Chronic Fatigue and Your Secret Weapon, Testosterone: Are they linked?

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Chronic fatigueIf you’ve been experiencing severe exhaustion that’s lasted longer than six months, you may be suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). If left unchecked, CFS could not only leave you at a loss for energy, it could begin to diminish your quality of life. Dealing with chronic fatigue can affect your performance at work, your time spent with family and friends, and even your enjoyment of recreational activities and over all LIFE!

Chronic Fatigue Symptoms

In addition to the obvious symptom from which chronic fatigue gets its name, there are other symptoms doctors look for when trying to make a diagnosis:

  • Memory loss or trouble concentrating
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck or armpits
  • Muscle pain
  • Joint pain with no swelling or redness
  • Headaches unlike any others you’ve previously experienced
  • Sleeping without feeling rested
  • Exhaustion that lasts more than 24 hours after any moderate physical activity

Causes of Chronic Fatigue

One of the leading causes of chronic fatigue is hormonal imbalance. Particularly cortisol and the hormones produced in the thyroid gland can lead to fatigue.

Your doctor will likely perform a blood draw to check your  hormone levels to see if your Chronic Fatigue Syndrom is the result of any imbalance.

Doctors have noted that many of the patients dealing with chronic fatigue are experiencing low hormone levels in Testosterone.

 

Treating CFS with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Chronic Fatigue - Harmans, MD

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a serious condition that can lead to bouts of depression or a desire to cut off all social interactions. That’s why if you suspect you may be suffering from this affliction, it’s important to seek out the help of a health care professional. We can help you in this!

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, provides relief for chronic fatigue. By replenishing your body’s supply of Testosterone with BHRT can RIGHT your wrongs. Unlike conventional hormone therapy, BHRT uses hormones that are identical to those your glands produce naturally.

Is Testosterone a secret weapon to fight my chronic fatigue?

The answer is YES, and we can help you get started!

Call us today 256-350-9880 – or take our online test for $200 OFF your hormonal treatment with us!

Signs of Endometriosis and Treatment!

Written by BIH of Decatur on . Posted in functional medicine, Men, Menopausal Research, obesity, overweight, Women

FullSizeRender (3)If you are wondering if you have endometriosis symptoms, it really is time to take stock and analyse just what is going on. You will never know if you have such medical condition unless you take the time to first know about its symptoms. Look for an Endometriosis Symptoms Checklist so that you will know what signs you need to watch out for. That way, you will be able to get the most appropriate remedy in no time. Otherwise, you might just end up developing infertility, or, at the very least, having to live with dreadful symptoms for years to come.

1. Extreme Pain

Endometriosis is actually a condition wherein the sufferer goes through severe pain while having her irregular menstruation.  Make sure that you see a doctor the instant you feel extreme menstrual pain. Otherwise it might lead to scar tissue which can be very painful; or worse, you might simply add to the statistics of women who develop fertility problems or infertility.

Pain could be felt in the pelvis and the lower back or perhaps during the sexual intercourse with your partner. Other times, the sufferer feels pain in her legs, in the intestines or sometimes when doing some bowel movements.

2. Heavy Bleeding During Or Between Menstruation

Check how heavy the flow of blood is for the entire period of your menstruation. More often than not, those women who go through an irregular cycle are the ones who are most likely to develop the condition of Endometriosis. Other times the heavy bleeding can be felt even between menstruations. In other words, even if the menstruation has stopped, there might be still bleeding in some women who are afflicted with such disorder.

3. Abdominal Bloating

The feeling of bloatedness in the abdomen is also one of the most common Endometriosis symptoms. What is more, this feeling of having a bloated tummy is more often than not accompanied by pain. Also, there can also be some pain felt in the rectum that goes with some gas build up or flatulence in your abdomen.

4. History Of The Following:

First, do you have a history of ovarian endometrioma which is more commonly known as the “chocolate cysts”?  Or did you ever have a miscarriage, fertility problems or perhaps once encountered an ectopic pregnancy? Maybe you have relatives who have been diagnosed to have the condition of Endometriosis. Or you may also try checking if you remember having a history of greater than average fatigue or perhaps you noticed a decrease in your immunity wherein you easily got sick and exhausted at one point in time?  Last but not least, did you encounter any allergies that seemed to worsen when you had your menstruation? If you have encountered any of these things in the past, then make sure you immediately set an appointment with your doctor.

Other Endometriosis symptoms you will need to let your doctor make a diagnosis of include the possible presence of cysts in your uterus.

Or lastly, perhaps you may have other Endometriosis symptoms such as having infertility issues. With these symptoms, you should right away consult your doctor, be diagnosed in order that you may immediately get the treatment you need.

TREATMENT FOR ENDOMETRIOSIS:

Hormone therapies may be used as a treatment for mild endometriosis or as a combined therapy, either prior to, or after surgery, for moderate to severe endometriosis.

