My struggle with CFS ******update******

What a difference two months make!
 So much has improved since I went to See Dr. Rothwell back in November.  You remember my symptom list right......  lets revisit it.
  • Dizziness
  • Severe dry skin
  • Extreme tiredness an hour after exercise
  • Frequent urination
  • Joint pain that was so bad I was concerned about MS,Lupus and RA
  • Loss of muscle tone
  • Low blood pressure
  • Low blood sugar
  • Low sex drive
  • Lower back pain
  • Weight gain
  • Difficulty getting up each morning regardless of how many hours I slept
  • High levels of fatigue each day
  • Inability to handle stress
  • Cravings for salty foods
  • Cravings for sweets 
  • Higher energy levels in the evenings
  • Memory loss
  • Low self confidence        
Well almost all of the above symptoms have either significantly improved or have gone.  I am now in the gym exercising at least 1 hour daily and I consistently cook most of the family meals in the evenings.  We have gone from a family that ate out approximately 80 to 85% of the time to probably less than 10%.  That alone has made a huge impact on how I have been feeling.  I am primarily eating fish, chicken, turkey,  whole grains, fruits and vegetables.  I'm not really dieting,  just trying to eat foods that are in their natural state, limiting processed foods and making everything from scratch.  Of course it's not always possible but I do try to make sure that the ingredient list is very small on what ever I do eat.  Generally if it has more that 10 ingredients, I should at lease be able to pronounce them.  The exercise has really become so important to my daily routine that on that rare occasion that I have missed, I feel the difference, I actually miss it.  That is something 3 months ago I never would have thought I would say.  

At this point, I have lost a solid 12 lbs.  I know that doesn't sound like much, but it is true weight loss, not water loss.  I have seriously earned every pound lost.  I am going slow and steady and determined to get to where I want to be.  I have given up on perfection and quick fixes. I am changing my life not just my size.  I no longer have the strong cravings for the sweet/salty roller coaster I was on.  Oh yeah, I will occasionally bake a apple pie (from scratch)  and have a piece!  Why wouldn't I?  But I no longer feel like I need to eat the whole pie.  I have also discovered that I enjoy baking breads.  If I bake rolls, yep, I'm gonna eat one, but I don't eat a pan full.  This change in my life doesn't mean that I will never have the things that I love, it means that I am in control, I can occasionally indulge and then just work harder during the next work out.  I didn't set out to loose weight, of course making these changes, it would be natural to assume I would.  I am not looking to fit in a size 6, I just want to feel good and fit,  what-ever size that means I do not know.   

My mind is clearer, I am in a much better mood, I no longer have the wide spread body aches and pains, even the carpal tunnel has improved.   My blood pressure is perfect and my blood sugars have stabilized.  I was having issues with low blood sugar and I haven't had any hypoglycemia since January 2nd. My energy level is still improving. I am generally pretty tired when it comes to the evening but common people, I am up at 4:30am at work by 6:30, out at 3, in the gym by 4 and home usually around 5:30.   After a shower, dinner and then clean up.  Who wouldn't be ready for bed then?                

*************** MY CHILDREN SHOULD NOT READ BELOW THIS LINE***************
    You have been warned! 

One of the other symptoms that I was having was a loss of libido. Now this is not something that I would normally openly discuss.... especially with total strangers..... but it is something that has significantly changed since starting this process and I could not be honest if I didn't include it. 

Ladies, if you have given up on having an amazing sex life after having a hysterectomy, well let me beg to differ! I am here to tell ya that it is possible and dare I say.... to have an even better one that you did in your 20's! I don't think that it is just one thing that I am doing but everything as a whole, the Bio-Identical hormones, the vitamin supplements and the exercise. Doing all of these has changed my relationship with my husband in ways that neither one of us could have predicted. Gone are the "oh honey not now's", you know what I mean..... all the times that it seems "inconvenient" to stop and have a quickie. Honestly it's as if I have fallen in love all over again with my husband.... you know the "new" infatuation, butterflies in your tummy kind of love. He has said to me... "just who the hell are you and what have you done with my wife"? Lol, we have not had one disagreement this year... I kid you not. I am not sure if this is a typical reaction to the hormone therapy or if it is my reaction to feeling alive again after feeling nothing but numb for so long. 

For this reason alone, you owe it to your self to investigate BIH Therapy. After 23 years of marriage, my husband and I can honestly say that our sex life is better than it has ever been and I firmly believe that it is from these changes that I have made in the last 3 months. 

Life is too short and you only have one life, why not make it a great one. I regret that I waited as long as I did before doing something about what I was feeling, but now that I am seeing such an amazing change I will never go back to the way I was. 

Please message me if you have any questions, I will be happy to answer if I can.  Thanks for reading along and for all the well wishes behind the scene.

Blessings to you, 

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