I can't say all my symptoms have been addressed by this regimen, but there are 2 positive differences I note so far. I had a period since my last visit with her, but instead of being 3 weeks long like the last one, it was only about 6 days, and very light the entire time. I definitely count that as an improvement. The bigger one, though, is that I wake in the morning when Hubby gets up for work, and am often surprised to note that it's the first time I remember being awake since falling to sleep hours before. MUCH better than waking several times. I still sometimes wake too early, and feel tired during the day, but, overall, everything is better with some amount of undisturbed sleep.
My symptoms that remain are feeling like my brain can't keep up --foggy or unfocused thinking, and headaches before and after my period. She decided not to do another blood test yet, as she knows that since I'm still cycling, one day's results will be different than another's, so has decided to treat symptoms instead of judge by lab numbers.
Listening to the description of how I feel, and asking pointed questions, she determined that it sounds like I'm still a bit low in estrogen, and maybe progesterone, too. First she wants me to try a higher dose estrogen patch for about 10 days, and if I feel I need more improvement, I'll add in more progesterone for another week and see if I feel better or worse. After that, I will see her again to re-evaluate what we do from there.
Another of her ideas is to try a low dose birth-control pill for a year (until my ovaries decide they've finished their job) that will keep my daily hormone levels constantly even. The lower dose of hormones would probably be safer, but maybe not what I need to help with sleep. So we'll discuss that further. It's just nice to have someone finally listen and address my specific needs!!!
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