Low or High Progesterone Levels?
I am 50 years old and have been suffering from several pre-menopausal symtomes for many years. For a year now I have been suffering from extreme exhaustion and fatigue. I do not get any recuperative sleep. I wake up extremely tired even though I get adequate sleep. I stay tired throughout the day and crash several times during the day. This has greatly interfered with my work, my family, my social life, my upkeep with my self and my home. I am always so exhausted, fatigued, irritable and angry. I feel so foggy headed and can not focus or retain my thoughts. I feel like I'm going crazy and I'm pretty sure I act crazy a lot of the time but I think people are too afraid to tell me. I don't even like being around me! This is just not me and it is wearing me out completely.
I recently took a saliva and bood test for hormone level testing (saliva was taken in the morning and blood in the afternoon on the same day). My saliva test shows that I am low in progesterone and normal in estrogen. My blood test shows that I am extremely high in progesterone and low in estrogen. How can this be?
The tests were taken on day 19 of my cycle and on the same day. Is it possible for my levels to change that much during the day? I am not on any hormone replacement so I could not have contaminated the saliva test and I followed the directions to the tee (using no face creams and using fresh bedding and towels and washing my hands before handling the test tube). My doctor is also baffeled by this and not sure what to do.
My cycle is always 28 days with 5 days of moderate to heavy flowing, however over the last 2 months my cycle has been 37 days and my last cycle was a very very light flow, almost nonexistent.
Do you have any advice on how to make some sense out of the results of the saliva and blood test? I really really need some help fast! My friends, family, co-workers and employer would appreciate it too!