Severe Endometriosis/ Taking 2000mg Natpro Per Day and Still Having Problems/ What's a Therapuetic Dose?
by Hopeful for Help
August 1, 2013
Thank you for your time, your helpful website, and your product. I have searched your website and forums at length and will continue to do so, because I have gleaned such a wealth of information.
Even so, I was not sure if I had found the best answer for my specific situation, so I thought directly asking you my question might be worth a try.
I tried to make this note as short and as concise as possible while still providing clarity. Here is an explanation of what's going on with my body as well as my main question:
I am a petite female and am only 26 years old, but have suffered and am continuing to suffer greatly to put it mildly.
After a lifetime of misdiagnoses, the whole of my marriage being filled with worsening illness (and we've been married for a long time), and being bedridden for a lengthy period (essentially more struggles and symptoms than I have strength to mention), I was recently and finally diagnosed correctly with a very severe case of endometriosis via laparoscopy.
Following the laparoscopy, the doctor wanted me to take Lupron Depot, and then for my husband and me to get pregnant as soon as possible. The doctor offered no other alternatives, even when I pressed for holistic therapies.
After tons of prayer, some research, memories of my background filled with poor tolerance of birth control (taken years ago) and strong drugs, and basically too many reasons to list, I ultimately refused the Lupron Depot treatment.
I continued my journey to find healing, came across your informative website, and ordered Natpro.
*I should note that my husband and I are not doing anything to prevent pregnancy at this point.*
When an ovulation predictor urine test detected my LH surge around the time I was already expecting to ovulate (which was almost two weeks ago), I began taking Natpro for the first time. I started off with about 300mg total of Natpro per day, and estrogen dominance symptoms increased.
I had originally tried not to go over 400mg of Natpro; I knew that going over 400mg of Natpro would cause my menstrual cycle to cease, which would mean my husband and I would not be able to get pregnant for a while, and we love kids. Thus, I thought that I might try taking the Natpro only during my luteal phase.
However, the estrogen dominance symptoms became unbearable for me, so I increased my Natpro dosage some each day whenever the estrogen dominance symptoms flared.
(During this beginning period with Natpro, I should note that if I went without Natpro for an extended period of time (a few hours), my body was hit with an absolutely debilitatingly painful bout of nausea.)
After the severe estrogen dominance flares, I ended up thinking that maybe taking a higher dose of Natpro (at least 500mg per day) continuously for 2 to 3 months (or maybe even 4 to 6 months) might really be the best option for me until my estrogen dominance symptoms decreased or disappeared (even though I had not wanted to originally follow this route).
Now, I am up to about 2000mg of Natpro per day total. I have stayed around this 2000mg of Natpro per day for more than a few days. I divide the 2000mg up and apply these doses hourly over the course of the day, except when sleeping.
(When I wake from sleeping in the morning, I often have terrible estrogen dominance symptoms, and, then, I don't start to feel even halfway okay until 8 to 10 to 12 to 14 hours later, and sometimes not at all.)
I thought I saw small improvements here and there since using Natpro, which, for me, is amazing.
However, I am having lots of increasing pain and cannot even sit because of the pain, (This is about the time when my menstrual period would be due.), severe fatigue, sometimes drowsy and feeling delirious in the worst kind of way, brain fog, constipation, water retention, very severe eczema flares on hands and lips (I have stayed away from sulfur dioxide for a long time, so I know sulfur dioxide cannot be causing the eczema flares.), extremely exacerbated coldness in my extremities that feels absolutely miserable (which I'm thinking is Raynaud's phenomenon acting up, which sometimes turns into extreme heat and pinkness since using Natpro), painful neuropathy flares, a sensation of shaking and pain while falling asleep (which might also be neuropathy), severe mood swings, anxiety attacks, hot flashes and increased sweating (which I have never had, and I am just dripping at times; this is also a miserable feeling), food cravings (and I eat extremely extremely healthfully), migraine pain, TMJ exacerbation, a metal taste around my jaw that won't go away, waking up anxious, insomnia, only able to sleep for a few hours and then only to wake feeling so sick and "wide awake", and severe nausea among other symptoms.
Also, I'm beginning to wonder if my hair is falling out; I'm hoping I'm just in that hair phase where shedding occurs, but now I'm not so sure...
I'm concerned that symptoms do not seem to be improving very much and are in many ways worsening.
*I am especially concerned about this as I am using a very high of a dose of Natpro (2000mg per day), and it would seem the vast majority of the people on the Natpro forums seem to have found a much smaller amount of Natpro to be therapeutic.
Also, my husband and I cannot afford for me to use this high dose of 2000mg of Natpro every day forever. In addition, I want to eventually get back to having a menstrual cycle at some point especially if we get a false pregnancy test in the upcoming week or so.
***My question is how do I know when I have reached a therapeutic dose of Natpro?***
Should I continue to increase the dose, since my pain and other symptoms are increasing? If so, how much do I increase it each day?
Should I stay at the amount I'm taking (about 2000mg per day) and hope symptoms subside?
I would love to work my way down to somewhere closer to 500mg per day at the very least. Should I slowly decrease the dose by no more than about 30mg per day (to prevent miscarriage--if I am already in the early stages of pregnancy--and/or to prevent even more estrogen dominance symptoms) until I get down to around 500mg per day?
I increased my Vitamin D intake from 5000 IU per day to 10,000 IU per day a week or so ago. I also just started taking L-Cysteine 500mg per day a few days ago, because I believe I read about L-Cysteine being helpful in treating endometriosis on the Natpro website.
Thank you so much for your time, expertise, product, helpful website, and for taking the time to try and help my husband and me.
Your website, product, and expertise have been such a help already, and any insights you have will be greatly appreciated.
God bless you.
Hopeful for Help
P.S. Perhaps, this information would be valuable to you as well: My gallbladder was surgically removed about 5 years ago. Sadly, I look back and think that it was taken out unnecessarily by the doctors.
Thank you again for your help and expertise! I feel absolutely miserable and am desperate to get well.
P.P.S. I've had such severe symptoms that I am up to 3500mg of Natpro.