Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
Hello, my name is Dianna. I have been perusing this website on and off for a couple of months trying to figure out what to do. Almost ten years ago, at the age of 20 I discontinued my use of marijuana and alcohol (I had been abusing both for years). As soon as I quit those substances cold turkey, I noticed many changes in my moods that I later was able to discern were all clustered around the two weeks before my period would start. I mention the original abuse of marijuana and alcohol because it wasn't until I quit those things that I noticed what I did. I have done the whole 12 step thing and been to a lot of therapy, yadda yadda yadda. I have suffered from PMDD ever since then. I have all of the typical symptoms, fatigue, crying spells, anger, feelings of guilt and shame, suicidal thoughts, breast tenderness, hypersomnia, feeling out of touch with who I am, acne, bloating, etc. At first gynecologists tried birth control and then prozac and later zoloft and now 100 mg oral micronized progesterone. BTW, I am a good student, I read up on all that I could about it and realize that creams are simply better in many ways let alone the reduced stress on the liver, but right now this is the only form of progesterone that I can consistently get my hands on. The initial dose of 100 mg oral micronized progesterone induced increased symptoms! So frustrated! I have been trying to increase it on my own during this cycle. I am taking one of those 100 mg capsules 4 times a day, most times with food. I go see the doctor again soon, but I am just so fed up with doctors not being able to help me. I am sorry that this is so long. I would love if I could get some feedback.