Welcome to the boards, losingitgat41!!
Originally Posted by losingitat41
Hi Everyone -
... I don't have hot flashes in fact I'm freezing cold all the time [for this reason I try to avoid soy] I don't suffer from sleeplessness and I still get a period [although not regularly] The bestest issues I have with being perimenopausal is the debilitating fatigue, carb cravings leading to a 35 pound weight gain, lack of sex drive, and the freezing cold fingers and toes. The weight gain has impacted my self-esteem, the lack of sex drive has impacted my marriage, the coldness has impacted my heat bill, and the fatigue has impacted my whole life!...
These symptoms do not sound like peri...and the fact that nothing shows up on your tests suggests what you are experiencing may be something else.
Based on your symptoms I am going to ask if you and your doctors have considered Lyme Disease as a diagnosis?? You have five of the symptoms and the intensity of your symptoms indicates that something is going on...but I don't have to tell you that...
I will just say that a bacterial infection can cause symptoms similar to yours, and not show up on tests!! Although your doctor may have done a test for Lyme, the results of those tests are very unreliable. Lyme Literate Doctors often base diagnosis on symptoms and treat with antibiotics accordingly.
If you want to pursue this further, you may want to do some reading on the Lyme Boards.
PS In some people with Lyme, reducing or eliminating carbs, controls the symptoms somewhat.