Hormonal therapies aim to reduce pain and the severity of the endometriosis by:

  • suppressing the growth of endometrial cells
  • stopping any bleeding, including the period
Progestogens
Progestins provide pain relief for up to 80% of women with endometriosis.

  • progestins relieve the symptoms of endometriosis, but it is believed they suppress the growth of the endometrial tissue in some way, causing them to shrink gradually and eventually disappear.

We can help you in this process.  Our doctors will work at getting your hormones balanced naturally to ensure your path way to healing. Start by taking our ONLINE TEST and call our office today at 256-350-9880 to schedule your blood work, and let us help you get started on feeling better!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Low Progesterone and Depression

Written by BIH of Decatur on . Posted in functional medicine, Men, Menopausal Research, obesity, overweight, Women

woman depressedFluctuations in the key female hormones–estrogen and progesterone–can cause a number of symptoms including irregular menstrual cycles, an increase in bad cholesterol in the blood, sleep problems and hot flashes. Hormonal changes that occur during perimenopause–the transition period before menopause–may bring on symptoms such as irritability and mood swings for some women. You should not ignore symptoms of low progesterone as hormonal imbalances can also lead to intense anxiety and depression.

Female Reproductive Cycle

Hormone fluctuations that occur in connection with the female reproductive cycle can influence mood and lead to symptoms of depression in some women. Women who are pregnant, those who are experiencing postpartum baby blues or who suffer the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome or premenstrual dysphoric disorder undergo hormonal changes that can affect mood and emotional well-being. Perimenopause and menopause are other times in a woman’s life when hormones fluctuate, putting her at increased risk of depression.

Role of Progesterone

Progesterone is a sex hormone that plays a major role in fertility and pregnancy. Your body needs progesterone to keep your menstrual cycles normal. Levels of the hormone progesterone rise and fall throughout a woman’s monthly cycle. When progesterone levels drop, progesterone deficiency leads to estrogen dominance. This imbalance of too much estrogen can cause the body to retain copper and lose zinc in the blood and brain. There may be a link between zinc levels and depression. Symptoms of depression have also been associated with copper toxicity.

Symptoms of Low Progesterone

Symptoms of low progesterone levels may include weight gain, bloating, changes in appetite, muscle and joint pain, sleeplessness, irritability and difficulty concentrating. Diminishing hormone levels can also lead to symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety and in some cases, feelings of depression. Progesterone has a calming effect on mood similar to that of serotonin–a hormone that helps to enhance mood. When levels of progesterone and estrogen begin to drop, especially as a woman gets closer to menopause, anxiety sometimes becomes more of a problem, according to Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN nurse practitioner.

Effects on the Body

The hormone progesterone is the precursor of estrogen, testosterone and other corticosteroid hormones. Progesterone is produced in both the ovaries and adrenal glands. Along with the role it plays in reproduction, this steroid hormone helps women cope with stress. However, the body produces little progesterone following menopause. Migraine, irregular periods, infertility, miscarriage, premenstrual syndrome and polycystic ovarian syndrome are just some of the medical conditions related to low progesterone levels. Dr. Peter Bongiorno, an adjunct faculty member at New York University and author of “Healing Depression: Integrated Naturopathic and Conventional Treatments,” recommends screening for and treating any menstrual cycle and estrogen/progesterone abnormalities when evaluating a depressed female patient.

If this is you don’t hesitate to call our office today or take our online test to see if you are a candidate for our bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.

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What is Testosterone? Do I NEED it?

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testosteroneTestosterone is the principle hormone in a group of hormones called androgens. Testosterone is notorious for its role in sexual function, in addition to helping build muscle mass, maintain bone density and regulate hair growth. It is derived from cholesterol (like all the sex hormones) and its immediate precursor is DHEA. Although it thought of as “the male hormone”, testosterone also plays a very important role in women.

In men, testosterone is produced by the testes, whereas in women, testosterone is primarily secreted by the ovaries.

Symptoms of low testosterone include:

  • Low sex drive
  • Inability to build and maintain muscle mass
  • Weight gain
  • Hair loss
  • Breast enlargement (in men)
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Mood Swings
  • Hot flashes and night sweats

What does Testosterone do?

On the flip-side, optimal levels of testosterone can help you:

  • Improve bone density
  • Build lean muscle mass
  • Lose weight
  • Jumpstart your sex drive
  • Reduce hot flashes and night sweats
  • Improve memory and cognitive function

If you think that your testosterone levels might be low, hormone testing is available to help determine where you stand.

Our highly trained doctors at Complete Hormone Solutions have helped several women and men balance testosterone levels, using a Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, and  pharmaceutical-grade supplementation and personalized nutrition and fitness regimens. Based on the results of state-of-the-art diagnostic blood work, Complete Hormone Solutions physicians individually tailor a wellness program, specifically designed to meet your particular needs. Take our online test to see if you would be a candidate for BHRT!  OR call us today to schedule your appointment! 256-350-9880