Okay, ladies, here is my deep-thought question for the day: can hormones have an effect on our fears and anxieties?
Some history -
I have always (since young childhood) had a tremendous fear of needles. To the point of vomiting and fainting when I had shots or blood draws. I couldn't even see someone on TV getting a shot without getting nauseous and lightheaded. It was BAD. There have been other things as well, but this particular fear/phobia was the most pronounced.
I have also always had too much progesterone in my system. When I had a blood test to confirm my pregnancy 4 years ago I was told that either I was carrying twins or that I was way off on the date of conception - simply because the progesterone level was so high. Wrong on both counts - my progesterone level just started off high.
Since my hyst (and ovary loss) I seem to have mellowed. I started estrogen-only hrt about 2 months post-op. It took about 4 months to get the dose right, but since then things have been great. I had to take my little guy for a blood test recently
and I was able to watch the whole thing without feeling sick. My DH is diabetic and I've been able to watch him inject insulin without a problem lately too (something I was never able to do before). Other things that used to really freak me out have been better too. The fear is still there, but the overwhelming, sweaty, heart-pounding, I-think-I'm-gonna-puke-aspect of these things is gone.
I think this is pretty interesting. Does anyone know of any studies that have been done regarding hormones and fear response? Has anyone else noticed a similar response to their surgery?