Have you noticed a change in the way you feel after having a hysterectomy? Do you feel depressed, but you can’t shake it off? When your hormones decline, which happens immediately after a hysterectomy, depression is a common result. Rose’s story will give you hope that your depression can lift once you restore hormonal balance.
For a time in my life, the holidays seemed to be a drudgery and a mix of emotions. I wanted to experience the festivity of the holidays, but I just couldn’t find the energy to prepare for them, nor could I feel like I was going to enjoy them. Let me explain.
In 1999, I had a hysterectomy, which my doctor convinced me I needed for a number of reasons. No sooner did I have the surgery than I started to have another set of problems. The depression started immediately after the hysterectomy, and I was feeling anxious and irritable all the time. Not only was there a shift in my moods but also in my energy levels, and I was gaining weight. I felt tired like I needed naps, and I just knew something was wrong.
When I went back to my family doctor to talk to him about the depression, he said, “It’s a part of the response that the body has after you’ve had a major surgery. Let’s try these antidepressants. The depression will lift, and you will be fine.” I didn’t get a clear answer as to whether he knew that it was depression. When I took the antidepressants, I didn’t feel like myself. It was like I was in a fog. The side effects of the drug outweighed the benefits, so I decided to stop taking them. I saw three doctors for different symptoms but got no solutions.
To make matters worse, I found myself having anxiety and panic attacks, which I’d never had before, and they can be crippling. Once, on a trip, I was driving down a mountain with my youngest son, who was a year old, in his car seat. I started to panic and think that I was going to drive off the mountain. It was a very difficult time for me and like nothing I’d ever experienced. My husband and I knew something was wrong. He was very concerned for my health, and he wanted his wife back.
At that point, I had resigned myself to living a miserable life, but we kept praying about what to do. By divine intervention, we found the Hotze Health & Wellness Center. A lady at my daughter’s school had very similar symptoms to mine and was talking about what she did for her depression, so I asked for her doctor’s name, which turned out to be Dr. Hotze. When I went home to talk to my husband about it, he came in with a magazine from an airline and said, “I think you need to go see these doctors.”
Everything about the Hotze Center is different than your standard medical practice. You’re called a guest. You feel welcomed. You feel like they care about you, they take the time to listen to you and give you undivided attention. They want to provide answers for you. Conventional medicine just treats the symptoms. The Hotze Center treats the core issues. Their approach is to get the body well – to put back into the body what it needs to be able to have a productive life.
Today, the holidays are fantastic. I’m excited about being around my family and sharing in the joy of the season. It’s been 13 years since I started on the program, and I feel wonderful. At 54 years old, I feel like I’m 34. The Hotze Center has given me the opportunity to live my life to the fullest.
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How Rose Beat Depression and Got Her Life Back
Doctors at Hotze Health & Wellness Center replenished Rose’s declining hormones with bioidentical hormones. By balancing estrogen with progesterone, and restoring her thyroid function to normal with desiccated thyroid, Rose’s symptoms began to disappear, her depression lifted, and she felt like her old self again. If you are struggling with depression, please don’t lose hope. Hormone balance is key for optimal mental health, and you, too, can beat depression and get your life back.