Hormone Horror - Doctors Didn't Get It Right
(Atlanta, GA, USA)
Thank you Wray for all you do. I have now scoured your website and know why my hormone therapy did not work. But I still am requesting your opinion as to what to do next as I'm unsure at this point. (My two questions are at bottom of story.)
My Story: About 10 months ago I tried over the counter progesterone cream for the first time (about 44 mgs/day, highest dose on container instructions) and don’t remember how long it took but eventually began feeling calm, peaceful and happy. My symptoms of joint pain, back pain, insomnia, extreme fatigue, crying easily, overheating of body, oversensitivity to noise, foods, chemicals and severe brain fog all disappeared . I had my life back and I was thrilled. I remember sharing with others that I felt like I was living on valium 24/7. After 3 weeks I stopped the cream per container instructions to rest my receptors and symptoms were back the next day so I called the company and they suggested I get right back on it. I did, at same dosage, but never felt good again. All my symptoms were back. I kept on at that dosage until a GYN could see me because I was afraid if I stopped I’d feel even worse. The GYN said it stopped working because I wasn’t taking estrogen to balance it out. They put me on a prescription estrogen, testosterone and bioidentical progesterone cream. At 6 weeks My symptoms persisted so they gave me an estrogen/testosterone shot and nightly progesterone pill. All my symptoms disappeared. (Thanks to you Wray, I now know this was due to a progesterone surge initially triggered by the estrogen they gave me.) My husband and I went on holiday that week. He said I had fun and told him all my symptoms were gone. He had to tell me this because I have no memory of that week, not spotty memory but no memory - and all my symptoms returned before we got home, exacerbated. I decided to see a doctor who specialized in hormones, I wanted an expert to help me (and paid dearly as he did not take insurance). He took blood and said I needed estrogen. I trusted him and was put on an estrogen patch and nightly progestin. I felt worse and worse. I started experiencing continuous spotting vaginally even though I hadn’t had a period nor spotting in over 8 years (I'm 59). I experienced cramps, my uterus began vibrating and after 6 weeks had a full period. I told him I didn’t feel right about this and wanted to stop, he said to make sure I weened off everything, and I did. Luckily my ultrasound papp smear showed normal. My total hormone therapy was about 6 months. I’ve been off all hormone therapy for three months now but am still dealing with the original symptoms with an additional histamine intolerance diagnosed by my family doctor that the hormone imbalance probably triggered. After reading extensively on hormones, the human body and all related issues I came across Wray’s website and read everything there. Suddenly the reasons for what happened to me made sense. I decided to start progesterone cream and up the dose ‘til it worked. After all, originally it worked wonderfully.
I ordered a reputable progesterone cream, 10%, 125 mgs per ¼ teaspoon (Natpro was temporarily out of stock and I wanted to get back on the cream as soon as possible so ordered another reputable cream). Following Wray's advice, since I had so many symptoms I began with 400 mgs/day and experienced estrogen dominance surge like Wray talks about. It was so bad I upped to 1000 mgs after day 7 and am on that now at day 14. I am still experiencing estrogen dominance surge
My Two Questions For Wray:
(1) Now that you know my story, please give me your opinion as to the correct dose I should take at this time? Should I drop down to 500 mgs and give it 6 months if necessary? Stay at 1000? Up it more? Is there a mg limit to probably not go higher than? ALSO
(2) I prefer to stay positive but in an effort to ask all my questions here…Do I stay on whatever dosage you suggest for a full 6 months even if I do not notice any improvement during that time?
Thank you so much for your answers Wray, after my hormone horror I just want to make sure I don't harm myself more.
(P.S. Once I get symptom relief your FAQs are clear and I know what to do then.)
Bless you Wray for all you do. Sincerely, Holly