Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Hormonal Wake-Up Call

SICK AND TIRED OF FEELING SICK AND TIRED

Seems you’re tired all the time. No, exhausted. No, crushingly fatigued. Something has to be wrong, right? Without question. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), also referred to as myalgic encephalomyelitis(ME), is a medical condition characterized by long-term fatigue and other symptoms that limit a person’s ability to carry out ordinary daily activities. It’s an energy-draining tiredness that doesn’t improve with rest or sleep. Even a solid 24 hours won’t touch it. And the worst? (Well, not worst, worst) You could be suffering from it and not even know it. All you know is that you feel outta gas. All the time. Sick, huh?

LEAPING NOWHERE

The main symptom of CFS is severe (that would be understatement) fatigue that lasts for 6 months or more. You also have at have at least four of these other symptoms:

  • Feeling unwell for more than 24 hours after physical activity
  • Muscle pain
  • Memory problems
  • Headaches
  • Unexplained muscle or joint pain
  • Sleep problems
  • Sore throat and a feeling of swollen glands in the neck
  • Tender lymph nodes

Any of these could make you just want to pull the covers over your head and worry what the heck is going on with you. That is, if you’re able to stay awake long enough to even think about it.

NO FIGMENT FEELS LIKE THIS

You feel like a constantly miserable mess. You think it’s all in your head (not your body), so you put off going to see what’s really going on. And if you don’t know, a lot of doctors know even less. They agree with your misconstrued self-diagnosis that nothing is really wrong, but they put you through a searching-in-the-dark battery of tests that tell them, well…nothing. It’s in your imagination they say. Maybe it’s fibromyalgia. Or mono. Lyme disease? Maybe (and “maybe”, is the big part) it’s an infection. Or obesity. Alcohol. Narcolepsy? This is a diagnosis? Where is the part where they connect it to a hormone imbalance? Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of a hormone imbalance. Excess progesterone can make you sleepy. Too little thyroid hormonecan sap your energy. Just a few examples. Hormones are chemical messengers that impact the way your cells and organs function. Yet we don’t often appreciate hormones until they aren’t working like they should.  It’s well documented that low amounts of hormones are found in the brains and endocrine glands of people with chronic fatigue syndrome. Who knew? Not your doctor, obviously.

OH, WOMAN, OH MAN…

Research shows that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is six times more likely to affect women than men. But while Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is usually thought of as a woman’s illness, men can get it, too. Actually, long-term fatigue was once considered a male disorder caused by societal pressures. Just over 100 years ago, it was primarily upper-class men in intellectual professions who were affected. “Neurasthenia,” as the condition was called at the time, was a physical diagnosis with high status. The typical patient was a man, and not just any kind of man. He was “civilized, refined, and educated, rather than of the barbarous and low-born and untrained.” (Just who were the scientists dreaming this garbage up?)

Today, both male and female CFS sufferers, suffer from some of the same symptoms. But men tend to suffer in silence. Men’s perception of their worth is typically tied to their careers, earning potential, and/or their ability to take care of themselves or a family.When a man starts having chronic symptoms, he may feel less masculine, even afraid, choosing  to ignore his symptoms. In some cases, men may push even harder to tough it out, which only adds to their fatigue. (Like who needs that?)

HORMONAL “HELP!”

Time to take this distressing and debilitating condition seriously. And we know just the place: Denver Hormone Health.There isn’t anything they don’t know about hormones and the health issues imbalances can cause. And no one knows better how to get you back to balanced and feeling your best. Just talking to one of their experienced, knowledgeable doctors is enough to give you a hopeful shot of energy. With simple tests, they can determine if your hormones are having a field day with your health.  They’ll know if one hormone might be off track, or if it might be several. They’ll know, and know just what to do, creating a tailored, integrated treatment plan that can let you plan on feeling happy instead of haggard. Don’t suffer another day, wondering what’s what. Call Denver Hormone Health and take your life back.

Hormone Disruptors – ASSULT WITH A DEADLY TOXIN

Hormone Disruptors

COME OUT, COME OUT, WHEREVER YOU ARE

In case you weren’t sure, your endocrine system is constantly churning out hormones that control everything from your heart rate, to your metabolism, mood, sex drive, appetite, and more. Think of hormones as the body’s chemical messengers which allow your organs to communicate with one another and keep your system humming. But much of the time, bumming is more like it. We’re incessantly and cruelly bombarded with hormone disruptors, whose entire mission in life is to make us miserable. Laughingly mimicking our real hormones, tricking the body into thinking they’re the real thing. Oh, and the tricks they love to play…nasty. Like promoting premature cell death. (Couldn’t you just die?)

All-powerful, they’re everywhere.

That water bottle you just drank from? Yup.

The carpet you just sat on? Ditto.

The shampoo you just used? Without question.

The fish you just ate? They love it.

THE DIRTIEST DOZEN

These insidious interlopers aren’t just ruthlessly hazardous, even their names don’t exactly roll off the tongue. Get out your fingers and a couple toes, and let’s start counting:

  • BPA – Chemical used in plastic (93% of Americans have it in their body. Good chance you.)
  • Dioxin – Industrial toxin
  • Atrazine – Herbicide
  • Phthalates – Another plastic baddie
  • Perchlorate – Rocket fuel anyone? 4th of July fireworks?
  • Fire retardants – Stops fires, fries cells
  • Lead – Worse than the worst heavy metal music
  • Arsenic – Toxins lurking in your food and water (not just a way people slowly killed each other hundreds of years ago)
  • Mercury – Naturally dangerous
  • Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) – Non-stick cookware cooks up nightmares (99% have accumulation in bodies. Without question, most likely you.)
  • Organophosphate pesticides – Target the nervous system of insects, and your brain, should you get bitten
  • Glycol Ethers – What paint, Windex, brake fluid and anti-wrinkle creams have in common. (No kidding.)

