Time To Kick The Habit!
After researching how to come down off of my drug of choice, I have devised a plan to kick the habit.
After a year and half of taking my hormone replacement therapy, I tried to stop taking it “cold turkey.” That was not a smart move.
Those night sweats came back with a vengeance! They were boss of me and that’s not a good feeling when you’ve owned and operated your own business for over 30 years ……… I AM THE BOSS!
But, I am feeling much more confident and determined this time around. I have been on it too long and I need a plan this time.
I love my Internist but, at our first meeting, (I switched to her a few years ago after I’d been taking HRT for several years), she was skeptical that I could stop taking the HRT. At which point I asked her to lower the dosage.
A few months ago, I had her lower it to the next lower dosage again, which is the lowest available.
I have taken this lowest dosage for several months now and, about two weeks ago started taking 1 pill every other day in an attempt to wean myself off of this drug.
I am experiencing the return of hot flashes. The nights haven’t been too bad but it has been noticeable. I wake up, feel my body heating up, I gently pull the covers back, lay quietly until it passes, and as I start to get chilled I pull the covers back up and, hopefully, return to a slumber. This happens a few times during the night.
*I have been working on this post for a week now. 3 weeks in and the night sweats are getting worse. 🙁 I am changing my plan ………
I am revisiting my quest to eliminate hormone replacement therapy, but this time, armed with a plan.
My Plan To Wean Myself Off Of HRT:
- Take HRT for 3 days, skip 1 day. Repeat cycle for the next month. – re-evaluate after each month & decrease again if feasible. – then, take for 2 days, skip 1 day, etc. – eventually, eliminating HRT.
- Eat a vegan diet. – studies have concluded a vegan diet can reduce menopausal symptoms. – dark leafy greens and veggies. (root of many vitamins & calcium) – beans and lentils. (source of protein, complex carbs, fiber & minerals) – fresh fruit. (source of potassium, vitamin c, folate & fiber) – tempeh. (high in protein, probiotics, calcium & minerals)
- Keep up an exercise routine. – studies show that women who exercise regularly adapt to menopause better.
- Eliminate caffeine. – caffeine can be a symptom trigger, as can alcohol.
- Maintain a bedtime regiment. – shut down all electronics 1/2-1 hour before “lights-out.” – wear lightweight clothing, something that will absorb sweat. – read the newspaper, book or devotional for 30 minutes before lights out. – have a glass of ice water on the nightstand to sip during a hot flash.
- Take a couple extra supplements. – vitamin B12. (vegans can not get enough of this from their diet) – vitamin D (another vitamin that most vegans lack)
This isn’t going to go as swiftly as I anticipated. Several studies have shown that it may take up to six months. Probably longer for me. Ugh!
"The two most powerful warriors are patience and time." - Leo Tolstoy
Because my symptoms were considered severe, when I began taking HRT, I’m wondering if it will take longer for me to kick this habit.
Or ……. will my doctor be right ………. will I be able to kick it?
As the sun sets each night I remind myself that tomorrow is a new day and, with each new day comes, the hope of new beginnings.
“When I asked for a smokin’ hot body, menopause was NOT what I had in mind.”