Had my doctors appt follow up for my Thermogram. I had to wait an hour and 20 minutes though...wasn't impressed...so they took $80 off my $200 fee! How cool is that!
I have very "vascular" breasts and she reckons I have the breasts of someone much younger- especially since I breast fed (tandem) for 5 years! The slight tenderness I have been feeling in one spot she put down to lumpy glandular/lymphatic tissue. of which I have a little more on that side.
No comments about hormones or anything, no suggestions other than regular breast massage and "phluffing" of all things- which means kind of doing to your breasts what you might do to a pillow to fluff it up. She reckons it's good for them Makes sense- would help the circulation.
Peela, thanks so much for the update.
You're lucky that they gave you $ off however. I can't imagine that happening in most other places. Certainly not here. Otherwise the medical establishment would be broke, and the patients would be doing quite well, thank you very much.
I also feel more lumpiness on on side close to PMS time.
Interesting, since yesterday in my research, I was reading about how important circulation and daily breast massage is. At least a minute on each side per day. In the shower is best. It also helps with knowing our breasts and what's going on with them. I remember you once mentioned that that is so important. So many women I know are afraid to do monthly self-exams.
When I dry body brush every morning, at least a few times a week, I also focus on my breasts, the lymph nodes near them and in the under arm area. I don't know if I'm doing the right thing. But circulation is key. My massage therapist believes this is so important.
Having tried to read all of this, I have several questions. I have been suffering from symptoms, some of which may be attributed to the terrible year I have had stress-wise. But I would desperately appreciate advice on what I need to take to get some relief. I have been so low (not typical for me at all) along with extremely dry eyes. My energy is basically nonexistent, and I have started gaining weight for no apparent reason. Then, my syncope kicks in, and I have anxiety attacks. I have ruled out practically everything with blood work. Could it be a hormonal imbalance?
Agreeing with Peela, that you should probably start a new thread.
In a nutshell - and this is basic, since I don't know your details:STRESS
: Regular exercise and good nutrition is key. FEELING LOW
: I read this recently.
All of us get depressed at times, such as when a good friend moves away or dies, or during the holidays when we’re alone. We may also get depressed from lack of sunlight during dark winter months or when we listen to the news.
Inactivity (watching TV, reading escape novels) and sugar (chocolate) are sure-fire ways of turning temporary blahs into chronic depression.
These 5 steps will help. If 5 steps are too many, just do the first one. It will help you move on to the rest. Put a copy of these 5 steps on your fridge
. Then you’ll know where to look when you’re down and can’t get up. STEP ONE: KEEP MOVING
Regular exercise improves your mood as much as medication.
The last thing most of us want to do when we’re depressed is exercise. But it’s the most important step you can take. Force yourself to move. Within 20-30 minutes, you’ll have more energy and feel better emotionally.
Force yourself to get out and walk. If it’s still daylight, get up right now and walk just for 20 minutes. You need to exercise 4-5 times a week to beat off depression. Daily is even better. STEP TWO: DON’T ISOLATE YOURSELF
When you’re depressed, it’s difficult to reach out to others. But that’s just what you need to do.
Stop making excuses. Your friends love you even when you’re feeling down. They want to help you as much as you want to help them when they’re in need.
Pick up the phone and make a date with a friend to get together. Have them over for a cup of coffee or tea if you can’t get out.
Look for activities that will distract you and take your mind off your problems. Arrange to go for a walk and exercise with a friend.
Reach out, even if you don’t feel like it.
If no one you know is available to get together, volunteer your services somewhere. Offer to help out one time for just a few hours. If you like it, do it regularly. You’ll meet new people and feel better being around others. STEP THREE: EAT HEALTHY FOODS
Some foods will add to your depression. Others have the opposite effect. For instance, it’s important to get enough protein – as much as 15-20 grams with each meal. You need protein to help make mood-regulating chemicals. Protein also keeps your blood sugar from dropping. Low blood sugar can cause fatigue and temporary depression.
Avoid any foods that trigger a low-blood-sugar response, such as sugar (honey, pure cane sugar juice, etc.), alcohol, fruit juices, and high quantities of refined carbohydrates (brad, crackers, white rice).
