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grief from death of a spouse and hormones
jlbelanger posted:
My husband recently died after an extended illness. During that illness, i did a lot of not-crying (in front of him, anyway), because as a handyman, an inability to fix what was wrong (i.e. his health) made him crazy. Since his death, i haven't done much crying, either---part habit, and part not having the right circumstances giving me the freedom to weep. Question: Can prolactin build up from un-shed tears to the point where there is a pseudo-lactation going on? I know when our littlest child died, i saw behaviors and thoughts that resembled what i call "1st trimester insanity"; i just wonder what other effects grief can have on one's hormonal balance.
Caprice_WebMD_Staff responded:
That's an interesting question, Jlbelanger, but I'm afraid no one here can answer that. I'm not a health expert but have not heard of this.

Grief involves so much, including levels of 'insanity' at times. Be gentle with yourself. You've already been through so much and it will take time to really heal.

Give to yourself too, whether that means gathering supportive friends around you, going for a walk out in nature, listening to music, redecorating, anything that helps you keep putting one foot in front of the other.

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