PROGESTERONE and water retention
THIS IS MY SECOND POST OF THIS SAME MATTER. PLEASE HELP.
I am age 53 and very youthful and energetic. I use to be on Bio Identical progesterone and my body loved it. My body did not like estrogen, so we stopped that early on. After about four or five years, the death of my husband and life circumstances resulting from his death, I suffered from severe anxiety which resulted in a continuous burning sensation in my limbs. This continued over the years to reach my back with the same burning sensation.
I have tried several times to go back on progesterone even though it did not help the burning sensation. However, about a month ago, I again tried a 200 mg capsule of progesterone, which I open and pour powder in my mouth because I don't digest the capsule. In fifteen minutes, the burn was reduced to a light tingle.
I am trying to take 400 mg per day (200 mg twice a day), but the water retention that I have only in my stomach is very annoying. I only weigh 102 lbs with the extra water (two extra pounds of water) and it is uncomfortable around my stomach and causes me to feel extremely bloated and stagnant. Water retention also causes my back to hurt. I want to continue to take the progesterone because it has helped the burning skin sensation and anxiety dramatically and has given me a calm feeling. The anxiety still surfaces at a lesser degree around 5 am and until I can busy my mind with something other than my life.
My body use to love Progesterone without this problem. I have NOT had a hysterectomy and still HAVE my overies. I did have my tubes tied when I was 23 years old and have never had children. Is there something that I can take for the water retention? I have tried several natural products, but they have not been successful. My gynocologist offers no resolution for this water retention.
I also have hot flashes that can be more severe at night than in the day, regardless of sleeping with a fan or on cotton linens. The reason I take the progesterone capsules instead of using the cream is that in the past when I was on the cream, it did not absorb through my skin as it did with others. I am going to attempt to try the cream again to see what happens. I tried putting the progesterone powder in some cream and applying it to my skin, but that did not work. It just rolled up like peeling skin and got strange.
I also have suffered from severe insomnia since the age of fifteen. Progesterone capsules help this only when taken at 800 mg or above. This is not an option. Although I sleep well, I am physically and mentally useless for several days and the water retention is just as bad as above.
Thank you for your response.