Low Progesterone and slightly elevated cortisol
Hi there - I'm 35 and will be 36 in August of this year. Back in March 2014, I began suffering from insomnia and this went on for about 3 weeks. After the third week, I went to my primary care who then diagnosed me with stress/anxiety disorder and placed me on Paxil and trazdone.
I did not have any symptoms of anxiety that I could identify with or any stress; however, my doctor said it could be ptsd from past stressful events. I went with it because I was desperate. I continued taking the meds from April until September without achieving any real relief from my insomnia.
Finally, I decided to have my hormone levels tested in September 2014 based on some information I found online that suggested it. I submitted saliva samples thru ZRT Labs and found out that my progesterone level was abnormal with a level of 30 when it should range between 75-270 premenopausal (luteal phase). Also my cortisol was slightly elevated at night at .09. I took this information to my pcp who advised me to continue taking my meds and I will eventually feel better.
I did more research and begin taking daily vitamins and making time to eat at least 3 healthy meals daily because my diet had been fairly poor. With these changes, by late October/early November I was sleeping again . I then weaned myself off the meds with coaching from The Road Back PRogram and was finally off by December 2014. However, I began suffering from anxiety - this time actually feeling anxious and having irrational thoughts and worries in mid to late January 2015. Then the insomnia came back.
I have not had my hormone levels checked again so I'm wondering if any of this could be due to the low progesterone that was never addressed? I started taking vitamins and supplements for natural anxiety treatment but I'm feeling weird, having hot flushes and dizziness in addition to headaches.
I'm afraid my doctor will just put me back on the meds again so I'm reluctant to make an appointment with her.
Any recommendations for me?