Getting the Proper Help During Menopause
Some women have a tough time when going through menopause. For others, it’s just an easy transition. I wish I could say that it was that simple for me, but I can’t because I battled with severe migraines and off balance sensations for almost seven years.
It is very important to get the proper help during menopause, because the symptoms can really affect your life as in my case. I was not able to drive because of the off balance sensations and twice, I had to take off time from work which totaled about three months. I was teaching at the time when the symptoms were at their worst, so I spent about $10,000 on cabs. I had no social life because I couldn’t drive and go anywhere.
Doctors could not help me. I had been through so many tests and MRI’s just to make sure I didn’t have any other condition. To my dismay, doctors suggested over the counter remedies which I knew wouldn’t get to the root of the problem.
I decided to take a holistic approach. For about four months, I was working with a pharmacist who helped numerous women all over the country with menopausal issues. When I heard about this health care practitioner, I was pretty sure that I would get the help I needed.
It was not until three months later that I realized, this pharmacist did not know what my hormone levels were. Since she was working with my gynecologist, I had assumed that the Progesterone crème that she made up for me was based on my blood work. She told me that she thought I was estrogen dominant, but finding out later, it was just the opposite. I had spent so much money on consultations and the cream was not cheap each month.
Looking back, in a way I blame myself for not making sure that she knew what my hormone levels were. I wasn’t feeling well and I figured that she’s done this for so long and that she knows what she is doing.
My advice to all women would be, that if you are working with any doctor or healthcare practitioner, please be sure that they have all the information that they need to help you. Otherwise, it is a waste of your time and money. It was very frustrating to me knowing that she helped other women, but couldn’t help me. Now I know why. It was all a guessing game.
By all means, I am not discouraging anyone from getting help during menopause. However, to get the proper help, you need to be on top of things and make sure that you are getting what you are paying for. If you are not seeing results, then it’s time to move on to someone else.