Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Fun with Progesterone

Thank you so much for all the kind comments! I really appreciate it!

Things have been interesting. I had my blood drawn for hCG and progesterone at P+16 and, of course, the hCG results came back (two days later). That test was run locally, but the sample for progesterone was sent to Omaha. I talked to the nurse there on Friday, and she said the results weren't in my chart yet. I didn't worry too much, since I'm already on a huge dosage for my progesterone injections. On Monday, the nurse called me back with answers to my questions, and I called my local doctor to schedule appointments and my next blood draw, but I completely forgot to ask about the progesterone test.

Yesterday, it occured to me to call the local doctor to see what the progesterone results were, since they sometimes reduce the dosage if the results are really good, and Mr. X was set to give me another set of injections Tuesday night. To make a long story short, it turns out my levels were pretty low (13.8, I think). Not only do I need to keep up the two massive injections each time, but I have to take oral prometrium every night. I'm so glad I checked!

So, yesterday, Mr. X went on a wild goose chase trying to find prometrium through our darn HMO's pharmacies. Last night, I read the package insert about side effects, and we laughed hysterically. There's a list of common side effects, then a list of "check with your doctor ASAP" side effects, and THEN there's the "contact your doctor immediately list," which includes these side effects:
  • fever or chills
  • calf/leg pain, swelling, or tenderness
  • unusually fast heartbeat
  • sharp or crushing chest pain
  • sudden shortness of breath
  • sudden leg pain
  • sudden severe headache, vomiting, dizziness, or fainting
  • vision problems or changes (including sudden, partial, or full loss of vision)
  • numbness of an arm or leg
  • severe stomach pain
  • one-sided weakness
  • slurred speech
  • mental or mood changes (such as severe depression, memory loss, or confusion)
  • coughing up blood
  • yellowing of eyes/skin
  • darkening of urine
  • stomach pain, swelling, or tenderness
  • abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • lump in the breast
  • seizure
  • all limbs suddenly falling off*
I don't know why--those are all awful things--but it just struck us as really funny. I know it's just progesterone in oil, and considering it's been injected into my "hips" (those aren't my hips) plenty of times, it didn't freak me out. But, seriously, is there any symptom that's NOT on that list?

*OK, maybe I made up that last one


Beth said...

I didn't have any of those symptoms, but the first time I took it I could barely move - I just laid on the couch all evening! And then I had really weird dreams!

Jen said...

Shouldn't you call your doctor at any point if you have those symptoms? I mean, forget about whether you are taking some kind of medication or not!

LifeHopes said...

oh my gosh that list is hilarious!!! My favorite is the one sided weakness.

CTagsGirl said...

Hehe...I think the only thing they missed was "the distinct urge to wield a knife at your significant other". :) I have had a lot of symptoms (moody beyond belief!) from my supplemental progesterone, but the side effects eventually taper off. (Thankfully for my husband!)

Just stopping-over from L & F to wish you a HUGE congrats on your BFP!

This_Cross_I_Embrace said...

Lmbo at that last one!!
I tolerated it well as long as I took it right before bed. One night (since I hadn't had any s/es) I took it, sat in bed and watched tv and waited for DH to come home... I got up to use the bathroom an hr later and nearly keeled over on the floor!! So definately take it before SLEEP!


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