Hot flashes, migraines, acne, PMS
I'm 28 and I started having very strong hot flashes a few months ago. When I looked up information online, I realized that I had been having the less severe versions of hot flashes for years, but didn't realize what they were -- I thought I was just flushing (although very strongly at times) randomly.
I've always had extremely painful menstrual cramps, and in the past few years I've started having migraines, sometimes as often as twice a week. I've also had acne and unstable blood sugar for most of my adult life. I also bruise easily, get tired easily, etc. I started taking Chasteberry about a month and a half ago, and the acne has gotten steadily worse, also the blood sugar is less stable now than it was. I have not had any more hot flashes, but feel "anxious" with hot, prickly feelings in my neck and upper chest, as if I was doing something VERY very stressful, although I'm actually not stressed out at all. I started applying progesterone cream a few days ago, and had some migraines and bloated up quite a bit. Lots more anxious, prickly feelings. I've read through the information on this website and see that it could be the estrogen dominance getting worse temporarily -- and hope that's the case.
Do you have any experience with women using Chasteberry supplements in addition to progesterone cream? Also, I've realized that I probably got myself into this situation by drinking milk -- November through May, I drank a large, 20oz latte or cappucinno every single day, and sometimes ate yogurt, cheese, and other dairy products. I'm currently on a very low sugar and low carbohydrate diet and I get moderate exercise and sunshine exposure daily. I am wondering if its OK to drink goat's milk, or if that will make me worse also. Also, should I avoid soy? For those with acne, what is a typical length of time for the progesterone to begin to take effect? I am taking 100mg of zinc per recommendations posted earlier. Thank you.