Serious Hormone Balancing Issues
I am 40 years old next month and dealing with what seems to be a never-ending string of issues. I am desperate to find relief. My tubes were tied after my twins were born 7 years ago, therefore I have not been using any hormonal birth control. About a year ago my periods became extremely long and heavy. I couldn't sleep at all and was exhausted. I kept complaining but no physician really did anything. In December I hit a crisis with severe weakness and headaches (I have never had them), shakiness, night sweats, dizziness etc. They discovered I was severely anemic and had low vitamin D level of 18. They also discovered my cortisol wasn't a curve at all; it was low and flat all day. They blamed this on the fact we have 5 kids and stress. They immediately told me it was my periods and placed me on a birth control pill. They also infused me with Iron. I initially improved for a period of 2 months then the problems came back with a vengeance. They kept telling me to ride it out but in late May of this year I finally stopped the birth control pill. While the severe headaches subsided, other issues remain.
My period is still heavy and has become erratic. I feel almost like I am floating. Insomnia severe, anxiety and general achiness is out of control. Every day is a battle. I read about progesterone cream and began in June with the typical dose of 20MG twice daily. There was minimal improvement. Early this month I upped to 100MG a day but I still don't feel well at all. In fact I am sweating during the day now excessively as well. I am at my wits end. I am worried there may be dermal fatigue and whether I should be using it vaginally or what to do.
Any thoughts are appreciated.