Need Help with Anxiety!!
Hi Wray. I am 54 years old and have been on bioidentical hormones for 10 years along with armour thyroid. I work with a great doc who specializes in BHRT. He and his nurses are always there when I call to help me tweak my hormones.
I felt fantastic until a month ago. I had an anxiety attack one day out of the blue with no outside stressors involved. One thing I did do the day before this happened was raise my bi-est (estrogen) cream a little to see if it would help some really slight hot flashes I was having. My doc agreed that this must have caused the anxiety so since then I've gone off the bi-est. However, during this last 4 weeks, I have had a terrible time with feelings of a racing pulse, dry mouth, light-headedness, nervousness, insomnia, etc. I'll have a few days here or there where I think I'm over it and I feel all better, even euphoric a couple times, but then the anxiety comes back.
My doc had me switch from my progesterone cream to caps to see if I would absorb them better. After a couple weeks of no change either way, yesterday we switched back to cream. He has me on 100 mg. a day of prog. cream but after reading your website I have questions for you if you don't mind...
1. Is it cortisol or adrenaline that's surging through me causing this? Why won't it stop?
2. Do you think prog. is the key here? Should I use your recommendations and use 200 mg. prog. cream then if I feel worse, raise it til I feel better?
3. How many days will it take? I don't know how long my body can hold out like this! Plus, I can't function. Thank God I don't have a job to worry about (thanks to my husband).
Also, my Vit. D was 84 last time I tested it in December. Before this blowup I was using 112 mg. prog. cream, 2.5 mg. bi-est cream, 2 mg. testosterone cream, DHEA, and armour thyroid. I had a 24-hr. urine test done one month before all this happened too just to make sure things looked good and everything was good except the prog. was low and the DHEA a little high. But now I'm only using the prog. cream and armour thyroid. I haven't had a period in almost 5 months, so think I'm over them.
I bought the taurine, B6, and B3 you listed and started them last night and today will look for the GABA and Tryptophan.
Thanks for any help -- I need to know I'm not going to lose it and that there will be an end to this!