Years ago, SELF magazine published an article which involved apparently health conscious people holding up signs exposing their ‘nasty habits’ and today I’m going to make a little confession.
I haven’t seen a doctor since I had my shoulder repaired in 2010 and I haven’t had an annual check up since 2009. I reasoned that, because I eat well and get plenty of exercise, I’m in good health. However, this year, I’ve been doing quite a bit of complaining about feeling tired. All. The. Time. Of course, I’ve been putting that down to a very hectic lifestyle and hoping that the occasional twelve hour Sunday sleep ins would heal all my woes.
Unfortunately, things weren’t getting any better and I began to notice that I was turning into more of a nutter with homicidal tendencies during PMS week than usual. However, I couldn’t “see” it, rather I just kept putting it down to that great big bucket of ‘lifestyle factors’.
Thankfully, I was given a bit of a prod by LL Coach, Dave Greenwalt, whose coaching services I still use. From thousands of miles away, he could see that I wasn’t quite ‘myself’ and suggested of all things, a thorough check up. I did a fairly standard round of blood tests and also did a round of salivary tests to see if the PMS was being driven by an underlying hormonal imbalance. I am fortunate that during my pharmacy days, I did some extra study on bio-identical hormones, evidence based complementary medicine and women’s health.
Being the ‘healthy’ type that I am, I wasn’t expecting to find iron deficiency anaemia and my oestrogen/progesterone levels out of whack – this looks to be the beginnings of perimenopause kicking in. I wasn’t expecting to find low levels of cortisol in my early and mid morning diurnal samples and on the good side, I wasn’t expecting my HDL cholesterol levels to be off the charts.
Thus the past few weeks, I’ve been implementing a few changes to get myself back into balance. I’ve been trying to be a little less busy and I’ve been taking a nice strong iron supplement. I am about to start using bio-identical natural progesterone cream to slay the PMS dragon. Plus I’ve been on a cocktail of herbs to help improve my cortisol levels – and have been delighted that they have been making a positive difference.
I’m feeling a little bit silly that I couldn’t ‘see’ it myself, but as I often tell my classes, you often don’t see yourself the way others see you – meaning that you’ve often got the negative voice within that says “can’t, whereas other people in the class – or me up there on the stage only sees the potential.
Thus, I’ve been taught a good life lesson and am grateful that despite these few little hiccups, that life is good.
How long has it been since your last check up?