Endocrine Problems – How Did My Mess Start?
Clarissa asks, “Did my health issues start when I hemorrhaged during the birth of my first child? Or was it earlier when I had an ulcer (really bad) and later on had hypoglycemia?”
Your health was headed downhill well before any of these events, each of which can point to endocrine problems. We’re not taught to spot subtle symptoms, so finally our bodies start screaming at us with no subtlety at all.
Hypoglycemia is a classic sign of adrenal exhaustion, and if the adrenals are in trouble, so’s the thyroid. And if the thyroid’s in trouble, you may have low stomach acid, which often leads to irritable bowel disease, with all its digestive turmoil.
So let’s look at endocrine possibilities.
Was your mom hypothyroid when she was pregnant with you? That could start you out with thyroid problems from birth. The thyroid struggles get the other endocrine glands involved, and they all end up going down in flames.
Perhaps you were raised in poverty, without adequate nutrition. Maybe with lots of familial stress.
Or did you suffer a concussion? Most concussions damage the pituitary gland, the king of the endocrine gang. When the king’s halfway off the throne, not much good happens.
A concussion pushes the endocrine glands into trouble all at once. They still struggle to help each other, but they fight in vain.
I suffered a concussion as a baby when a drunk driver hit my parent’s car. My mother noticed that all wasn’t well, but doctors chalked everything she said up to “that’s just how mothers are.” Thanks to doctors fluffing off anything my mother tried to tell them, I wasn’t diagnosed until I was in my 20s-headed for life a bit of a vegetable, followed by premature death.
Since a delay of more than twenty years before diagnosis of an endocrine problem isn’t uncommon, you may never know what started your health problems. But your symptoms suggest a significant, long-festering problem. Or problems.
With all the restrictions in today’s medicine, endocrine problems-particularly multi-gland problems-don’t often get diagnosed. And certainly never healed.
Now What? Rather than wonder how the trouble started, a better question is, “Now what?” Nobody can change yesterday, but tomorrow offers potential-once you take ownership of steering the ship off the reef.
And you’re here, so that’s what you did. I’m excited that you joined Moving to Health (link below), because that’s where you’ll find answers.
Learning the new
But not all the information you need will come under the heading of “hemorrhage,” “ulcer” or “hypoglycemia.” Obviously, you’ll want to check everything that shows up in those areas, but by focusing only on specific topics, we can miss a lot of what our bodies are telling us about what they need.
For instance, if your back itches a lot, consider your adrenals. Same if you get pains in one side of your back, at about the bra line. Well, who knew?
And if your ears itch, consider your thyroid. If your cuticles are a mess, read what I write about minerals. Ears full of dead skin are about vitamin/mineral deficiencies. And so it goes.
Don’t skip information by assuming it doesn’t apply to you.
You’re putting a puzzle together. Although you don’t have a picture to follow, your body offers a treasure trove of clues. You just have to learn the language of symptoms, which I talk about a lot.
Using symptoms as a guide to healing is new. And since you’re the only one your body’s talking to, so you’re the one with the information you need.
Getting your health back is a step-by-step process. It takes attention, but it’s not beyond what you can handle. Which is really good since it’s what you have to do.
Doctors don’t take a step-by-step look at symptoms, in large part because they’re too limited by regulations and time.
Forgetting the old
Doctors, magazines, non-profits, etc. have taught us many things that are flat-out wrong. For instance, most of what we know about a healthy diet is wrong. Really wrong, and we can’t stick to an old diet while expecting new results.
And you’ll often hear about “magic bullets” guaranteed to fix whatever ails you. And when one doesn’t work, they come up with another. Then another. And another. But there are no magic health bullets.
For instance, they say Resveratrol is good for everybody. Truth is, Resveratrol whacks anybody with a mold allergy, a common problem for many endocrine people.
And so it goes. There’s a lot to unlearn.
When do I get results?
As you step things out and start giving your body what’s it’s been needing-perhaps for a long time-good things happen.
You may feel healthy before you actually are, so don’t claim victory too soon. Just keep on keeping on. Your body’s in there bailing like crazy to achieve a permanent fix, but healing isn’t an overnight thing.
And there may come a time when you take, say, a nutritional supplement that sounds like something your body needs, only to have your body shout, “Are you kidding me?”
That’s not common, but it can happen. Fortunately, it won’t destroy what you’ve built, so just eliminate what your body objected to, and carry on.
It’s all about listening to your body.
What excites me about my listen-to-your-body approach is you don’t need an actual diagnosis of your problem. As you respond to one symptom, then another, and another, etc., your body leads you to health.
Your body always tells the truth. Trust it.
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.