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Old 02-14-2009, 08:29 PM   #1
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I have been in peri for 4 years now. I will be 41 in August. I suffered for months at the age of 36 and to this day still don't feel 'right' . I had doctors tell me I was depressed, I needed paxil.. everything except peri. I finally figured it out on my own which made me feel much better than thinking I was dying of some dreadful disease. Well, a few years of what I came to know as normal, mood swings, who knows when period, anxiety to the point of panic, hot flashes, cold flashes and so tired I sometimes think I will simply keel over, today.. oml
It all started again. I am sitting here, leg wont stop shaking, cold hand cold feet still sweating, dizzy and light headed, GRRRRRRRRR and I am SO ANGRY at all of this.

I am going to my GP on Monday and she WILL do something, by now I should own half that *!@@$# building!!

I am going to stay there until she does something for me. She is the 4th doc Ive seen over the years. She put me on thyroid meds and after two months my numbers were normal again and so she stopped them BAH!
Anyway, its a rant and a let you all know I am needing support.
Good luck to us all. God Speed!
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fiveoffive, Oh you sound like I was feeling before I finally went on Premarin. I feel for you, I totally understand the frustration you are feeling. One thing I would recommend is fish, flax, and borage softgels. I was having panic attacks and anxiety and they have helped me so much, I won't go without those ever. I am glad you will be seeing your Dr. Monday but remember that anything your Dr. prescribes for you will usually take some time to help, but you most defiantly need some help. Now I don't understand why a Dr. would have you take thyroid med's and get your numbers back on track and then remove it. I have always heard that once you start thyroid med's you pretty much stay on them the rest of your life. During Peri time, it is common for the thyroid to be a problem so I would have that checked again. When the thyroid is out of balance you can have some of the same symptoms as peri. Let me know what happens Monday. Take care,
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Just get on birth control pills....I went thru all that and TWO WEEKS after changing my bcp, EVERY symptom was gone. My orginal gyno was a male and he gave me tranquilizers. I tossed them in the trash and found a female gyno. She fixed me up. Then a few years ago when the time was right (age 56) we switched to HRT. Still no more problems. Worked like a charm.

 
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Fiveoffive and gals! You aren't alone. I am 44 and have been in perimenopause for 4 years now. My life is H...l. It really is. The doctors I have seen just act like it should be no big deal and that many women sail on through this. Well not me! First my thyroid went Kaput when I was 40. I am hypothyroid and am continually having that checked out and adjusting the medication. Then for the last year I have been low on Vitamin D, which I am right now. I am battling that level trying to get it back up. I feel rotten.

I have a few good days a month...but the rest of the time I am dealing with panic and anxiety!..hot and cold symptoms, dizziness, light headedness, feeling like I am not in my right mind or body, weird symptoms, and itchy neck and scalp at times, dry skin, shakiness, restless leg syndrome (sometimes) no sex drive! that left 4 years ago, muscle twitches, my allergies are worse than ever as I age, heart palpatations, and half the time I wonder if I have a terminal disease and that I will die soon. Am I nuts?

So I have begged my regular doctor to get me in with an Endocrinologist and have every test under the sun ran. I am waiting for her to get back from a long weekend so I can get some help. I know they think I come in to the office all the time but darn it I want some help.

I even went to my gyno doctor and told him I watched the Oprah show and I wanted some bioIdentical hormones made for me to help me out. He laughed at me and told me that was a crock. He said all that is just crazy and that I would make my way through this and to just use the stuff I have been from the health food store. I am tired of not being taken serious, I am tired of not getting the help I need.

Please anyone...help us get the help we need to deal with these symptoms. It makes me depressed and I don't want to go on antidepressants. I hate how they make me feel.

Always here to talk! ok.

