Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Provides Help for Traumatic Brain Injury

What Is Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?

Traumatic brain injury occurs when the head collides with something forcefully. This can happen in falls, in violent events like gunshot wounds or physical abuse, in motor vehicle accidents, in contact sports and in military combat. In fact, TBI has been called the signature injury of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Recently, the NFL has received a lot of media attention due to its legal battle in the class-action concussion case.

How Many People Suffer From TBI and What Are the Symptoms?

Traumatic Brain Injury is diagnosed in approximately 1.7 million individuals annually. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most commonly reported traumatic brain injuries are concussions, which are considered mild.

Disorders and symptoms frequently linked with TBI include: cognitive impairments, behavioral and emotional instabilities, and physical symptoms such as headache, dizziness, vision problems, and mobility issues. Issues range from anxiety, depression, mood swings, angry outbursts, memory loss, lack of concentration, learning difficulties, and insomnia, to a higher risk for heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, loss of libido, obesity, diabetes, loss of lean body mass, muscular weakness and others.

What Do Hormones Have to Do With TBI?

Scientists now know that TBI often damages the endocrine system, causing hormone deficiencies. Injury to the hypothalamus, located in the brain, triggers dysfunction of the pituitary gland, which, in turn, disrupts the production of adequate levels of endocrine hormones. From the list of TBI symptoms, it’s easy to see how they correlate with the symptoms of hormone deficiency. A great deal of new research is now directed at TBI and the serious, long term consequences. Some studies have shown that the hypothalamus and pituitary may never completely recover from injury.

SottoPelle® Bioidentical Hormone Replacement for Traumatic Brain Injury Patients

Most hormone replacement therapies do not provide meaningful improvements or recovery for traumatic brain injury patients. This is primarily because they cannot to deliver hormones around the clock into the blood stream. The hormonal peaks and valleys of many methods do nothing to balance hormones and are typically accompanied by recurring symptoms. That isn’t the way the body is meant to work. When hormone deficiencies are restored to beneficial levels, as they are with SottoPelle® BHRT, significant progress can be made.

Our proprietary SottoPelle® method uses low dose bioidentical hormones that exactly match human hormones. They are slowly released into the blood stream for months at a time. The pellet delivery system we utilize works in a way the body recognizes. Bioidentical hormones bind and communicate perfectly to appropriate receptors within the cells. This is vital to the proper functioning of organs, tissues and cells throughout the entire body.

When properly administered, bioidentical pellet therapy is scientifically proven to be the safest and most effective method of BHRT available. Since TBI patients will need to be on hormone replacement therapy for the rest of their lives, it only makes sense to choose a therapy that supports health rather than putting it at further risk. And because we are leaders in the field of BHRT, SottoPelle® is the perfect choice for treating TBI hormonal deficiencies.

Touching Patient Testimonial

This testimonial is especially touching because this patient maintains a positive attitude despite any and all hardships. We are so inspired by him and always appreciate how his happy disposition lights up the office when he comes in for appointments.
“I am so thankful to have found “Advanced Hormone Solutions” and Dr. Matos-Cloke.  I am 34 years old, and I have suffered from hypogonadism (low testosterone) since I was in my mid 20’s.  Furthermore, in 2010, I was hit by a car as a pedestrian, and my pituitary gland was damaged. That resulted in my body producing almost no testosterone. Throughout the years, I have seen at least 10 different doctors including general practitioners, specialists, surgeons, and endocrinologists.  None of them had corrected my issue.  Many drugs were prescribed to me such as: Androgel, which burned my chest and did nothing for my testosterone levels, compounded creams which did nothing for my levels, and HCG.  None of these drugs helped me, including injectable testosterone.  Some doctors even suggested that I needed nothing at all, which I knew was incorrect.In addition, while on Testosterone therapy, I was almost never given any medication to offset the side effects.  My testosterone levels were declining and my estrogen was rising.  I was then given Progesterone (usually prescribed for women), which I feel caused more harm than good.  Human Growth Hormone was also prescribed to me, which I do not feel I ever needed, because there was no problem with the natural growth and development of my body.  My jaw bone on the bottom left grew out of the gum tissue and into my mouth, requiring oral surgery. At 34 years of age, I now have a wisdom tooth growing in, which my dentist said was extremely unusual.  He did say that it could be attributed to the medications I have been on in the past.

