So, my cardiologist got mad that I am on natural progesterone....
Okay...what the? I had to see a cardiologist today because of premature ventricular contractions. I have thyroid problems, adrenal exhaustion and am estrogen dominant. I am 48 years old.
You know how the doctors want a list of all your meds, right? First, I told him I am on natural desiccated thyroid and he sort of looked down his nose at me. I guess he doesn't believe in natural remedies. He asked me why I wasn't on synthroid, but that's another story.
Next I told him I take 200mg oral natural progesterone every day and this time he put his arms across his chest, looked over the top of his glasses and said he wants me off of it because it could cause blood clots on the lungs. OMG I said! I've never heard that to be a side effect of natural compounded progesterone and you can even buy the cream without a prescription. I explained to him that I am NOT on synthetic progesterone because I know that does have side effects which I am well aware of.
But, he still said I should come off of it and he was dismissive of the fact that I see a functional medicine practitioner for my thyroid, adrenal and hormone problems. He asked why I haven't seen an endocrinologist or a "SPECIALIST"...well, I'm sure everyone here knows why!
I've been on the natural progesterone for four months now and I finally feel better as far as my horrible PMS and insomnia.
I don't want to go off the progesterone! Has anyone else had their doctor say this to them about natural progesterone?
Oh...he also said the progesterone is the cause of my elevated blood pressure 142/90. (It has been inching up over the last four months and I wasn't sure why even though I lost 35 pounds).
I thought natural progesterone was a calming hormone. Why would that raise my blood pressure? I don't drink or smoke and I have cut out all caffeine and gluten from my diet.
I'm not going off the progesterone just because he said so. I'm going to talk to my functional medicine doctor and see what she says, but I was just wondering if anyone else has had this experience with a cardiologist.
*sigh*....I hate it when doctors make us feel like we are idiots.