Originally Posted by notevenok
ok, you say you started with the meno around 35? what were your symptoms< if you don't mind, and where are you with it now, Age, symptoms. Thanks, Marylou
. Now you know I'm dealing with brainfog so I'm reaching back into the "archives" of my memory
... I had my second child at 31 and shortly after my periods became very heavy...I was flooding. Okay...here is my list of what I remember:
1. Heavy periods, cramps, clots (sorry about being graphic)
2. Dry skin.
3. Swollen ankles, leg pains, lower back pains
4. Went from mild PMS to PMDD
5. Horrible chills the week before my period (I could not stay warm).
6. Moodiness before, during and the week after my period.
7. Anxiety...which graduated to panic attacks
8. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
9. Increased appetite which lead to increased weight
10. Occasional hot flashes, but nothing like the heatwaves that I have now.
11. Exhaustion (taking naps during the day
did not help)
12. Incontience (when I walked, cough, laughed, sleep)
13. Waking up 4-5 times a night for the restroom
14. Waking up and not being able to return to sleep for hours.
15. Low libido which graduated to NO libido.
16. Fibroids & polyp
How are you doing Marylou? When I saw a doctor about the above symptoms I was told that I only had PMDD and was too young to be experiencing menopausal symptoms (oh, the incompetent doctor's I've seen).
I'm now 43, will be 44 in November and my symptoms became worst and I picked up a few more as the years rolled on. I was finally officially diagnosed with perimenopause by my reproductive endocrinologist in June. Finally someone who actually listens an is keep up todate in their medical profession. Needless to say I'm quite please with my current doctor.
I don't know how close I am to menopause, no one seems to know. My FSH levels are rising and my estridol levels are decreasing. My ovaries are almost not visible while using a sonogram.
Hmmmmmmm.....let me know if you have anymore questions. I need to pick up my son so I have to stop now