Post menopause, could I need progesterone?

by Barbara Hicks
(Mabelvale, Arkansas)

I’m a 65 yr old female. My daughter is concerned that Progesterone may be my problem. She has received a lot of help here and even her doctor is starting to listen. So at her recommendation I’m trying and I hope that it can help me. I took the test you have on the home page an scored 53 but I know other things can cause that.

At around 22 or 23 I started having panic attacks. I had started taking birth control pills a year or so before. I was put on medication for the attacks and I improved but I had them periodically from that point on. Later I blamed low blood sugar and couldn’t understand why eating didn’t help.
I’ve had depression, panic attacks, low thyroid, breast cancer, mild MS, brown spots that started too early to be age related. Bloody spots on my arms with the smallest bump. I do what I call checking out, when I can’t handle things. I’m in a fog, not really here but gone none the less. Those times I can’t really think clearly, have terrible short term memory lost. I blame that on MS but my MS is not progressing an my Neuro released me. I can’t handle heat and that could be MS but in my case I retain fluid instead of the usual MS symptoms. And last but certainly not least I’ve tested low D3 and B12. I take pills for the d3 and shots for the b12. I went completely through menopause in my mid forties. My life at that time was out of control so I couldn’t blame what I was feeling on anything other than my life.

Now I have no energy and tire way too easily. I can’t handle stress at all without my heart pounding and this fog dropping over me. My panic attacks got so bad at one point I had to quit driving in heavy traffic or on freeways. Some days I can do that now.

I see that above I listed breast cancer almost as an after thought and I know its not. I took Tamoxifen for two years and Arimidex for three. I had radiation but not chemo. The drugs took their toll on me. I developed osteoporosis but that is reversing now I think. I’ve been off those for about two years.

Today my blood pressure is fine 119/66, my heat beat is low but okay at 56. I feel numb all over, my face and feet are the worst. My eye lids, my face feels swelled and water logged. I’m foggy, heavy, light headed and tired.
I am on a pill for my blood pressure, a water pill and a thyroid pill.

Any help you can give me will certainly be appreciated. Thank you.

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Aug 13, 2010
Post menopause, could I need progesterone?
by: Wray

Hi Barbara It sounds as if you needed progesterone all your life! Panic attacks are caused by a drop in GABA levels, this is one of our most calming neurotransmitters. Progesterone activates the GABA receptor sites, so without it GABA doesn't work well. Blood glucose does affect them too, but it's not a low level but a fast drop. This would occur if eating anything with sugar in it, bread, sweet fruits or sweet root or fruit veggies. Blood glucose rises too fast, the pancreas pumps out too much insulin, which causes the glucose level to drop too quickly. Progesterone also helps depression, cancer, MS, brown spots, hypothyroidism and the mental fog too. All these symptoms are exacerbated, if not caused by excess oestrogen. This is a mitogen, causing cells to divide and multiply, including fat cells. It's a known initiator of inflammation too. Stress drops progesterone levels sharply, so your 'out of control life' would certainly have caused stress. Progesterone also helps high BP and water retention. In fact it's such a good diuretic it's now given via IV transfusion to brain trauma victims to prevent the oedema that forms. But I believe above all you need to get your vitamin D level up as fast as you safely can. Low vitamin D reduces the benefits of progesterone too. I do hope you are taking about 5000iu's per day, possibly 10,000iu?s, you need to get your level to a minimum of 50ng/ml year round. Better still if it's in the 80-100ng/ml range, please see the Vitamin D council website for more info. A lack of vitamin D causes high BP, depression and thyroid problems, cancer and MS too. But please consult someone who understands vitamin D and high doses. If you do consider progesterone please read this page on Menopause. But please read this page on Oestrogen Dominance first. I suspect you will react initially to the progesterone, as it appears you have high oestrogen/low progesterone. To reassure yourself please read this page on Cancer and progesterone. I generally recommend 100-200mg/day progesterone, but you might need the higher amount to begin with. Progesterone does help the skin, specially the brown spots, it also helps strengthen it. But you need to take at least 2000mg/day N-acetyl cysteine. The skin comprises 14% cysteine, making it strong and stopping those 'bloody spots'. Cysteine is essential for strong hair and nails too. It appears your cells are not getting the 'fuel' they need, hence the lack of energy and tiredness, please read this page on Insulin Resistance. Take care Wray

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