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August 19, 2012 5:21 AM
I exercise quite a lot - about 10-12 hours of ballet classes (essentially daily classes) plus gym for weight training upper body and some cardio for stamina.

I've been put on progesterone due to hormone issues - hypothyroidism, etc. While I love that my flexibility has returned, I'm experiencing hip/psoas pain that doesn't seem to want to go away.

I do visit a chiropractor and will be going back to my acupuncturist, but does anyone have any experience of this happening (apart from that resulting from pregnancy, that is).

Thanks in advance!
August 19, 2012 4:07 PM
August 19, 2012 4:14 PM
Couldn't tell you. I had to take progesterone while pregnant and had horrible hip pain, but that's not the info you wanted, lol!
August 21, 2012 7:18 PM
Thanks! It is a bit helpful but I know that just carrying a baby can be a strain. Am still hoping for more views, please?????
August 26, 2012 12:41 PM
August 26, 2012 12:58 PM
I take progesterone, mine is very very very low. I'm older and also hypo thyroid. Did they put you on Niacinmide too? They did me to help with flexibility. I doubt my progesterone has any effect on my hip pain, but I have chronic hip issues due to the way I walk and have pain in my piriformous from my feet walking like a duck. I work closely with a massage therapist and it does the trick to keep the pain under control for me. It's nothing something the chriopractor could ever get accomplished and I've never tried accupuncture. But I swear by a good massage therapist that does therapeutic work
August 26, 2012 2:04 PM
Not trying to frighten you but perhaps it's thrombosis
August 26, 2012 2:04 PM
progesterone can lead to thrombosis...I'd take a look at this and see if it resonates with you...
August 26, 2012 2:05 PM
Deep vein thrombosis symptoms:

Signs and Symptoms of DVT

Half of all DVT cases cause no symptoms. If you do have any of the DVT symptoms below -- especially if they occur suddenly -- call your doctor right away:

Swelling in one or both legs
Pain or tenderness in one or both legs, which may occur only while standing or walking
Warmth in the skin of the affected leg
Red or discolored skin in the affected leg
Visible surface veins
Leg fatigue
If a blood clot breaks free and travels to your lungs, it's called a pulmonary embolism, and it can be fatal. Pulmonary embolism may not cause symptoms, but if you ever suffer sudden coughing, which may bring up blood; sharp chest pain; rapid breathing or shortness of breath; or severe lightheadedness, call 911 or go to an emergency room immediately.
August 26, 2012 3:20 PM
hmmm you say hypo thyroid eh....

i am also on pregesterone, have hashimoto's (form of hypo thyroid and 'used' to have low D

during this time i had horrible leg pain and aches. since getting my thyroid down to .5 and my d up into the 80's i feel great! i dont know if you know your lab values at all but i would make sure these are ideal before pointing your finger directly at progeterone. :) if your normal levels then i would say take a deeper look into the hormones.
September 2, 2012 7:19 PM
Definitely not DVT....I have chronic hip issues due to ballet, but they have been worse since on the progesterone.

Now starting a bit with knees. I read that that could happen due to ligaments becoming more elastic.

I've started having acupuncture for the hips areas (and calves) and it seems to be helping. Chiropractic isn't working - my spine is more supple than before, as well. I'm pleased, in a way, since it helps with the ballet training but also worried I'll hurt something I've never hurt before - like the knees. In class this morning, my knee acted up. Never really had that happen in 36 years of ballet dancing!

I had to up my D vitamin, as well, before the lab work - about a month before - and that came back okay, with the progesterone being at bottom. My lab values are within range, apart from the progesterone. I'm on levathroid, liothyronene (sp? - T3), dhea and the progesterone, along with a handful of over the counter supplements, such as D, fish oil, glucosamine/chondroitin, etc.

I'm feeling a bit better about all this after reading these posts. Thanks!

Will continuing strengthening exercises help stabilize some of my now more supple joints?
January 3, 2013 2:15 PM
I heard a presentation by a compounding pharmacist (who is also post-menapausal), and she explained the role of progesterone. She said that many women who are peri-menopausal or post menopausal have hip pain, and sometimes shoulder pain. She said that during pregnancy your progesterone levels are high, but when you are getting close to delivering, your progesterone levels drop, which loosens the hip joints for delivery. It causes hip pain. Near menopause, your estrogen and progesterone drop, but your progesterone drops more, in relation to estrogen (since there are other ways to get estrogen, such as through your adrenals, through belly fat, and you even still get some from your puny ovaries, but no other way to get progesterone). So the ratio of progesterone to estrogen is way off. This can cause hip/leg/shoulder pain. I have this problem and know many other women who do also. I started using an over-the-counter progesterone cream which made a huge difference! I recommended it to my friends and they are all thrilled. You get it at the health food store. ProGest. Anyway, I use it for 21 days then take 7 days off. Sometimes I notice that at the end of the 21 days I start up with the aches again. I don't know why. Then I go off for 7 days. At first all is well then the pains start up again and I go back on the cream, and the pain goes away. For the most part it works wonderfully well. It also cures my insomnia. There are some great books about it, by Dr. John Lee. The one I read was What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause. There is one called What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Peri-Menopause. Good Luck. It is worth a try.
Edited by Bootcampjudy On January 3, 2013 2:18 PM
January 15, 2013 7:03 PM
Thanks to all for your information. I've not been on here for a while due to other issues. I read the book about menopause that was mentioned.

I also have been going for acupuncture and a load of scar tissue managed to be released from my hip areas, from previous injuries of various sorts. I'm almost pain-free now. Almost! LOL!

I'm still on the progesterone capsules, which continue to be helpful. Flexibility is about 70% back. I doubt it'll ever be fully back, due to age, et. al.

Sleeping is fine, as well, although I hadn't noticed much of a change anyway. I've always been a light sleeper, even as a child. I'm curious how my estrogen-progesterone mix is going to be the next time I do the panel. That's not till July unless something else happens.

I really appreciate the feedback! Thanks!!


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