I think my problems started 21 years ago when I had acupuncture to increase my breast size, which involved stimulating oestrogen production. After about a year of acupuncture I started developing gastro problems and severe bloating and fluid retention around mid-cycle. Firstly for one day a month and quickly increasing to 10 days a month. And then continuous severe gastro symptoms all day, every day, but worsening mid-cycle. I was soon diagnosed with severe IBS and put on anti-spasmodics which do nothing.
My doctor also put me onto progesterone tablets for the mid-cycle complains which did over time reduce the severity and length of time I suffered the worst symptoms at mid-cycle, but still the continuous IBS symptoms.
My biggest ongoing issue is IBS - constant bloating, cramping, gas, diahorrea. As I am constantly researching this condition, my theory is it relates to progesterone deficiency more than anything else. All foods make me sick and it is a constant all day every day thing, I'll get maybe 2 hours a morning of mild to moderate relief at best.
My doctor at the moment wants me to cut down and ultimately stop taking the progesterone tablets, which I want to do too, but many times I have tried to stop taking them and all the symptoms come back with a venguence within a week of stopping the progesterone tabs.
For the past 5 months I have been taking half a tablet per day and have noticed an increase in symptoms of the IBS in particular nausea, gas, bloating, diarhorrea, cramping as well as sore breasts that lasts about a week or so and soreness and tenderness like I have never felt before. Now for the past 3 weeks (I am 48) I am waking up almost every night in a hot sweat 1 to 4 times a night, tossing and turning, unable to get to sleep, IBS symptoms have gotten worse than ever.
Everthing I have read about eostrogen dominance and progesterone deficiency makes perfect sense to me.
I have ordered a tube of your progesterone cream, my question is what would be the best routine to follow for taking it - the routine for menopause? Going off HRT?
I had a hysterectomy when I was 32, but I can still tell when I cycle due to the worsening of IBS symptoms around mid-cycle, tho I have noticed that for the past year or so this is not every month, it can sometimes be a month apart, sometimes 2 plus months apart.
Right now, I'm such a mess, so fed up and ready to give up, but that won't do, it's not in my nature to give up.