Trying Your Treatment
Hi Wray, I was a once bubbly energetic worker who suffered a concussion/bad fall called a TBI (nothing showed up on the MRI). But after this I slowly became fatigued, depressed and unable to work. I was put on various antidepressants that really didnt help me.
More recently, I went to a naturopath who did an Adrenal Stress Index test (by Diagnos Techs) and found that my morning cortisol levels were normal (17 at 8 am, 6 at noon, 7 at 5pm) evening cortisol levels were slightly elevated (6 at midnight) and that my DHEA was borderline low (3). I was also having trouble with sleep and am on .5 mg Ativan which helps me sleep at night but I think gives me anxiety during the day and we are going to slowly try to wean me off of it.
The naturopath gave me 10 mg of Pregnenolone by Pure Encapsulations to take in the morning. I also take 3 Seriphos at 5pm, 3 at 8 pm and 3 at bedtime to help with sleep, lower my cortisol and help me get off the Ativan.
He asked me to use 100 mg of Progesterone three weeks on, one week off. I told him about your progesterone and that I had used it years earlier briefly and it made a big difference. My question is that if I use it every day instead of the last 14 days, will that affect my cycle or ability to conceive (I am 43 and never had a child or got married)? I read on your site that the first month to try 200 mg per day. Would it be beneficial/detrimental to use 200 mg for three weeks the first month and then switch to 100 mg after that? How do I determine whether to use it the whole three weeks or do the last 14 days. (I still Menstruate regularly and have always had long and heavy periods with a short amount of time in between.
In addition, the naturopath did not check my progesterone levels but I do have a blood test that a doctor did that shows my estradiol was 240 (I got my period on 4/16 and the test was done on 4/21 which means I still had my period at the time.)
I am also taking Biotin because it has apparently been shown that when you are on Ativan you can be depleted of this vitamin. I have tried to take a B vitamin complex, especially because they are low but I get palpitations when I try to take them. (I tend to struggle with palpitations anyway. My heart is healthy as it's been checked.)
I also take 5,000 IU Vit D3 because my D3 is low (28). They want it to be 50 because I have osteopenia.
I am slightly underweight and have never had a problem with weight because I don't get a big appetite stimulus. In fact, I eat all three meals even though I don't always feel hungry for them.
Do you know if there are any problmes with taking pregnenolone and how long it is ok to take it? And can you tell me how people typically determine how much cream is 100 mg? Should I use a measuring spoon? I have a 1/4 and 1/3 tsp measuring spoons if that would be helpful.
The last thing is that my breast nipples are itchy. Would it help to put the cream on them? I have gone to dermatologists about it and there are no marks and the cortizone creams they have given me have never helped.
Thanks for your help and thank you for creating this. I am looking forward to using your cream.