Progesterone for Endometriosis - advice needed
I'm really hoping someone out there has some insight into what I should do. To begin, I am 48 years old and I have had severe endometriosis my entire adult life. Several years ago I had a very extensive surgery which provided a lot of relief and gave me a few years of improvement. However, four years ago my endometriosis symptoms became much worse. I should mention that in addition to the endo-related pain I also experience nausea and other digestive problems, fatigue, general achiness, poor sleep, bruxism, fibrocystic breasts, small fibroids, and endo belly nearly all of the time.
My cycle has always been extremely predictable - 27 days. I don't drink or smoke, eat an organic and gmo-free diet, am at a healthy weight (or at least I was before the progesterone), have a good level of vitamin D, do not take any prescription medication, and try to stay active as much as possible. I have also tried abdominal massage therapy, pelvic floor exercises, various supplements, various food eliminations, and more surgery. Some things have helped a little.
Five months ago I started the Progestelle protocol which involved eliminating all xenoestrogens from use for three months. Strangely, I immediately started gaining weight (about 5 lbs). Then, I started Progestelle at about 60mg/day. The first few days were remarkable and I felt so much better, but then I began to feel terrible and I gained another 5 lbs in two weeks. I spoke with Dr. Eckhart and he helped me to identify and remove any tiny remaining xenoestrogens that I was using and I started to use the Progestelle again. It did not help at all this time. Now he thinks that I likely have cell wall rigidity that is preventing me from getting rid of the xenoestrogens already in my system and that this is due to low level fear/stress/anxiety. So, until I get over or am cured of this fear/stress/anxiety there is nothing more that can be done.
I was pretty discouraged and then came across this site and decided not to give up, but to try increasing my dosage of progesterone. I slowly increased from 60mg to 240mg/day (continuously - no breaks) and it still only made me feel worse. I ordered Natpro and started using that. I have increased my dosage of Natpro from 240mg to 550mg over the past 18 days (still using it continuously). It is still not helping. My breasts are huge and painful. I continue to gain weight. My entire body hurts. My skin and hair are exceedingly oily and I am very emotional. To make matters worse, I have started to have periods every two weeks or less; in the past 5 1/2 weeks I've had three periods. They are long and painful, sometimes with only 5 days in between without bleeding. I was somewhat anemic before I started the progesterone, so I am even more concerned about that now.
What should I do? Should I keep increasing the Natpro? If so, by how much? If I keep going at the same dosage, how long should I expect to remain like this before something positive happens? Or, should I taper down my dosage and then stop? Or is there something else going on here? I would really appreciate any and all advice here. Thank you so much for considering my situation.