I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was in my 20's and started taking glucophage. I was told I had it since puberty. At age 12 I started gaining weight and had irregular periods. At 18 I started with major migraines. Thru out high school and college I struggled with exhaustion. I was constantly falling asleep in class, in spite of full nights of sleep. My first year of college (18 yrs old) I gained 40 pounds. Then I gained another 50 in following years. I played around that weight until I tried the Atkins diet. I was able to lose about 75 pounds. But, I did not stick with it because I kept being told Atkins was so bad for me (lie). I gained the weight back and returned to almost 250lbs. I started feeling sick and through the tests done they found a grapefruit sized cyst on my left ovary. The doctor removed the cyst and left ovary. Years went by and I gained more weight, hitting my highest at 310lbs. I never developed diabetes, but walked a fine line with the PCOS, hypoglycemia, and ultimately what I now know is metabolic syndrome.
Fast forward to 2008 when I was 39 and had to make a major move across the country for a job... all alone. Shortly after beginning my new stressful job I started having more symptoms. Passing out with no apparent reason, migraines, insomnia, and ultimately the worst of all, neuropathy. I had never even heard the word before! It took forever to get the diagnosis of "idiopathic" neuropathy. Since I never had diabetes, the doctors were clueless. The pain was unlike anything I've ever experienced. I had to go on disability. I was also diagnosed with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, hypothyroidism, among other things. I have been essentially bed-ridden for 3 years now, endlessly seeking the cause of my neuropathy (being the worst of all the diagnosis's.) Changing my diet to organic, gluten free, grass fed meat, cage free, etc, and getting off the 25-30 medications I was on helped my other symptoms considerably. But, I am still working on going low carb. The neuropathy pain, exhaustion, and inability to lose weight (back up to 300 now) being my main complaints at this point.
Finally, about two weeks ago I found Dr Hayes on Facebook who made the connection for me of progesterone deficiency. The main clue was during the first few days of my period (horrible periods), the one good thing was my neuropathy was almost completely relieved. Daily pain was relieved for that couple of days. I had never heard of the progesterone link before. I didn't know that metabolic disorder or progesterone deficiency could cause my symptoms.
That is where I am right now. I had some progesterone left from one of my failed Dr attempts. So, I started using it again. What I have is ProgX. I ordered the NatPro, but have not received it yet. The ProgX has helped me lower my pain meds already and I feel better. My sleep is backwards... for some reason I sleep during the day, but can't at night. But, I am finally sleeping and my pain level is down.
So, my question is, do I increase my dosage until the pain stops? Does it take time to relieve the neuropathy? Can I overdose? What should I do next??