Dear Wray, please help!!!
I am 34 years old, living in Vienna, and have been suffering from the age of 17 on occasionally from panic attacks and mild depression, mood swings, severe PMS. In the last 14 months my state worsened, I've been feeling exhausted, couldn't sleep anymore, had PMS throughout my whole cycle, depression, anxiety, memory loss, breathing problems... and SSRI didn't help.
I have had low progesterone levels for years, high prolactin dheas+acth levels. No doctor could help me. Additionally I suffered from grave's disease from 2004-2011. I feel totally burned out and can't go to work anymore. Two weeks ago I was hospitalized because of my bad health state. My hormone levels were checked: Progesterone 0.2 (0.1-1.5), LH 0.82 (2.4-12.6), FSH 4.15 (2.5-12), E2 <10 (18.8-246.7). Doctors didn't know what to do, so they sent me to a specialist. The specialist prescribed bio-identical Progesterone suppositories. He told me to take them (1 suppository in the evening) from day 14-27 of my cycle for now for two cycles. Afterswards he wants the hormones to be re-checked in case I need additional doses of Estrogen. Since last Friday I have been taking Progesterone (0,4g suppositories). The first two nights I took 0,3g, I felt a little better, more calm and I could sleep better. Then I read your advice to split the daily dose into two half doses. Yesterday evening I took one half. I lost the calming effect on my sleep, felt restless and nervous. Today in the morning I took another half, now I'm feeling even more agitated and restless. Could this be the estrogen-dominance-effect? I'm afraid that my thyroid hormones could go out of control again due to the Progesterone. Which dose would you recommend to me? Should I take the suppositories thoughout my whole cycle? All I want is a life worth living, I'm pretty desperate. I really hope that this nightmare will come to an end soon and that the cause for this are my hormones.
Thank you very much for your help and answer.