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Monday, July 09, 2007

Human Hormones

Hormones, we've all got them. We all make them. We all share them. That is unless a gland responsible for the production of them isn't missing or nonfunctional.

Hormones are funny things, not "ha-ha" funny, but strange funny. Scientists have known about them for quite some time. That doesn't mean they know how they work. In fact, I've read the pamphlets that come with some replacement hormones, and that is stated, they know the structure of the molecule, they know the proper levels a body should have, they know the effects of too much or too little of them, but they don't know what they actually do, within a cell that is.

When the levels start changing drastically, they affect emotions. We've all heard of 'Roid Rage, and PMS. Now emotions are part of what we think of when we think of personalities. Personalities are something we think of when we think of specific persons. Persons are what we think of when we think of what it is to be human.

Humanity is something I think about a lot. What it is to be human. How there are people who don't have the expected emotions that we think of as human. How some guys are more feminine than others, how some gals are more masculine than others, how some people are more even tempered than others.

I had my thyroid go wacko about 10 years ago, it started producing gobs and gobs of thyroxine, a condition known as hyperthyroidism or Graves disease. I lost about 40 pounds in about 5 months. I was eating like there was no tomorrow, 4 times a day. I'd have 3 egg mcmuffins, a large coffee with 6 sugars and 6 creams and a hashbrown for breakfast. I'd have 2 quarter pounders, a supersize fry and a coke or a chocolate shake, for the other three meals. I was still losing weight.

I couldn't keep still either, while I was sitting I'd be bouncing my knee, to the point of actually having the floor (concrete) shaking due to the sympathetic vibrations. People could feel it across the room and I didn't even know I was doing it. People would tell me to stop and I would. As soon as I took my mind off of it, I started again, not 2 minutes after. I would fall asleep so fast, within seconds of lying down, because I'd burned all the energy from my body.

It caused me to have a swollen intestine, which gave me a persistent case of loose bowels. Uhg. That was horrible. The worst part
by far though was the way it affected my emotions. I would anger in a split second. I would (I'm not proud of this part) cry with the slightest provocation.

All of this because a of an organ that was normally (not in my case at that time) smaller than a McDonald's hamburger patty, after cooking. All because of chemicals that are measured in minute amounts in the bloodstream. All because of hormones.

I had it removed, because I didn't want any radioactive chemicals in me. Now I take replacement hormones. Its funny though, it made me more human.

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At Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 12:43:00 AM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

They are the Wild side of humans... the hormones...Really its strange how they affect you.A small pitutary CONTROLS you actually! YIKES!

HRT is something that they would'nt give usually in my country.They say it is carcinogenic.But I heard that the chances are very low.I feel there are things more carcinogenic than HRT, all around us.

Hyperthyroidsm! my goodness. That must have really been a a torture for you!!!

I have met ppl with equally bad cases of hypothyrodism too. Both are bad!

Charles! ((((HUGS)))) I pray to God that you might never have to suffer again!

At Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 1:47:00 AM EDT, Blogger Inside our hands, outside our hearts $visitorIP said...

I am sorry to hear this happened to you. But it is interesting though.

on a slightly different note. There is nothing wrong woth nor emarrassing about your cry no matter the cause of it. Many woman find it attractive.

Now to answer a question or rather statement. It was Harry and the hendersons...smiles

At Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 7:16:00 AM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Mona,
Actually its an entire system that controls you. The pituitary controls the thyroid's output, the thyroid controls the gonads(either the testicles or ovaries), the gonads control the pituitary. I can't go through that particular problem again, since my thyroxine comes in bottles now.

IOHOOH,
This wasn't attractive, believe me, no matter who might have seen it.
Yeah, I never caught a single episode of that show. I was just trying to remember from the promotions that I caught.

At Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 11:10:00 AM EDT, Blogger snowelf $visitorIP said...

Hey Charles,

Isn't it amazing what the human body gone awry can do? I'm so glad you feel more in control now--emotional outbursts can be scary for everyone involved. I really didn't realize thyroid issues were linked to emotional outbursts--I always thought the impact was more physical, so I learned something new today. :) Thanks!

--snow

At Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 11:25:00 AM EDT, Blogger Serena Joy $visitorIP said...

It's amazing how much havoc one small organ and any fluctuation in hormone levels can wreak on the human body. I'm glad you got it taken care of.

At Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 3:18:00 PM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

SnowE,
I don't worry too much about my body going awry, its mind that's the problem. }:>D>

SJ,
Me too. Then I had to go through years of trying to get the levels in range. That meant more emotional roller-coastering, I got pretty mean at times.

At Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 4:09:00 PM EDT, Blogger Serena Joy $visitorIP said...

My hormones may need a small attitude adjustment. I can get pretty mean sometimes. Or so I hear. Naturally, I don't see it myself.:-)

Seriously, I'm glad you finally got the levels evened out. Life's much harder than it needs to be when our systems are all awry.

At Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 4:40:00 PM EDT, Blogger jillie $visitorIP said...

Boy do I EVER know about hormones. I am actually going to an endocrinologist in a few weeks because my body has literally STOPPED! I have put on 40+ in the past two years, and my energy level is on the minus scale. I've seen my regual Dr. and says it age...deal with it. NOT SO MUCH!!! This is not normal. Luckily enough I know to listen to my body and find another opinion. I guess it also helps being a nurse to know somethings not right. I look at a lettuce leaf and put on 5 pounds!!

But then Grave's disease is not exactly exciting from what I have heard.

At Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 1:19:00 AM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

SJ,
I find it hard to believe you get mean, I mean discounting that you're a redhead, anyway.


Jillie,
Yeah, you should get a second opinion on that. Getting older doesn't mean you should start gaining weight, and losing energy, but hormones certainly could. You know what you're doing.

Although I realize that Graves is named after the discoverer of the disease, I learned just days before going into the hospital, that it can kill you from heart attack or stroke.

At Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 3:19:00 AM EDT, Blogger Keshi $visitorIP said...

they r indeed strange-funny. the moment they go belly-up, u mite be experiencing a wierd ailment.


thats pretty freaky Charles..wut happened to ya. my mum was told to check up onher thyroid...she's awaiting results...

I hope all will b well with u.



Keshi.

At Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 6:38:00 AM EDT, Blogger Top cat $visitorIP said...

Great post charles, we tend to think our emotions are driven by our mind when in fact it can be something else going on in our body.
My wife had to start on HRT because she's going through menopause but did research on natural methods instead of synthetic. With the help of her doctor a lab does a formula specific to her body's needs.
tc

At Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 9:11:00 AM EDT, Blogger Mike M $visitorIP said...

Dr Charles, you know way too much about this subject HA.

I'm glad you were able to catch it early before it could have caused even worse problems. The world would be less of a place without you.

At Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 9:55:00 AM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Keshi,
I hope your mum comes out OK. All is well with me.


TC,
You would think so, but even the brain is subject to the effects of hormones. Glad to hear your wife has gotten her hormones taken care of.


Mike,
I'm no doctor, just a lay person who researched some of the material due to necessity. I'll always be around, considering the conservation of matter and all. The world will always be here, I just want it to be more hospitable to those who remain.

At Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 12:45:00 PM EDT, Blogger lime $visitorIP said...

wow, it sounds liek you were on a complete roller coaster ride with your whacked out thyroid.

i remember being pregnant the first time and feeling like a schizo. it was like there was this formerly sane side of myself trapped inside a lunatic. the sane version would watch the lunatic and think, 'why are you acting like that? it's completely irrational.' and yet the sane side was totally helpless to control the raving lunatic.

i am glad you found a solution that made you feel like a member of the human race again.

At Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 9:09:00 PM EDT, Blogger snowelf $visitorIP said...

That's okay, Charles, I'd still love ya anyway!! ;)

--snow

At Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 11:20:00 PM EDT, Blogger Serena Joy $visitorIP said...

It's true, I'm not really mean. I get ticked off occasionally, but only for good reason. Being redheaded might make it just a tad worse.:)

At Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 9:30:00 AM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Lime,
Kind of reminds me of the '70s song "Roller Coaster," without the love part. Your ordeal with pregnancy strikes a familiar cord.

Snow,
The feeling is mutual.

SJ,
I knew it. You're just like the rest of us. Redheads get a bad rap (except for the ones for whom its true.)

At Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 3:07:00 PM EDT, Blogger Top cat $visitorIP said...

charles..me too, it was kinda scarey there for awhile.LOL
tc

At Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 10:35:00 PM EDT, Blogger S E E Quine $visitorIP said...

