How do I know if this is it?

by Angela
(NH)

I am 32 years old and have 2 children. While I was pregnant with my second child I had experienced terrible spider veins, vericose veins and horrible leg pain. I went to my OBGYN and they said they couldn't do anything for me. As soon as I would get out of bed in the morning to put my feet on the ground I would be in horrible pain. They couldn't figure out what was wrong.

Now 2 years after having my children I still have leg sensitivity. I had the vericose veins removed and some of the spider veins but I am still feeling leg pain and lower back pain (they just ache). My PMS symptoms have always been bad but now they are worse. I have a wierd pressure feeling below during my first couple of days during my period. Almost like I have to push out a baby. It is very hard for me to stand. I get extremely fatigued and I crave food like crazy. My mood swings are horrible and I don't even want to be in my own skin.

My OBGYN thinks the pressure feeling is endrometriosis since it runs in my family but they can't be sure unless I go in for a test. They want to put me on birth control and they say that will stop the issues. Birth control gives me instant spider veins!

I am at a loss. I feel horrible. I eat very clean, excercise every day and I still feel awful. I dread getting my period because I feel so bad during that week. I went to a nutritionist a long time a go and she put me on hormone cream and I remember feeling like a million bucks.

I am not sure if this is what I need but I am willing to try anything. How do I know if I need the cream and how much? where do I get it?

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Jul 20, 2011
How do I know if this is it?
by: Wray

Hi Angela Progesterone drops sharply after giving birth, leading to adverse symptoms. It sends 25% of women into depression, exhaustion, muscle fatigue, etc., from the baby blues to post natal psychosis. I have no evidence that a lack causes spider or varicose veins, but it wouldn't surprise me if it did cause them. Progesterone is a vasodilator, insufficient causes the blood vessels to contract and weaken. Muscle fatigue/pain is definitely caused by a lack, I had severe muscle fatigue all over after the birth of my daughter. See here and here. The worsening PMS symptoms suggest a current lack of progesterone, hence your positive response when you used the hormone cream. Undoubtedly it was progesterone. The fact the BCP adversely effects you is another indication you need it, see here. All Contraceptives lower progesterone levels. Excess oestrogen/low progesterone causes blood glucose to be upset, hence your cravings. But I believe you also need vitamin D, please have a test done. A lack of vitamin D reduces the benefits of progesterone, plus it leads to an upset blood glucose, cravings and muscle fatigue and pain, see here. Plus these papers here, here, here, here and here. Please have a test done, for more info see the Vitamin D Council and GrassrootsHealth websites. I'm running out of space so will start a new comment below. Take care Wray

Jul 20, 2011
How do I know if this is it?
by: Wray

Hi Angela If you should consider using progesterone, please see our page on How to use progesterone cream. I recommend 100-200mg/day, or more if symptoms are severe. But before using it please see our page on Oestrogen Dominance first, as this can occur and is disconcerting if it does. For encouragement you might like to read these comments here, here, here and here. You'll notice they all experimented with the amount needed. Endometriosis is an inflammatory disorder, more often than not caused by a lack of vitamin D/excess oestrogen. It suggests your family members also have a lack of vitamin D. Please have a test done. Take care Wray








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