Don't want to stop Progesterone Cream
I started taking bioidentical progesterone cream 2 months ago due to low progesterone results on a saliva test. My progesterone was 37 and progesterone/estrogen ratio was 19. My morning cortisol was 11.3 and night was 0.6 all other testings were in range.
The progesterone offered immediate and amazing relief for my insomnia, brain fog, forgetfulness, severe mood swings, irritability, low libido, tearfulness etc. which I have battled for years with. For the first time in years, I feel like a normal, life-loving human being again. I am so amazed by the positive results of this. This has made such a huge difference in my life but now I have begun to experience side effects. I have developed joint pain all over my body.
The compounding pharmacist that I use believes it is from the progesterone cream. I use 1ml from day 5 to day 15 and 3 mls from day 16 to day 26 and nothing until day 5 again. My joint pain is getting worse. I am on day 4 of my cycle and am scared to start back on day 5 as the pain is so uncomfortable but am afraid to stop as I don't want to go back to feeling like I was before. This is the only thing that I have tried that has worked for my symptoms. A few years ago, during my pregnancy, my obgyn prescribed Prometrium as my progesterone was low and I have a tendency to miscarry. I also developed joint pain shortly after starting that medication. It stopped once I stopped taking the prometrium.
Has anyone else had this happen and can anyone offer any advice as I don't want to stop, but I am hurting so badly? If I just push on, might it go away? I have read that people who have side effects to natural progesterone usually are caused by xenoestrogens and so I have been diligent about eliminating them, but I still have the joint pain. I hope someone can help, because this is the best I have felt in sooo many years aside from the joint pain.