Should I follow Natpro instructions to the letter?
Please bare with me through this rather long story - I have a question at the end, I swear!
For years I was lucky enough to have regular periods, but about five years ago, I started having "non-threatening" but irritating symptoms - dry skin, acne in odd places, hair loss, bloating, insomnia, anxiety attacks, weight gain, tiredness, depression. I went to three different doctors and had a variety of tests (none for hormones), all of which found nothing. I asked each doctor - could it be hormones? They all thought no, because the periods were regular - all any of them wanted to do was give me hypertension meds for my growing high blood pressure (which I also did not used to have as an "organic, mostly vegetarian, eat macrobiotics, yoga fan") - my mother over the course of her life, has had 6 heart attacks, the last of which left her heart badly damaged and dependent on a pacemaker to stay alive (possibly for not very long, we are told). Doctors concluded that EVERY ONE of those heart attacks was triggered by a bad reaction to hypertension meds - so I told my doctors, thanks but no thanks - I'll just live with it or figure it out myself.
Fast forward to this year - I am 40. I have never had a child. A few months ago I missed a period. I figured I wasn't pregnant (home tests confirmed it), but after week 5 went by with no period, I visited yet another doctor (a woman this time, hoping I would have a more sympathetic ear) to find out why. She ran a blood test for thyroid function, one for pregnancy, found the thyroid results to be fine, and that I was not pregnant - and told me I was overweight and my blood pressure was too high and I really needed to come in every week for a BP check and I needed meds for the hypertension. "What about the screwy hormones?" I asked. She essentially shrugged it off, told me it was probably menopause and sent me on my way. *sigh*
A week after that visit, I started spotting. Problem solved! I thought. HA HA. What followed was five weeks of mostly painless but INSANE bleeding with clots big enough to qualify as internal organs. When I started feeling weak and dizzy in spite of doubled up vitamins and boosted iron supplements, I went back to the doctor. She was pleased my BP was "down a little" (probably because I was close to passing out from blood loss) and told me there was nothing I could do about the endless bleeding until it had gone on for a couple of YEARS - it was definitely menopause and I just had to find a way to deal with it - and did I need help dieting and why wouldn't I take the hypertension meds because I "might not" have the same reactions as my mother did... I politely told her no to everything and set out to fix it myself.
In my search I found this site. Hoorah! I went out and bought Progest (the only cream I could find locally) and gave it a try. In 24 hrs, the clots had stopped - bleeding was still there, but it was slowing. Yay! I thought - and ordered the Natpro. The Progest twice a day made life easier while I waited for it to arrive. When it did, I was surprised to find they recommended hourly applications for my symptoms (a LOT of cream) which I am rather too busy for, but I managed to use about 1/4 tsp every two hours and doubled that and applied a.s.a.p. if I went too long because of work or other distractions (like sleep). In a couple weeks the great blood letting has stopped.
Now -the instructions say to decrease the applications gradually after bleeding stops until it starts again, then wait two weeks and start the cream application again (to "reset" the cycle), so I did. When I was down to using the cream 3x a day, the flow returned - with a vengeance. I stopped the cream and am currently on day 5 of abject misery with clots and bleeding worse than before.
The toilet is my new best friend - he is sooo cool. I like to sit on him all day and read magazines until I can't feel my feet. Speaking of feet, I have fluid build up in my lower legs and I am DRAGGING through the days, winded and exhausted and usually with a headache. My question to you lovely people with more experience with this (FINALLY- sorry) is this right? Should I be doing something differently? Would it be OK to use the cream everyday but in varying amounts to try to "reset" things? Is "resetting" even necessary at this point? Do you think it's safe to just use all the time - i.e. the same amount everyday for forever (or at least a really long time)? Because I felt GREAT (better than I have in years, actually) after the cream had a chance to work and I am seriously unhappy with things right now. And I have way too much work to do to be able to spend all day and night visiting the toilet, no matter how cool he is.
Any advice/ information would be greatly appreciated, I have learned more things in a few days from this site than I have from four doctors in six years - So A big kudos from me to anyone out there helping keep it going for all of us. THANK-YOU! THANK-YOU! THANK-YOU!