Debilitating brain fog
I've struggled with unexplained chronic fatigue for going on 15 years now. I was put on birth control pills at the age of 15 to control my hormonal acne and stayed on them until the age of 30 when I started to suspect they were contributing to my fatigue. After going off of them, things went from bad to worse. I was depressed, anxious, still tired, and practically suicidal, so I was just given antidepressants and told my fatigue was due to my depression. Three years have gone by since I went off the pill and I've had little help from doctors. Eventually I'd had enough of the antidepressants and managed to get myself off of those too. I did find a good nurse practitioner who did a full hormone panel on me and confirmed I have low progesterone/estrogen dominance with a sad ratio of 14:1. Troches didn't help and now I'm using Natpro at about 400 mg/day. I've only been on the Natpro for a month and I know it takes time and I'm trying so hard to be patient and deal with estrogen dominance symptoms, but the thing I cannot deal with right now is the brain fog. I have suffered with it for over a year since going off my antidepressants, but it has come to a point where it has impacted my entire life. I'm unable to work, my marriage is suffering, I'm trying so hard to do everything right and I can't get out of this fog. I haven't had alcohol, sugar, gluten, caffeine, or dairy in almost 5 months. I've stopped using all chemical or toxic lotions, potions and cleaners and make most of my own stuff. Thanks to this website, I've learned so much about PCOS, blood sugar, estrogen dominance, etc. I'm studying up on keto, but the fog makes it hard to even make dinner sometimes, let alone count carbs and calories. I've started noticing symptoms of reactive hypoglycemia where the fog gets worse after meals so I'm afraid to eat anything ever. I get dizzy upon standing frequently. I do notice sometimes that the fog lifts slightly around 4 or 5pm and I can't quite figure out why, but evenings are always a bit better than mornings or afternoons. I know I just need to wait it out, but at times it feels so hopeless.
I've had to lay off of the vitamin D as my last result on 7/27/16 was actually high. 25 HYDROXY D TOTAL 153.2 NG/ML
My thyroid tests "normal" according to my labs.
TSH 2.12 UIU/ML
FREE T4 0.8 NG/DL
FREE T3 2.8 PG/ML
Estrodiol pg/ml: 47.0 on 2/19/16 and 109.9 on 7/27/16
Progesterone ng/mL: .66 on 2/19/16 and 3.2 on 7/27/16
DHEA SULFATE: 276 mcg/dL
TESTOSTERONE, FREE 0.19 ng/dl
TESTOSTERONE, TOTAL 32 ng/dl
Ultrasound showed no cysts or abnormalities.
I have so many supplements in my cabinet that I don't know what to do with them all, so I just decided to lay off of them. I just take a multi and 500mg magnesium citrate at night plus magnesium oil which has helped with constipation. I have inositol, tyrosine, glutimine, NAC, fish oil, and a B complex, among others that I just gave up on because it was all too much and I get confused so easily. I was taking vitex as well, but am now having second thoughts after discovering this site. If there has been any ray of hope, it's that over the past 5 months I've lost 40 pounds, my skin has cleared up, and my periods are no longer heavy or painful. But it's so hard to see the progress when everything feels blurry or like there's mud in my head. I have spent so many hours praying to every higher power (and I'm an atheist!) to help me lift the fog so I can think clearly again and be a good wife. I'm trying so hard to have patience. Wray, thank you for this site and all of the years and energy you've put into it. Thank you, Joy for your site and input as well. It's keeping me just sane enough.