higher doses of Progesterone increasing my energy and insomnia
(Hillsborough, NH 03244)
I suffer from insomnia, estrogen dominance (heavy painful periods, fibrocystic breasts, breast tenderness, PMS, pms induced insomnia. I also have creative ADHD -my mind is very active, but physically I am not hyper. I burn through food and started eating Paleo the past 6 months and added more healthy fats especially while I PMS because I seem to be ravenous! I also occasionally take .25 mg of Xanax to shut my brain down at night.
I started Progesterone 20 mg per day a couple of weeks ago and experienced frequent urination and dry mouth, but that went away after a week. I am taking 5HTP and CBD oil at night and I was falling asleep without a problem, but waking up in the middle of the night around 4 or 5 (I fall asleep around midnight) and I'm up for about an hour or so and then fall back to sleep and wake up around 9 or 10am which is too late for me.
I read about elevated estrogen levels while taking low doses of progesterone so I raised my dose to 100 mg (50mg in am, 50mg in pm) Saturday with hopes of it helping me stay asleep and I became very energetic (which was cool because I got a lot done that day) but it felt like I drank 8 cups of coffee! I couldn't really sit still, I felt a little anxious yet I felt calm, it makes no sense. That night I was up until about 3 am (not normal for me) and I had to take about 1 mg (very high dose for me) of Xanax to shut my brain down. I have not had to take any Xanax in a while and was not happy about this at all, but I needed to sleep!! And usually I only need .25mg and I'm out. So yesterday I upped my dose to 200 mg (100mg in am and 100mg in pm between meals) after reading articles on this website and I was zipping around the house like the flash! Getting tons of chores done, cooking and getting ready to watch the Super Bowl. Still had a lot of energy that night, and tried to calm myself down. I went to bed at 11:30 after taking my usual doses of 5htp and CBD oil and tossed and turned until about 2 am. It wasn't just my mind keeping me up, I felt like I could have run like 4 miles. I took .5mg of Xanax waited, nothing took .25 more nothing, took .25 more and finally fell asleep. I woke up at 7 am with the same amount of energy ready to go run a darn marathon! When I should be having a xanax hangover!
I don't know what to do because I read the benefits of progesterone and how it helps lower your risk of breast cancer and ease pms symptoms and help with sleep and it seems the more I take, the more hyper I become physically and mentally. My mom has the same symptoms with it as well.
I do take vitamins: vitamin D, b-complex, magnesium, ashwaghanda, vitamin C, omega, a multi vitamin, probiotics and food enzymes twice a day, they are food based vitamins, not synthetic, so they are high quality. I eat paleo like I mentioned earlier and drink only water and occasionally coffee.
I feel like I need to ease myself into the progesterone until my body gets used to it. if this is the case, what is the best way to do that?