Hormone issues can lead to a variety of clinical symptoms. Often these issues are addressed as only a hormone problem. It is also important to consider the possible involvement of nervous, endocrine, and immune systems. The nervous system is the central regulator of the endocrine system. The immune system can override both. Evaluation of all three of these systems is needed in order to arrive at the correct diagnosis and treatment plan. Hormones and neurotransmitters can become imbalanced due to stressors on the body such as chronic inflammation, immune issues, anxiety, or depression.
It is now understood that the connection between the nervous and endocrine systems can lead to an in crease in hormone-related symptoms if the system becomes imbalanced due to stressors on the body.
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Many individuals with hormone imbalances are on prescribed hormone replacement therapy, this may be beneficial in managing certain symptoms, but does not address the potential root cause. Evaluating levels of neurotransmitters, looking into immune issues, as well as determining hormone levels, are all important points to look at in order to arrive at a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Irregular/missing period
- Sexual difficulties
- Brain fog