In mid January 2021, I had an 18 year old female present to my office for help with hormones. Her mother was researching online and came across my office, Natural Endocrinology Specialists, PLLC. She was interested in finding out more information about how she can help her daughter balance her hormones naturally.
During the first visit, the girl reported how she had struggled with anxiety and depression her entire life. Her symptoms were first noticed in 3rd grade. She was put on medication at that time and has been on maximum doses of 2 antidepressant medications. She felt like the anxiety and depression were manageable but then noticed other symptoms appear such as weight gain, changes in body temperature, and she felt more emotional and was getting numerous panic attacks.
She also indicated that she had been on numerous oral contraceptives in the past for having a history of painful periods. The oral contraceptives did not work, so she ended up on a contraceptive injection. This kind of medication is given every 3 months and is used as a birth control shot. Her weight continued to increase the longer she was on this medication.
During the second consultation, the information was reviewed. Her lab work indicated that she had significant inflammation, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (an autoimmune condition) and hereditary markers for high cholesterol and a urinary tract infection for which she had no symptoms.
To be updated in May 2021
Our goals are to reduce her medications both in strength and dose, create a taper plan to wean off these medications, implement diet and exercise recommendations that can help, treat her underlying causes of thyroid disease and inflammation and watch the outcomes of her feeling better, happier, losing weight and thriving. She is only 18 years old and wants to set up her future for success, preventing other health conditions from developing and helping her by nurturing her body with key nutrients and minerals.