Saw a post on MakeMeHeal about Rezmelts, some version of resveratrol. Will talk to Dr Matez and find out whether resveratrol makes any difference or if it’s just another vitamin. The link to Rezmelts was here: http://ezinearticles.com/?REZMelts-Review—Is-it-an-Effective-Resveratrol-Tablet?&id=2252962
July 18, 2009
July 18, 2009
I cannot believe I feel this much better in such a short time. For the first time in 10 years I have been sleeping through the night, 3 nights in a row now. Unbelievable! I used to run the TV all night long in the bedroom because I thought it might keep my brain from thinking too much and help me sleep, but with or without the TV I still woke up 3-4 times every night–not to get up to use the bathroom or get a drink of water, I just woke up for no reason. Sleeping through the night is an amazing luxury! I’m even dreaming! I haven’t had a dream (at least one I was aware of) for ages–funny, I dreamt last night about a Hassidic wedding which is hilarious since I’m Jewish but unobservant. Dunno who was getting married, it wasn’t me!
I do notice already that I have increased energy too and my intense cravings for junk are lessened. About 8 every night I generally feel starving, but I noticed yesterday that the cravings have been less, and even throughout the day when I feel hungry I haven’t been unduly attracted to cookies or bread (my favorite thing), which is unusual for me. In other words, my willpower seems better. If that’s a side-effect of the hormones, I’m thrilled.
I confess I look at my face in a magnifying mirror every single day to see if I’m getting any weird male-type hair growing on my chin, but nothing yet. No acne yet. Maybe this takes time or I won’t get either of those side effects, I don’t know. I have to say, however, that even if I do get chin hairs or acne, treating those would be preferable to never sleeping through the night and dragging myself through each day.
For anybody considering bioidentical hormones, I say, go for it. So far so good!
July 16, 2009
OK, I was a nervous wreck waiting for Dr. Matez to insert the bio-identical hormone pellets (not pebbles haha) in my derriere. I knew he was going to use Novacaine first to numb the area and I was thinking, OW this is gonna hurt, visualizing a 6″ needle piercing my rumpus, spreading its stinging venom throughout my tender heinie. I was ALOT more nervous about the Novacaine than the pellets!
NOT SO, as it turns out. I am amazed to admit, it didn’t hurt at all. How is this possible? I’m still asking myself that question. EITHER Dr. Matez is a master injector and/or I have a back porch that’s a “dead end” and I just didn’t feel it. I felt a small puncture, about the same feeling as a Botox injection. Then a slight sting but nothing like the time I had stitches in my lip and certainly nothing close to the feeling of Novacaine being shot into my gum or cheek for a dental filling, and not “like a bee sting” which Dr. Matez said it would feel like. So, I admit I’m amazed. Not only that, but it didn’t hurt afterwards either. It’s Day 2 now and I have had no sensation of discomfort at all. Dr. Matez told me that some of his patients break out into a cold sweat anticipating this whole procedure, but I have to say, Have no fear, it’s nothing. And keep in mind that I am a Chicken when it comes to needles. ewwwww. But this was easy. I have no qualms about doing this again in 3-4 months.
The injection and the insertion of the pellets is actually closer to the hip area, not on the buttocks. IE, your butt cheek but up toward your shoulder a little and slightly outward. I was relieved I didn’t have to show my entire rear, since this was video’d by Kim, Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center’s Marketing Manager.
Secondly, Dr. Matez explains every single thing as he does it. That’s reassuring, I must say. AND he kept asking me if I were ok, which I was. The entire process took less than 3 minutes including the local anesthetic, the small incision, inserting the pellets and putting on the steri-strip. Easy as pie.
So, do I feel different? I swear I do! I know it’s probably impossible, but I could swear that I feel more energetic today AND more cheerful, which is odd since I had only 5 hours of sleep last night. Not only that, but at my voice lesson today, I remembered 90% of the words to an aria which, one week ago, I had to sing standing behind my coach because I kept forgetting the words. Yes, maybe it’s psychological but it’s hard to imagine my memory is better from just “thinking” I should feel better.
All told, he inserted testosterone and estrogen pellets. The progesterone is taken by mouth at night, as well as DHEA and Pregnenalone. Apparently the progesterone is too big to put into a pellet—unless ya want a big lump in your hip, haha. I go back in 3 weeks to have a blood draw to see if the estrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels are up.
July 14, 2009
Today we started on Anne’s journey to wellness. Our goal is to REVERSE her menopause placing her hormonally back to a level and balance that she had in her Twenties when she had none of the symptoms and easy weight management abilities.
We are going to accomplish this goal using implantable subcutaneous “pellets” comprised of pure human identical hormone (estradiol and testosterone). The pellets were placed in her upper buttock/hip area in a quick painless procedure. Although Anne was very apprehensive (Actually a nervous wreck) she finished with a “that was it???”.
Anne will take Progesterone and DHEA/Pregnenelone by mouth once daily.
Next step – repeat blood work and re-evaluation in 3-4 weeks. We will make adjustments to her therapy if neccessary.
July 13, 2009
Well, I’m flying to Boca tonight to see Dr. Matez and Dr. Murray about anti-aging and weight loss, respectively. Long chat last week with Dr. Matez–apparently my blood work shows NADA for hormones, so replacing ANY would help me: sleep better, be more cheerful, have more energy, etc. Can’t wait.
We decided, with the 3 options for bioidentical hormone replacement, to take the pellets instead of pills or creams, which I may forget to take and which create highs followed by lows. Apparently the pellets, which are–WHAT?? INJECTED INTO MY REAR?–are a better option because it’s a more even drip, drip, drip of good hormones. Yeah, apparently that’s the dealio. They inject Lidocaine (OUCH!) into my hip, then make a small incision about the size of the Panama Canal and then inject these little pellets that have progesterone, estrogen and testosterone into the space. Apparently this is done quarterly. We’re hoping to get this filmed on local TV (not my ENTIRE rear, which would take up more than the camera would allow, just the spot, hehe). Dr. Matez says I will feel better soon. Can’t wait, I cannot get much crabbier than I am now…
July 6, 2009
Hope all had a great holiday weekend. WOW, so nice to relax. Tried not to eat like a pig, haha. Talked to Dr. Matez last Thursday. He said balancing my hormones would be easy inasmuch as the lab work shows I have almost -0- hormone levels anyway. Can’t wait to get started on this. Wrote up a big ole document with past medical history, etc etc so we can get moving. Phone appointment tomorrow with him. Hope we can get started yet this week.