Estrogen Dominance or Adrenaline Dominance?
I'm 40 years old, and about 3 years ago I started to get IBS symptoms. I had a lot of stress going on in my life and it lasted for months on end. I went to a G.I specialist, and he said it was IBS, probably from stress. Finally, that disappeared and not long after I started to feel slight flutters in my chest periodically. In addition to that, I would get days where it felt like my heart was pounding or the pulse would increase out of nowhere. I went to my doctor, I did a full cardiac work up (EKG, halter monitor, blood work, etc.), all was normal.
A few months later, we made a big move out of state, lots of STRESS, and sure enough, on the plane I had a panic attack. For the subsequent weeks after that, I had a lot of flutters, palpitations, I felt weak, etc. I realized that my palpitations would coincide with my cycle. I figured it had something to do with hormones since I've always been out of whack. For example. I had a cyst rupture on my ovary when I was 20, they put me on BC pills to manage that since they said I had Polycystic ovaries.
Then after I gave birth to my first daughter I had post pardom problems for months after (insomnia, and a host of other problems) My OBGYN told me I was a "poster child" for PMDD and that I should be taking Prozac for 2 weeks out of the month. I quickly found a new doctor.
After the birth of my second child, I suffered similar problems, insomnia while I was sleep deprived, racing thoughts, etc. With both pregnancies I was pretty even keel the entire time (since I was loaded up with progesterone) It was the time for me, mood wise, etc.
So, after my panic attack I went to a new OBGYN in our new state of CO, and I did a spit test. The results showed that my estrogen/progesterone ratio was high. Not incredibly bad in terms of numbers, but there was definitely an imbalance. She wanted to start me on 100 mg of progesterone. I am nervous to take medications, because I am sensitive to any changes I make. So I decided I would start out low and work my way up. Once I got to 100mg, I was not doing great. She told me that my body probably metabolizes it efficiently and made all my tissues sensitive, since it felt like my palpitations were much worse. so she switched me to a cream . 20mg per day. A month or 2 later, I felt like it was too much again , so she told me to use it every other day. After several more months, it didn't seem to be helping and I noticed an increase of anxiety feelings, like feelings of doom, something is wrong, nervous stomach, fatigue. Again, all related to changes in my cycle. I went back to her and she said lets just to the progesterone only birth control pill. I had already been on the pill for so many years in my 20's, that I didn't want to take any more synthetic hormones. I ended up having my dad (a physician) get me bio-identical progesterone cream from a compounding pharmacy. I thought I was taking 25mg. a day. I took it for a month and seemed okay, until the following cycle . I felt worse, so I gave up and stopped the progesterone cream altogether.
The next cycle was a NIGHTMARE. Around my ovulation time the following cycle I had MAJOR anxiety. Had to talk myself out of a few panic attacks. VERY scary. Turns out the cream I thought was 25 mg, was really only about 5 mg. It was 25 mg per gram, so 4 clicks made it 25 mg. I was only dong 1 per day. So, I was decreasing the progesterone instead of increasing it!!
I really need some advice here. I have been reading on here that I should be doing at least 100-200 mg of the cream per day, and according to Dr. Michael Platt, it looks like that is the same recommendation too. Do they make creams that have that much in it? If I start out with 100 -200 mg will I get severe symptoms with the estrogen dominance? And what makes Adrenaline dominance different?
I've already started the compounding progesterone cream again, and I think it is already helping, but I'm sure I'm not taking enough, and the dominance symptoms will probably occur again. As long as the panic doesn't come back!!!!
Thank you for your help!!!