RA when nursing and now with menopause-How much Progesterone to start?
I want to use the creme for RA symptoms but I have others as well, hot flashes, loss of libido(ha! who am I kidding, NO libido!)weight gain,foggy brain, tiredness,etc! I'm wondering if I should start with 200mg a day or higher? I thought I'd also order the Energy Boost. Here's my story:
I am 55 years old and have been in menopause for 5 years. I had my first flare of RA when I was 35 and nursing my daughter.(she was my 2nd. child-I had no problems with my first but I was only 26) It started about 7 weeks after her birth and came on literally overnight.The pain and inflammation would roam-sometimes my hands, or feet, or knees etc. The symptoms started to diminish later on but I don't remember when but I think it coincided with starting to add solid foods so she was nursing less. I had no more flares after that UNTIL, I gave birth 2 years later and the same thing happened at about the same timing, only it was more severe this time. Again, the symptoms disappeared and no more flares, until I hit menopause. (I also started using a natural progesterone creme around the age of 40 for perio menopause symptoms. I don't remember when or why I stopped, but it wasn't at the rec. dosage here anyway, but it did help with the pms type symptoms) The RA symptoms started in the last year of spotty periods but was only in a few joints in my toes and fingers that it was easy to dismiss, then after my periods stopped, in about 8 mos. it flared hard. I've always felt that there was a hormone connection because of this but hadn't found anything to support my theory. After reading some of the articles here, it makes perfect sense! I wish, wish, wish I had found this site back then. I have tried numerous alternative therapies for RA and have had some success with pain relief I still have pain, inflammation and flares. My wrists are almost "frozen" with very little mobility because of the inflammation. I saw a functional dr for a couple of years and had blood work done. I know that my CRP and other inflammation markers were high and my A1c was high normal. I asked him to do a hormone test because of my theory and I don't remember all the results, but my progesterone was very low. We tried a progesterone liquid supplement, but it seemed to exacerbate the flares and now I know why-not enough! I have experimented with dietary changes as well. I have been organic for 20 years, but am now gluten and dairy free. Recently I tried vegetarian and that seems to help as well. I do eat eggs on occasion. I don't eat much sugar. So, should I start with 200mg a day or should I go higher? Thanks in advance to anyone who responds!With gratitude,Rose