PND and Anxiety and severe PMS
I suffered severe postpartum anxiety with the birth of my daughter 3 years ago (onset was about 5 hours after delivery). Very bad PMS followed. After suffering for a year I finally got on an antidepressant as last resort as that is what the doctors I was seeing kept telling me to do. I felt better but it did absolutely nothing for me 2 weeks before my period. That is when I starting realizing that there is a hormonal component to the worsening of my symptoms. I am now 3 months postpartum with my son and things are better than they were 3 years ago after my daughters birth thanks to natural supplements I have been taking for my anxiety and to boost my serotonin levels. However, I am still having anxiety and now that my period has resumed, I am back to having very bad anxiety, racing heart, insomnia, and irritability/nervousness 2 weeks before my period. I have been researching a lot about progesterone and I am hoping it will help me. After going to 3 different docs, I have finally found one that believes progesterone deficiency is likely causing my symptoms. I just sent off my hormone test (testing on day 21) and I am almost scared to get the results. What if my hormones show everything is normal? My doc said thought that even if my values are within what is normal, she treats people based on symptoms, not lab results. While we are waiting for the results, she did give me a prescription for some progesterone so that I would not have to suffer. I tried it just today and my anxiety is bad today. My prescription cream is 80gm progesterone 3% gel and I am to use 1/8 tsp on days 7-14, and then that dose twice daily on days 15-28 then stop for 7 days during period. I know that if the dose is not right, it could worsen symptoms. I am just so done with dealing with this. It has caused me so my pain as I am sure it has with others that are suffering with hormonal issues. My questions are: what dose is typically used to treat PMS? Also, does this mean my menopause will be horrific?