Would love some guidance on dosing with Progesterone Cream, severe symptoms
What a blessing to have found this site! It's comforting to know I am not alone, or crazy as my last Endo suggested.
For the last 4 years I have been to countless doctors, been put through countless tests for everything from thyroid, heavy metal poisoning, Lyme Disease, etc. I was misdiagnosed with "probable Lupus" and treated for it for about 10 months. I have been to 3 different Endocrinologists and the only thing they found was a Vitamin D deficiency which I was treated for.
My symptoms were everywhere from hair loss, increase in allergies, muscle and joint pain, joint swelling, numbness in hands and feet, skin issues, night sweats, ringing in my ears, partial seizures, panic attacks,heat intolerance, loss of libido, excessive bruising for no reason, mood swings,tendonitis pain, insomnia, heart palpitations, weight loss at one point, etc.
I found out through my saliva test in August of 2012, that I am estrogen dominant and very low on progesterone.
My results read like this:
Estradiol: 4.6 High pg/ml
Progesterone: 20 L pg/ml
Ratio pg/E2: 4 L pg/ml
My testosterone, DHEA and a.m/p.m cortisol levels were in normal range.
My compound pharmacy put me on only 50 mg of progesterone capsules nightly, and a pea size amount of E2/E3 cream in the morning, Days 1-25. I started this routine in September of 2012. It seemed to help slightly with mood swings, but nothing else. Hair loss is still going, and I've gained weight in the hips, and behind. So much so, that none of my pants fit! Also, I noticed that about 8 days before my period every month, the progesterone did nothing. All of my symptoms would go crazy, including heart palpitations nightly. The last few months, I was so bloated before my cycle that I took water pills, which I have never taken before in my life! After several attempts of requesting a higher dose, I gave up and decided to do it myself. (this is where needing some guidance comes in lol)
I just ordered 3 tubes of Natpro, which I will use a soon as I get, but for now I am using Pro Gest. I am using about 200-360 mg per day, divided into 3 doses. (I am no longer using the E2/E3 cream at all) I've only been using this for 4 days. My period is only a few days away, and my symptoms are creeping in again. I'm agitated a lot, but that may be because I can't sleep for more than 2-3 hrs at night.
I take 5 HTP and melatonin for sleep and it does nothing.
My question is, am I taking enough progesterone? Do I keep increasing it daily until the symptoms go away or am I not being patient enough? Also, I am not sure since I have severe symptoms, if I should take a break or not?
Any guidance you could give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!!!!!