Wray - What comes first the chicken or the egg?
As you know I have faithfully and diligently followed your advice and have, thus far, seen dramatic improvement. But I'm still struggling both physically, as well as emotionally, just trying to take in the plethora of information in trying to understand the sudden and sometimes frightening symptoms that surface from time to time through this transitional phase of my life.
My biggest concern is how my imbalanced hormones have affected my blood glucose levels. Or is it my blood glucose levels that are affecting my imbalanced hormones?
Sometimes I just want to give up all the trying and go to a medical doctor to give me whatever, anything, just fix it and make it all go away. But then I pull myself back to the side of reason knowing that it would only set me back from where I want to be. It's important that I do this naturally.
I have routinely started checking my blood sugars. My fasting blood sugars, first thing upon rising and on an empty stomach, are good and usually around 85-90. My post-meal numbers sometimes spike to 135-142 then drop dramatically as is commonly seen in reactive types of hypoglycemia. The other day I had a reading of 66 following a mid-afternoon snack where I included a 1/2 slice of multi-grain bread spread with a thin layer of organic peanut butter, a few thin slices of banana and sprinkled with fresh ground cinnamon. I quickly learned that bananas are not my friend. They quickly broke down into sugars, i spiked, then found myself feeling symptoms of profuse sweat, rapid heart beat, panic, restlessness.
Looking back, I was first diagnosed with hypoglycemia when I was 16-years-old as doctors tried to regulate my periods via BCP. Following the birth of each one of my children, the same thing, my blood sugars would become imbalanced during the weeks of postpartum throwing off my female hormones where I would experience the weight gain, hair loss,excessive cramping, heavy flow, complexion problems. Then I was given oral progesterone in the form of a pill. Once my heavy bleeding stopped I was told to stop taking it and that I didn't need it anymore.
Then as you already know I had a tubal ligation following the birth of my last child which once again thew me into a world of hell.
Now that I'm going through menopause my blood sugars are once again rearing their ugly head and I hate it. I'm convinced all those mornings I would startle awake punctually at 4 o'clock in the morning feeling hot, sweaty, panicky were in fact related to my falling blood sugars. Because now when that happens I immediately check my numbers with a finger poke and have found blood sugar readings to be around 66-70.
My hope, my prayer, is that as I continue using progesterone (currently between 160mg -180mg per day) that eventually one will balance out the other. I question if I'm still not getting enough progesterone and feel I need to increase my daily dosage a little more. Recently, after only 28 days (that's NEVER happened) I had another period. It was more "normal" being very light the first day, quite heavy on the second, some clotting but nothing like in previous months, then a pretty good headache on the last day. During these 4 days my blood sugars were all over the place and I felt like it, too.
I also experienced a stuffy nose in the days leading up to my period and during the days I was bleeding. It was very frustrating to nearly intolerable and interfered with my ability to lay down and sleep. It literally felt like I couldn't breathe and would sit up in a panic. So I slept upright in our recliner using a saline solution several times as needed.
Now that my period is behind me I feel more like my old self again with more stable blood sugars despite my being shipwrecked for a few days. Just when I was starting to think I had a handle on all of this the floor fell out from under me and I landed on my ass.
Please tell me how blood sugars and female hormones work together or how one imbalance creates another. Mostly, I just want to know that I'm not the first one to write to you about this and that I'm not alone in what I'm going through. I need to know that I haven't lost my mind and that there is light and peace waiting for me at the end of the long tunnel in which I'm traveling.
Thanks for listening!