hot flashes/cold night sweats, and throbbing breast!
(Granger, IN , USA)
Hi, I am so thankful to have found your site! I am at my wit's end with these hot/cold soaking chilling sweats day and night. I had blood levels done, and my estradiol was 11pg/ml and progesterone 1 ng/ml, when on no BHRT.
My Dr. prescribed a compounded cream of 25 mg prog; o.5 mg estradiol; 0.5 mg estriol /gm to use 1 gm., once or twice a day. Disaster from day 1, with 1/4 dose; bloating, worse sweating, crying, depression,acne and still throbbing breast pain. I eventually gave up with this as I had previously used BHRT,( from another Dr.) but with much more progesterone( 100mg), and estradiol 0.3mg: estriol 1.2mg. These were oral caps, and were very effective. I feel the cream has way too much estrogen for me to risk with my history of breast cancer.
I saw a menopause specialist who agreed that she thought I needed more progesterone, so have been taking 100mg/caps, 1/day. Hot sweats etc are marginally better, and altho' the nasty symptoms from the cream have gone, the breast throbbing still remains and wakes me up once or more /night-v. painful.
Before I go further I should explain that I have had a double mastectomy, and reconstruction, so my 'breasts' are flaps of abdominal fat, but now they're throbbing regardless!!!( have had them checked-no issues).
I'm thinking I should increase the progesterone caps to 2/day at least and stay away from estrogen completely, but would really value another opinion. I am post-menopausal(60), and am confused as to what is a safe level of estrogen and progesterone for me.
Any advice would be so very much appreciated! Thanks:-)