In 2008, a patient came to us seeking treatment options for polycystic ovarian syndrome, decreased libido, fatigue and restless leg syndrome. She was not getting any sleep at night due to her restless legs which even led her to sleep in a separate room from her husband at night. She was becoming depressed and felt like she had no sex drive after having two children. A toll had started to weigh on her marriage, her relationship with her children and her self-image.
An initial laboratory assessment was ordered to check for deficiencies of specific vitamins, minerals and hormones that might have indicated the cause of all of her symptoms and illnesses.
The lab results indicated that the patient’s hormones were not balanced; she had some fairly low and fairly high levels. She was not regulating her blood sugars, which an increase of chromium would have helped. Her CRP was high showing non-specific inflammation throughout the body. The patient was started on progesterone cream, probiotics, chromium, magnesium sulfate, pro EFA, biotin complex, Armour thyroid, vitamin D, vitamin B6, and a strict low/non-dairy diet.
With the hormone replacement therapies and with thyroid support using vitamins and minerals, this patient saw a tremendous change in her daily mood and emotions. Her energy increased from supplementing her low thyroid production, blood sugars became more regulated and helped bring about weight loss and her restless legs tremendously improved by refraining from eating dairy.
Not realizing that all of these symptoms and side effects were the root cause of her decreased libido, once the symptoms began to improve, she was able to return to her room with her spouse and began seeing tremendous positive changes in their marriage as her libido and her self-confidence increased. Sometimes people forget the five basic necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter and sex. When any of these needs are decreased or altered in any way, it puts a strain on the well being of any individual. Noticing the signs and symptoms and seeking help is the first step to getting back in balance.