LOCKED AND LOADED

Disruptors aren’t just insidious and unpredictable, they are carcinogenic. And the results, aren’t pretty. Hope you’re sitting down, because here are just a few staggeringly treacherous things they are linked to:

  • Infertility in men-low sperm count
  • Slow brain development in children
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Heart disease
  • Reproductive problems
  • Brain damage
  • Hearing loss
  • Kidney damage
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Lower IQ
  • Immune system suppression
  • Even breast cancer

CLEAN UP YOUR ACT

Take a long, deep calming breath. There are some relatively simple things you can do to put some brakes on the damage:

  • Go fresh instead of canned (organic if you can get it or put some wiggle room in your food budget).
  • Eat fewer animal products (meat, fish, milk, eggs, butter).
  • Use less fossil fuel- carpool, take transit, walk, or cycle.
  • Filter your tap water.
  • If it’s plastic, avoid it like the plague.
  • Read the labels (Although they can really hide under seemingly harmless names).
  • Wash your hands. A lot.
  • Dust and vacuum. Often.
  • Clean smarter. (Cleaning supplies are notorious for disrupters.)
  • Keep it fresh inside the house-open windows, empty stinky trash cans, even keeping an open box of baking soda in the fridge can help.

ATTACK BACK

If you really want to put on the gloves and defend your body’s health, you should think about correcting the hormone imbalances disruptors cause. Fortunately, there is someone on your side in the Denver area: Denver Hormone Health. With a few simple tests, (that simple, no kidding), one of their experienced doctors in the field can get a clear read on what’s going on with your hormones. That allows them to create a unique treatment plan (no one-size-fits-all solutions here), to help get your hormones back in balance and put your life back on track.

So call for an appointment now.

Denver Hormone Health knows how to fight the good fight. And they’re here to do it for you.

BEAR THIS IN MIND – NOT IN THE MOOD

Your brain has a little bunch of cells on each side called the amygdala (say: uh-MIG-duh-luh). The word amygdala is Latin for almond, and that’s what this area looks like. Scientists believe that the amygdala is responsible for emotion. It’s normal to feel all different kinds of emotions, good and bad. Sometimes you might feel a little down, other times you might feel scared or silly or glad. Mood swings are excessive or abrupt changes in your frame of mind. Your mood may suddenly shift from elation and euphoria to extreme sadness or terror, and then onto another emotion. In some cases, mood changes are reactions to your environment or circumstances like employment, financial worries, legal and relationship problems, though the intensity of the mood might seem out of proportion to the significance of the event. In other cases, mood swings may occur for no apparent reason. But being unhappy, having a crap week at work, or getting dumped, isn’t the same thing as being depressed. All of life swings back and forth every day.

GLUM, BUMBED AND BROODING

Major depressive disorder — one of many forms of depression — is much more complicated. There are specific symptoms and signs that determine whether what you’re experiencing is depression or just a case of the Mondays. Major depression is a mood disorder that affects the way you feel about life in general. Having a hopeless or helpless outlook on your life is the most commonly associated symptom of depression. Other feelings may be worthlessness, self-hate, or inappropriate guilt. Common, reoccurring thoughts of depression are vocalized as, “It’s all my fault,” or “What’s the point?” Depression can take the pleasure or enjoyment out of the things you love. A loss of interest or withdrawal from activities that you once looked forward to — sports, hobbies, or going out with friends — is yet another telltale sign of major depression. Major depression can cause periods of crying, sleeping problems and poor appetite. Plus, a decreased sex drive and even impotence. Depression is a cruel disease that can affect anyone. It is very easy, once the symptoms begin, to slide down the black hole of depression where the symptoms spiral off each other making it worse.

UP-DOWN, DOWN-UP, DOWN-DOWN, UP-UP

Years ago, most people had never even heard of bi-polar disorder. Or knew that it was also referred to as manic-depressive disease. The movie Silver Linings Playbook made bi-polar an Oscar worthy disease. It may seem like the difference between mood swings and depression are minimal. But with bi-polar disorder, you can be so depressed that you cannot get out of bed. You can be so depressed that you don’t want to live. You can be so manic, that you spend your retirement fund, buy a horse, sleep with strangers, leave happy relationships and go into debt. The symptoms are severe, and usually irreversible. Some studies show how the brains of people with bipolar disorder may differ from the brains of healthy people or people with other mental disorders.  Some research suggests that people with certain genes are more likely to develop bipolar disorder than others. Regrettably for those who suffer, there is no definitive answer at this point, other than trying myriad meds. Which is disillusioning considering it is a lifelong illness.

MAKE A MENTAL NOTE

If you’re feeling foggy or depressed or have trouble sleeping, the problem might not be in your head, but in your hormones. Many issues with hormone imbalances mimic the symptoms of depression. And the best way to find out is to see Stephen A. Goldstein, M.D, F.A.C.S. at Denver Hormone Health. He has spent years, studying the latest research and treating patients with incredibly positive outcomes where they had been beginning to lose hope. When people begin to feel “off”, they too often rush to conventional doctors who rush to prescribe meds, especially antidepressants, which not only can mask the real issue, but also cause bothersome side effects. There are so many hormones that could be the culprit of how you feel: estrogen, testosterone, thyroid, stress hormones…the list goes on. But with simple tests, Dr. Goldstein can pinpoint whether, in fact, it is hormones that are giving you what feel like mental issues. In that case, he creates a tailored plan that makes you feel alert, alive, and in a new frame of mind. Call today.

If you’re looking for relief, it’s a no brainer.