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Old 01-19-2010, 12:53 PM   #1
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Menopause v. Pregnancy symptoms

I am 43 years old so all of this is confusing to me...My mother said she never had any menopause problems, so she was no help.
I know some menopause symptoms are the same as pregnancy symptoms, but some of my symptoms are throwing me off.
I do not have hot flashes or night sweats, I dont have mood swings either. I have not been diagnosed as getting ready or being in menopause.
What I do have:
Missed cycle for 8 (just missed my 2nd cycle) weeks now...my cycle has always been normal and on time.
Last week I spotted for one day and it was very little pinkish, maybe about a size of a quarter on my pantiliner.
I have no cramps or even a sign of period cramps.
Prior to the spotting, I had clear discharge.
My breasts are "full" and nipples larger and boy do they hurt.
I am constanty up to the bathroom.
I have a bloated feeling, but I do have constipation problems.
I have a pressure in my uterus when i lay down only..but it does not hurt. I also feel "twinges" or something moving down there. Mostly when I lay down tho.When I first started feeling these twinges, I figured it was my bowels, so I would take milk of mag..still had those twinges.
I take about 2 naps a day, sometimes 3 from being tired.
I have three children of my own..my youngest is 16..I had no complications and the only symptoms I had was tiredness...I was lucky not to have any other symptoms for pregnancy so this is all confusing as I AM at menopausal age...I was wondering if these symptoms are any that you are experiencing? Any input would be appreciated before I go to my male doctor lol thanks!

 
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:36 PM   #2
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Re: Menopause v. Pregnancy symptoms

Hello...it really stinks we have to go through this, it's all so confusing. Many menopuse symptoms do mimic pregnancy symptoms. I am 44 and thought i was preggo on more than a few occasions. I wasted money on pregnancy tests and even had dr's do blood tests. Don't be surprised if your gyno looks at you like your crazy. Menpause is still such a grey area. It amazes me how far medical technology has come, but talk about menopause symptoms and they are like..."huh?". So the moral if the story is, what u are going through is normal. Don't worry, it's just life. If it gets to be too overwhelming for you go see a RE (reproduction Encrinologist.. sp?). They are specialists in female hormones and won't give you that blank stare you will prob get from your gyno.

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Re: Menopause v. Pregnancy symptoms

Hi Hawksnest,

Have you taken a pregnancy test yet? I think that I would start there. Most doctors want you to miss a period for three months in a row before they will check your hormone levels. Menopause seems to be happening to alot of ladies in their 40's. If your not pregnant, I think I would make a doctor's appt. and have them check your hormones. Not all of us have the traditional menopause symptoms (hot flashes, sweats, etc.).

Hope this helps,
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Old 01-21-2010, 05:47 AM   #4
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Re: Menopause v. Pregnancy symptoms

Thank you all for responding..I did go to the doctor yesterday. She did a urine pregnancy test and it was negative..she also told me that because I "Look" pregnant and have those symptoms, she wants me to get a transvaginal ultrasound. She said I may have a tumor or fibroids because my stomach is so large. She also ordered a hormone workup and some other blood tests..thyroid, white blood count etc. My question is? Do fibroids move? I have ALOT of movement down there, it is a constant movement way low and moreso when i lay down. I think we are on the right track tho.

 
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Hello, so glad to hear you went the the doc. Hmm, i have that "preggo" look to me also. It's horrible. I had a though uterine ultrasound since i'm cycling for a donor egg ivf soon and it showed up fine, no tumors or fibroids. I think fibroids are attached to the walls of the uterus, not floating masses. I have movement too and i have heard of this alot. I hesrd as you age the uterus expands, if that is correct maybe it't pushing on digestive organs. I know i'm having to wee more than ever!!

 
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Hi Hawksnest, everyone! Wanted to say here again, that "feeling" like you're having a period, but don't actually bleed, is normal in perimenopause (with all it's symptoms, varying in each woman). Is like our body wants to do the normal thing we've always done, but doesn't follow through (with the bleeding). I've learned this is all normal.

From research online, I've learned peri can start in women from ages 35-55. It's such a wide range, as we are so unique, as are our symptoms. The average peri starting age is in the 40's, as I am. Seems you are starting early Hawksnest. Are there any factors that would contribute to this?

My mother had no symptoms either. Had her uterus removed due to severe bleeding, and boom! It was done. Lucky! Not me however. I've been suffering going on 3 years now with hot flashes, night sweats, etc.

I'm glad a pregnancy test was followed through with and taken. Very good suggestion! So that's ruled out for sure. If you are perimenopausal, I found these message boards are very helpful. It's a great help to message with women going through (or have gone through), the same thing! And to get suggestions is a great help as well. The next step is to have a hormone level test I guess. I'll be doing that soon, as I'm nearing 3 month's without period (except a light one). Good luck to us all! Luv, ~lKaz

 
Old 01-21-2010, 03:16 PM   #7
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Thank you lKaz...yes, my doctor drew labs yesterday to check my hormone levels and thyroid. I have no pain what so ever and still no period. I have no hotflashes or nightsweats..but my mother had no problems with menopause at all...maybe i will follow in her footsteps. The next step is the transvaginal ultrasound next week to check for a tumor or fibroids. I will hear my blood test results next week. I just cant wait to get rid of this belly so I can breathe easier! Thanks again all!

 
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Re: Menopause v. Pregnancy symptoms

Hi Hawksnest,

Glad to hear that you went to the Doctor. I agree with Sharon, I don't think fibroids move around. Do you think it may be having something to do with Gastrointestinal issues? Did your doctor happen to mention anything about it? Sometimes irritable bowel syndrome can cause some of your symptoms. Keep us posted as to your test results next week and don't worry about anything.

Take care,
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Re: Menopause v. Pregnancy symptoms

thehawksnest;

im having the same symptoms as you but with a few extra thrown in for gd measure i am only 39 ive been to my docs all he says its anxiety ive been on the depo jab now for 17 years and have done some reasearch it could be hormone imbalance and yes you could be at the menapause stage

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Old 01-26-2010, 02:42 PM   #10
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I am still waiting for my labs to come back..my doc drew blood to check thyroid and hormone levels. I have an ultrasound tomorrow to rule out fibroids and tumors. Still no period, breasts arent as sore now...I have had no pain or cramps, hot flashes, sweats..I actually feel great other than being tired and my belly pooching (which doesnt help my bowels!) cant wait to see what they find out!

 
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hi thehawksnest im going tommorrow to have hormone levels checked but i still feel wobbly all the time well hope you get the results you want xx

 
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Let us know how it goes hawksnest! Hope all is well! I'm due for my annual gyno soon too, and was told previously that I had fibroids. I was also told these are common and nothing to worry about. Hm. Hope not! I'm curious as to what you know about these as well. Anyway, good luck! ~lKaz

 
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Hey Hawksnest,

Any results yet??? Keep us posted and hope you're doing okay!!!!

Missy

 
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