Not much music to go with my menopause
by Jo C
I'm 51 and going through menopause. My memory is somewhat pretty good and I've searched for answers to my health concerns the majority of my adult life. To give you a little background...I was diagnosed with a B12 deficiency before I was 20. I'm currently hypothyroid with hashimoto, with adrenal gland failure, and enough excess weight to build my own clone.
I definitely realized long ago I was progesterone deficient when on a whim my doctor gave me progesterone suppositories and I finally got pregnant after 2 1/2 years.
I've been to so many doctors and heard so many opinions I can only laugh.
Two years ago I sought out a doctor who was willing to hear my cries. He ran blood work and saliva tests and immediately changed multiple medications and added some. We seemed on the right track when I dropped 15 pounds without hardly trying. At the time I was taking sublingual progesterone 100 mg, vivelle patch 2.5, and sublingual testosterone 1 mg. Because different numbers we up or down he tweeked the various medications. Out of nowhere my weight began to climb. He switched my testosterone up to 6 mg and then I was moved to the patch. I kept saying something isn't right. I'm gaining so much weight around my stomach and behind it's out of control. On my own I stopped the estrogen because it was making me miserable. I read much about testosterone and its ability to convert. My frustration took on a new meaning as I recently worked out feverishly for 6 weeks in a high intensity program and lost 5 pounds only to regain it.
After my last appointment I was still on 100 mg of sublingual progesterone and decided to start using Natpro. I was anxious to have my blood work done to see what the results would be. My progesterone rarely registers in my blood work.
My labs in April were Vitamin D 70, testosterone 8 ng/dL, progesterone 0.7 ng/mL, and estradiol 15 pg/mL. My ratio would have been 46:1, I think.
After using Natpro a month (somewhere between 200 and 400 divided between the day)
My labs in late May were testosterone 17 ng/dL, progesterone 4.7 ng/mL, estradiol <15 pg/mL. My ratio...it's hard to say. I don't have a definite number to go by. It could 336:1 or much higher.
My doctor has now bumped my sublingual testosterone up to 20 mg a day. My sublingual progesterone is still 100 mg.
At this point my sleeping brings a whole new meaning to nightmares. I fall asleep, but can only sleep a few hours at a time. I often wake and can't get back to sleep for hours. My migraines come and go. No real triggers but I feel they are hormone related. My breasts are tender and you can mark indentations on my body like a pegboard.
Help!!! My middle section is still expanding. I weigh more now than ever! Is the testosterone causing this! I'm hungry all the time however, I eat a few bites and feel like I've had a Thanksgiving dinner I'm so stuffed. Does the progesterone make me hungry?
Please help. I've gathered so much information from this website. I appreciate the research that goes along to back it. My entry word to submit is cracking me up! Very apropo because I feel like a cow!