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Anxiety and Progesterone

Don't blindly trust your doctors if you feel their medications or advice aren't working. Find someone who understands hormones.

I woke up on on 10/6/03 with anxiety, and it continued every morning for almost six months. By afternoon I felt better and my evenings were pretty good. The anxiety got worse before it got better. I felt physically ill, lost weight, and had trouble sleeping.

It wasn't until I started getting hot flashes, night sweats, and horrible PMS (tense/emotional attacks) that I realized what was happening to me: I was in perimenopause and probably having cyclical progesterone crashes every day. Another way of putting it is estrogen dominance.

When I was five months postpartum, I also experienced the same thing, but it only lasted for four weeks until my next cycle. My GYN has been useless: everything he gave me made me feel worse!! They put me on birth control pills, then Zoloft, then Paxil. I then went on Buspar for the anxiety and stopped everything else. I started not to trust the GYN any more.

It wasn't until my family doctor sent me to a compounding pharmacy that I started to feel better. To make a long story short, I am on a pharmaceutical-grade progesterone cream three weeks of each month. I massage 1/4 teaspoon into my skin and I feel SO much better. I am tapering off the Buspar.

I have felt so frustrated and angry with my GYN who told me to go to a psychiatrist and psychologist. I was told I had anxiety disorder. My GYN told me I was having panic attacks. Another psychologist said I had obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Ladies, learn to listen to your bodies. Don't blindly trust your doctors if you feel their medications or advice aren't working. Find someone who understands hormones. My next step, if I weren't starting to feel better, would be to see a reproductive endocrinologist.

I hope my story helps someone out there.
Andrea in Pennsylvania
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Updated  09/29/2010