Anxiety, panic, PMS: estrogen dominance I believe is the evil little culprit!
Where do I begin! A little over two years ago, I was newly 24 and I experienced my first panic attack out of the blue while not even feeling anxious or nervous sitting at the hairdressers. I didn't even know what it was, I thought I was getting (flu) sick! The following month I had an even worse panic attack on one of my usual very heavy, very painful periods. I went home and googled the symptoms, and surmised that I was suffering from panic attacks.
I then started down a long road of GI issues (paralyzing all day, all night nausea), anxiety, UTI's, painful periods, fibrocystic breasts, (I was suppose to have a mammogram earlier this year when I was just 25!) and heart palpitations. I would awake in the middle of the night drenched in sweat, and my moods would shift terribly to the point where I could barely stomach to even be around people I liked because I was so irritable. I thought this was a normal part of aging and didn't think I could do anything about it. I was so sick of crying all the time and having bad periods that I went and saw a gynecologist for the first time last year (2014). I told her that I am specifically more anxious around my period and ovulation. She said I probably had endometriosis (I had a cyst burst a few years ago). She shrugged it off and put me on birth control which I thankfully only took for a month do to bad side effects.
Through all this I went on a spiritual journey, a soul searching journey because others asked and I, myself thought, did I suffer some kind of awful emotional trauma? Did I do something to provoke this? Am I burying something deep in my soul that would cause these panic attacks and anxiety? The answer is no. I always knew it was something else, something physiological, a medical issue not a mental issue. But I couldn't prove it.
Fast forward to now, I had a debilitating panic attack in the beginning of October (2015) while on the last day of my period. Ever since then I have not been able to be left alone or go out by myself without experiencing severe panic (basically agoraphobic). I finally reached my breaking point and went to see a natural doctor in November (2015) who tested all of my levels. She told me I'm estrogen dominant with very low progesterone, low vitamin D (she said as if I'm living in the Arctic!) low magnesium, low iodine, and low zinc. I've used the progesterone cream for roughly 24 days altogether since this has happened now, but only was on 80 mg a day for ten days before I went off of it for 8 days for my period. I started right back up after it was finished but have experienced serious estrogen dominance symptoms! I suddenly developed OCD and am crying all the time, feeling on edge and out of control, and so fatigued. I have upped my dose to about 500 mg a day in hopes that this will help alleviate some of these issues (after reading many of Dr. Katherina Daltons interviews/words).
Any advice or if anyone has gone through this and has hope to offer since I'm just beginning down this difficult road, I welcome it and greatly appreciate it! Thank you!