Extreme Fatigue

by Lynn
(New Zealand)

Hi Wray, I have just oreder several tubes of your progesterone cream, and as I have severe hot flushes and chronic fatigue for over 20 years, I have very low thyroid and adrenal fatigue, I have started putting the cream on nearly every hour. I have had tests done and know I am very low in progesterone and very high in Testosterone and have Estrogen Dominance. I have been taking it for over 3 weeks now, but I seem to have got back all the symptoms that I have ever had related to my chronic fatigue all at once. Is this normal, and am I doing the right thing in taking high doses? My flushes are just starting to get better and I am sleeping better, my whole ME illness started because I didn't sleep at all for 10 years and then the past 10 years have had very little, so that in istelf is a big improvement. I am thinking of taking your PCO formula as I am sure this will help?
Also my 84 year old/young mother has started using the cream as well but is experiencing the same sort of thing and feeling very very tired, she does have quite weak kidneys as well but very low testosterone and growth hormones.
I would really appreciate any help as I have been struggling for years to try to improve my health. Many thanks for all your help and good work.

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Jan 04, 2012
Extreme Fatigue
by: Wray

Hi Lynn I'm delighted the hot flushes are getting better, and the sleeping too. But you don't say how much you're using. I've found 400mg/day is needed to stop the flushes, are you using this much? But you're using it as it should be used, as and when needed. When first using progesterone it stimulates oestrogen, hence the return of symptoms, which can often be worse than they were. Please see our page on Oestrogen Dominance for more info. Please have a vitamin D test done, living in NZ your level is bound to be too low. A lack leads to so many things, too many to go into here, but insomnia, fatigue and hypothyroidism are a few. For more info on levels, testing etc see the Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth, Birmingham Hospital and Vitamin D Links websites. Blood levels should be 70-100ng/ml or 175-250nmol/L and not the 30ng/ml or 75nmol/L most labs and doctors regard as adequate. And the minimum daily dose should be 5000iu's per day, although the latest research indicates it should be 10,000iu's per day, see here. An interesting study was done in Auckland on elderly participants, by giving them a loading dose of 500,000iu's, see here. Compare this with the 2000iu's maximum dose of the FDA. Please could your mother also have a vitamin D test done. She is unfortunately also experiencing oestrogen dominance, please make sure she is using sufficient. The PCO formula is very high in antioxidants, including vitamin D, so is a good choice. Alternatively the Energy Boost we also make, as that helps Insulin Resistance which also causes fatigue. But I think we're out of stock at the moment. The lab has to make more when they open later this month. If you do get some, please be aware like all natural things, it can take time to work. Take care Wray

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