Do you have brain fog? I was asked that question last week by a physician assistant. I answered with my first thoughts…. NO I don’t think so. Then she asked about clarity of thoughts and how often I felt unclear. Well I said, “Maybe once or twice a month I experienced that.” My main concern for this appointment was the hot flashes and night sweats that have increased over the years.
I had many test run that day but the question, Do you have brain fog? kept running over and over in my mind. At the conclusion of this visit I was prescribed a low dose of Progesterone. I took one pill the first night and I was anxious because I don’t take any medication and I didn’t sleep a restful sleep. The same thing happened on day two of the progesterone. But day three was a whole new story! I could not believe how sleepy I was after about twenty minutes of taking the progesterone. I slept so great! I was awakened twice to go to the bathroom and feel like my body is getting rid of excess water weight. I am going to keep a log of all I am experiencing with this new journey. I am positive that more women like me are out there suffering needlessly.
I am on day five now and I experienced a slight headache all day. I didn’t let it bother me but I honored it and rested. It happen to be Sunday and I was very busy with a blessing of my number eleven grandchild so we had a full day of church, meetings, family dinner and to top it off it was very cold and rainy. There were lots of factors that could cause my headache today. I could have clenched my teeth all night to create the headache but I want to make sure I am noting all the things I am experiencing. I rested in the evening and ate some more great food! I felt much better and worked on a project till 10:30 pm.
One thing I must say is my brain fog was more than I realized!!! I am staying alert all day and focusing with my eyes more. I am multitasking in a good way and not just running in circles. I am setting myself two daily goals that are meaningful to what I want to accomplish. I can speak with more clarity. I really was having lots of brain fog!!! I just didn’t even no I was in brain fog so much!
My doctor was explaining how women who have a baby and have postpartum depression are often misdiagnosed and put on anti-depressants. She said most women are depleted of progesterone and need to get shots for as long as they need to lift the depression. It really is a lack of progesterone and we can supplement it to feel better. So I shared this information with my daughters and one had a terrible time speaking to her nurse or Doctor about it. They only prescribe anti-depressants. My other daughters nurse and Doctor were very willing but we needed to provide the dose for them to call to the Doctor.
I will keep you posted on our journey! This is fascinating learning more and more about the necessary balance our body needs.