Post breast cancer - can't have estrogen
by Joanne Strobel
(Belding, Michigan, USA)
I am turning 50 in less than 2 months. In 2006 I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Prior to treatment, it was easy to maintain my slim weight. Since treatment I have battled many side effect symptoms and have struggled to reverse the effects.
15 lb weight gain
always hungry/more cravings
more joint/muscle pain
brittle hair & nails
always cold, other than when I have a hotflash
not as energetic as I used to be
sexual desire much lower
I am told I cannot every have estrogen as I am estrogen receptor positive.
I visited a hormone clinic (that my insurance will not pay for) and they put me on progesterone (125 mg). Its been almost a year and have tried the cream and the capsules didn't notice a difference. Still deal with most of the above symptoms.
I have read many articles and I am now more confused than ever.
Should I be on progesterone?
Will I benefit from progesterone?
How do I talk to my regular physician regarding progesterone, will she only refer me to a hormone specialist or is my only option to continue with the Born Clinic which is a Bio-identical hormone clinic? I tried a traditional endocrine specialist and all I got from him was that the clinic was full of quacks and that I don't have a problem.
Help direct me to a solution. Thank you very much for your time.