My History and Some Questions
This will be long...
I was diagnosed with adenomyosis, interstitial cystitis, and bowel adhesions in 2004. After many trials of drugs and treatments I ended up having a hysterectomy in 2008 (kept both ovaries). Before the hysterectomy I was told I had estrogen dominance, with low levels of estrogen. I used progesterone cream to deal with it after prometrium failed. After reading on this web site, I know now that I was not using enough cream or using it often enough. The pathology of my hysterectomy showed that I had adenomyosis, proliferative endometrium, and cervicitis. I have now been diagnosed with proctalgia fugax and have to go back for further studies. After my hysterectomy my gyno told me that I should not use progesterone cream because I had no uterus. I once again experienced weight gain a year after my hysterectomy. Depressing. Worse than that was that ALL of my symptoms have come back (minus the uterine/menstrating issues). I know that I am estrogen dominant again. I am not sure if this is true for everyone, but the progesterone cream helped my interstitial cystitis symptoms and I am hoping it helps the bowel issues I am having now. I know they are all intertwined and that I have supersensitive pelvic nerves. I have just started Renaissance progesterone cream and plan to apply three pumps per day/night (that's 96 mg. progesterone daily).
My questions are:
I am 5'1" with a small to medium build. Is the amount of progesterone I need going to be smaller because of my size?
Does progesterone therapy help with chronic pain and nerve pain?
Since I do not bleed, but still cycle (abnormally), I plan to use it daily with no breaks. Is this the best avenue?
I just began therapy this week and my anxiety is worse and I am having horrible headaches. How long will I have side effects?