Palpitations , ectopic beats , weepy , cold. , fatigue and fed up !
After reading your site I have for the very first time felt there may be a ray of hope ! Many of the symptoms of low progesterone / oestrogen's dominance I suffer with and have for years. I have had unexplained palpitations for about 20years which started when I was 25 . This was accompanied with fatigue , foggy head , weakness and depression .All tests proved normal ,thyroid, electrolytes, blood count etc and i was called an enigma by one of the many consultants i saw. I have managed my palpitations with a very small paediatric beta blocker syrup . It's such a low dose the medics almost feel it is an ineffectual amount given the adult conventional dose is 25mg atenolol and I take 5mg. However this has allowed me to function relatively normally and After about 2 years I began to feel more like my old self. Throughout this stressful time my periods were always normal I had been on the contraceptive pill for about 7years and stopped taking it when I became unwell . This episode may not have had anything to do with my hormones but as time has gone on I am now very aware of the effect my monthly cycle is having on my health and in particular my heart.
Although regarded as harmless by the cardiologists I suffer with ventricular ectopic beats and have on and off for about 15 years which are now becoming such a problem I have discussed having them ablated surgically . This is not a proceedure I particularly want to have done but I cannot tolerate the medication which I appear to generally struggle with but life is becoming unbearable with these irregular beats. The one thing which triggers them is my hormones , they start about a week before my period and stop once I start bleeding. My cycle has become shorter at times and the bleeding longer so I know my hormones are changing and given I am now nearly 48 this is not surprising.
I attended a fertility clinic 4 years ago as we were considering IVF given I met my partner late in life and we would have liked a family. All the tests were normal for someone of my age but I now remember the doctor saying my oestrogen's levels were unusually high. I didn't think anything of it at the time and he didn't appear to be concerned . We didn't proceed with the IVF as I was told my chances of success were about 3% and the costs were high.
The regular episodes of fatigue , irregular heart , foggy head, constant cold hands and feet , weepy feelings , low blood sugar , dry skin and irregular periods do make me think I have a hormone imbalance so today I went to my GP . I would really appreciate your advice on how to further investigate this area. She has arranged a full blood test regime including vit D and LH and FSH which need to be done between day 2 and 5 of my cycle. She is also referring me to a specialist gynaecologist to look into this further. I will ask my GP to test for progesterone which I understand needs to be done later in my cycle.
Her initial first line of treatment was antidepressants or HRT and said the testing was pointless given hormonal fluctuations, I then explained I didn't want either but wanted testing and could use my private health if necessary. I mentioned about the possibility of oestrogen's dominance and low progesterone and she agreed to refer me for tests. Now when I see the consultant I fear I may have a further battle ahead to get the right tests done and need to know what to ask for . I don't know if they do saliva testing but would really really appreciate your advice on what I need to have done to find the best way forward.
Many thanks to you in advance of your reply