I am a 39yo otherwise healthy female who has inherited a truck load of family medical problems. 2 years ago my periods became "whacky". Went to my Gyn and he did hormone test (I did not see the results) but he said everything was normal. 1 month later, I started having menstrual migraines. After about a year of them (every month) my Family DR started giving me Imitrex. I have been very insistant that my migraines are hormone related. They have become more frequent and more intense the last 3 months. I have gone to the ER for them now. Finally, after telling my DR. that both my mom and sister went thru Menopause in their late 30's my doc ordered blood test.
Recieved results yesterday, testing on day 3 of cycle, LH 18, FSH 58 and Estadiol less than 20. DR prescribed Prempro and I will start taking today.
Questions-- 1. With my test result, does this mean that I am just in Perimenopause or Menopause?
2. How long does it take to get thru Menopause?
3. How long does it take for most people to start feeling better on HRT?
4. Anyone with migraines? Does HRT help them or intensify them?
I have also been having ,what I just learned, is Hot Flashes. Since my last ER visit 3 months ago, I have been having "episodes". I get a little warm, tingling in my arms and legs, headache and then a burst of adrenalin that makes me very anxious that I have to pace for about an hour until it burns off. I also get feelings of being shocked in my head. My BP also increases and I panick and think that I am going to die. Dr sent me to a Neuro who did CT, MRI and EEG but everything is normal. I have been thinking that these were "auras" of my migraines but now with the blood results the DR days these are hot flashes. 5. Is this a typical hot flash or has anyone experienced hot flashes like this?
Also, anyone with EM? Shouldn't I also have my thyroid levels checked? I have a strong family history of hypothyroid too.
Thanks in advance for your input!