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|Wed, 11-05-2003 - 2:35pm|
I have always needed a lot of quiet time to myself and I have gone from tons of time to myself to virtually none. My job is stressful not because of the work load but because I have absolutely nothing to do right now - I'm not kidding. My supervisor knows but is not really talking about it but also has nothing to give me. I am afraid to approach the subject because I am the breadwinner in the family and while I may hate my job I can't afford to be lose it either.
In July I had a hysterectomy due to endometriosis, adenomyosis, polycystic ovaries, and submucous fibroids. I am only 37. I have one ovary left, but my hormones were out of balance before the surgery and they still are not balanced. My progesterone is too low causing an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone which leads to hormonal swings throughout the month and 7 to 10 days of PMS with horrible bloating, water retention, lower back aches, and abdominal distention. I am a recovering anorexic/bulimic so the water retention and abdominal distention for more than a day is enough to frustrate me. Add to that the back aches, teh job I hate, laundry, 2 dogs, a house, dishes, etc. and I am at the end.
It's a viscious cycle because if my cortisol is too high due to stress (just had blood drawn to find out) then my other hormones will be out of balance. I am using natural progesterone cream for the PMS but it's not doing much for me anymore - it used to before all this stress. Elevated levels of cortisol will block progesterone from it's receptors causing more hormonal imbalance.
While I know that I need to reduce my stress level, and I am going to talk to my husband about that tonight, I was wondering if anybody has tried Kava Kava or CortiSlim (www.cortislim.com)? I am hoping there is something I can take that will lower my cortisol while I work on relaxing a bit more. Any advice is greatly appreciated.