` Ugh! MORE surgery! (And if I ever had plates I'd say 'leave 'em in!')
` Man, I wonder how people get hyperthyroidism, anyway? However it happens, I want to prevent it if I can!
` To rant, I've had lots of crazy emotional upheavals myself (mostly just being too depressed to care and the occasionally not). I got kicked around for that a lot.
` Worst of all was after I was forced to have mind-splitting surgery against my will and put in the mental hospital where people injected me with sedatives and forced stuff down my throat - drugs that made me psychotic and unstable - and from observing my behavior from the drugs they then declared me 'crazy'.
` After that I had several paranoid panic attacks every day for months (not to mention alienating people) until I started to remember that I wasn't really crazy.
` I mean, think of that! Medication for schizophrenics made me crazy!! I was not in control of anything - thoughts, emotions OR actions! I just had to watch as I humiliated myself again and again!

At Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 11:09:00 PM EDT, Blogger S E E Quine $visitorIP said...

` BTW, now I seem to be doing something ELSE wrong that I wasn't before.

At Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 11:20:00 PM EDT, Blogger S E E Quine $visitorIP said...

` Oh wait, never mind. Finally figured that out DUH! Thanks, seriously!

At Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 11:30:00 PM EDT, Blogger jillie $visitorIP said...

LOL...well Charles if I do know what I'm doing, you'll be the first one that's said so! LOL...

Hope you're having a great day and happy Friday to ya!

:o)

At Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 11:41:00 PM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Sara,
I think for one thing I avoided regular salt for many years after listening to all the HYPE about sodium plus the fact I don't salt my food anyway, so I think the supplemental iodine was lacking in my diet, may have been a contributing factor, that and thyroid problems seem to be genetic and I don't think I had any aunts who didn't have problems with their's.
Are you saying that you are one of the rare people who had too many connections between the hemispheres of your brain?
I can see any improper medication causing problems, especially those affecting brain function.

At Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 11:43:00 PM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Jillie,
Of course you do. I shouldn't be the first to tell you that, perhaps I'm just the most recent. Thanks for the wishes. You have a fantastic Friday and a wonderful weekend.

At Friday, July 13, 2007 at 8:20:00 AM EDT, Blogger Top cat $visitorIP said...

Hope you have a great charles.
Seize the Day!
tc

At Friday, July 13, 2007 at 11:57:00 AM EDT, Blogger S E E Quine $visitorIP said...

` Mmm. I must remember to not get uniodized salt! Wait! But I don't use salt! I wonder what products use iodized salt?
` Iodized Salt-Related Doodad: Did you know that in India there's a conspiracy theory that Americans are promoting use of iodized salt secretly to make people sick?

` Too many connections between each hemisphere? Never occurred to me. I don't know anything about what happens when people have an enlarged corpus callosum or whatever.
` If what you say is true, that might explain why every single medication for depression etc had really severe mental and emotional side-effects.

` PS I'm telling you the html isn't what it seems!

At Friday, July 13, 2007 at 12:24:00 PM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

TC,
Carpe diem? Sounds like a plan.


Sara,
Most salt sold in the US is iodized salt, unless its marked or made for other purposes. There is salt sold for things like water softeners, for pickling I believe and a few other purposes.

I was assuming that you literally meant brain splitting as the operation that was performed on you. That would be why I asked. That would definitely appall me.

There's a lot of processing that takes place between the source of your blog and the resultant HTML you see as source in your browser. Blogger does some and your browser does some. The Cascading Style Sheets is where a lot of it comes from, and even JavaScript does some of it. I don't know what browser you use, I use Firefox. Firefox has plug-ins and extensions that can help you a lot with setting up your blog the way you want it. I have Web Developer 1.1.4 installed in mine. You may want to consider using it. Blogger is optimized to use Firefox.

At Friday, July 13, 2007 at 4:59:00 PM EDT, Blogger S E E Quine $visitorIP said...

` No; just mind-splitting. BTW, I think I'm just going to give up on this blog.

At Friday, July 13, 2007 at 8:55:00 PM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

Charles!! (((HUUUGS)))

At Saturday, July 14, 2007 at 2:28:00 AM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

There is no such conspiracy theory in India. Iodized salt is very much in use & its use is promted by our health ministry commercials almost everyday.
I myself use iodized salt as does every other household here.

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