Confused about how to proceed
Hi. Wray, you have answered me already about my symptoms. After all my reading I am beginning to get confused. My symptoms are insomnia, inability to lose weight with diet and exercise, serious fluid retention, complete loss of libido, fatigue, mild brain fog (I say mild, but it could be that I have just become accustomed to the brain lapses and the need to get people to start the conversation over because it took me a moment to begin paying attention), depression, occasional anxiety and headache, high cholesterol, plantar fasciitis, recent diagnosis of gluten senstivity, low blood sugar, weak nails... and then some. Now I don't experience all of these symptoms all the time except for the insomnia, weight gain, fluid retention and nonexistent libido. I also occasionally have hot flashes. Now, my question is this - if most of these symptoms reflect a progesterone deficiency or estrogen dominance, why do I have periods that are very light and short? Frequency is also changing from a fairly steady average of 26-28 days to an average of 32 days, sometimes as long as 33, 37 or even 42 days!I am confused about what this says about the state of my hormone balance and what it means to how I will use the Natpro when it arrives.
For further information, I am currently taking one grain of Armour Thyroid daily. My supplements include magnesium, zinc and vitamin D (10,000 IU daily). I did have that tested and it was low in 2014 (32.9 ng/mL). My hormones were tested more than 2 years ago. The results were these: free testosterone 15 pg/ml; estrone 50 pg/ml; estradiol 5 pg/ml (luteal); estriol 11 pg/ml; progesterone 246 pg/ml. At the time these were tested, the weight was the most noticeable symptom; my symptoms have since increased in number, frequency and level of disturbance. Unfortunately I don't know what my numbers would be now, but I was told this was all OK. Of course, that it what all 7 of the doctors and nurse practitioners I've seen have basically told me. Not one of them has attempted to pursue further hormone testing or give me any help other than to offer birth control pills and anti-depressants.
Also, I follow a very similar diet daily including either oatmeal, veggie sausage and cheese or grits for breakfast. Lunch is almost invariably salad in which I diligently measure each ingredient and include some form of protein. For supper I tend to eat broiled vegetables or the occasional tortilla chips with cheese and salsa. As you can see, my diet is not perfect. I do drink coffee daily with sugar free creamer or half and half and on holidays and birthdays I enjoy real food. I do want to enjoy life after all! I have a soda maybe once a week or less and live on water or flavored water the rest of the time. Snacks are usually plain almonds or gluten free crackers (in moderation as I'm watching my carbs). As I've said before, I weigh and track all of my food so even if I allow myself a treat I do adjust for it on that day. I don't have a perfect diet by far, but I do better than I have ever done in the past. I offer this as information to maybe help you understand my situation. I'm trying so hard to do all the things the websites and doctors preach relentlessly (and I'm SO SICK of hearing!) - whole, fresh foods, consistent and varied exercise, plenty of water, blah blah blah and all to no avail. I think I need some kind of intervention and the medical field is woefully inadequate to help me (apparently).
So... do I use the cream daily or just at the end of my cycle? With my cycle being somewhat erratic, how can I tell when the last 12-14 days is (barring daily temperature and other equally irritating steps)? How much do I use? Do I need more estrogen? Should I take the birth control pills I have been prescribed? Why are my periods so short and light if my estrogen is OK?
I am SO SORRY for being so long-winded and asking so many questions. I realize you don't want to give medical advice but I feel that my cat could hardly do worse than the doctors I've seen!! Frankly I just don't know where else to turn right now. I can't go on suffering like this indefinitely, just hoping things will get better, as my doctors seem to think I should. I greatly appreciate any advice you can give me.