I'm at 3dp5dt. The theme of today's post is going to be progesterone and how much I hate it. Sorry ahead of time for being negative, but I have to give you the update and hopefully you'll understand why.
Yesterday morning, I went in for some lab work to check my progesterone levels. I didn't think much of it until I got a call back from the nurse saying mine came in low at 9.6 and they wanted to see if at around 20. She said I needed to double my PIO to 2mL and add a Crinone application in the mornings. Seemed simple enough despite the fact that I was a now stressed that my progesterone wasn't on target like it should be. I did some research and also had a fellow IF friend talk me off my ledge over email and I realized it's not nearly as big of deal as I was making it out to be. Many REs don't even check progesterone levels between the transfer and beta so it sounds like mine was just being very cautious. Has anyone had an experience with low progesterone? How did it turn out?
So our nightly PIO time rolled around at 7:30pm and I drew up the new massive amount of PIO. Kevin found a spot and pushed the needle in. However the insertion of the needle itself this time felt like a hot knife going into my backside. It was EXCRUCIATING. I think he may have hit a nerve or something because the PIO hadn't even been pushed in at that point. It was a billion times worse than PIOs I've had so far. Kevin felt really bad even though it wasn't his fault, of course. I had to sit on a heating pad for over an hour and it felt like someone had hit me in the hip with a baseball bat. I'm not exaggerating. It was a doozy. Has anyone else out there had a random excruciating PIO shot occur like this?
I got super tired and decided to go to bed at 9:30pm. I slept until around 12:30am when I was awakened by some of the worse stomach cramps in my life. I sprung out of bed and ran to the bathroom (sorry for the upcoming TMI) and thought I'd need to go number two. Yet, I couldn't. Nothing was happening no matter how hard I tried! Yet I desperately needed to! What the heck??? This is the definition of torture, ladies and gentlemen. I was in so much pain and discomfort I seriously started questioning if I needed to call to Kevin to take me to the ER but I couldn't bear the thought of leaving the bathroom.
The house was freezing cold at this time of night yet I was dripping sweat all over my head and chest and started violently throwing up. This went on for over an hour until I finally was able to "go" after a ton of straining. I felt much better once everything was all out.
This situation was so violent I was terrified that I hurt our embryos somehow. It was just all around hell on earth, there is no other way to say it. Someone please tell me something that will help me feel like our embryos are all right. I know I can't push them out, right? Yes, I was sweating like mad but I hope that didn't raise my core temperature. I need some puppies and rainbows today to make me feel better.
When I crawled back into bed, I was drenched in sweat, yet freezing at the same time, and I couldn't get warm even under about three thick blankets after 20 minutes or so. But eventually, I did and dozed off and I feel 95% better today. My stomach is still not completely right but I'm able to function and am getting ready for work.
I've had similar episodes to this early last year, but it wasn't nearly as bad as the one last night. I read online that one of the side effects of progesterone is constipation, and that sounds like a big component of last night's violent episode. I pray that doesn't happen again, I seriously felt like I was going to die! It was very scary.
Oh and when I ran into the bathroom, I accidently let the dog out. So he roamed the house all night last night and peed in the dining room. Oh happy day!! LOL
Thanks for hearing me out. Does anyone have any tips for dealing with progesterone side effects? I've heard prunes. Anything else?
For Valentine's tonight, Kevin and I are just staying in. I'm cooking Steak au Poivre which is a simple yet amazing beef tenderloin dish where you get to light the pan on fire. Always impressive. :) Kevin is making chocolate fondue for dessert. It should be a nice night as long as I don't get sick again. Fingers crossed!