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The Types of Patients We Work With for Hormone and Thyroid Care

We work with women and men who want to look and feel like themselves again. Unfortunately, the standard American diet and lifestyle has led them to a place of imbalance. Some are already working hard to achieve wellness, while others aren't sure exactly what wellness really means for them.

I work with people who, like me, define wellness as the heightened ability to protect yourself against physical, emotional and environmental stressors--stressors that lead to a loss in quality of life and ultimately to chronic disease.

Our patients want to achieve hormone balance and sustain it long term, even in the face of the day-to-day stressors that when uncontrolled, drive hormones in unfavorable ways.

Some of the specific problems our patients struggle with relate to conditions such as estrogen dominance, cortisol dominance, progesterone imbalances and thyroid imbalances.

Because they are hormonally imbalanced, my patients don't feel well and they are not in control of their lives. They struggle with a variety of symptoms, such as:

•Fatigue

•Brain fog

•Weight gain (especially in the belly) and an inability to lose weight.

•Headaches

•Irritability

•Insomnia

•Hot flashes

•Night sweats

Many people who come to us for help are struggling with hormonal imbalances that change day to day, so their symptoms do, too. A woman approaching menopause may have estrogen dominance one day and all of the symptoms that go along with it. Another day, cortisol dominance may be having the biggest impact on how she feels.

If hormone imbalance is impacting your health, some of these scenarios may sound familiar...

"I'm a 43 year old mom and even though I don't think I'm 'old,' it sure feels like I am. I wake up tired, struggle to make it through work, and come home exhausted. I used to lead a very active lifestyle, biking on the weekends and going out with friends a few nights a month after work. Now I come home and collapse. My kids are finding rides to and from their sports practices and school events, because I just don't have the energy to do it. Never mind, I can't seem to remember where to pick them up or when. My husband started doing the food shopping and cooking, because I keep ordering take out for dinner. That's all I can manage to do. I wonder how I'll be in another few years at this rate—how I'll live out the rest of my life. I wish there was a way to get back to how I used to feel, but none of the medications the doctor's given me seem to help."

"I'm in my mid-40s and I still look pretty good for a guy my age. I've always been active and tried to eat right, but it seems like every year, the number on the scale creeps up a little. My muscles are flabbier, and try as I might, I can't seem to tone up or lose any weight. I get tired a lot more easily, not just during workouts, but during the work day, too. The physical changes and fatigue aren't the worst things, though. I'm starting to lose my passion in the bedroom, too. It seems like I'm too young for all these changes to just be age-related. My doctor's recommended some pills, but is that really the only solution?"

"I don't sleep well most nights a week and this has gone on for months, but it's now starting to become a real problem. I'm snapping at my kids and my husband so much, they pretty much just leave me alone. Stress at work is getting to me more—even the daily commute is a major hassle. I'm tired, rundown, and so sick of waking up exhausted every day. Sleeping pills work, but I wake up with a headache that lasts for hours if I take them. I know I should eat better, exercise more and just try to take care of myself so I'd feel better. I can pull it off for a few days sometimes, but I never get any momentum going. I give in to cravings for sugar and caffeine and junk food because I just don't have the energy to do better. I know I need help to turn things around. I just don't know where or how to get it."

"I know PMS is something a lot of people joke around about, but for me it's a real nightmare. It used to be I pretty much sailed through my monthly cycles with just a pimple or two and some cramps for a day or so. Now, I find myself struggling with major mood swings. A week or so before my period, I start to feel edgy and anxious. I'm cranky—in a terrible mood. I've started avoiding my friends and family for the week, I'm so afraid I'll lose it over what later seems like nothing. It's all I can do to get through the day without freaking out on my co-workers. Then it gets even worse. I start feeling so down—so depressed. Everything seems so hopeless, I spend hours crying. I take over the counter PMS pills, but they do nothing. I've been taking antidepressants for two months and each cycle, it's still the same. I try to make the best of it, but I just don't know if this is something I can learn to live with until menopause. And if this is what perimenopause is really like, who knows what will happen then?"

Patients are likely to be most successful working with us if they are willing and able to invest in wellness—to do what it takes to begin to feel better. We work well with people want to be in charge of their lives so they can do what they want to do and enjoy being as active and productive as they wish to be.

I primarily work with individuals who have already exited the brief life stage of peak hormone balance—our mid-twenties. But I also help children and adolescents who can benefit from care for targeted issues related to nutrition or hormone imbalance.

Our patients want to reduce symptoms caused by hormone imbalance so they'll gain more mental and physical energy. They're eager to invest in their health because they value quality of life and want to look and feel their best in the long term, too.

If you're sick and tired of being sick and tired and you haven't found a solution, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to explore a better option. A proper assessment and plan of care that can restore hormone balance can make all the difference.

The care we offer is ideal for many, but it isn't right for all patients. I focus on helping patients achieve optimum hormone health, and imbalances are rarely simple matters. If you're seeking a simple solution or a magic pill to correct complicated problems, we're not likely to be a good fit.

The people we work best with are willing to take a step back and redesign their lifestyles so they can achieve and maintain optimum hormone balance.

If the type of short term improvements and long term solutions for wellness we offer sounds right for you, give us a call at 601-364-1132. We'll schedule you for a free in-house presentation or phone interview to provide you with more information about what we do.

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Kelly B. Engelmann, FNP-BC

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