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Stress

We are exposed to stress constantly. Our lives are busier and the world is more complex than ever. Being constantly in touch with cell phones and email has its advantages, but it also adds to the stress in our daily lives (remember, any interruption is a small stress). Other stressors to our body include pollution, foods with poor nutrition content, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, and many of the medications we take (especially when they cause side effects).

Stress causes actual changes in our hormone levels. Different people respond to stress in different ways. Short bursts of stress often lead to temporary hormone disturbances from which we recover. Longer continuous, exposure to stress leads to more profound hormone alterations in multiple hormone systems and many of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Anxiety or Irritability
  • Abdominal Weight Gain
  • Foggy Thinking and Disorganization
  • Feeling Tired All of the Time
  • Menstrual Period Changes

Stress can target hormone imbalances in your thyroid, adrenal, and reproductive hormones that ultimately lead to depression and anxiety disorders, chronic fatigue, memory problems, and obesity. Many medications for depression or sleeping pills do not treat the underlying hormonal imbalance that is causing the symptoms and will sometimes make the symptoms worse by further exaggerating the imbalance.

More about stress and Cortisol

However, when stress continues for an extended period of time, or when other hormone systems in our body are unbalanced, the adrenal gland becomes unable to produce enough cortisol to respond to even the smallest stress. The result is called adrenal fatigue. These people now have foggy thinking, irritability, and are tired most of the day, but have trouble sleeping at night. They will often get uncontrollably drowsy at breaks during the day, or while driving home from work. If you need caffeine throughout the day just to function, then you could have adrenal fatigue. Once the adrenal gland is in fatigue, frequent doses of caffeine are craved just to get a tiny burst of energy from your depleted adrenals. Up to 60% of Americans may have some sort of Adrenal Fatigue.

How do you know if you’re the level of functioning of your adrenals? The answer lies in your individual testing. With super-sensitive saliva testing, we can best determine your cortisol output at four times in the day. Then we can help your body handle stress better with the proper adrenal support or suppression as indicated by your testing. This coupled with some small dietary alterations and well-timed exercise will revitalize your adrenal function.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms you may have a hormone imbalance from poorly functioning adrenal glands or an under functioning thyroid. Give us a call for your initial Hormone Health and Stress assessment consultation and saliva testing.

Theresa P

“I am amazed at how much better I feel! I have been using the topical bio identical cream for a few years. We added oral progesterone to aid with sleep. I am a new person! I had severe joint pain in both my hips and night sweats. I have to say, after I started on the topical progesterone, the night sweats are much much less noticeable. And...My joint pain is GONE. Completely. Even before my cycle. I have been to traditional doctors, physical therapists and even a chiropractor. Nothing helped. I sleep better, have less mood swings and no more hip pain. I sleep so much better now. Amazing. No sleeping pills needed here. Thank goodness! Thank you ,thank you Dr. Duffy!!!”

Susan W

“I love your office. I searched high & low for someone that was forward thinking & willing to treat me although others wouldn't because some values were in lab range, but rather you wanted me to be optimal. I recommend your office daily to those that struggle with this issue, specifically those with Hashimotos.”

Anonymous

“I am well on my way to having my life back. Everyone in the office is there to listen and encourage you. I am truly thankful for Dr. Duffy.”

Jackie

“The whole staff are amazing!!!!! Thank you!!!!!!”

Janet J

“We lost a wonderful doctor when we moved away from Clemson. Dr. Duffy always worked to keep us well - a concept that seems to mystify other doctors. Unfortunately, we had to wait for 3 months to get a new doctor, and he is against all hormone therapy, confessed he is untrained in all supplements, and will be there only to get us well when we have a disease. I guess this is better than nothing, but we continue to look for a Dr. Duffy replacement - one we might never be able to find.”

Anonymous

“A unique practice and welcomed approach to medicine, thank you for leading this corner of Pickens County to rid its citizens of unneeded prescriptions and toxins! Keep up the fight CIM!!!!!!”

