficient in the B's which feed the nerves.
Let me know what works for you.
Last edited by jillian4; 12-15-2011 at 06:46 PM.