Hello. I am new to this site. My husband has observed some of my health patterns and thinks I should look into it further. I will start from the beginning:
First, my body reacts terribly to stress. It makes me nauseous and causes me to lose my appetite. Because of this, I lose a lot of weight when I am stressed out. A couple of years ago, my parents were going through a divorce and there were other emotional stressors taking place in my life as well. During this time, I lost 15-20 pounds. I am 5'8", and weighed 115 pounds during their divorce. Since then, I am glad to say that my situation has improved greatly. I am a newly wed, and am happier than I ever thought I could be. I have gained the weight back, and I am back up to 135 pounds. I feel MUCH better.
During this "skinny" time, however, there were many times when I would become ravenously hungry. My roommates would call them my "hunger fits". I would become extremely irratable and would start to feel bad unless I ate something. This occured a few times before the skinny period, but started happening more during the skinny period. Now that I have gained my weight back, I still get very irritable and feel horrible before meal time or if I need a snack. At one point over a year ago, I had a fainting spell and was put on an IV in the ER. they told me I probably had a virus, but I felt much better almost instantly after the IV was administered. From what I understand, these are symptoms of hypoglycemia. My mom and aunt have hypoglycemia, and I think I have similar symptoms, though I've never been diagnosed. I am not diabetic, and the only medication I am on is birth control--a medicine I was not on during my skinny time.
My main question is--are poor stress management, weight loss due to low appetite and therefore poor diet, and hypoglycemia-like symptoms all related? Does one exacerbate the other? What are some natural remedies for these problems either together or in isolation? When is it time to see a doctor?
This sounds like your adrenals are weak. This can lead to hypoglycemia as well. One of the things I use for stress and anxiety is deep breathing, and I use visualization to help as well. I hate to use Rx meds, so these are just 2 of things that I do.
you might want to research on kava kava and valerian root and see if these are something you want to try. 5 htp, and st johns wort also.
The adrenals are really affected by stress and if they are in a weakened condition to start with, then lots of stress, it does not do a body good.
pm me if you'd like. I don't check here every day.
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