(New England, USA)
I had a hysterectomy when I was 43 due to severe endometriosis. My cervix was left and ovaries taken out. I insisted I have an hrt patch and when that did not work out so well, I ordered from overseas something called estriodial valerate.
For years I took it and never had hot flashes. I had all other kinds of symptoms such as anxiety depression and many other miserable things but thought that was just the way I was since I have suffered since I was a teenager.
Recently at age 55, I ran out of the Estriodial and due to finances was not able to purchase it for over a month. I have horrible hot flashes.
I began reading that I also needed progesterone and that might help a lot of my symptoms. I ordered it and it arrived a month ago. I began taking it immeditely but but became very groggy and the hot flashes got worse.
I stopped taking the progesterone. I just take the estriodial because that is what I did for years and had not hot flashes.
I dont know what to do. THIS IS THE BIG QUESTION I HAVE: Now I am reading that my body fat makes the estrogen and I really need progesterone. But why did I have no hot flashes and a lot of calm times when I only took estrogen all those years?
The hot flashes are horrible and I have lots of anxiety and depression but I have had that all my life.
I cant go to a docotr. I have no money for one and the one free clinic I can go to, the doctor while sympathetic just wants to puyt me on an anti-depressant.
Please do not advise me to try and find another doctor. I cant, I only work partime and I am in severe financial straits. I have been looking for fulltime work for several years and I have a college degree and the employment situation is terrible here, but if I can get my self feeling better physically I can face this a lot better.
Can anyone advise?!!! Written 9/16/13 by KittyMiss