Progesterone defficient little help from doctors
(Hamptonville, NC, USA)
45 years old, sporadic cycles, miserable PMS symptoms. Have no idea when menopause will happen because mom and grandma had hysterectomy's in their 30's.
I am here because I'm tired of trying to get a doctor to help me. I once came back from the depths of all sorts of health issues because I had a great natural physician to help me. He started me right away on progesterone and thyroid medication (something doctors for 13 years told me I didn't need). It took several months but I began feeling like a human again, within a year I felt great - lots of energy, little pain, etc. The doctor I was seeing died (he was in his 80's) and I started searching AGAIN for a physician that would listen. This has gone on for about 10 years.
I found a physician about three years ago who does some natural medicine and looks at the whole person rather than blood tests but he doesn't always follow through. I told him I needed progesterone so he tested me and found that not only did I have no progesterone but I also had so little estrogen (1.0L) that it barely showed up on the chart, although he said I was still estrogen dominant at that time. He started me on natural progesterone and didn't check me again for two years. I decided to check it myself with a saliva test and found that my levels had only moved from 26L in 2010 to 44L in 2012! My estrogen/progesterone ratio went from 26L to 29L. This should be 100-500 according to my test. I asked the doctor to call me in a prescription to the compounding pharmacy again and he called in 20mg. This is the same dose I've always taken and it seems to do nothing.
On my own, I have decided to use the current cream 3 times a day to try and alleviate some of the symptoms. I have bloating, joint pain, cramps, CFS, etc. etc. You name it - I've got it. Recently started with anxiety and depression even. I am SICK of feeling like this. I'm 45 and have been dealing with this since I was about 26. Once I'm finished with the prescription cream I will definitely be trying the Natpro. Sounds like women are very satisfied with the results.
Any input on the best course of action, dosage, etc. will be greatly appreciated. I have got to get some kind of life back!