Desperate for hope

by PP
(U.K. )

Hello and thank you for this wonderful site and the help you've given to so many.
My symptoms started suddenly at age 40 when I developed chronic migraine, dry eyes, acne, night sweats, panic attacks, spider veins popping everywhere, vertigo, tinnitus and visual snow. Since then I've lived a life of hell. I've exhausted all the medications for migraine, acupuncture hasn't worked and I've tried other herbs to no avail.
Anyway, 3 months ago I found this page and I've been putting the advice into practice, I take 500mgmagnesium, 6000iu vit D3, daily Epsom salt baths and I've been slowly increasing progesterone cream and I'm now using 600 mg which I've used for 3 weeks.
This last week I've had 3 migraines each lasting 2 days with severe dizziness and photo/phono sensitivity and my vision is constantly flickering.
I know I have to be patient but please can someone give me a glimmer of hope.
I've become a prisoner in my own home, I rarely go out as on my good days I'm still very dizzy and have a low grade headache. My children are suffering, my husband doesn't know what to do.
I have joint hyper mobility and I believe this makes my veins easily expanded by the Oestrogen and then they don't return to normal?
My periods have been regular but my cycle has been getting shorter.
I read over and over the advice to other ladies, this is my only hope and comfort.
I'm not scared of going to a higher dose of progesterone and wonder if I should just go all out and increase to 1000mg and then try dropping in the future?
My main reason for writing is for someone to say hang on in there, you will eventually get a bit better.
I can't imagine living like this for another 7 years.

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Feb 01, 2016
Forgot to add
by: PP

Forgot to add I'm using the cream every day, no break and I'm going to order a vit d test today. Should I increase my vit d in the meantime? I'm getting no sun.
I'm going to try splitting my dose into 4 X a day instead of 2 as I think the slightest shift in hormones sets me off.
Thank you for reading
PP is for peri peril!

Feb 01, 2016
Desperate for hope
by: RJ

Hello PP!
You can go higher but I would try a couple things first. For migraines Wray would recommend you putting the progesterone along the temples, behind the ears and down the neck underneath the ears every few hours. If your cycles are regular is it time for one to start? It may be the migraines will come the week before the cycle starts. Can you correlate it to your cycles? I also don't believe raising to 10,000 units of D3 a day will hurt either, but I don't believe that is going to help the migraines. Three weeks is not a long time to see significant results. Also raising to 1,000mg a day won't hurt either, unless you are taking a compound progesterone that has estrogen and testosterone in it. Natpro is the best out there, you get more progesterone per tube for less, but most importantly, it is all natural. I started this journey four years ago at 46, anywhere from 300-1,000mg a day, non-stop, since. And things are just now balancing out. Depends on how much excess estrogen we all have in our bodies that determines how long it takes to get some sort of relief during this rough transition. There is have found the right place. Be sure to read about all the other supplements you need to take with progesterone. And for vitamin D3 be sure to take K2, boron and magnesium (which you do). You don't want the calcium building in places we don't want it to build when we take D3. The other supplements make sure it is sent into the bones, where it belongs, not in our arteries. I have sent along a couple articles for you to look over...maybe something in there might help you. There is light at the end of this crazy tunnel...most importantly, have faith that you will find the right combination for relief! God Bless! RJ

Feb 02, 2016
Thank you
by: PP

RJ thank you for your help, I can only read half of your answer. I'm using an iPad but the page won't display correctly.
I will try to view on the PC but I'm quite ill a the moment so it will be later.

Feb 03, 2016
trouble reading
by: Pp

hi RJ
im now logged onto a pc and i still cant read the right hand side of your reply.
ive been using Serenity as i couldn't get hold of Natpro sadly and i started at 200mg a day 3 months ago, its only been 3 weeks on 600mg.
im usally very ill with horendous migraine from day 3 of my cycle and this lasts 11-12 days, i then get tension headache daily until day 3 when the migraine starts again.
i only bleed lightly for 2 days when my period comes and ive always been like that so thats why i didnt think about oestrogen dominance as i assumed it caused heavy bleeding.
ive ordered a vit d test so i'll post back when i get the results.
thank you so much for your help.

