ccisha: Menopause, Andropause, Osteoporosis, Osteogenesis Imperfecta

Menopause and Me

       Symptoms of Menopause:
  • PMS
  • Fatigue
  • Hot Flashes
  • Hormone Imbalance
  • Estrogen Dominance
  • Allergies
  • Breast Tenderness
  • Decreased Sex Drive
  • Depression
  • Foggy Thinking
  • Headaches
  • Hypoglycemia Symptoms
  • Increased Blood Clotting
  • Heart Palpitations 
  • Irritability
  • Memory Loss
  • Miscarriage
  • Premenopausal Bone Loss
  • Thyroid Dysfunction
  • Uterine Problems
  • Uterine Fibroids
  • Water Retention/Bloating
  • Fat Gain (especially
    around the abdomen,
    hips & thighs)
  • Gallbladder Problems
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Pre-and Menopausal Discomfort!
                  Fifteen years ago now, I was living up in Colorado. I would drive to work in below freezing temperatures.  In April of 1998, I had my first urinary tract infection. I went to a doctor who must have had a bad day. Instead of putting me on a simple antibiotic this doctor put me on TROVAN!  Trovan was used to treat Legionaire's disease and has since been taken off the market.
              After just two doses I started having overwhelming reactions.  My blood pressure skyrocketed, dizzyness set in and I found it difficult to function.  A friend called the doctor's office and I was placed on a simple antibiotic.  What was this doctor thinking?
              Two weeks later I ended up in the emergency room of the Craig, Colorado Medical Hospital.  The ER doctor evaluated my situation and with severe heart palpitations he said, "You need Estrogen!"
               Thus began my quest to find what was out there for micro-minnie ladies with Osteogenesis Imperfecta and the onset of Peri-menopause. I did consult with the same physician who wanted to put me on Beta-bockers for my heart and Zanex for my state of mind. 
              Being a researcher I contacted other doctors who I had know through the years.  Two of the physicians I contacted, gave me a list of books to read, which I read!
Ladies, read, read, read!  Here is the names of some of the books I've read, that opened up my eyes to where I am at today.
~Natural Woman, Natural Menopause by Dr. Lux and Christine Conrad.
~The Hormone of Desire by Dr. Raku, MD.  She is a Psychiatrist who decided that Menopause needed to be dealt with.
~What Doctor's Don't Tell You About Breast Cancer
~ What Doctor's Don't tell You About Menopause
~ What Doctor's Don't Tell You About Peri-menopause
                  all by Dr. Lee, MD.
"Ageless,"  by Suzanne Somers, 2006.
~The Estrogen Alternative by Raquel Martin.
              Read everything you can on Menopause because with some women it's devastating.  For me, it was like going back to my trauma based childhood. In 1998 I found only two articles that were on O.I. women and menopause. 
               One was by Dr. Paterson CR, McAllion S, and Stellman JL. This publication came out of the New England journal of Medicine, June 28, 1984:
              "We studied the fracture rate as a function of age in 45 women and 20 men with osteogenesis imperfecta.  in each variant of the disorder, the fracture rate in women peaked in childhood, declined in adolescence, and rose again after the menopause.  In contrast, the fracture rate in men remained low after adolescence.  After the menopause women were vulnerable to crush fractures of the spine as well as fractures of the long bones.  We conclude that the increased fracture rate after the menopause in women with osteogenesis imperfecta reflects the superimposition of the effects of age-related bone loss on those of the defective collagen structure of osteogenesis imperfecta, and that hormone-replacement therapy may be specifically indicated in this group of patients from the time of menopause. "
               Reading the above made me realize that hormones were a necessity, but how much and what kind?  Notice, in the underlined area above, that osteogenesis imperfecta men remained low in their fracture rate after adolescence but it says nothing about after they enter the Andropause stage (male menopause).
               Everything I read on bone density at the time, made me realize that Testosterone, the male equivalent of Estrogen was a necessity for men as well as women! 
                Yes, I've been on Testosterone  since December of 1998.  I have kept thorough records of my dosages and because everyone of us has different chemistries, it's important to figure out how much Testosterone you will need.

Natural hormones tend to be broken down by the stomach acid and are poorly absorbed from the gut, because of this problem methyltestosterone (a testosterone conjugate) was developed. This form of testosterone has a better absorption profile but must go through the liver for activation. This activation step is thought to increase the risk of side effects.
My pharmacy uses natural micronized testosterone that they complex in a unique lipid matrix tablet which helps protect the testosterone from degradation in the stomach and produces reproducible blood levels. They have compounded testosterone tablets in various strengths to meet the needs of the individual patient.

  MENOPAUSE is when our ovaries cease to function with the result being......absent of monthly periods.  No more Menses....Yeah!  No woman is considered postmenopausal until one year has elapsed since her last menstrual flow.           

All we have is today. Make the most of it by dealing with the now!

Dealing with the now, entails everything you need to do to keep your health. Health gives each of us a greater degree of happiness!
When Adam and Eve decided they wanted to know evil and good they slam-dunked the whole DNA code and that is why someone like myself was born but through knowledge, wisdom, truth and the power given through THE CREATOR OF THE COSMOS.........."PRAY ALWAYS THAT YOU MAY BE ACCOUNTED WORTHY TO ESCAPE THOSE THINGS COMING UPON THE EARTH!"