Hormones and stress

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In 2012 I had a hysterectomy I was put on estrogen. In 2015 I quit which I regret and I don't remember why I quit. I did really will not having to take the estrogen. In August 2017 I lost my job and that's when the stress begun. I went through hurricane Harvey, lost my cats, and lost several temp jobs that I thought would go perm. In April of this year I was in the hospital with gastritis. I was there for 4 days Harley ate hardly slept. Did not do my body well at all. When I came home that is when the insomnia began. I took benadryl, melatonin nothing worked. Went to my doctor they gave me trazodone, klonopin. I started developing anxiety and depression because of lack of sleep. I did not like the side effects of some of these meds. Doctor want to put me on antidepressants which I refuse to take. Went to several sleep doctors one wanted to do a sleep study. I don't have sleep apnea. Finally I read that if your body is depleted of estrogen this will cost symptoms of anxiety depression and insomnia. I went back and saw my old GYN last week. He wants to get me back on the estrogen which I now I'm on it's been a week. He had me on another hormone called progesterone which I take it night and it's supposed to help with sleep but not much he says I could take 6 weeks of full effect. When I saw him that day he did not want to do blood work on me which kind of upset me because I wanted him to. Then a few days later I noticed my lab results from the hospital has showed that my thyroxine T4 was slightly high I guess it wasn't too much of a concern the doctor would have said something. It really kind of bothering me about my thyroid but now I've been reading a lot about the adrenal glands and how stress has a big part on it. I made an appointment see an endocrinologist. I am not sure if it's high or low cortisol that has an impact on insomnia but then also not being on estrogen for so many years and going through so much stress. During the day when I'm so tired and want to nap I can't shut my mind off. I've heard about DHEA I don't know the doctor can do a test for that. Any advice you have I really appreciate it currently I am just taking Premarin and the day and progesterone at night. I'm wondering if there's anything that I could take like a beta blocker or something. I don't have my bloodwork back yet from the GYN hopefully that will say whether or not I have a thyroid issue if it's not a thyroid issue what would the endocrinologist do?

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    Btw I did put a call into my GYN to have blood work done on Friday this was the day after I had seen the lab results from when I was at the hospital.
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    Look, I think it is good you did not have estrogen. Estrogen, like all other hormones has to be given very carefully. I am not a doctor, only a patient who, in view that doctors did not want to do this and that: blood tests, an other things like ultrasounds etc, a patient I say who had to learn how to 'know her body'. I am under the impression that estrogen is the one of the culprits for breast cancer. Progesterone, is given to support the estrogen. It is good, but you need blood tests, yes you do. AND YOU HAVE TO VERY CALMLY AND NICELY ASK FOR THEM  to the endocrinologist. Not to have antidepressants unless there is a very good reason for it, it is good. I do not know where you live. I live in Australia, a very big country with very few people al scattered around the coast of this desert and dry land. Even so, I have been able to find help to learn how to do MINDFUL  MEDITATION. It helps enormously. My partner also does it. I know it is a bit stupid, but lavender essential oils  drops on a soft tissue, on your pillow,  calms down. We also take 1 drop in our green tea in the morning and chia tea in the afternoon of Bergamont essential oil. All this whilst you try to get results from the doctors which is very stressful... After some months of seeing my last endocrinologist, (I have seen seven endocrinologists to no avail since June 2015), he is now HELPING ME. He is now giving me so much confidence and peace of mind... I think your cortisol has to be checked, your hormones, and also your THYROID! I am very sorry for all the ordeals you have been through and I hope you have a good start with the endocrinologist, in the meantime, do those little things which will give you peace and serenity and hope for the future. Good luck. . . Be strong.

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