The Important Hormone That You Never Hear About

“You have an abundance of prolactin,” my doctor stated during my last appointment.  Prolactin, what?!  Don’t you mean progesterone, testosterone, thyroid????  Up until my 36th year, I had never heard of this hormone and certainly had no idea what it was for or the many issues it can cause in your body.

Wikipedia’s definition states that Prolactin “also known as luteotropic hormone or luteotropin, is a protein that is best known for its role in enabling mammals, usually females, to produce milk.”  Wikipedia goes on to state that it “is secreted from the pituitary gland in response to eating, mating, estrogen treatment, ovulation and nursing.”   Synopsis: it is responsible for lactation.  Well, as a woman who has never been pregnant, this shouldn’t be something I should be concerned about, right?!  Wrong!

An increased amount of prolactin can affect the body significantly.  In women too much prolactin can cause:

  •  Irregular menstrual periods/or no menstrual periods
  • Milky discharge from the breasts when not pregnant or breast-feeding
  • Acne and excessive body and facial hair growth
  • Infertility

Women, you aren’t alone.  Too much prolactin can affect the men in our lives as well.  In males it can cause:

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Decreased body and facial hair
  • Uncommonly, enlarged breasts

In both sexes, it can cause:

  • Low bone density
  • Loss of interest in sexual activity
  • Headaches
  • Visual disturbances
  • Infertility

The body never ceases to amaze me and the craziest thing about too much prolactin is that it can be caused by tumors on your pituitary gland (you know, that small gland that sits at the base of your brain….that basically controls all of the other hormones in your body!!!).  Most of the time, the tumors are benign but need to be lessened with medication or surgical removal.

Long story short, if you have any of these symptoms, make sure to ask your doctor to check your prolactin levels with a simple blood test.  Listen to your body; it will tell you if something is wrong.

In the meantime, spread the awareness about this ignored, yet crucial, hormone…PROLACTIN!!!!!

 

A New Approach to Lyme Treatment

Hello everyone,

It’s Tuesday, which means it’s VLOG Day (for those who are new to this phrase, this is a Video Blog) and I finally have a new one out for the New Year!

In this video, I talk about my current Lyme Disease symptoms as well as my new approach to healing for 2017!  I am really excited to heal my body through food, supplements, herbs and cannot wait to share my journey with you.

Please take a moment to watch this VLOG.  Even if you don’t have Lyme, you may find some useful information in this approach-especially when it comes to other conditions and symptoms (acid reflux, Epstein Barr, nerve pain, sinus issues, digestive issues, fatigue, adrenal fatigue, fibromyalgia, etc).

It may just help you become a healthier version of yourself.  Who doesn’t want that?!

Update on Treatment

 

Happy Friday y’all!  I hope that you are all having a wonderful day and are excited about the weekend!

I have had a couple of people ask me about my Lyme Disease treatment and I realized that it has been quite some time since I have posted an update.  So here it is!  I will try to keep it short and sweet 🙂

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It has been about 2 months since I started seeing my doctor for this awful illness.  I am seeing a holistic chiropractor who is absolutely amazing!  He is not a Lyme specific doctor but has helped a lot of Lyme patients.  His plan isn’t to kill the Lyme because “killing the Lyme would mean hurting parts of me as well.”  Instead, we are working on fixing the parts of my body that aren’t working properly because of Lyme.  Basically, we are managing and fixing the symptoms.

Currently, we are working on increasing my energy, improving my metabolism and digestion, removing mycotoxins and mold, correcting any gene issues, and decreasing histamines.  I am currently taking over 35+ pills a day to help support these body systems.

Positives:

  •  my leg pain (on most days) has almost disappeared.
  • my energy has dramatically increased!
  • my digestive issues (on most days) have dramatically decreased.
  • my sinus issues have lessened.
  • no more heart palpitations.
  • The doctor is extremely amazed at how far I have come in only three sessions!

Negatives:

  • taking 35+ supplements a day is extremely time consuming.  Some of them can be taken with food, others without.  How do I schedule all of this?!
  • muscle twitching is still there.
  • the first two weeks of taking new supplements can be extremely exhausting and painful.  I still never know how I will feel the next day.
  • TREATMENT IS EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE and I am not sure how long I will be able to keep this up.  Have I mentioned that insurance doesn’t cover any of this?!
  • I have had to eliminate the following foods from my diet: spinach, chocolate, tomatoes, potatoes, nuts, beans, lentils, soy, plant protein, anything processed, lemons, limes, fruit, carrots.  This has been a difficult challenge!  As someone who LOVES animals, I find it extremely difficult to eat meat.  However, with most of my other protein sources eliminated I have had to start eating a bit here and there.  Morally, I really don’t like this 😦  (**I was already dairy, gluten, and sugar free prior)
  • anxiety attacks and melancholy are still there.
  • headaches and ear pressure remain constant.

I am extremely optimistic that things will keep getting better from here.  I am so glad that I found a wonderful doctor who knows what he is doing and has helped me so much already!

Thank you for reading and to all of my Lyme Warriors out there, stay strong!!!  We will conquer this awful disease together!

 

My Struggle and Symptoms of Lyme Disease

Did you know that I have been suffering from Lyme Disease for the past few months? Check out my video to hear about my struggle and also to see if you have any of the same symptoms:

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