Why do I have many symptoms but my friends all seem fine
So I've been using natural progesterone cream for many years now. I am currently on a daily total of 220 mg/day (split AM and PM). I also take good quality vitamins and although I feel okay most of the time, I still struggle with symptoms here and there throughout the month. Sometimes I feel swollen (my rings don't want to go on my fingers) and haven't really lost bloat around the stomach area. I eat a keto diet. My overall weight is good. I struggled a lot with hair loss and that has subsided (mostly after I added some of the vitamins suggested on this site). Sometimes I feel very, very fatigued in the evenings. I can't drink wine socially because it seems to affect my progesterone levels negatively. All my labs, including Vit. D and Magnesium are very good and my doctor orders a vitamin panel every six months to check them.
My question is why do some women have to use massive amounts of progesterone and vitamins to feel somewhat "normal" while others don't? None of my friends/sisters (all in menopause) take progesterone or any vitamins and they drink alcohol socially whenever they want, stay up late, don't exercise and their hair is full, they aren't overweight and they are full of energy all the time. I've been on as much as 400 mg of natural progesterone before and even after overcoming the initial ED symptoms, I didn't feel any different than I do on 220 mg. I know I can't live without progesterone but I can't keep up with my friends either while I'm on it. I do have a slight hypothyroid issue from the outset of my journey which is under control with natural thyroid (slow release T3) meds. I really question whether I even need the thyroid support because I feel it was low progesterone that probably caused the thyroid issue but I continue to take it because it's a very low dose. I know my post probably seems minor with what everyone on here struggles with but was wondering if anyone else feels the same. A new symptom just popped up this week--I'm now struggling with my eyebrows falling yet I've been on 220 mg for a long, long time. The fall out is not on the outer edges but rather the inner edges. I don't need more thyroid meds as I've tried that and just a little more sends me into hyperthyroid symptoms. I feel I do everything right but still struggle with weird symptoms. What am I doing wrong?