Hi Wray, to make a long story short my body was shutting down a year ago. Body temp of 96 degrees, depression, insomnia, panic attacks, anxiety, trouble breathing ie air hunger, severe fybro pain throughout my body, cold chills, hot flashes, heart shaking in chest, heart palpitations, bloating, water retention, weight gain, migraines etc, etc.
After getting saliva tests done it was evident that I was at the bottom end of progesterone in the first half of my cycle and mid range the last half of my cycle. I am hypothyroid with no thyroid function so we switched to dessicated thyroid and added progesterone. We have continued to up the progesterone and thyroid until my present dosage of 300mg thyroid and 90mg progesterone the last half of cycle. However, due to continued symptoms at the first half of my cycle ie. water retention, bloating, fatigue, sever fybro pain throughout my body, migraines I am now taking between 60 and 90mg progesterone at day 5 - 16 because the fatigue and body pain are unmanageable. When I increase my progesterone the pain, depression and fatigue decreases. My blood tests show top of the range for free t4 and free t3 so I am on enough thyroid medication.
My concern is that taking this amount of progesterone before ovulation will interfere with my natural production. If I took higher amounts after ovulation until 2 days before period would that carry me over the first part of my cycle so that I do not have estrogen dominant symptoms from day 5 to day 16 when I ovulate? Maybe I should go on 150mg and then I would have enough in my body to carry me over from day 5-16? I always take at least a week break from the progesterone. The 90mg of progesterone the second half of cycle decreases my symptoms and more porgesterone during this time would allow me to feel better anyways.
I am stuck on what to do and do not want to go on pain medication or antidepressants when progesterone is helping the symptoms. Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated. fyi I am 45, take omegas, multi, vitc, vitb, magnesium adrenal nutritional supplements, thyroid support.