by Kimberly Schwartz
(Miami, Fl 33176)
I have had every hormonal symptom ever known to any woman and you are about to read a very different story, which I believe may have started my hormonal hell.
I am 45 and have been having severe PMS since the age of 18.
I feel that my descent into "hormonal hell" as I call it, may have begun when I developed anorexia at the very young and pre-adolescent age of 11.I suffered with anorexia until the age of 13. During those 2 years of calorie restriction and the loss of over 15% of my body weight, I reversed my puberty and developed primary amenorrhea..meaning I never got my period at all, until I was put on synthetic estrogen (Premarin) and synthetic progesterone (Provera) for 1 yr, to jumpstart my puberty.
These (synthetic) hormones caused me to go through the normal development from a child to a woman within 1 yr. Of course this was alot faster than it would take a child to go through normal puberty. The end result of these hormonal changes caused me to go through depression, mood swings, hypoglycemia, intense sugar cravings and eating binges, headaches, anxiety, insomnia, a sleep disorder, TMJ (severe jaw pain), and deep muscular pain all over my body. I was soon put on a series of different anti-depressants and anti-anxiety meds (Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Klonopin others) throughout the next 10 yrs of my life and was diagnosed with depression, anxiety and Fibromyalgia. If I only knew then what I know now..and if only the Drs KNEW WHAT I NOW KNOW! They were treating all of my hormonal symptoms with pharmaceutical drugs and none of them worked in the slightest to help me. In fact, over the years, my symptoms have worsened.
I have been on progesterone cream before, but probably either wasnt taking enough..or I had too much estrogen dominance, which I have heard can make progesterone creams worsen one's symtoms. I was told by a Holistic MD to stop using body lotions and certain other things that increase one's (toxic) estrogen levels. I now moisturize my skin after a showere only with coconut oil and use "Wen" hair care products instead of shampoos and conditioners.
I am now about to try this progesterone cream, hoping it will finally work for me. I never knew it was safe or beneficial to use anymore than 20 mgs of progesterone p/day!
I am a little bit nervous for my symptoms to get worse, but I am willing to try this and see what will happen.
I would like to know how much of this progesterone cream I should be taking for sleep improvement (I barely sleep, and when I do, I never stay asleep for more than 3 hours and often times, thats ALL I can sleep), I get pre and post menstrual migraines, I get alot of sugar cravings, deep pain, knots, soreness and spasms in my body almost all the time, joint pain in my knees, elbows, ankles and wrists, especially premenstrually, and depression and anxiousness before my period. My period is every 3-4 weeks, so it is regular, I just want to eliminate all of the other symptoms I mentioned!
Thanks for reading my story and if this cream can help me, then it can help ANYONE! I am one tough case alright!!