Get junk foods out of the house today.
When you want something sweet, eat a piece of fruit.
Eat small amounts of unrefined carbohydrates such as beans, fresh fruit, and brown rice. They help your brain release serotonin. Half a cup of a starch, such as brown rice or one piece of fruit, is a reasonably small amount.
Make eating good foods easy by planning in advance. Buy healthy frozen meals, especially those that are organic.
Get pre-washed, pre-cut salad greens and vegetables to either eat raw or to sauté with your entrée.
Have some bean dip on hand to eat for a meal or as a snack with carrots and celery.
Buy healthy prepared soups, either dried, frozen, or in boxes. STEP FOUR: USE SUPPLEMENTSSt. John’s Wort
is the most popular and well-studied herb for minor and moderate depression. It has been tested head-to-head with Prozac. It often works just as well as Prozac with fewer side effects.
One reason it works so well is because of its side effect. It causes photosensitivity. Bright light therapy helps reduce depression. By increasing your sensitivity to light, St. John’s Wort magnifies the effects of normal light. It acts just like you’re being exposed to continuous light therapy.
The daily dosage varies from 300-1000 mg a day.
Try it for at least a month.
One warning: St. John’s Wort can reduce the effectiveness of some medications. If you take any drugs at all, consult with your doctor or pharmacist before taking this herb.
Raises serotonin levels
Helps relieve chronic insomnia
Helps relieve mild depression – especially if you’re healthy and not taking other medications.
May help relieve panic attacks – when taken 2-3 times a day
Because this herb can sensitize the skin to sunlight, take it in the evening after the sun has set. 5-HTP
• Sleep problems – quality and duration
• Emotional eating and evening cravings – helps suppress appetite
• Anxiety and depression as it increases serotonin levels
• Melatonin production
• Serotonin production
Best if taken sublingually - opening the capsule and pouring the contents on your tongue.
Try to avoid eating or drinking anything for 20 minutes before and after taking it.
No more than about 3 capsules a day – can safely take up to 400 mg per day – although most need less.
Loses its efficacy if taken every single day – best if you take breaks – sometimes alternating days – and sometimes take a break for an entire month or so
It may take 1-2 weeks to notice any effects and up to 6 weeks to notice the full benefits.
Be cautious about taking this if you’re on anti-depressantsSTEP FIVE: USE AROMATHERAPY TO HEAL
Essential oils are never used topically. Never take them internally unless you are under the care of health care practitioner skilled in using them. However, you can safely rub a few drops on your wrist, put them in your bath, or add them to oil and give your hands and feet an aromatherapy massage.
Use only pure essential oils. Synthetic ones won’t work as well.
Lavender is known for its ability to lift depression. It relaxes, stimulates, calms, and invigorates.
Ravensera is energizing and uplifting. It helps relieve chronic depression and promotes energy and mental clarity.
Bitter Orange helps lift anxiety, depression, nervousness, and insomnia.
Patchouli calms the nerves, improves concentration, and lifts depression. REMEMBER THAT
: Everything changes. Today’s depression will turn into tomorrow’s peacefulness and joy if you’ll allow it. Concentrate on everything you have rather than what you don’t have. Appreciate each little blessing. DRY EYES
Drink LOTS of water. If you already drink plenty of water, drink more!
Foods rich in Omega-3: Walnuts; Fatty fish (salmon and cod); a good fish oil - such as Carlson's - Omega-3s help the body to produce more tear layer around the eye, which creates more lubricated eyes
Eliminate artificial sweeteners
Dandelion Root Tea
Blink oftenLACK OF ENERGY
- again exercise, also sleep and good nutrition. There are supplements, but this could be due to many factors. Too many details and tips to post here. Maybe if you start a new thread. I often suffer from this. Too long to post here. I can share some tips later if you're interested. GAINING WEIGHT
- the bane of my existence. Again, good nutrition, but also could be due to thyroid or a whole host of other reasons. Antidepressants can lead to weight gain. There are some supplements and other tips - but too long to post here.
Edited by Negin in Grenada, 09 December 2010 - 03:33 AM.