Learning while getting sicker!!

by Karen
(Worcester, MA)

So my story is a long one. I have had heavy periods since I was in college, I'm 48 now. So heavy that I'd pad up with two ultra OBs and still have to turn around 20 minutes later and do it again. When I had my first child it kinda reigned itself in. But then I had my second, via C-Sect. I ended up with my endometrial lining growing on the outside of my uterus thus making me bleed 20 out of 30 days. Fast forward really almost 5 years with many doctors visits, severe anemia and several transfusions I finally decided there was no hope but to have a hysterectomy. By this time I was so sick that I did not think I was going to make it to the surgery. Because of this the surgeon put me on birth control pills to stop the bleeding. She front loaded the pills three a day for three days. By the third day, I had a horrible pain in my chest and yes you guessed it the estrogen helped to cause a pulmonary embolism. I was in ICU with a bunch of Drs trying to figure out how to stop the bleeding, while on blood thinners with them constantly trying to send me home. (to die) Finally they figured it out and took my uterus, and one ovary. It has been almost three years. The summer of the second year I got what looked like bug bites on my breasts. I had already gained weight in my hips and stomach and my hair texture completely changed. I also got a dry skin patch on my shoulder. I am finally trying to figure this out. I recently moved and the move caused stress. I immediately stopped sleeping. This week, I had tests done for my thyroid and adrenals. I'm hoping that the dr. also tested my hormone levels. I was on progesterone but it sounds like it is not enough. So any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. The dr I'm going to is a functional Dr. and an allergist.



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Sep 22, 2016
Learning while getting sicker!!
by: Joy

Hi Karen

You poor thing! Heavy periods at a young age is called Menorrhagia and Hypermenorrhea, usually caused by unbalanced hormones. Bleeding the way you did was hectic, I know, it happened to me, but not when I was younger, the reason for me was Peri-Menopause. So really you have had a torrid time with all that blood! Not surprised that you landed up being anaemic, but why the doctors took so long to work out a basic issue with females, the balancing of hormones, is really quite beyond me! Hysterectomies are usually suggested as the medical profession just can’t seem to get a basic body function right. And so typical prescribing BCP, probably Provera which is terrible stuff as you experienced. All drug based HRT and Contraceptives have a potential to cause harm.

The removal of your uterus would have put you straight into Menopause. You seem to have pretty much summed up your symptoms, stress of any kind destroys so much. Progesterone, Vitamin D3, Magnesium, B Vitamins and so much more are destroyed by stress. It would most definitely had an effect on your sleeping pattern. What progesterone method where you using, how much and how long. If the correct progesterone cream is not used and if it is not used correctly progesterone therapy will not work. Between 100-200mg of Natpro Progesterone Cream is needed, more if symptoms are severe. Please let me know via this same thread what your test results are. Progesterone and estrogen (E2) are needed, and please get them to test your Vitamin D3 level too, this is most important. A vitamin D3 deficiency also reduces the benefits of progesterone.

Please read these pages and the references:

How to use Progesterone Cream
Estrogen Dominance
Mentrual Cycle
Vitamin D3

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