Now that I am almost 40, I have noticed my body doesn’t work quite as well as it used to. Even though I eat healthy and work out frequently, I have noticed I don’t recover as easily, I have a lot of trouble sleeping, my PMS and periods are out of control, and I sometimes feel extra tired. Big Daddy, who is 52 by the way, always say “Don’t get old.”
I decided to look into the wellness center at Columbus Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery and I am really glad I did! Prior to my first visit, I completed a questionnaire about my current health, medications and goals. This information was then used to determine which specific labs should be done in order to create my customized plan.
Next it was time for me to get my blood drawn. I had to completely fast from 9:00 pm to 10:00 am. From there, I scheduled my consultation with Dr. Kelly Hall.
My consultation lasted for 2 hours. Dr. Hall went through my bloodwork results in a very thorough manner and explained it in way I could understand and relate. Additionally, she provided me with a binder that explained everything, and we used it as we went through my results and recommendations. The binder broke down each test with not only my results, but definitions, optimal levels, symptoms, deficiencies, and tips/strategies for improvement (other than supplements). I did have some deficiencies, which are most likely related to the intensity of my workouts, age, lack of sleep, my thyroid disorder, and the ability to absorb nutrients. Here are my results:
- Both my total cholesterol and LDL were higher than normal.
- Low Vitamin B-12
- Low Vitamin D
- Low DHEA-Sulfate
- Low Progesterone
- Low Testosterone
For my treatment plan we agreed to a new multivitamin, magnesium, fish oil, vitamin D3, progesterone, and a testosterone cream. Additionally, we discussed some different food options and “night rituals” to help achieve some better sleep.
It’s been about 2 months since my consultation. I have stuck to my plan and I have noticed a HUGE difference.
I am no longer having sleeping problems. I used to fall asleep easily, but then I would wake up around 2 and could not fall back asleep. I sleep through the night for the most part, unless something is really bothering me. I use the “sleep suggestions” when that occurs.
I have very minimal PMS symptoms…..bad cramps and tender breasts are gone. My periods are still heavy, but they don’t last as long. Satan Kristin still comes out, but not for that long.
My energy levels are up during the day. I think I may have been a little depressed and was mistaking that for being tired.
I have also noticed my skin is no longer dry and is now very soft.
My next set of labs and blood work is due this month. I am very curious to see my levels now, so stay tuned!
Before starting a vitamin regimen or hormone therapy, it is imperative to consult with a qualified practitioner or MD. Some vitamins are potent in excess and some can interact with certain medications.