Progesterone and Insomnia
(Eugene, OR USA)
I haven't written in a while but the last time your response back was quite helpful. I started taking compound progesterone about 11 months ago now for extreme Insomnia. I had to experiment with the dossage but for the last seven months or so the right amount for me had been around 100 to 150 mg at night depending upon where it fell in my cycle. I am also takig 10 mg of DHEA. It seemed to take a few months to even out but once it did I started sleeping well for the first time in close to a year...what a relief! Now all of a sudden it isn't working as well and I am back to waking up during the night several times and not being able to get back to sleep. Is that normal? Does it constantly fluctuate during Perimenopause that quickly? I thought after I started taking the Progesterone that my hormones would stay evened out and that there wouldn't be such a flux or that it would be gradual? Does that mean I have to start all over again with all the blood tests, etc to figure out my levels? I have also been experiencing severe itching legs but just on the lower leg, no where else. Going in the tanning beds causes hives and I have been sadly tanning for years. I have quit tanning now for months and my legs still itch just as bad. Is this caused by hormone imbalance too? Have you ever heard of itching in just the lower legs? My kidneys have been tested and I have been tested for food allergies. Nothing came up. Any insight you could give me would be greatly appreciated!