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Julie's Story...

Well, this has been an incredibly long journey. I am 49, married, with 6 children. I stay home with my children, but was an R.N. in the past. After the birth of our twins in 1995, I began to have lots of things just sort of fall apart with me. Lots of body aches, terrible, debilitating mood swings, weight gain in my midsection, cold hands and feet, poor sleep. For the past 7 years I have been on this quest for health and answers. Last year I had a total abdominal hysterectomy and ovaries removed. Thought that might help, esp. with the mood swings and terrible anxiety. Wrong. Although I think it did help some, since I have gotten my reproductive hormones balanced with natural hormone replacement.

Three weeks ago I found that I have a microadenoma(3mm) of my left pituitary by MRI. Don't know much more than that at this point, other than my cortisol levels seem to be high, except normal at night, and my prolactin is negative. Next week I will be seeing an endo in Milwaukee.

I take all kinds of vitamins, clomipramine, which is an antidepressant. It seems to be helping, been on it 3 weeks. And I take ativan. Not sure if it is doing much, but I am afraid to stop taking it for fear I will feel worse.

I cry ALOT. I can't count on myself to do the things I would like to do because my moods are so changeable. I would love to hear from any of you who can relate to me. I feel pretty alone in all of this. Thanks for listening. This is a wonderful group!!

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