Do you feel like you have been going along fine through life, and then things began to change? You used to feel happy, energetic and healthy. You were confident and had a healthy mindset. Now, it’s like you’re a different person. You are tired all the time, anxious, can’t sleep, and even started having panic attacks, of all things. Why is this happening?
If you are experiencing these types of symptoms, know that you are not alone. This commonly happens to women as their hormone levels decline. Key’s story is one that will encourage you and give you hope that you can feel like your old self again and live life to its fullest.
Key Selvig is a flight attendant with a busy, fulfilling life. She travels, exercises, takes yoga classes, works flights every week, is learning Spanish and spends time with family and friends. Life was normal for Key, and then all of the sudden around age 33, things started going downhill. “I’ll never forget it. I felt dizzy, brain fogged, and fatigued. I’m very high energy, work out, eat right, do all these things. I’m a flight attendant, so I’m running around like crazy.”
Key was having severe fatigue, anxiety, brain fog, insomnia, depressed moods, gas and bloating. The fatigue was the worst for her. She tried to keep doing all the things she loves to do while enduring these symptoms, but everything drained her energy. Key was miserable. Then the panic attacks began. As a flight attendant, it would happen while she was working, which alarmed her.
As most people do, Key tried the conventional line of therapy first. Her general practitioner and therapist both recommended that she take antidepressants. She also went to a neurologist, pulmonary specialist, and acupuncturist, but couldn’t get the right answers from them, either. Doctors told her they couldn’t find anything wrong, and they suggested, “maybe you need to go talk to someone,” which of course, meant to go see a psychiatrist. Key felt like all of her symptoms were very easy to write off as other things.
Then one day, Key’s husband told her about Dr. Hotze’s radio show, so she started listening and as she said, “the rest is history.” She made her appointment with the Hotze Health & Wellness Center, and during her first visit with Dr. Ellsworth, she felt validated. After more than six years of experiencing symptoms, she still didn’t believe that she was a candidate for treatment at our center. However, at that first appointment, she began her education about thyroid health, hormone deficiencies, and the yeast-free diet. “I also observed how passionate the Hotze doctors and staff were in improving the quality of life of their guests.”
After evaluating and spending time with her, and reviewing her history and symptoms, Dr. Ellsworth determined that she had hypothyroidism and a hormone imbalance, which is common in women her age. He recommended the yeast-free eating program for three months, hormone replacement, desiccated thyroid, and vitamins.
Key told us, “During my first week as a guest with Hotze my energy was restored, and my brain fog lifted. The energy went through the roof probably within two weeks.” Key adds that for many years, she has kept returning to yeast-free eating to manage her fatigue and gastrointestinal problems. Testosterone was added to her regimen, and her progesterone has been increased.
“Today I finally feel like myself with the energy to do the things I love. I can even enjoy foods outside of the yeast-free diet from time to time. I am a whole new person! I would tell other women who are feeling sick and tired never to give up, as I never allowed my symptoms to dictate how I was going to live my life. The Hotze Clinic not only put my body back into balance but also educated me about health and hormones. Other treatments have helped as well, including acupuncture, cognitive therapy, and even yoga, but the Hotze Clinic is the one place that truly gave me my life back!”