Charlotte

“I heard about Dr. Duffy and saliva testing so I made an appointment to see her. She LISTENED to me, actually understood what I was talking about! I did everything she asked me to do and I started to feel better. I'm feeling happy these days. I have energy and no more hot flashes. Dr. Duffy didn't just work with my hormone replacement she helped me with different eating styles until we found one that worked for me. I've lost weight, no longer weigh or measure anything, no more logging or counting calories and I'm maintaining. On my last visit with her I hugged her and said "thanks for saving me." and I meant it. I have my life back thanks to the staff at Carolina Integrative Medicine, and you can too.”

JoAnn H.

“Would Not Go Anywhere Else. If you’re a woman who just hasn’t found the right doctor here it is. Specializing in women, but she sees men too. Love Love, Very thorough and goes the natural route before Rx.... Aimee Duffy you are a God Send and God has given you an amazing gift!!!”

Victoria S.

“I was sick for a pretty long time and no other doctor could figure out what was wrong with me. Dr. Duffy is now treating me for lymes disease. She is a wonderful doctor. A compassionate person. Her office staff and nurses are wonderful people as well. Highly recommend carolina integrated medicine”

Kathy N

“Amiee Duffy is the absolute best in the business. She truly cares about her patients.”

Kristie P

“For the first time in 10 years ( since first being diagnosed with Hashimoto's ...) I feel like there's hope and it is thanks to Dr. Duffy and her staff !!”

Julie B

“I finally feel like I have valid info in hand with my hormone test and a solid plan of attack thanks to Dr. Duffy!”

Nancy K

“They gave my life back to me.”

Kelli O

“I feel like a new person since I've been going there!”

Jane W

“Excellent doctors....very professional.....very pleased.”

Natalie M

“You could not ask for a more caring staff than the team at Carolina Integrative Medicine.  Dr. Duffy and her team provide truly personalized care to help you attain optimal health. This office is a gem!

Barbara S

“I have nothing but good things to say about Dr. Duffy and the entire staff. They go out of their way to work with insurances, and spend a great deal of time keeping records accurate, detailed, and complete. My care has been excellent. Dr. Duffy has helped with some issues no other doctor in the area could improve. I love the integrative medicine approach and the personal time she gives.  I highly recommend this practice.”

Daniel B

“My wife and I love Carolina Integrative Medicine. Dr. Duffy and the entire staff are on their "A" game when it comes to your health. After many years of looking for a good OB/GYN, my wife discovered Carolina Integrative Medicine several years ago. She absolutely loves the homeopathic approach to health and wellness so this was a natural fit for my her. After numerous bad biometric readings from my Michelin health advocate, I decided to go to CIM and see what they could do for me. Dr. Duffy and the staff gave me lots of good advice and supplements and I have never felt better. We live in Anderson but gladly drive to Clemson to receive the best healthcare around.”

Heather A

“Dr. Duffy is extraordinary. She listens and makes treatment suggestions based on her knowledge and experience in assisting the body to function well on its own. The model of prescribing medications in the usual manner is not practiced with her. She is a doctor in the highest sense of the word. She is a great partner in the journey back to homeostasis. I deeply appreciate the care I have received with she and her team.”

Jenni T

“Dr. Duffy and her staff are amazing.  They truly care about my health.  I would HIGHLY recommend them!!”

Julianne P

This is a long overdue thank you to Dr. Duffy. I actually live in Colorado but started seeing her when I was on a trip to Clemson and wasn't feeling well. Instead of labeling my insomnia, fatigue and anxiety as simply depression, she got to the root of the problem and addressed it using holistic measures. I really like the fact that she exercises an integrative approach to medicine, and not just alternative or conventional medicine. She uses whatever approach is appropriate for your condition. Although I live in Colorado, I still consider her one of my best "go to" doctors; believe it or not, she still treats me from far away! I truly feel better than I have in a long time. Thanks again, Dr. Duffy.”