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I had a bad experience with bioidentical hormones. What information can you give me on this topic?

By Anonymous December 2, 2008 - 9:03am
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I ended up in the hospital with severe panic attacks and delusional thoughts after being given too little estrogen and way too much progesterone by an N. D. here in the valley. I have had a full hysterectomy and was told by three other doctors that I never should have been given the progesterone. This episode caused a chain reaction in which I was then put on too high of a dose of Lexapro and many other anti-anxiety drugs for the next two years. All of the side effects made me feel horribly worse and I ended up being weened off of everything except some Adivan. I feel better now, but still not right.

I need some help with my hormones, but don't know who to get it from or who to trust. Any info that you have would be helpful.

Thanks, Debbie O'Donnell

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I think I also had a bag experience with hormone creams as well. I'm 52 and in menopause. I have not had a full period in 3 years. I bought O-T-C estogen and progestrone creams (suppose to be from wild yams) through amazon. Four week into apply the estogen and progrestone. I had a panic attack and serious rapid heart beat especially when I laid down. I went to urgent care and they identified a slight heart murmur (may have had it all the time) EKG came back perfect, but just to be cautious they suggested I see a cardiologist.

So I will schedule, but I started thinking back what had I changed in the last four weeks and the only thing I did was get on these hormones. Prior to taking the hormones, I was dealing with hot flashes and night sweats, but no heart palpitation at all. Now I'm seeing all these comments from women who have started on bio-identical creams or some form of hormones and it creating more problems with heart palpitations, etc. I think I'm done messing with my hormones.

I'm going to get back on Evening Primose Oil and Black Cohosh and call it a day. I think messing with your hormones by applying unnatural forms of it that your body does not produce itself is bad business. It's too complication and hormones regulate too many things to just be trying this stuff out without a lot of thorough in-depth knowledge (you gain on your own) because every single woman is different and some women are more sensitive to hormones than others. So I'm done.

October 10, 2016 - 5:01am
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Hi, I'm puzzled on why my bhrt causes me to have hot flashes. I've went on and off a free times so, it's definitely the bhrt that causes them, i have a bi-est, testosterone and progestrone compounded. Any suggestions will be great because I want to use the bhrt as an anti aging protocol.

September 13, 2016 - 10:51am

Glad I've found this post!! Hope someone is still active on here I am desperate!! My nightmare began in March 2015 when I was given provera tablets to control my period! I have always been sensitive to hormonal contraception and wish I had known better!! Provera is a progesterone only pill, after a few months experienced extreme anxiety like never before.. I couldn't really see what was causing it so I tried an antidepressant! What a nightmare, made me really sick only on it for 5 pills! Was told to come off provera and antidepressant Which was on Sep 02 2015. What a ride it's been! Intrusive thoughts that I've never had before consumed my head, dizziness, insomnia, anxiety, brain fog, fatigue.. To this day I don't know if it was coming off the provera or the ad. Anyway was a very slow process getting better and a long road. Got to March 2016 and was feeling better and better all the time, I had heard wonders about progesterone cream and thought I would try it!! What a mistake! Worked well for 4 weeks then just randomly had a terrible week of sadness and crying but so extreme felt so bad.. Came off the cream cause couldn't cope. Was okay for two weeks but pretty dizzy and not as good as I was before the cream. Then all went down hill again, just before my period have become exteremely emotional like really bad, anxiety is high, bad thoughts just so tired!! Guessing must be a big progesterone crash? Feels similar to when came off provera! Am soooo gutted! Really don't want to have to go on antidepressant as so scared what will do to me! Def feeling crazy!!

June 16, 2016 - 11:04pm
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Anonymous (reply to PipK810)

Hello. I hate that you are going through this, but I am so thankful to find someone else with the same issues. I went on bio identical hormones in March 2016 too. Within 6 days my estrogen more than double, my testosterone did the same and my progesterone raised .01. It was the worst experience I have ever had. If there is one thing in my life I could go back and undo that would be my choice. I was having server anxiety and some panic attacks, and very disturbing thoughts. The nurse practitioner I was using told me to stay on them. I freaked out and made her see me. I quit them, but I am still having problems. I have had 2 periods a month, one lasting 17 days, lost 18 lbs in 2 weeks, then all the anxitey and disturbing thoughts come back 2 weeks before my period. In June I had surgery to remove endometriosis, endo scaring, cydt, and a d&c. My gyno thought this would all helo, but it flared everything up. Now their only suggestion is anxiety meds. As they are pretty sure this has all thrown me into menopause or premenpause. From my research that all lowers your serstonin levels, and I wonder if all the hormone issues have robbed us from serotonin. My dr wanted me to try a natural approach 1st, so I am trying tryptophan right now. Praying that something is the answer and soon!

July 28, 2016 - 6:40am
(reply to Anonymous)

Hi X I am so sorry you are going through this. It is definitely scary and draining. I am so glad you came off the cream. I have endometriosis too xx I know all about the different flare ups and ups and downs of this journey. How are you feeling now? Xx

August 1, 2016 - 1:12am
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Anonymous (reply to PipK810)

Things have not settled down. As of yesterday my dr of 11 years has decided that a complete hysterectomy is the only way to fix all this. He ran some blood test to rule out thyroid problems and said if those test come back negative we will schedule the hysterectomy. At this point I just have to trust him. He was not the one who put me on hormones.

August 2, 2016 - 5:28pm
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Anonymous (reply to PipK810)

You are not crazy. It just feels like it. Yes coming off progestrone cream is a true nightmare. I used it for 3 weeks and have been detoxing and experiencing all your same symptoms for 2 years. I have never tried antidepressants. Just working through each day. Progestrone cream should not be legal. It's so dangerous. Im so sorry you were healing and now you are dealing with this major setback. Hopefully you'll heal quick like some women do! For me im not healed yet and it's been a haRd long road but Im making it. Prayers coming your way. Just know you are not alone!

June 17, 2016 - 10:31am
(reply to Anonymous)

Thank you for your reply! I am so sorry you have had such a hard time! Have you been to a psycologist for support or anything? Xxx
I'm so scared now because when I recover I would like to have a baby! What are all of your experiences with the progesterone rising and then crashing when having a baby? If you've had children xx

June 17, 2016 - 3:36pm

Hello. I am currently experiencing all of the symptoms mentioned in your posts from last year. I am 35 and was prescribed bioidentical progesterone cream because I tested low. I took progesterone cream for 14 days and then stopped when I started having panic attacks out of nowhere, crying spells, intrusive thoughts, inability to concentrate, difficulty sleeping, etc... I have been off for about 9 days and still feel the effects. I will have one good day, and feel like I am getting better, then the following day I am panicked all day. This of course, leaves me feeling completely hopeless. I am not sure what to do, I keep praying that it gets better. If anyone could share their experiences in terms of how long it took to get better or any tips for detoxing, I would greatly appreciate it.

May 11, 2016 - 1:55pm
(reply to AsLaw)

Hi ASLaw I am having the complete same as you! I was on progesterone cream for about 4 weeks and felt good then it all came crashing down, emotional like never before! I decided I couldn't carry on with the cream and stopped. After a few days I wasn't crying as much but was really dizzy.. Two weeks later just before my period and as I have got my period I am an emotional wreck worst I have ever felt with bad intrusive thoughts! Please tell me it gets better!!!! X

June 16, 2016 - 7:25pm
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