Feb 04, 2016
Desperate for hope
by: RJ

Hello PP!
For whatever reason it is doing the same thing on my computer. I know they are improving the site...more accessible for iphones...maybe when we posted it was going through a change, huh? Watch the forum, I will post what I wrote to you and maybe it will post correctly.
God Bless! RJ

Feb 05, 2016
Desperate for hope
by: Wray

Hi RJ It's now fixed! It was my fault. When I published the page, I failed to notice the two links you gave were so long I should have 'broken' them into two. Mal has done this which means the page now makes sense! Take care Wray

Feb 05, 2016
Desperate for hope
by: RJ

Oh Wray, you know how long winded I get LOL.
Hopefully, she is able to view it now. Take care of yourself and tell Mal thank you! God Bless!

Bless you too! Your support means so much to me. Take care Wray

Feb 06, 2016
That's better
by: PP

Thank you Wray and RJ!
It makes sense now :-)

Feb 11, 2016
by: PP

Hi again,
I seem to have developed very sore and swollen gums which I'm worried about and now I'm wondering if I should actually cut back on the amount of progesterone I'm using.
I had gum disease 5 years ago and it was very expensive to treat as my gums reclined and I had to have veneers fitted.
I'm feeling well on the cream but still having low grade headaches so I really wanted to continue on a large dose for another few months.
I don't eat sugar and I'm very careful with oral hygiene.
I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place.
I'd appreciate your thoughts
Thank you kindly

Feb 11, 2016
Desperate for hope
by: RJ

Hello PP!
I too had the same complaint, but I asked Wray if putting the progesterone on the gums would help. I did get my gums under control with a natural homemade toothpaste, I'll put the link below, but I don't add the coconut oil to it. I just mix it with water or if I have it on hand, colloidal silver. Currently I have one spot in the back I have been battling with and I have been using a product that has been working wonderfully....I use that in my waterpik. I also oil pull every morning with unrefined coconut oil which is helping too. Gum trouble can be a lack of Vitamin D3 and C. Dry mouth and open breathing can cause gum issues too...that I believe is my issue. I wake up in the morning and my mouth is so dry during these winter months. But it's not the progesterone or I would have terrible issues with my gums at the high dosages I use. Remember progesterone is anti-inflammatory, whereas estrogen at high levels is inflammation. I would try some of the solutions these folks prescribe before lowering the progesterone, especially since you are finding relief. God Bless! RJ

Feb 12, 2016
Appreciate it
by: PP

Thank you RJ and God bless you too.
My vit d results came back yesterday at 157 nmol so I'll go up yo 10,000iu. I take a lot of sodium ascorbate anyway.
Don't ladies have swollen gums during pregnancy? That's why I thought it was the high level of progesterone.
I've looked at oil pulling before but I have a very small filling so I decided not to risk it.
I'll have a look at those links you've kindly added and thank you again for your help, I appreciate you taking the time to reply.

Feb 17, 2016
Glimmer of hope
by: Paige

Hi PP,

I do want to give you some hope. I started the progesterone cream almost 2 months ago and despite me still having some rough days, they are getting better! I was at the point that I didn't think I would ever see a good day again. Yesterday was amazing! I had very few symptoms (slight dizziness but it subsided) and my mood great. No anxiety, or panic either. Today is a bit more of a challenge. The anxiety and shortness of breath crept in early this morning, but its coming down right now. I have heard it can take some women many many months of being on Progesterone and I feel that is how long it may take me, so I am hanging in here with the blessing and support of this website and the wonderful women in it, without this website and the ladies, I would be a complete mess and don't know what I would do. I also subscribe to a wonderful lady's Youtube channel who has delt with this to the point she was out of control. Her name is Doris King. Look her up on Youtube and watch some of her vidoes on progesterone, she has given me hope that there is a light at the end of the tunnel as well and she was in very bad shape. We are all here with you and taking it one day at at time. My best advice I can give right now is to relish your good days and keep having faith that this too will pass. Hugs

Feb 19, 2016
Good news!
by: PP

Dear Paige
Thank you so much for your words of encouragement!
It's great to read how you are feeling and it really does help to know others are going through the same troubles as me and seeing improvements.
I've actually had a good week :-)
I'm still very dizzy and have slight head pressure but I've not had a painful migraine which is fabulous!
The cream has stopped my other symptoms such as night sweats, anxiety, palpitations and mood swings so I'm hoping eventually it will drastically reduce my migraines.
I will definitely take a look at Doris King thank you for that too.
I hope you continue to feel better and better and once again I thank you for taking the time to write with your encouragement and advice.
Bless you x

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