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.

MERRY STRESSMAS – Let it go, Let it go, Let it go

Let it go

LET IT GO, LET IT GO, LET IT GO

Let it go? Without question, stress is all around you. Every day seems to load it on even more. You really don’t feel well. Everything you’ve been looking forward to has left. You’ve got physical stress, topped off with emotional stress. And one of your wishes on a star includes letting it all go. a But how is that possible…there’s so much to do, so much to remember. You did forget someone…oh, you. Before the holiday even begins, dump the entire concept of expectations, and leave yourself room for a big stocking of joy.

HAVE YOURSELF A SANE AND MERRY CHRISTMAS.

But how? Maybe we can help.

Make a long to-do list, and then dole it out to as many people as possible. And give them a practiced “you don’t want to cross me” look.

Make “delegate” your holiday mantra.

Thank heaven for new appliances that do everything like eliminating the chore of rinsing the dishes before you wash them.

When everyone comes looking for you with things you’d rather not do, tell them you’re facetiming your dearest friend who now lives in Latvia and disappear for an hour. (in which time you’re really taking a breather.).

Go to the pancake house for specialty pancakes.

Be glad you don’t have a chimney and let everyone else figure it out.

Start a new tradition called “give it a rest.”

Don’t fear “store-bought”.

Learn to say “no” in a sweet, endearing way.

Fear not, “naughty”. (At least to some degree.)

VISIONS OF FEELING YOUR BEST

Stress that’s not checked, just continues to make you feel like you’re

constantly under assault. But you can fight back. You don’t have to let stress control your life. The answer isn’t overindulging in eggnog overload. It isn’t feeling like the house has to be spotless before you try to get to bed. Where your head will be crammed with visions of debt. Sleep in heavenly peace seems like a dream. This requires more than elf help. It requires the help of STEPHEN A. GOLDSTEIN MD, F.A.C.S. AT DENVER HORMONE HEALTH. Since you can’t sleep anyway, make an appointment to see him the moment his office is open. Or leave a message and we’ll get right back to you.  With Dr. Goldstein, Christmas cheer comes early and stays that way. As an unparalled expert in hormone therapy, he’ll see that you’re probably feeling your worst. Stress and hormones. Can’t have one without the other. But simple tests will tell him that. And that way he can create a treatment program tailored to your exact needs. No one size fit all. So, call for an appointment now.

And make this the best Christmas ever.

MERRY STRESSMAS – All Decked Out in Holiday Hormones

Holiday Hormones

ALL DECKED OUT IN HORMONES.

There is a definite link between stress and hormones. Stress hormones are a normal body response, but when constantly under stress by daily situations, this can lead to long-term health problems. There are 3 hormones that are effected the most;

  1. Adrenaline
    what it is: commonly known as the fight or flight hormone, it is produced by the adrenal glands after receiving a message from the brain that a stressful situation has presented itself. Your muscles are tense, you’re breathing faster, you may start sweating. That’s adrenaline.
  2. Norepinephrine
    what it is: a hormone similar to adrenaline, released from the adrenal glands and also from the brain.
  3. Cortisol
    what it is: a steroid hormone, commonly known as the mother of stress hormones, produced by the adrenal glands. It takes a little more time — minutes, rather than seconds — for you to feel the effects of cortisol in the face of stress, because the release of this hormone takes a multi-step process involving two additional minor hormones.

YOU WOULDN’T CALL BURNOUT A GIFT

Excess stress can have both physical and mental effects. (if you’re like 7 out of 10 people, you have both.)

  • Your head feels like it’s locked in a nutcracker.
  • Sleigh bells ring and your migraines skyrocket.
  • Insomnia strikes.
  • Exhaustion takes hold.
  • Anxiety attacks.
  • Depression looms.
  • Blood pressure blossoms.
  • Sugar levels soar.
  • Your muscles scream.
  • You become irritable.
  • Argumentative.
  • Your libido plummets (“not this month, honey…”)
  • You begin to feel loopy, having trouble remembering things from your thousand-item list.
  • Warning, warning, a complete health crash seems to be coming.
  • You’re under assault.
  • Burned out and overwhelmed.
  • It could totally sleigh you.

BE ONE WISE WOMAN

Stress hormones are a normal body response, but constant stress can wrap your body in long-term health problems. Hormones are the chemical messengers that flow through your body, telling it what to do. When your hormones aren’t balanced, you’re unbalanced. And don’t you have enough to throw you off balance as it is? You’re not alone. About 7 out of 10 people report saying that they feel overwhelmed and stressed during the holidays. Just too much going on. Deck the halls has taken on a whole new meaning. It’s more like deck your body with…well, everything.  They say it’s the thought that counts and your thoughts should be on making an appointment to see DR. STEPHEN A. GOLDSTEIN AT DENVER HORMONE HEALTH. He’s    got “nice” down to a science. You can tell him anything…everything…and just looking at you, he’ll know you’re suffering from a hormone imbalance. (He’s got that much experience.) With a few simple tests, he can tell you what he already thought the problem was. But once he gets your results, he tailors a program to get you back to where you were before the hailstorm of holiday stress hit. Don’t wait. Make an appointment now.

He’s the star to wish on.