 
Old 02-16-2009, 12:32 PM   #5
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fiveoffive,

I could have written your post, you have described everything I've felt since I was 36 as well!! The first Dr. I saw put me on progesterone cream. I had spent months researching what the heck my body was doing. I had chartted my period for years, I took in all that information and she threw it aside, never bothered to look at it. The progesterone cream was fantastic and took away most if not all of my symptoms and life was great, until I saw her for another reason and she treated me horribly and called me names in front of my daughter so I fired her. I went through my script of progesterone and had to go back to the over the counter stuff, which doesn't work if you have serious symptoms. Last Novemeber I thought I had found a new Dr. another woman, an 'expert' in women's issues. She put me on progesterone pills which haven't done a thing for me. My anxiety and insomnia was so bad, I simply wasn't sleeping and begged for help. She refused to give me anything but herbs and said if I wanted something more I'd have to go to the ER. So I fired her and went to the ER and got some valium to calm me down and sleep.
Now I'm in search of another Dr. to help me with this peri stuff. After my last round of blood tests, I think my thyroid is in bad shape so next week will be seeing specialist for that, hoping to find an answer to all of this hormonal madness!!! Your Dr. had no business taking you off your thyroid meds, just because your numbers were stable doesn't mean they'll stay that way and now that she's taken you off of them, your numbers will go crazy again. Hang in there hon, you aren't alone, just keep telling the Dr.'s they have to do something. If this was happening in men, they'd have figured this out by now, instead it's our problem and the Dr's aren't helping at all.

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....Well, a few years of what I came to know as normal, mood swings, who knows when period, anxiety to the point of panic, hot flashes, cold flashes and so tired I sometimes think I will simply keel over, today.. oml
It all started again. I am sitting here, leg wont stop shaking, cold hand cold feet still sweating, dizzy and light headed, GRRRRRRRRR and I am SO ANGRY at all of this...She put me on thyroid meds and after two months my numbers were normal again and so she stopped them BAH!
When women (and many doctors) can't understand what's happening to them, they blame it on peri and on menopause...the dumping grounds for female problems. I doubt your symptoms are related to the change of life.

Have you seen a Lyme Literate Medical Doctor to rule out Lyme Disease? If you haven't done so already, you might consider it. If you have Lyme, the hormonal fluctuations may intensify the symtoms...and women who have Lyme but are not in peri or menopause often experience problems with their periods, again because of hormonal fluctuations.

Again, I doubt very much that peri or menopause little to do with what you are experiencing.

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Update!
I didnt go to my doctor! Life happens, (kid got sick and Ive been stuck here with him, now hubby is sick) I feel the same, Im still just angry!

Angie, Keep on until you find a good doc. I cant wait to go back to my doc just to see what my thyroid is doing now. I will go early next week and let everyone know what happens,

Bethsheba, I have been checked for Lyme and its not the issue with me. Peri and menopause are very serious and its no real surprise to me that its finally getting the attention it deserves. I remember my mom going through this, She almost went crazy. Back then, no internet, no pro-active women. She must have gone through hell. It was so taboo to speak of your periods back then, much less the ending of your 'womanhood'

Lyme is very serious and a lot of times goes untreated, I say get checked if you have these symptoms But I also say, peri and meno are two evil witches and absolutely do cause this much havoc on some women.

Good luck to everyone, Thank heaven for this place or Id surely be dead by now.

hang on gals!!

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Hope you and your family are feeling better soon!

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HI Fiveoffive and all! I can relate to you so much! First of all...I am missing my 3rd day of work laying here in bed with a fever and the worst headcold ever! I just hate calling in sick! I feel like I have been run over with a truck. Body aches, chills, tight chest, can barely swallow my own saliva...the whole nine yards. My hubby has had it for 5 days but has managed to go to work.
We are living on Theraflu packets!! I went to the doctor yesterday and she phoned me in a Z pak incase I need it. She says I have alot of drainage that is making my throat raw.

So here is my question for you. I was lucky enough to get an appointment at an Endocrinologist for tomorrow! Usually you have to wait weeks to get in. I think I told you all that I am Hypothyroid and in perimenopause. I really want to get tests run for all my levels etc...So my question is...Will me tests be accurate if I have a headcold? Do you think they will test my like this or want to reschedule? I am angry that I got sick right now. This is really so important to me. Life sure isn't fair.

Thanks! Hang in there too ok!

