Can progesterone help arthritis?
I am 40 and was suddenly left widowed 3 years ago. I have a 6 year old son and whilst I was pregnant (third trimester) my joints started to swell and became 'very' painful, to the point of wearing splints.
My GP said it would go after the birth of my son but it only decreased after I stopped breast feeding when my son was 16 months old. Then approximately one year after my husband died it all flared up again and I have now been diagnosed with arthritis and they think it's the psoratic one. The swelling on my left knee and left wrist is unbearable when I have a flare up (just before a period) and I actually gained 10lbs in fluid last time. I have an athletic physic and am usually 9 stone 4 lbs. I had the merina coil fitted as they put me on Methatrexate but this drug didn't suit me. I am currently trying Sulphasazoline.
My flare ups are always before a period and last for approximately 10 days. I also take a reducing dose of steroids (Prednisolone 10mgs, was 25mgs), Arcoxia 90mgs and various pain killers but nothing seems to help. I was wondering if I was estrogen dominant and need the progesterone a week before a period is due as this is my weakest time. I struggle with being a single parent and being unable to carry out the simplest of tasks when enduring a flare up. I had 2 miscarriages, before my son but was always healthy, albeit I did experience terrible periods to the point of passing out and vomiting. Thankfully since the birth of my child this area has settled down considerably.
Now I just 'feel' so old! I want to get my spring back into my step as I have always been a very hands on/active person prior to this disease! I have hair loss too but don't know if this is from the amount of drugs or a deficiency in hormones? I take daily supplements but to be honest if my body decides it's going to flare up, there doesn't seem to be anything that can help it, just things that make it worse, so I try to avoid them as much as possible. Many of my joints are affected but my knee and my wrist are the most swollen and painful.
Please can you advise and help at all?
Kindest regards, Tamsin