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Old 12-02-2007, 06:26 PM   #1
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Question Fatigue and perimenopause, then menopause

I am in the perimenopausal state for now and I am experiencing bouts of EXTREME, and I mean EXTREME fatigue (and depression), to the point where I cannot do anything, I sleep almost ALL the time for days at a time. Then it lifts and I'm okay again until the next bout of exhaustion.

I feel like I have to live my life between these bouts in terms of scheduling appointments, doing errands and so forth. I can't stand it.

I'm just curious if anyone else out there experiences this level of fatigue and exhaustion during perimenopause or menopause? Thanks.

 
Old 12-02-2007, 07:49 PM   #2
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I am in the perimenopausal state for now and I am experiencing bouts of EXTREME, and I mean EXTREME fatigue (and depression), to the point where I cannot do anything, I sleep almost ALL the time for days at a time. Then it lifts and I'm okay again until the next bout of exhaustion.

I feel like I have to live my life between these bouts in terms of scheduling appointments, doing errands and so forth. I can't stand it.

I'm just curious if anyone else out there experiences this level of fatigue and exhaustion during perimenopause or menopause? Thanks.
Yes..I have no energy to do much. And I get bouts of depression. Also, my joints don't feel the same. I can't stretch out like I used to. It's like I suddenly feel really old. Like this happened over night or something. This hit me like a freight train. My age seems to have finally caught up with me. I'm 45.

 
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Old 12-03-2007, 01:45 PM   #3
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Re: Fatigue and perimenopause, then menopause

Yes, I too get exhaustion at times. Its like I just go thru the motions as the day goes on, like my mind is programmed to do the things I always do, but I'm not really thinking as I'm doing them and I tire quickly at times. My joint problem hit me hard too. I've always been able to stretch all which ways, sit with legs folded under me, get up and walk quickly, now every muscle and joint hurts, I walk stiffly and all crippled like, it seems to be worse in stores, could it be the hard floors?? Its such a painfull struggle its not worth going out, its hard for me to say that, as I am very used to being on the move all the time going everywhere. I'm sad about all this as I'm sure you are, its hard to believe I will be whole again...but they say (other posts) that I will, but if its our hormones dwindeling away to not much of anything, how will we recover?? The other post here says she can't stretch out, could you please elaborate?? Thank you

 
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Re: Fatigue and perimenopause, then menopause

The stretching thing does bother me because I used to have no problem with that. I'm fairly thin and have always been flexible. Now, not so much. Can perimenopause just hit you this hard with so many symptoms at once? I've always been told I look much younger than my age. No one believes I'm 45. I've always taken pretty good care of myself, so this is bothering me. It's like I'm a different person. And my emotions are all over the map. I just dread the thought of having to deal with this for years and years.

It's like I just don't have any motivation to do even the simplest of tasks.

My symptoms...

fatigue
depression
UTI's
texture change in hair
brain fog
breast tenderness
periods..light one month..heavy the next..coming closer together
backaches
muscle aches and stiffness
tingling in legs and hands
very cold feet..warm to slightly hot at night
digestive issues..can't seem to digest food as well as I could
just all out crabby most of the time
feel like I'm carrying around a dead weight..and I'm thin for my height
vison getting worse

 
Old 12-26-2007, 04:43 PM   #5
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Re: Fatigue and perimenopause, then menopause

I know EXACTLY what you are talking about. I get the kind of fatigue where I sleep all night and then mid morning have to lay down again and take a nap until early afternoon and then have to go to bed shortly after dinner and will sleep like a log through the whole night. It only lasts for a couple of days and then I get back to a normal schedule only to return again a couple of weeks later. It doesn't have anything to do with my cycle. I've tried vitamin supplements, have had blood work including thyroid testing and everything comes back normal.

I have no answers for you, but can assure you that you are not alone.

Joyce

 
Old 12-27-2007, 01:21 PM   #6
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Re: Fatigue and perimenopause, then menopause

It made me quite sad to read this post as i was chatting to my best friend who is 43 (im 46 in jan) and we were saying how our bodies are changing. this past year i have suffered with ailments id never had before. Mainly aching joints. premenstrually i was getting really moody and snappy, i was put on Prozac for slight depression and panic attacks which have got worse in last year too. The prozac has helped with the moods and my panic attacks.

But i just feel like im aging quicker now, things i took for granted through my 20/30's are now bothering me, some of my symptoms are

Brain fogging
tenderness of breasts and irritability from ovulation time of the month.
more joint aches
silly little things happening now,

Its hard to explain really, i just dont want to get old and suffer aches and pains. I want to grow old and be as fit as i can.

I'm dreading the menopause and all the symptoms that come with it .

 
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45 feels so much different than 35. It's really amazing how your body does change. I'm not sure I am going to be able to really go with the flow like I used to. As your ovaries begin to shut down..so many things happen. I don't remember my own mother ever complaining about this stuff. But I most likely never paid attention. I feel like such a stranger to myself and I get so depressed about it. I want to stay as fit as I can but I feel like this perimenopause is winning. It takes so much longer to stay in shape at this age. I think the key is to eat healthy and continue to exercise no matter what.

 
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Re: Fatigue and perimenopause, then menopause

Laye,

That was very well put. I just want to feel ok when my ovaries shut down.

 
Old 01-01-2008, 02:05 PM   #9
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Hi all,i have had and still am having a real problem with fatigue,i seem to constantly be in bed or falling asleep on the chair in front of the t.v,it is completely ruining my life,each night for the last 1 1/2 to 2 years i have been in bed for 7pm not sleeping straight away but resting and dozing,my hubby comes to bed at the same time,i feel like a recluse,we never go out or socialise any more and i am only 39 huby is 35,what can i do to get out of this rut that i am in i so want to stay down stairs for a few hours more but i cant even in the summer we are in bed early someone help please.
kazy x

 
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Re: Fatigue and perimenopause, then menopause

Kazy, have you had any blood works done, this doesnt sound normal to be SOOOO fatigued. Maybe something else is going on which you are putting down to the Menopause. I would check it out, as this doesnt sound too much fun at all.

 
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Hi Worrybucket,thanks for your reply,and the answer is yes i have had so much blood taken over the last 3 years i am surprised i have any left at all lol,all my blood work has come back normal,and Dr's cant find anything wrong ,i have my thyroid checked every year as my mother and some of her sisters suffer with underactive thyroid so i know that is not a problem,i might well go back to my GP and ask for some to be done again,i know this sounds stupid but i think my body has got so used to me coming to bed early and dozing of all the time that i can't snap out of it,in the beginning(3 years now)i was told so many things that might be wrong with me that it made the panic attacks and anxiety worse than it should have been and that made me tired all the time i found it exausting that all i did was worry,panic and sleep through it,but you are right i need some more tests just to make sure,thanks for your reply .
kazy

 
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Re: Fatigue and perimenopause, then menopause

Thats ok...

Maybe its narcolepsy, i dont know much abt that but isnt that when you can just drop off to sleep in an instant?

Try looking into that, or maybe its just you, but i wouldnt have said this was normal, it must be horrible for you and an awful waste of life, as in not going out in the evening etc.

Good luck looking for a solution though.

 
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