Without going into too much detail... I am 25 years old. I have struggled with anxiety for the last 7 years or so. I had many other symptoms, too, that have since gone away since diving into holistic health and nutrition.
For the last 14 months, I have been gluten & dairy free, I purchase solely organic food at the grocery store and limit processed foods & refined sugars,I have cut out coffee and alcohol, and have tried a myriad of food-based vitamins and supplements.
Since making the decision to cut out gluten & dairy, I lost 30 pounds of inflammation (20% of my original body weight!) and I feel much more energized and balanced.
April 2014 (5 months into being gluten & dairy free), my anxiety/ brain fog/ shakey-feeling still lingered, so my doctor tested my hormones (blood test):
My doctor put me on a compounded bioidentical progesterone cream due to the excessively high estrogen levels. The first week was AWFUL. I had night sweats, hot flashes, and I began to develop a big breast cyst that would show up before my periods (I have NO history of having cystic breasts)!
My doctor originally had me taking the cream from day 4 of my cycle until my period started (3 days without it). After a few months with not much improvement, she told me to take the progesterone cream every night and not skip a day... EVER.
October 2014 (6 months after starting the hormone cream), my levels were re-tested due to anxiety STILL not improving:
L-Progesterone: 2.67 ..???
My estrogen levels looked great, but the results confused me because it seems as though my progesterone levels are way too low, despite using the cream every night and having a very healthy diet and low stress levels.
I am only 25 and am hoping to conceive soon, but I really want my body "back to normal" before doing so! I feel that I am very healthy otherwise, am fairly active, and I just can't figure out why my progesterone is so low :(
I have had a bunch of other tests done and the only other "weird" things are: pretty low cholesterol (which is what progesterone is made from in the adrenals.....), low "BUN" (couldn't find any info about that online), and pretty high cortisol & metabolized cortisol levels....
Any advice there? Thinking of going off the progesterone because it's getting expensive and it's been 10 months without much improvement... (it got my estrogen levels down, but now my diet and lifestyle will keep them "normal"). I don't want to be on it forever, that's for sure.
Thanks for reading.