It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Menopause Message Board
Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 11-10-2008, 05:06 PM   #1
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Mason City, IA
Posts: 13
losingitat41 HB User
Perimenopausal Fatigue

Hi Everyone -

I have a few questions for all the perimenopausal women out there. I believe I have been in perimenopause for about three years now but only got tested about 7 months ago. My doctor suggested HRT but after reading about it, the high rate of cancer in my family, and the fact that I smoke I don't want to go that route. I also looked into bio-identicals but I live in a small area with no doctor or compounding pharmacy with a 150 miles so that's out of the question as well. I was wondering if anyone has used over the counter creams and if it helped. 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!

I have had tons of blood tests done and everything is normal other than my hormones so its not a thyroid problem or anything else. I just don't honestly know what to do anymore - I am miserable, my husband is miserable and I have no life - NONE! I am to tired to do anything! I'm sure some of you are thinking I'm depressed but I'm not - it has to be the preimenopause!

So can anyone tell me if the OTC creams help with fatigue? What type do you buy? How do you use it? How long does it take to start working? Any help would be great and thanks everyone for the help!

 
Sponsors Lightbulb
   
Old 11-10-2008, 06:01 PM   #2
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: USA
Posts: 3,159
bethsheba HB Userbethsheba HB Userbethsheba HB Userbethsheba HB Userbethsheba HB User
Re: Perimenopausal Fatigue

Welcome to the boards, losingitgat41!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by losingitat41 View Post
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.

Good luck!

Bethsheba

PS In some people with Lyme, reducing or eliminating carbs, controls the symptoms somewhat.

 
Old 11-10-2008, 10:58 PM   #3
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Mason City, IA
Posts: 13
losingitat41 HB User
Re: Perimenopausal Fatigue

Thanks Bethsheba -

I had my hormone levels tested and I am in menopause but thanks again for the suggestion - may think about talking to my doctor next time I see her.

 
Old 11-11-2008, 08:47 AM   #4
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Posts: 2,124
ainfante HB Userainfante HB Userainfante HB User
Re: Perimenopausal Fatigue

Hi longistat. I had fatigue so horrible during perimenopause and menopause. Im taking a multiple vitamin for women from gnc, syntrinol ( a natural for high cholesterol) not sure if that's working yet. I had a horrible reaction to statin drugs, so lipitor and crestor are out for me! I also take an extra vitamin c, timed release that i got from gnc. take 500 to 1000 mg extra. take calcium, have magnesium which i haven't taken yet and cinnamon by nature made, helps with cholesterol and balance sugar metabolism. I now take a natural estrogen/progesterone creme that has helped a lot with fatigue. Fatigue is a normal reaction to the inbalances of estrogen and progesterone. hope this helps.

Andrea

 
Old 11-12-2008, 01:33 PM   #5
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Mason City, IA
Posts: 13
losingitat41 HB User
Re: Perimenopausal Fatigue

Thanks Andrea!

I have a question, if you don't mind - how did you know you needed an estrogen/progesterone cream instead of just a progesterone cream? I have been looking online for info and I'm so confused! I have signs of low estrogen on one test and the next test says I have to much - I'm just so confused!

Thanks for you help
losingitat41

 
Old 11-12-2008, 11:25 PM   #6
Senior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 251
Chantal231 HB User
Re: Perimenopausal Fatigue

Hi,

I find that I am either really, really fatigued or I have these bursts of energy.

As for what hormones are needed I think that it is often hard to tell as one test will show one thing and another come up with different levels esp. during peri.

When I'm fatigued I find I get depressed too. I guess that can be a normal part of peri. The depression is weird. I feel like I'm the only woman in the world going through this. Fortunately I can come here and read that I am not.

Our stress levels do not help with the fatigue and depression either.

Chantal

 
Old 11-13-2008, 07:52 AM   #7
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Posts: 2,124
ainfante HB Userainfante HB Userainfante HB User
Re: Perimenopausal Fatigue

I know I need both because I am post menopause. I am still entact so def need the prog to go withe estrogen. If you are still having periods, you just need the progesterone.

 
Old 11-13-2008, 02:39 PM   #8
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Mason City, IA
Posts: 13
losingitat41 HB User
Re: Perimenopausal Fatigue

Thanks Andrea for the quick rosponse! And thanks to everyone that has offered me help on this board - it's great not feeling like I'm the only one is the world going crazy :-)

I think I am going to buy a progesterone cream and see if that helps - wish me luck and thanks again!

Losing_it_at_41

 
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Extreme perimenopausal but hormones normal munchkingirl Menopause 2 06-24-2009 05:07 PM
what am I lacking through perimenopausal being so tired xoxoxojuju Menopause 4 05-03-2009 10:15 AM
should I be tested for being perimenopausal? stedwell Menopause 3 06-17-2006 07:32 PM
Aygestin for perimenopausal symptoms Hopefully Menopause 5 08-20-2005 02:12 PM
Question to those of you who are on the pill to help with perimenopausal symptoms marys62 Menopause 8 02-09-2005 05:51 AM




Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Join Our Newsletter

Stay healthy through tips curated by our health experts.

Whoops,

There was a problem adding your email Try again

Thank You

Your email has been added








TOP THANKED CONTRIBUTORS



Titchou (71), STLouisgal (30), WhistleDixie (23), missy222 (20), irisrose (19), jojopooh (19), solofelix (17), jw90 (10), georgina77 (9), CrazyLife414 (8)

Site Wide Totals

teteri66 (1166), MSJayhawk (999), Apollo123 (898), Titchou (833), janewhite1 (823), Gabriel (758), ladybud (747), sammy64 (667), midwest1 (665), BlueSkies14 (610)



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:27 AM.



Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2014 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!