I took the quiz for progesterone deficiency and scored a 61. I would appreciate information on progesterone therapy. I have no history of depression or anxiety and then suddenly in August I began with periods of Shortness of Breath and that escalated to full blown panic attacks, chest pain (with hospital visits, cardiologists visits, pulmonary visits), I had to leave my job and my family doctor started me on antianxiety and antidepressant medications, both of which are minamully effective. They then recommended a therapist and psychiatrist for the medications, that he now wants to increase everything and add more medications. I looked back prior to this nightmare beginning I had irregular periods with spotting in between, heavy flow some days and then would just stop completely, to just start again, whenever, for several years. At the time that the shortness of breath started, I was in chronic pain and had several major personal and professional stressors and now realize that I did not have my period for two months, at which time I experienced panic attacks and was not able to function. Unfortunately, I was diagnosed with Factor V (a blood clotting disorder) several years ago, but I have never had a blood clot and had several surgeries with no complications prior to this diagnosis. I did go back to my gyn and requested blood work, my progesterone level a year ago was listed as postmenapausal 0.06, per the report. This time I was informed that all my estrogen levels where within normal range, when I asked about my progesterone, I was told that it was low, but it was probably due to the time of the test. I asked for progesterone replacement and I was told that he could only give me progesterone with estrogen and since my estrogen levels were normal that was not an option. Prior to this visit I was told to contact my hemotologist to get permission for progesterone replacement, if needed, the hemotogist doctor agreed, as long as it was a low dose and the gyn monitored me, but instead the gyn told me I was in perimenapause and we will continue to monitor my irregular periods and check labs again later, also recommended a biopsy of uterus, which I declined at the time. Now I have tried everything and prior to when I would be due, my anxiety, which never goes away, increases and makes many days unbearable. I have tried to call an endocrinologist to help with what I believe is a hormone imbalance, as well as, my hemotologist and family doctor, requested a return call to disgust whether or not one of them will help me and prescribe progesterone. In the meantime, I have felt so desperate that I have gone to my local health food store and stood in front of the pro-gest for up to 30 minutes reading and re-reading the instructions and debating whether or not to treat myself and hope that I would do no harm or cause a blood clot. So as you can see I am at my wits end and just want my life back and feel like no one is listening or cares. So any information you can offer, along with advise regarding progesterone therapy, including if you think I should try it, if it is safe, and how much I should start with, would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much for your help and reply.