It is interesting that pregnancy can be the healthiest time for many women. I am convinced that the hormones are very protective of our bodies.
I was 52 when diagnosed in 2000 and suffered quite a bit until I finally went to a wellness doctor instead of a sickness doctor 🙂 I was put on hormone replacement, but NOT Prempro or Premarin any longer. We use bio-identical hormones. The difference is remarkable.
Many of the symptoms that I assumed were MS were actually the loss of youthful hormones. The natural cycle of build up and break down that comes with female hormones can help to repair much damage. The easiest book to read is Suzanne Sommer’s “The Sexy Years”. Don’t let the title fool you, the word Sex is designed to sell things 🙂
Anyway, it presents the information in a very readable form. Also, “Sex, Lies and Menopause” is more scientific, but still a good read. It has a part that deals with MS as well. I am amazed at how many middle aged women have MS and how little they think that they can do about it. Even our doctors assume that all of our symptoms are simply a part of the disease.
Don’t take it so lightly. Illness can put us all out of whack. When we get back in good healthy order, many of the things that were plaguing us are no longer problems.
I still have fatigue when I overheat. I still have weakness in my left leg, but all of my symptoms lessened when my hormones (estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, melatonin, thyroid, etc.) got back in proper balance. It is great to have more good days than bad, which is opposite of how it used to be. I would be proud to have you use it. ( I asked if I could use this post, Ruth)My husband also went to Dr. Harper. She found that he had zero thyroid and very low testosterone.
At nearly 60, this was not a surprise, but the surprise to me was that he had just had an annual check up where he was declared in fine shape. He went on those two hormones and now he is the one telling everybody that they need to get checked out. We run a ranch with 100+ horses and it is a lot of work for a couple in their late 50’s. But it is a lot less work now that we are in the best shape that we have been in for years! Francie in Austin