I am an (almost) 37 year old woman, one child, 4 miscarriages. I have poly cystic ovarian syndrome, have had my gall bladder removed 4 years ago, have harrington rods on my spine due to scoliosis (20 years ago) and am overweight.
Two years ago I began to experience an internal tremor sensation. It happens about once a month for a stretch of about 5 nights, usually strongest when laying down (though is detectable while upright/moving about) and seems to preceed my period by about a week. I had about a 4 month grace period last summer where it seemed to die away and I felt I had moved beyond whatever it was. I have been tested by so many spcialists and told so much junk about things ranging from restless leg syndrome to sleep apnea. No one seems to have a solid idea, though there are sure a lot of speculative diagnosticians who would like to think they do.
I discovered while researching myself that Progesterone deficiency could cause many of the symptoms I have, including the tremor. I have not been able to book a saliva swab with my doctor yet, but would like to know if what I have described could be relative to a progesterone deficiency?
My hormone levels came back ok last fall, even though my GYNO tried to convince me I am now peri-menopausal. She was rushing me out the door at the time, not a thorough examination or discussion so I do not give it much merit. She was ready to book me for partial hysterectomy based on a 5 minute talk.
Let me quickly list some of my ongoing symptoms to help if possible:
- hair loss - thinning, sparsity of thickness - loss of luster and thickness.
- facial hair growth on chin and neck, getting thicker and darker as I age.
- anxiety/panic disorder.
- night tremors, internal vibrating, pulsating from bottom of toes to back of neck/behind ears - all over.
- mood swings, extreme emotional imbalance during periods.
There are other symptoms but those are the major ones which lead me to investigate progesterone.
I suffer from the same thing about a week before my period, (mind you my period has changed to a three day heavy flow preceeded by spotting for a few days), I feel awful, anxious, panicky and shake horribly. This started when I had a contraceptive needle about 2 years ago, had an adverse reaction (all the worst side effects appeared including extreme tremor) I'm trying to find out for myself what is wrong but like you noone seems to be listening - I was once told I was allergic to progesterone which is in our bodies naturally and peaks 14 days in a month - so what do we do? I'm still trying to find out for myself - i get the brain fog and all that too - its terrible. I understand
By the way I'm 35, had to have a tubal ligation straight after the 3 month needle, my period started being 3 days instead of 5 after that, perimenopausal? I'm going to ask a doctor tomorrow and make them listen to me!!!
Progesterone deficiency possibly linked to internal tremors
I have the internal tremor as you described, am going through menopause after a full hysterectomy at 33 (20 yrs ago). I had been on synthetic hormone estratest with good results, but would get the internal tremor if I forgot my meds through the yrs. I now am taking bio identical estrogen, testosterone and progesterone which alleviated menopausal symptoms, but still have the tremor. The doctor has experimented with varying doses of estrogen and testosterone so far, but still the same tremors. I forgot to take the progesterone one night and the tremors were MUCH worse until I took it. I suspect the Dr. will be cued in with this new info. I think it is related to a progesterone deficiency. He will likely up the dose. Yes, I recommend bio identical hormones, though they are costly. God bless you ladies as we are on a quest for answers together.