When I found “Advanced Hormone Solutions”, I had very little hope.  I always told myself that even if my problems were never fixed, I would never give up trying to fix them.  Regarding my body, it was the best decision I ever made.  Approximately 3 weeks after my initial insertion, I started noticing several things.  I felt like I woke up to the world.  I was thinking about sex more often.  My workouts improved.  I started noticing that I was seeing muscular benefits from my workouts.  People were telling me that something was different, that I looked better, and that I seemed more muscular.  In the past, I lifted weights religiously, only to fight day after day to maintain my current body weight and hopefully not drop any pounds.  I am also more assertive and I get my work done more efficiently, all while feeling more positive about things. I am also much calmer, and I do not feel as anxious and as on-edge these days.

In the past, I was most often prescribed Testosterone injections.  The problem with the injections is that you are forcing your body to take in a certain amount of testosterone at one time.  Your body may need more or less.  In addition, when you inject a large amount of testosterone (once a week or once every 2 weeks), your levels peak and then they dip.  So, your mood improves for a few days and then you are back to feeling lousy.  The testosterone injections caused such severe acne on my chest that I still have the scars, and that resulted in me being put on acne medication.  Most recently, before I met Dr. Matos-Cloke, I was instructed to inject myself with a low dose of testosterone 5 days a week, Monday through Friday.  Intramuscular injections 5 days a week are no fun.  I injected my left shoulder, right shoulder, left glute, right glute and then on the 5th day I would pick the least sore spot.  My shoulders were purple from the bruises and I was limping around since the injections in the butt cheeks required long, thick needles to hit the muscle.
Years went by with no results and I turned to psychiatrists for help.  All of them diagnosed me with depression, although I clearly told them that I was not depressed.  I told them that I like life, and I like doing what I do, but I just cannot get things done and function like I used to.  My dreary mood was all because of my low testosterone levels, but the psychiatrists never understood that.    They told me that I did not need to feel depressed to have “depression” and I was put on medications. Psychiatric medications are notorious for destroying one’s libido, so that just added to the problem.

Now that I am on the SotoPelle therapy, my life has changed tremendously.  I am so much happier, so much more content, and my workouts produce results.  I also am more interested in sex, and I have a better libido.  I feel like I have become significantly more mentally balanced, and my energy level and focus has increased.  I regularly get the vitamin shot, and the next day I feel revived and ready to start my day with a vengeance.  I have also noticed some physical changes, such as waking up with morning erections.  That has not happened to me so frequently for a very long time.

I am so unbelievably grateful to have found this place of healing that has helped me restart my life.  I know that many doctors are unfamiliar with this therapy, and some will not agree with it.  The bottom line is that I know my body, and I knew for many years that the previous testosterone therapy was not working.  After the SotoPelle therapy, I know that I feel better now.  I know what works for me and what does not.  Nothing else has helped me.  SotoPelle has been the glimmer of light at the end of the dark tunnel that saved me.  My most recent last lab results were perfect.  That has not happened in ages.  SotoPelle has taken me from a testosterone level of 18 (yes, eighteen) to a level of around 1000.

Thank you, Dr. Matos-Cloke, and thank you to all of your staff.  Your office provides a comfortable and confidential atmosphere and every single person on your team is a top-notch, motivated team player.  Your receptionist always greets me with a bright smile, your nurse is always there with a kind heart and motivating words, and your office manager takes the time to ask how I am feeling.  And Dr. Matos-Cloke, you definitely know your stuff, and you have touched many lives and helped many people.”

Yours truly,

Andrew K.
Bergenfield, NJ

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