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The World of Hormones

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

This post is about menstruation.

I have two things colliding. First, I’m healing from Lyme, etc. which really screwed up my menstrual cycle for a long time…for at least 10 years. It was forever coming late, as in more than 35 days after the previous one, and it was a horrendous experience, which I’ve previously described. It was getting very light (i.e. not much blood). My acupuncturist was afraid I was going into early menopause.

I started on metformin about a year and a half ago, after a sonogram showed the characteristic ring of cysts associated with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). I had, and unfortunately still have, many of the symptoms, but there was one that most gynecologists use as a key symptom in diagnosis which I didn’t have: excessive weight. PCOS is a form of insulin resistance, akin to diabetes. Thus, the most effective treatment is a diabetes drug that both reduces the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood as well as increases the body’s sensitivity to insulin.

Metformin has worked quite well on the major problems associated with my period, so I don’t get extremely ill with a Lyme flare each cycle. This probably comes from the fact that once my insulin regulation was under control, the rest of the hormones that depend on it, including the reproductive hormones, are able to get back to normal. The result is periods that come at a reasonable rate (28-32 days apart) and much less illness.

Somehow, though, the story doesn’t end there. I still have other issues, like thin, dry skin, less padding where there should be padding distributed around my body, thinning hair on my head, and excess hair everywhere else. My naturopath told me that once the menstrual cycle got back to normal, all this would go away. But it hasn’t.

Meanwhile, I have other hormone problems, primarily in my adrenal glands and whatever regulates my blood pressure. So my doctor recommended maca. It is called the Incan superfood. The purpose of taking it in my case is to help the endocrine system regulate itself.

My worry has been that maca might put the Lyme bacteria into their dormant (cyst) form because it supposedly has antibacterial and immune system boosting properties. I’m taking a pretty small amount that didn’t cause even a mild Herx, so I’m hoping that it isn’t enough to reduce the effectiveness of the coiling treatments.

I was poking around the frequency list for the coil machine and I discovered that the frequency I’m using for Bartonella is supposed to help my ovaries. I wonder if it is helping with the improvement in my experience of menstruating.

The second entity in the collision is my age. Lots of women my age, 36, start showing the early signs of less active ovaries. The symptoms are similar to the signs of PCOS. It doesn’t mean infertility or anything that drastic. It’s just that as I finally fix the problem, it might be about to start again.

What got me thinking about all this is that my period was very light and only 3 days long this month (lighter than last month). I wonder what’s going on in there. (That’s me looking down at my abdomen.)

Coiling

As I am respecting the Lyme Herx (see Body section for details), today was Candida only.

  • Candida, abdomen, 10 minutes

Detox

I found myself craving lemon water today. I was more thirsty than usual and my dry, peeling lips were evidence of dehydration. It was an interesting thing to notice about my body. I think it’s from the Lyme Herx.

  • homeopathic support
  • kombucha
  • juiced greens
  • lemon water
  • skin brushing
  • BioMat/infrared heat (1 hour last night on level 3, 3 hours sleeping on level 2, 1 hour today on level 4)
  • castor oil pack on liver

Body

It seems ironic that as I kill the infections in my body, they cause the same symptoms as when they were growing in size.

Yesterday, the left side of my body was hypersensitive. With the exception of a spot on the top of my foot, that symptom is gone. What a relief. The only problems on the left are pain in my knee and a popping shoulder.

Today, the right side of my body is in pain. This morning, it started with pain up and down my spine again. Shortly after I awoke, I rolled over and discovered a pain on the right side near my sacrum and lumbar spine, extending over the back of my pelvic girdle. The pain radiated down the front and outside of my right leg all the way to my feet. It was so unsettling that I wanted to detach my leg like I used to do to the Ken doll (of Barbie and Ken) when I was trying to put his pants on.

The rest of my right side has also been painful: my hips and abdomen, my arm, my shoulder, my neck, my jaw, my ear and my face (forehead, temple, cheek, teeth). It’s like the Lyme is going to town on the right side of my body. Or more precisely, that the left side of my brain is inundated with poison and I feel pain all along the nerves that connect to it.

I’d be extremely pleased if this particular part of the Herx passed quickly.

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