You sound a little down at the moment. Things will hopefully get better soon now that you're in your own space. Changing those old habits can be hard until you realize what you're doing that affects your health. I wouldn't allow anything to stand in your way to accomplish your standard of feeling well, or at least better.
You know what it takes....you just need to prioritize. Yes, stress is the killer of all things good. Are you staying with yoga? I think this could really help keep the stress from affecting you.
I'm off to the airport and will finish my note to you there.
you were right. i was feeling down and continue to feel that way. this is tough. i don't want to complain too much because i know everyone suffers and some a lot more than me. but this is still tough. approaching thirtynine just highlights for me all that i'd hoped to achieve by now.
i've got the greatest dad, who loves me very much, and who got two references for "women's doctors" from friends, and was encouraging me to call them. i told him i wouldn't just try anybody, i'd been doing that for fifteen years. i was sick of searching among doctors who know nothing about pmdd, vitamin d, celiac, etc..
so he wrote to them himself. don't know the ethics of quoting from emails here but i wanted to illustrate the problem... (debra just say so if i should not quote. i can make my point another way.)
so, the first said, "PMDD can really be debilitating, but we now know that a group of medications (called SSRI's or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) are really helpful for the treatment of PMDD. These are drugs like Paxil, Zoloft, lexapro etc. The most interesting aspect is that women can just take the meds during the 1 or 2 week period prior to their menses and their symptoms abate. (If they do not improve the diagnosis isn't correct, at which time we consider more global depression or anxiety disorders.)"
... you have all heard this before.
the second attempt, is, hopefully, the success story...
the doctor my dad wrote to replied "--it seems like your daughter has a number of things going on which might need may require medical/psychologic/nutritional/alternative care. i might be able to provide that or at least direct her to some of the best people around. some of this depends on her preferences, concerns, issues, location, etc. so i need to hear from HER. it is imperative that she have as many of her medical records as possible (hopefully she maintains a copy in her possession)."
smart. smart. i like her already. i've since googled her and discovered that she is a reproductive endocronologist and fertility specialist dealing with women's health. she writes beautifully, has a lot of research on her site and does community outreach. she teaches at a university research clinic, etc. etc. i will let you know what i think once i've been to see her. i hope to be able to recommend her here. (she also suggested internists and an acupuncturist.)
I really like her answer because she understands that SSRI's are NOT for everyone....did you see
? Anyone with malabsorption should be careful with SSRI's or constanly monitor their D and bone density.
I agree, you father has always been there for you. I know that must give you a good feeling. I checked the link you sent me and it doesn't give a lot of information about her, but enough to make an appointment and get started.