by UK Chiro
Dear Wray, firstly i apologise for this very lengthy clinical history, but i get the feeling you would rather more information than less? And secondly, I MUST THANK YOU for an outstanding website, i have thorougly enjoyed reading and learning from it these past few weeks. it really is excelent.
I am 36 years old and have always suffered with PMS. My family history has thyroid diseases throughout both my parents female lines (both parents' mothers and grandmothers). My father has type 1 diabetes, my mother and sisters all suffered with PMS too. I have a 26-28 day cycle. My PMS symptoms and general symptoms include; 7 days before menses severe mood swings of anger, denial, depression, poor body image, water retention (all body), increased appetite and cravings, blood sugar imbalances, low libido. Menses duration is 7 days, heavy and crampy if I dont exercise or take magnesium salt baths. I am a practising chiropractic doctor in the UK, and therefore have a very good understanding and keen interest in alernative, complementary and natural health and resultingly I have managed my sypmtoms naturally as best I can. For the last 15yrs I have taken adrenal support supplements, multi vits and minerals, omega 3 oil. More recently i have added magnesium, P5P, iodoral and l-tyrosine (for thyroid) and occasional amino acid blends (for sleep and low mood). I exercise daily, meditate and try to follow the Western Price Foundation diet; high protein inclduing offal, all meats and pulses, low carb, moderate fat (mostly fish or nut/olive/plant oils, organic butter) high veges but minimal fruits due to their high GI and my sensitive blood sugar balance. I try to buy and eat organic where possible but this is often very difficult with a busy life. Approximately 1 year ago i managed to source a private GP who prescribes bio-identical hormones in the UK (we are unable to purchase bio-id hormones in the UK and GP's unless private and educated in bio id hormones will not prescribe them). i was prescribed 200mg/day oral progesterone from day 10/28 until menses and after 2 weeks had extreme bloating, extreme water retention, tearful (but not angry or low mood)! & sleep was improved. I continued with 200mg/day until i could not tolerate the water retention discomfort (none of my clothes started to fit comfortably)! I lowered the dose to 100mg/day orally. I took this for 1 year (original PMS symptoms reduced but I still experienced extreme mood swings, anger - all the mental/emotionanl symptoms remained) until 2 months ago things changed when i started to take P5P, and a liver support blend of cysteine, molybdenum, artichoke, dandelion, etc. as i realise I have a slow phase 2 liver pathway. At this time I started to get exactly the same symptoms as when i was taking 200mg/day. I spoke to my rather unhelpful private GP who said STOP taking it all! I stopped taking the progesterone and the water retention reduced immediately but some still remained until menses, my sleep disturbance got bad again, and my cravings started again and predominanntly for sugar. I decided to start the 100mg oral progesterone again on day of ovulation (day 11) and then found your site (hooray)! I have just got the your progesterone cream and have avidly read all your pages of excellent advice (thank you, i have really enjoyed this journey as a result)! I havent started using the cream and remain on 100mg/day oral progesterone (now on day 16) but i am still struggling with the water retention and sleep disturbance and mood swings (intolerance turning to anger) and really poor body image, low libido, the cravings have reduced. My question to you is what do you think happened when i started getting the constant water retention symptoms approximately 3 months ago? did i have too much progesterone or was i metabolising oestrpgen/progesterone better or worse as a result of the liver support? how much progesterone shall i take now? Of the 100mg oral progesterone - i wonder how much i am actually getting? I feel totally confused about my levels and how i should be stabilising them now! Please help me work all this out so i can hopefully not feel at the mercy of my hormones for the rest of my life!! Thank you very much. E