can't hardly move my legs...

by Chrystal
(Irvine KY)

Hi, i am 34 years old and a week to two week before my period I can't hardly move my legs they are so weak and I feel like all the life in my is just drained. I think the older I get the worse my legs are getting. I have been tested for MS and several other blood tests. I also had a hormone blood test done. They all came back normal. So I was hoping that maybe you could help me. Its really scary when your legs just don't want to function properly. After my period starts It always eases up.

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Feb 14, 2013
can't hardly move my legs...
by: Wray

Hi Chrystal The muscle weakness is called myopathy and both Progesterone and Vitamin D reverse it. I had that too, after the birth of my daughter it was very bad all day, every day. I had it during Peri-menopause too, when it came and went. It's caused by a drop in progesterone levels. So your hormones might have been 'normal' according to the ranges, but they won't have looked at the ratios between them. We've found from Saliva Tests we run that it's best if the ratio of P:E2 is 600:1 and over to feel well. A lack of vitamin D reduces the benefits of progesterone, which is why it also helps. Please have a test done for this. For more info on vitamin D levels, test kits etc see the Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth and Birmingham Hospital. Blood levels should be 70-100ng/ml (175-250nmol/L) and not the 30ng/ml (75nmol/L) most labs and doctors regard as adequate. The minimum daily dose should be 5000iu's per day, although recent research indicates it should be 10,000iu's per day, see here. You say it occurs a week or two before your period, so it could be you don't ovulate some months. This is normal, as from about age 34 we begin getting anovulatory cycles, when no progesterone is made by the ovaries that month. It could also be due to a defective luteal phase when the corpus luteum is making little to no progesterone. This would make oestrogen the dominant hormone. Studies have found from 400-600mg/day progesterone is needed to reverse it. I feel you should try this amount to begin with, but at the same time get your vitamin D level high. Continued below

Feb 14, 2013
can't hardly move my legs... Part 2
by: Wray

Hi Chrystal Progesterone works better when it is, which generally means you won't have to use as much, see here, here and here. This last abstract has nothing on it, so I've pasted a passage from the paper which I bought... 'Substantial relief of myopathic disability by progesterone therapy'.....
(We report about a 41-year old woman who was suffering from a general muscle weakness since her early childhood....From July 1998 until July 1999 the patient was treated with progesterone suppositorium 0.4 g once a day from the 14th to the 25th day of the menstrual cycle. In July 1999 her gait had improved significantly and she could get up from a chair more easily, even her ability to walk up and down stairs had improved....Progesterone dosage was increased from 400 mg to 600 mg. In January 2001 the patient reported enthusiastically about the improvement she had gained from progesterone-therapy. The patient reported a clear increase in strength in all affected muscle groups resulting in dramatic functional improvement.) I feel if they had looked at her vitamin D levels and increased those, it would not have taken 2 1/2 years for her to recover. These papers here, here and here are on vitamin D. Take care Wray

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