Headaches when off Progesterone
I am the mother of 13 children (11 of my own)- and I am having a hard time feeling well. My youngest natural child is 8 years old- and I actually felt quite well after her birth, but couldn't lose all of the baby fat. I went from 174 pounds to 150 through exercise and eating whole foods, but then progress stopped.
I then got out of my abusive marriage over the course of two years, and went on a raw foods diet. I was 'raw' for five years- and I lost 30 pounds in 2-3 months going raw (probably because I got off of all grains, esp. wheat.) I got down to 114 pounds, close to where I should be (I am small boned and 5'4") but I am hypoglycemic, so the high fruit diet made things worse, even though I ate plenty of nuts and fats. I got on a sub-lingual progesterone from a compounding pharmacy, but it did no good for weight loss- my levels were at 3- extremely low. ( My digestion, skin,and other hormone levels and vitamin levels are all healthy/normal- like a 25 year old. I am 43.)
Last summer (2012) I go really sick, and ended up doing metabolic type testing- I am a protein type... and adding meats and eggs into my diet really helped me, and I quit all sugars (honey, molasses, maple syrup were the only sugars I consumed at that point.) My blood sugar ups and downs were gone, but I think I was so low carb I think I made myself sick from being in ketosis for too long. I added more veggies to my diet, and some popcorn, wheat-belly breads, etc.
I had to withdraw from life basically last fall when I got so sick with exhaustion, nausea, dizziness, mental fog- no clarity- etc. I thought that I was pregnant, but not the case. I gained 12 pounds last fall, and then probably ten more in the past few months. My doctors tested me for menopause in the fall- not the problem. Last month I asked my doctor to test my thyroid with four different tests- all levels were normal, but I tested slightly high for antibodies- so he said that I have an inflamed thyroid. I have been waiting for a referral to an endocrinologist- but I am still waiting.
I tried progesta-care a few months ago- and it really helped, but when I went off it after three weeks, I got a horrible headache that would not go away. It was like a migraine on each side of my head- I was bedridden and useless for three days, and ended up taking maxalt more than once to try and get relief.
I know that the progesterone helped me, I am just afraid of that headache coming back when I stop taking it for the week of my period. I was taking one dose (one pump) per day as directed- was the dose too small? I do not want to give myself headaches- I am usually headache free except under great duress. Any suggestions you may have would be greatly appreciated!