Monday, September 30, 2013

Irritated by Hormones

Today, I'm irritated!!

Irritated with my husband. Irritated with myself.
I'm irritated with the smallest inconveniences or mistakes that are made throughout the day!!
Sometimes I think I'm about ready to go bonkers! I know why I'm feeling this way. I just am tired of trying to deal with it!
(A little hormone humor!!)
I've been pre-menopausal for over 8 years and am currently having irregular periods and ENJOYING all the symptoms listed below!!!!

• Weight gain without any apparent reason around waist and hips,
• Headaches
• Insomnia or sleep disturbances,
• Low energy and fatigue,
• Mood swings (crying at the drop of a hat)
• Periodic depression
• Irritability,
• Inability to handle stress,
• Craving caffeine, sweets and carbohydrates,
• Very sluggish in the morning,
• Occasional Hot flashes,
• Pain in the joints or stiffness,

Hormone Imbalance In Women - Expected And Unexpected Symptoms
I've been to SO many different doctors and specialists that I am plum tired of searching for someone who has a different and effective remedy. Here's a list of what I've tried already, unsuccessfully, of course:
  • Natural hormone replacement therapy (with estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.) - I had a pharmacist at our local drugstore compound Bio-identical hormones, specifically for my needs. Took them for over a year and had very slight changes, but it was costly, so it really didn't pay off for me.
  • Drinking soy - I drink it every day, so I know it doesn't work for me.
  • Oral Contraceptives - Tried them, not helpful at all!
  • Exercise - I try to get moderate exercise 3-4 days a week, but am limited, as I have some major knee and joint issues.
  • Eat healthy foods - For the most part, I try to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and calcium-rich foods, and cut out fat I'm gonna be honest, though, I do mess up and have sugary stuff when I'm REALLY craving it, which seems to be worse, some days more than others.
  • Herbal supplements and vitamins, with Dong Quai, Black Cohosh, Calcium - Tried all of them, with very little effectiveness.
  • Get plenty of Sleep - Still an issue, but when insomnia is one of the symptoms, unless I take strong sleeping pills, this treatment is ineffective for me.
I haven't tried using prescription or synthetic hormone replacement drugs, which can be effective, but may not be totally safe. So I don't want to go that route.
  • Some doctors have suggested that I have a hysterectomy (and I actually came very close to having it done.), but I've heard there are many possible negative side-effects of having the uterus removed. I guess I feel that I've gone this long and I just need to hang in there till I get through this hormonal change. It's just taking longer than I ever anticipated.
  • Prayer!!! Which often has been highly effective. For some reason, I believe God allows me to go through these times of suffering to draw me closer to Him and pray, pray, pray!!! But on some days, when I REALLY struggle to even get out of bed,  prayer is the most difficult thing for me to do. I literally have to force myself to go to God...
And I admit, many times my prayers have been more of a pleading and begging, (and even making promises, if healed) for God to take my symptoms away.
I usually share in my post this time each week what I am grateful for....but I'm struggling to do that today!  I can't wrap my brain around what I am thankful for when I am not feeling well and just want to have a good cry. Hopefully, I'll have a list ready to post by next week. 
The joys of pregnancy hormones. #pregnancy #funny
(Just a little more dry humor, please?)
Until then, your prayers for me would be greatly appreciated....

(Of anything I can be thankful for this week, it would have to be all my blogger friends that I've gotten to know and have learned so much about here on my blog and in the blogosphere!)

Blessings to you all!!


  1. Hi Ann,
    Dropping by from UNITE!; the title of your post got me! Ha! Oh dear; I know for sure I have these days, and it takes every bit of energy to try and pull myself UP and turn my attitude around, Keep pushing, because HE is listening! We may complain vigorously to God about a situation or hardship, and it’s not easy to wait, especially when we think God is being silent, but as I am sure most of us have learned in the past, our impatience only gets in the way of what He plans to do with us. :)

    Blessings and prayers!

    1. Yes, I totally agree, Denise! I'm definitely learning to patiently wait for His timing and ways! Thanks for stopping by!

    2. I've got to jump in here, too and say "hi" to Denise! lol You'll love her blog, Ann, if you haven't seen it yet! You'll have to check it out!

  2. I hear ya sister!! I am exactly where you are. It is terrible!! Thank goodness the most awful symptoms don't last but a few days (not counting the hot flashes) or I wouldn't make it. I don't want surgery or to take pills so I'm just trying to ride it out. But I really don't want it to take much longer...:( Hugs and prayers!

    1. Oh, yes! We are definitely "sisters" in suffering, if we share these ailments!! It seems for me, though, it lasts for more like a few weeks! - At least several of the symptoms. But, like you, I'm hanging in there, trusting God to walk me through! Blessings to you!

  3. I'm praying for you, Ann...I know exactly how you feel - really, I do! Keep remembering that this is only a season (even though it is a rough and long one!) I'm currently "riding the wave" and it's been several years. I've also decided not to take prescription hormones because I did when I first started this crazy adventure and they made me feel sicker than, the danger worried me. So, I'm plowing through. One positive thing is that I've become way more aware of my body's cycles now. When I was a 20 something, I would get grumpy or something and not know why. Now, when I exhibit symptoms, because they are much more extreme than before, and know exactly what is happening and why. That helps me to control my irritation or depression because I know what it is. Do you know what I mean? Anyway, we are building endurance which leads to perfection, right?? lol

    1. Thanks for your prayers, Joan! I know EXACTLY what you mean about being more aware of my body cycles! And, interestingly enough, my hubby even is more sensitive and understanding to why I am more emotional or crabby during certain times of the month! I think it's been a good lesson in patience for both of! Oh, and I did check out Denise's perfect for what I needed!....a reminder that joy in the Lord is NOT circumstantial!!

  4. I am sorry, Ann, that you are in such a rough patch. (Maybe patch isn't the right word, as it sounds like this has been going on for a long time.) I just prayed for you and asked God to send you some good surprises this week to lighten your load. (One of my favorite prayers.)


    1. Thanks, Glenda.Sounds like an awesome prayer to me!! :)

  5. I must say that I feel for you as the symptoms you describe are not the greatest as I am experiencing them as well a different season in life
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  6. Praying for you and thanks for linking to Sunday Stillness. I have been there. Prayer works. Rest in Him. Study His Word. Be thankful. Enjoy the outdoors. Love...


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