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Kara's Story

I'm a 25 year old girl that has always enjoyed the luxury of fantastic health...until recently.

When I was 19, I went on birth control for the first time and chose the shot, Depo Provera. Since then, its been a slow but steady decline downward from the quality of life that I had known. After 3 years on the shot and no periods, I finally had the presence of mind to get myself off it. To be honest, I don't know if that was the catalyst for all the physical garbage that I'm dealing with now, but I DO KNOW that before I introduced it to my body, I was a different person than I am now.

Within the last 2 years, I've seen my energy levels decrease to nil, I've become moody, paranoid, panicky, depressed, and mean. I wake up every morning tired and with new bruises that seem to come from nowhere, and my personal favorite: GIANT RED STRETCH MARKS on my stomach, chest, and hips. My middle has been steadily increasing even though my food intake has been decreasing and I still manage to exercise 5 days a week despite debilitating fatigue.

My mother had more sense than the 2 doctors I'd previously seen (one thought I just had ADD...idiot) and had me get a saliva hormone test through a website called ZRT. Results returned: Basically, all my hormones are seriously screwed up and my cortisol levels don't even register on their 'normality' charts.

Great, I figure, now maybe some doctor will help me. Not necessarily so. I've tried to make appointments with endos and they all tell me I have to go back to ADD doctor dumba** and make him believe me enough to refer me to someone who actually knows something. I have an appointment with a doctor tomorrow regarding my other hormones, but as for everything else, I'm currently stuck.

I guess I would just really like to hear from somebody that knows what it's like, if for nothing else, to mutually vent. Thanks for reading.

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