P.H. asks from Dallas, TX on September 10, 2008
Hormones & Depression
I have a 10 year history of Depression. It has come and gone at different times in my life and I can always blame it on hormonal changes: birth control, PPD, etc. I have tried YAZ which had a reverse effect for me. I am now using Mirena and things have been pretty smooth for a few months, but here it comes again. I don't think it could be that could it? I am totally frustrated! I just went to the doctor who suggested my B12 level was off. The labs came back and the levels were fine. Ugh! I have been on antidepressants before and I really don't want to go that route if possible. I do have a great therapist which I see from time to time. I know I can always improve the diet and exercise routine... I just want to find out if there is anyone out there who has been through a similar situation. I know my hormones are not going away (ha!) and I just want to find something that will REALLY HELP. My poor family is starting to suffer with me, so I will absolutely get on meds if I have to. I am starting to look like one of those slumpy looking characters in the Simbalta ads. ha ha! Just want to find an alternative if possible. Thanks
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B.L. answers from Dallas on September 11, 2008
I to have suffered from depression in the past. One of the things that worked for m, when I did not want to be on meds, was St. John's Wort. This can be found at any health food store. It is an herbal antidepressant. I experienced no side affects unlike when taking a prescription. I have also used this to aid in coming off my prescription. Good luck! I know how you feel and that it doesn't seem to make any sense and you can't explain it to others.
S.P. answers from Amarillo on September 11, 2008
Yes, it could definitely be the Mirena (I tried Mirena with terrible side effects, so I had it removed). Have you tried no birth control what so ever? Some women just don't respond well to artificial hormones in their body. Also, try seeing someone at the ICAM clinic. It's definitely time to look at alternative medicine if it's been 10 years with no success.
C.W. answers from Lubbock on September 11, 2008
I am on Cymbalta and it does help. I too battle depression. Nothing to be ashamed of. If you aren't on an antidepressant, you may want to try one.
M.B. answers from Dallas on September 10, 2008
The blood test for B12 is not always an accurate indicator of what your body is able to use. 33% of the population has a genetic defect that results in low levels of the enzymes that are necessary to use the B12 in the methylation cycle. The best test is actually to get a B12 shot and see if you feel better. If so, you generally do those everyday for a month to build your levels back up and then back down to once a week and overtime once a month. Also, did they measure your folate/folic acid. If that is high, that is a sign that your body can't use the B12. Also, sublingual or transdermal B12 can be good alternatives to the shots. For me personally, transdermal works well.
Also, ANYONE with depression should have their thyroid checked, including Free T3, Free T4, TPO and anti-thyroid antibodies, along with TSH, which is all most docs will measure and isn't particularly useful for folks that are borderline. I would bet you have been hypothyroid (borderline for those 10 years). Depression is one of the #1 symptoms.
And, yes diet and exercise can help, but at some point, they no longer will. I was likely hypothyroid for a very long time (absolutely after the birth of my first child) and a near perfect diet and exercise virtually every day helped compensate until I hit 40 and peri-menopause kicked in. Then, other hormonal changes just add to the problem. The best doc in the area to help deal with all of this is Dr. Margaret Christensen: www.christensencenter.com I don't know if it could be Mirena, but Dr. Christensen was a top OB/GYN before she switched to functional medicine and she would absolutely know the answer.
And, I still need regular exercise (and a good diet to feel well). Bad carbs like cookies, bread, etc. will just add to the problem and need to be avoided if you want to get and feel well.
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H.G. answers from Dallas on September 11, 2008
What has helped my anxiety/depression are these few things:
Exercise is a must. Even if its just a fast 30 min walk. That takes the edge off, and clears the mind. I am also taking my vitamins religiously. Lastly, I'm taking an Omega-3 supplement by Country Life called Mood. I bought it at Sprouts, but I'm sure they'd have it at any health food store. I am also hypothyroid, but that has been medically managed. I did switch from a synthetic thryoid medication to a natural one instead that has made me feel more normal. I'd bet that your situation can be managed without heavy antidepressants. At least its worth a try. I have also heard bad things about Mirena & its effects on mood. You may feel much better without it.
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C.S. answers from Dallas on September 11, 2008
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N.T. answers from Dallas on September 10, 2008
I recommend an incredible book, titled Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief by Winston and Maimes. It is fascinating. From the book "There is a category of herbs called adaptogens that help the human body adapt to stress, support normal metabolic processes, and restore balance. They increase the body's resistance to physical, biological, emotional, and environmental stressors and promote normal physiologic function".
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K.E. answers from Dallas on September 11, 2008
Have you had your thyroid levels checked? Sometimes over or under active thyroid conditions can have symptoms similar to depression. I have had thyroid issues for around 5 years, and what was going on with my hormones (birth control, going off birth control, being pregnant, having a baby) always seemed to have an impact on my thryoid levels.
K.S. answers from Dallas on September 13, 2008
I also have dealth with anxiety and depression. I have found that walking...even 3 nights a week has helped my mood and my energy level. I walk with 2 friends and that also gives me some social time--away from kiddos! I know u said u didnt like meds, but I tried Cymbalta and took it 1 1/2 years....it worked wonders! I just recently stopped taking it so I could try life without it, which is where the walking came in. I am doing fine, but have no problems taking it again if I feel I needed to.
One other thing u might try is journals....I find that writing helps vent my moods when I feel nothing else will help.
Hope any of this helps! Good Luck.
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