Adrenal Fatigue Sucks
The short answer is I don't know yet but it is looking good. I initally came to this page to try and find a way to ask a question on dosing. From the information I have reviewed on this site so far, it looks like I can still truncate my daily dose of Progesterone cream up to 200 mg from my present 80 mg/day dose, if needed. Until finding this and other sites just this week I was afraid to take more than 10 mg/day (too little for me to have any real benefit).
For over 20 years I have experienced periodic symptoms of poor health: some early palpatations, depression came and went several times only to return strong as dejection, anxiety was always near, broncitus from the same germ came back repeatedly over the years often causing weeks of laryngitis, candida and other critters are unwelcome guests, sluggish thyroid, diminished libido, blurred vision, tinnitus, weight gain, lethargy and very severe fatigue, brain fog, spacy feelings, loss of dream recall, night sweats, insomnia, stress intolerance and adrenal fatigue/near failure.
Yea, I have seen a bunch of doctors. I wish I had just found the information on this site instead. The doctors were worthless. When I was 30 and a first year law student I could have fixed things within a day or two and then used a maintenance dose during stressful times. But no, the doctors have their own way of doing things - most of you probably know what that entails.
I have used Progesterone cream twice before. Along with other supplements it has helped me to find better health both times before. When I used it before, my dosing was only 10 mg/day and until this last week I had no idea how important it was to my prior recoveries. Before, my condition was not near as bad but, then again, my "recoveries" were not complete. A number of "crashes" later and I have found myself all but bedridden for the last four months.
I took a 10 mg dose 6 days ago and have increased my dose by 10-20 mg each day thereafter. Today I took 80 mg and it is the best I have felt in six months, or more. I no longer feel like I will break apart if I suffer any stress. My sleep has improved markedly over this period. All of my symptoms are diminishing and many of them respond within minutes of a dosing. I do get a bit sleepy in late morning.
My story is still a work in progress but I think it will have a good outcome. Having two more containers of Life-flo Progesterone Cream for Men in my medicine cabinet makes me feel comfortable using it liberally.
My dosing plan is as follows: use enough to keep me feeling better, up to 200 mg/day if needed; maintain this dosing for three months with a few days off each 2-3 weeks and take Maca to help balance my hormones keeping estrogen in check (and hopefully help to wake my snake). I must restore my adrenals and other endocrine organs so I'll also be taking all the other stuff that didn't work so well by itself this last four months (that's been some pretty expensive pee): Multiple/Multi-B Complex with extra B-5 and B-6, C, A, D, E, zinc, lots of water and sea salt, adrenal and other glandulars plus eat well and maintain a good sleep routine.
I'll also try real hard not to drink any coffee or have more than an occasional evening beer - but no promises. I'll try to laugh and smile more and when I start getting some money in things will really start looking peachy. I'll try and eat 100% organic but that has always proven difficult -couldn't someone start a fast orgainc food joint with modest proportions and reasonable prices?
This was written on 1/5/10. I'll plan to following this comment up on the first day of spring, on 3/21/10. If anyone has a comment on my story or a question I'll try to respond timely.
Good luck to all of us!
P. S. When I initally used Progesterone and for the first several increased dosings, I developed a headached (the first one or two were the most severe but they were not the worst I ever had). My research suggests headaches occur because the progesterone crowds out estrogen and stimilates receptors in the brain. From all my research, the 10-20 mg/day dosing is just too little to be of any real therapeutic benefit, at least for me as I am now. If you are not feeling better after 2-3 days of starting progesterone and you have not taken at least a 50 mg/day dosing then work up to that amount and see what happens. Do not be afraid of the headaches that's what held me back from taking more four years ago. Had I worked through them back then and just learned a little more sooner...