Out of sheer desperation I have been reading ways to alleviate my often debilitating PMS.
A few days ago my hormonal nightmare reached a crescendo of anxiety, which some months feels like outright dissociation. I cannot tolerate this. If I could physically climb out of my body I would. So I did a bunch of reading and took any supplement in my cabinet that was mentioned re:pms in just an effort to calm the eff down. This resulted in a long sleepless night during which I felt like I was on a bad acid trip (yes I do have reference for that, yay 90's) floating in and out of sleep testing the boundaries of dream and reality.
I will not do that again. The truth is I've been wanting to veer away from supplements other than the basics (I need vitamin D for depression and Mg seems helpful). Really putting most things to diet/excercise/lifstyle. I do have some impulsivity issues, but that's another story.
Anyway, I've read a lot saying B-6 could be THE thing for depression/anxiety/pms (never heard that before, just B overall), and have tried a fairly high dose in the few days since. I'm feeling MUCH better. Even better than non-pms time periods. I actually have no cramps. I don't want to make a judgement yet though. I was hoping in the meantime someone had some info or could help clear up some of this prostaglandin reference in this little blurb I came across. I am not interested in the pharmaceuticals, I have had very bad experience with that. I mean, what do prostaglandins do and how does this apply exactly to pms and maybe anxiety in general (not just pms)? What do you think of this list of precursors/supplements (or finding food sources)? They do mention eating more plants less animals (not an anti-paleo sentiment I think, possibly a suggestion for a few days a month), opinion?
UPDATE: Next cycle after I posted this and I actually experienced ZERO PMS symptoms. Not only that, Day 1 of the cycle I had a dream that I was dancing around doing some sort of free-style ballet complete with on-point tip toes and leaps and bounds and turns (I have never done ballet in my life). Weird, but I haven't had a dream that awesome in years. I followed most of the suggestions on here, eating similar to what Firefly recommends, plus my B-6 supp.