Estrogen For Bone Health
Around three years ago I started a self evaluated and controversial strategy for bone, muscle, and heart health. I started medical study in late middle age, because I am a licensed insurance agent and wanted to improve my knowlege of medicine. I also wanted a second career to work part time, to earn extra income after retirement. I chose nursing. I injured my knee at the YMCA with swelling and saw an orthopedic doctor. He gave me a treatment plan which consisted of diclofenac and PT. My healing was an extremely slow process. I saw an opportunity to speed things up a little. One day in A&P lecture, my instructor stated that estrogen was the most important factor in bone matrix. I saw s Nurse Practitioner and requested a small dose. She gave me a low dose for 30 days. My knee greatly improved. I asked her to extend the prescription and increase the dose and the NP refused. I saw another doctor and received a stronger dose and a year of prescriptions. He later added progesterone to the hormone regemine. I in turn, cylced the two hormones to mimic the uterine cycle that I read in my A&P book. Three years later I have had extrordinary results. Both my mother and sister were walking with assistance when they were reached my age. My bone mass increased in some areas. I do wear a corsette all day 7 days a week with supporting underwire, which improved my spine curvature and posture. However, there are risks and consequences. Another A&P instructor warned of an extremely high cancer rate with estrogen use for two years or longer in women over age 50. I am an insurance agent, so I did a risk assessment on myselft to access my tolerance for the drugs. I also added a vitamin supplement program, mostly prescribed by my doctors. I have 4 doctors that I see regularly and 3 of them were mortified. However, people take risks in their lives from smoking to other risky hobbies and interests. I felt that I had spent to much time and money in nursing at a late age and it was important to be able to physically and mentally perform the duties and tasks of nursing. My negative side effects have decreased substantially since I first started. I have lab every 6 months evaluating my estrogen levels, cancer risks, and other elements uncovered with blood analysis. This includes but not limited to CA 125 tests and Ionized calcium ranges as well. What do you think? I have full range of motion but I'm still aging like everybody else. This strategy is not a fountain of youth, but a risk which can lead to amazing results depending on your risk factors.