by Laurel Munz
I'm 44 years old, I live in Virginia, married to my best friend, have 4 beautiful teenage children. I've had a good life up until 6 years ago. I was helping my husband run his dental practice. Though it is challenging to work with one's spouse I loved it. I looked forward to waking up every morning. It never felt like work. Then one day out of the blue the rug got pulled out from under me and I haven't been the same since. It started with lightheadedness/dizzyness and anxiousness. Then it progressed to extreme hypoglycemia (I had to eat every 1 1/2 hours but had no energy to show for it) and Diabetic type reactions (if I ate anything too glycemic I would get thirsty and sleepy). I have been tested three times and have been assured I am no Diabetic and even though my blood sugar levels on a home tester show I'm within the ranges I still have the hypoglycemic reactions. I would wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air and during the day I had trouble breathing. I developed severe food allergies and chemical sensetivities. Certain foods would make me feel really wired or really depressed. My hair started to fall out. My vision was "funny". I don't know how else to describe it. Had trouble sleeping but I was exhausted. I felt wired all the time but also exhausted. Lost my motivation. Am not having sex. Driving is exhausting. I can get about 10 blocks from my house and I feel like I'm going to pass out at the wheel from exhaustion. Leaving my house for even a short time makes me anxious. I developed an extreme case of exercise intolerance. A Chiro I had been seeing put me on a walking program. It was called "the slow burn" or something like that. My heart rate was not to exceed 132 beats per minute and the warm up and cool down were even less than that. I started out real gradual at 1 minute and every 3 days I increased the time by another minute. My goal was 45 minutes. Well I made it to thirty minutes and one day I noticed that my heart rate was increasing so I slowed my pace. My heart rate continued to increase so I kept slowing my pace to bring my heart rate down. Well it didn't matter how slow I tried to go , my heart just kept racing. The highest reading I got was 188. Finally when I got home and sat in a chair my heart calmed down. I thought it was a fluke. I gave myself 2 days rest and tried it again and the same thing happened at thirty minutes in. The most recent time this happened it didn't take 30 minutes, all I did was cross the street. By the time I got to the other side my heart was racing and I was gasping for air. My cholesterol is fine, my blood pressure is fine, I don't drink and I don't smoke. I have no family history of heart problems. I have had several EKGs, they all come back fine. I have no previous problems with my heart, the issues with my heart arrived at the same time as all these other symptoms so I thing they're related. My Thyroid started hurting and I developed two large nodules, one on each side of my Thyroid(non cancerous) but when I tried glandulars or kelp or iodine preparations it made me feel worse. I've been to many doctors, conventional as well as alternative, searching for the answer to this mystery. I've tried so many things: accupunture, Lymphatic massage, chiropractic, special diets, cleanses. Just to name a few. I would be lying if I said I haven't received "some" benefit from some of these methods but none of them have "cured" me. That's what I'm looking for. I want to be as good if not better than I was before this happened to me. I want my life back. I can't do things with my kids anymore. I have others do my shopping and driving for me. I can't go anywhere or do anything. I basically don't have a life right now. All of my medical tests come back normal, even after 6 years. Except for my hormone levels. I just recently went to a clinic to have my levels checked and found my testosterone low and progesterone low and my estrogen on the high side. I am hoping against hope that this is all it is. I am hoping it's as easy as taking a little pill or a little cream. I am open to comments, suggestions, suggestion reading and links to related sites.