I am at my wits end...please help

by Leanda
(Johannesburg, South Africa)

Hi all,

I pray you can help with some advise.

I have been battling for 2 and a half years now and as you can imagine I am at my wits end.

I had a grand mal seizure 3 weeks after my daughter was born. I do not suffer epilepsy. This is where all my suffering started. I went for tests and everything came back normal. I was then put on an anti-depressant and benzodiazipine. Things got a little better but there were always underlying issues that I at the time attributed to side effects from the meds I was on.

I weaned off the medication and all my symptoms came back with a vengeance.

My symptoms are as follows:
Feeling spaced out
weight loss
Panic Attacks
Tingles over my body
Night sweats

I had my hormones checked and the doctor found that my progesterone was non existent and my cortisol levels are high.

I started 100mg utrogestan a day about 2 weeks ago.

Things have just gotten worse. i am pretty much bed ridden and spend my days crying and fighting anxiety and negative thoughts.

Should I switch to the cream and should I increase my dose.

How long can I expect before I feel better. This has been going on for so long and I feel like my life is falling apart.

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Sep 21, 2014
by: Anonymous

Hi Leanda~
Oh my goodness you have been through so much. Have you read pages "How to use progesterone", "oestrogen Dominance"? I'm not sure what you are using... Is it BIOIDENTICAL progesterone? First thing is you need to read those pages on this website. You need a far greater dose of progesterone to overcome the E dominance and it make take some time. Also, there is a wonderful book written by Dr Michael Platt, The Miracle of Bioidentical Hormones. he is a huge proponent of BioIdentical progesterone cream. But first thing first. Read those recommended pages on this website. It will shed a lot of light on why you are possibly feeling so poorly. At first glance, if you are using BioIdentical progesterone cream, then you are not using enough. If it's not BioIdentical, then stop using it. Synthetic hormones are dangerous and can have an adverse effect.
I wish you well.

Sep 21, 2014
by: Chloe

I'm hoping someone more knowledgeable than me will be around soon. You are already in my prayers.

If this started with the birth of the baby and they say your progesterone is zero, I would lean toward hormonal issues? was all well before you gave birth? Is this the 1st time you have felt like this?
Two years in this state is tremendous suffering for you and your child.

Do you have progesterone cream with you? I'm going to go on a limb and say if you do, as Wray would say, start with 100-200mg, see how you feel, that list of symptoms you posted, see what you can scratch off over sometime after applying the cream. But give it some time, eat high protein, and make sure your getting enough vitamin-d, this helps the progesterone do its best job. And PLEASE check back for more responses. I'm thinking at this point the cream can only help and not harm, but you would have to see if it helps, before moving on to other areas of Tx. I am rooting for you

Sep 23, 2014
at my wits end
by: Leanda

Hi Ladies,

I never battled any of these things before the seizure.

I am in complete hell today. IT gets so bad I am tempted to go to the hospital because I literally feel like I might be dying.

The progesterone I am on is a natural form but it is a pill not cream.

My doctor tells me to give the 100mg dose 3 months but I need to get rid of these symptoms.

Sep 23, 2014
by: Joy

Hi Leanda

It appears that you are suffering from Post Natal Depression (PND) which also explains your Anxiety. Progesterone is needed to balance the hormones. I don't believe that you are using enough progesterone either, the late Dr Dalton used to prescribe anything from 400-2400mg per day, depending on how severe symptoms are. Whilst progesterone is needed, it can’t do it on it’s own, it needs help in the form of calming amino acids which are all mentioned on the Anxiety page.

Please also read Estrogen Dominance and How to use Progesterone Cream.

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