severe asthmatic

by carol

I am a severe asthmatic taking 20-30mg prednisolone daily for over 7 years. I started progesterone cream about a month ago and have had to increase my prednisolone since. I have read that this should improve my asthma but have also read that cortisol and progesterone compete for same receptor site. Does this mean that taking artificial cortisone that I am dependent on will stop me getting any benefits from progesterone therapy.

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Apr 13, 2015
severe asthmatic
by: Wray

Hi Carol Both progesterone and Vitamin D are essential for respiration and healthy lungs. Quite possibly your asthma is so bad due to a low level of each. See here, here, here and here. And these on progesterone and asthma here, here, here, here, here. And these on progesterone and respiration here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. Please have a vitamin D test done. Take care Wray

Apr 14, 2015
magnesium essential for asthma - link
by: jayem

hi - her's a link to Dr. Carolyn Dean's blog regarding asthma and magnesium - hope you find it
helpful and enlightening ! There are many sites that explain the mechanics of asthma in relation to nutritional deficiencies, but Dean is a great place to start, as she is recognized globally as a magnesium expert ... best of luck !

Apr 15, 2015
by: carol

Thanks for the information on asthma.I have been steroid dependent for many years and spend most of my spare time researching ways to come off of them. I am very interested in anything that may help but particularly in how to use progesterone in asthma treatment. I have been using the cream for about a month but so far have had to increase my steroids. How long until I should benefit from this.

Apr 16, 2015
by: Wray

Hi Carol Unfortunately you don't say which progesterone cream you are using, or how much, also how well is the progesterone being absorbed, so I can't help much. I'm guessing you are using far too little if you've had to increase the steroids. See our page on Oestrogen Dominance for an explanation. It can take anything from 3 to 6 months before symptoms settle down, but this is dependant on how severe they are. You might like to read our page on Peri-menopause and Menopause for more info. To my mind the most important thing you should do is have a vitamin D test done. I've not found one person with a normal level, unless they've been taking a supplement. We don't get enough sun now to make any. And please read the link Jayem gave on magnesium. She always has good info, and Carolyn Dean is the authority on magnesium. Besides it's the most important co-factor for vitamin D, it's low in our soils, therefore low in our foods. Please consider taking it and the vitamin D. Take care Wray

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