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Hi 5o5, I'm sorry you and your family are going through such a rough time. My grandmother had a horrible perimeno and menopause. She ended up in bed with a housekeeper hired to do her house work. Of course, later on she was OK but you're absolutely right that it can be he** for some women.

Tammy, so sorry you have the flu. I would postpone my Drs appointment. Your body is fighting a virus and needs time and rest to do so. I wouldn't chance blood tests now. I don't know if the virus would affect them or not. Why take a chance?

My stomach is bothering me AGAIN! I admit though, that I have not been eating right. Too much junk! Now I'm nauseous...yuck!

Hope you and your hubby feel better soon.

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HI Chantal and everyone! I have been up most of the night. Day 4 with low grade fever. Feels like I am swallowing glass. I am headed in to the doc this morning to get checked for Strep. I am sure I have it. I see white stuff on the tonsils. Eeeh gads! I haven't had strep since I was 18 years old. Hurts like hell. I will ask for the same antibiotic for my hubby. We are both suffereing so much! We knew it somehow wasn't a regular cold. Not sure where we picked this up.

So much for my Endocrin. appt. Too good to be true that I would get in so quick and then get too sick to run the tests. I will just have to reschedule. This is life.

I hope you are all well.

 
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I have a few good days a month...but the rest of the time I am dealing with panic and anxiety!..hot and cold symptoms, dizziness, light headedness, feeling like I am not in my right mind or body, weird symptoms, and itchy neck and scalp at times, dry skin, shakiness, restless leg syndrome (sometimes) no sex drive! that left 4 years ago, muscle twitches, my allergies are worse than ever as I age, heart palpatations, and half the time I wonder if I have a terminal disease and that I will die soon. Am I nuts?

Hi All,
These are my symptoms to a tee, ws just thinking today...something MUST be seriously wrong with me. Going in for Bio Idnt. Hormone Testing mid March, if it is not hormones then I am just plain crazy.

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HI Jasonlygirl and girlfriends! I am right there with ya. I am suffering REAL bad tonight! I mean REAL bad! I think this is the time of the month where my hormones are bottoming out! Thank God I am getting my blood drawn tomorrow at the Endo doctor. I want her checking my hormones and everything. I too feel like I am dying. I feel so awful!!! I really do!! I feel like I am going out of my mind.

I am so tired!!! Dizzy, light headed, my ears are kind of ringing...( I did just get over the flu/cold for the past week) but still...this afternoon my face got real hot to the touch, just like a sunburn and my chest and neck were red. I grabbed the thermometer to see if I was running a fever. Nope! It was normal. I have been nauseated and have diarrhea..but I blame that on the stupid antibiotics that I am finishing. I am not in my own mind or body anymore. Someone stole the old me. I just want to cry. I do cry easy! I feel like I never feel good, I am depressed. I just want someone to believe me. I feel so alone. I just want someone to talk to. I want a doctor to say hey! this is why you have been feeling so bad. Ah ha!

Please, can anyone relate?? Can you tell me there are solutions for this? I need help so bad. Thanks!

 
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Hi,
You are not alone and I think seeing the doc will be good for you I know it is so hard to get the point across about how awful you feel, just hang in there it can't go on forever!!
I also have bottomed out today, dead tired, no energy, just flat. Ringing in my ears, dizzy, dis-connected from myself. Stomach has been upset all day too.
I also cry all the time..
Hang in there and let us know how the appt went

 
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TEdds - I know exactly how you feel - i too have bad days with fuzzy head, dizzy, lightheaded, weak down to my toes, tired, racing heart, the list could go on and on. I get scared and just plain frightened sometimes and wonder if i am going to die or something awful like that - when you feel so miserable you just don't know what to think and wonder if its something else other that menopause thats wrong with me - its neverending.

I also find when i have a few good days, it suddenly comes into my head that hey i'm not feeling too bad and sure as anything i will get this feeling which i think might be panic, sorta a sinking feeling and off i go again feeling miserable. Does this happen to anybody else. I have a drs appointment tomorrow and i hope she can ease my mind. My bloods show i am in postmenopause - we need to pray for each other.
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