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Too Many Hormones

Happy Fun Friday!

I would never have thought going to an allergy doctor would lead me to hormone analysis!

After being a skeptic, I was pleasantly surprised! After talking with Dr. Tano from Allergy Associates of LaCrosse about my childhood allergy, asthma and illness history and then providing a detailed timeline of my current health issues, he wanted to complete a couple tests. I was told by others they would do scratch tests, blood test and oral challenge tests. In my case, they did a scratch test for environment/seasonal allergies and then they drew blood to test for food allergies and food sensitivities. The nurse said the doctor was ready to see me. Really? That’s all the testing you are doing? This can’t be a good sign? I immediately thought “this was a waste of time!”

The doctor started by explaining to me a medical diagram about how childhood asthma and allergies affect your internal system. He showed me how your cells work or don’t work and how over time some are destroyed or bad cells are created due to allergens, virus and bacterias. After 30 minutes of explanation and walking me through several diagrams, he had me shocked. He literally painted my timeline from childhood, to infertility, to endometriosis, to thyroid, to bladder, to autoimmune, to kidney, to liver….my mouth was on the floor at this point. How could all of that lead to all of this?

His answer….to much estrogen and not enough progesterone or other hormones! He explained how childhood illnesses, asthma, allergies, environment, diet, etc all can lead to too much estrogen and to much estrogen can lead to infertility, endometriosis, thyroid problems, autoimmune diseases, bladder, kidney and liver problems (along with a host of other things too). It was simple unbelievable!

At this point, he instructed me to remove all estrogen based foods, chemicals and products from my life. He also gave me a few supplements to start taking, allergy drops for environmental/seasonal allergies and strongly encouraged me to have hormone evaluation and treatment.

Wow…positive things brings positive results….and I’m staying positive!

Interstitial Cystitis – Nov 2013

To top matters off, I went back to my OB/GYN to talk about other options beside progesterone (still have massive side effects) and pelvic floor therapy (quit that). After several questions and hearing about my symptoms (those other than thyroid) like pressure and pain in bladder, frequent urination day and night, consent UTIs and painful intercourse (its back), he said I had Interstitial Cystitis (an inflammatory condition in the bladder). He said to start taking Elmiron (but that would take up to 12 months before I saw any benefit), Bladder installations (they injection medicine directly into your bladder) for 6 weeks and vaginal velum suppositories (insert the capsules then lay down for 30 minutes) and of course pelvic floor therapy!

I came home and lost it! I threw in the towel or so I thought I would. I changed gears and decided to go the holistic approach!