Bioidentical HRT since 2004

by Ann
(South Carolina, USA)

I have no reproductive organs and have been on Bioidentical HRT since 2004. In 2009 I began taking Armour Thyroid as well.

Armour Thyroid gave me a new lease on life, until this year, 2011. I have started feeling exhausted and having blood sugar fluctuations and sore, stiff muscles and my ankles swell. I thought I needed more Armour Thyroid, however that did not help and my TSH registered .006 on my August 2011 lab test.

My pharmacist suggested adding some progesterone to my HRT. I've purchased Natpro to see if progesterone will improve my quality of life. I'll be back in touch if it makes a difference.

Please let me know your thoughts.

My appreciation.

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Aug 16, 2011
Bioidentical HRT since 2004
by: Wray

Hi Ann You say you have been on bio-identical HRT, does that mean you are using oestrogen too? People often use this term loosely. If this is the case, I suggest you stop taking it and see if that helps you. Progesterone will have an uphill battle against the added oestrogen. We have more info on our HRT page. If the HRT you are using is oral, it's the least effective Delivery system. I'm pleased you're giving the Natpro a try, it is well absorbed. We run Saliva Tests on a regular basis. I would also ask you to read our page on Insulin Resistance, as this also causes extreme tiredness, effecting every cell, including those in the thyroid. The symptoms you give all indicate excess oestrogen, it's an inflammatory hormone and destabilises blood glucose. It also causes IR, so does a lack of vitamin D. Please have a test done, see the Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth and Birmingham Hospital websites. A lack of vitamin D also impacts on the thyroid, blood glucose and can result in muscular pain, see here, here, here, here and here. Please read our page on Oestrogen Dominance before you start using it. And please use enough, I recommend 100-200mg/day, more if symptoms are bad or oestrogen dominance kicks in. Take care Wray

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