I will try to sum everyhting up to make this short and sweet. My symptoms started 2 mo ago when I woke up feeling horrible. No appetite at all, nausea but no vomiting. Lethargy, could not move at all. Legs felt like jelly. Internal jitteriness and very foggy minded. I thought I was dying. Started drinking boost in the morning b/c I couldnt afford to lose any wt. After days of this I went to see the MD. Labs were run- nothing! Went to see the MD-test after test done and nothing. SLowly started feeling better. MD stated it was probably a viral infection and that it would run its course. Started me on anti anxiety meds d/t the jitteriness and I honestly was starting to become depressed over the way I felt. Had some neg thoughts there for a few weeks. Have tried Zoloft,Effexor,Buspar, and Lexapro. I either felt more depressed or major headaches with other neg s/e. Started taking Xanax but really hate to have to take any of these meds b/c of the addiction and the s/e. Plus I still have the internal jitters. I become foggy minded at times especially after taking the Buspar. Im starting to wonder if my hormones are not off d/t having a partial hysterectomy, however my surgeon was from the East coast and so i still have my Uterus just the top portion of my uterus is gone. I use to not have periods at all but each year they are more noticeable. I have more breat tenderness and I have slight pink discharge. This has been happening every other week and last week coming home from work I had to lay down b/c I felt this horrible pressure in my pelvic area like I was going to start but when I checked there was nothing. Not sure what is going on and Im sick of going to the doctors just to get tried on a different medication. Any ideas?
luv2bsweet: You've got a complicated case there. Did they test your blood sugars? Some of these symptoms sound like menopausal symptoms but some sound like hypoglycemia. You can be hypoglycemic and not be diabetic.
Hypoglycemia is also a symptom of estrogen dominance. See if you can get your hormones tested by an endocrinologist. Regular PCP's and Gyno's don't want to do the testing. Breast tenderness can be caused by ED too.
Isn't it amazing that the first thing these doctors want to do is drug you! Don't you hate it?! It's unfortunate that that is what they're taught these days in med school.
Of course you've got anxiety, you're sick and you don't know what from. They've got a pill for everything. They just want you to go on your way and get out of their hair!
Don't give up. Try to find a natural doctor as well who will look "outside the box" and see what could really be happening. You could have adrenal problems. It could be anything. How old are you? Menopause can do some strange things to your body and mind. You might just need some progesterone cream. It's probably not that simple but it would be better than taking all those drugs they prescribed.
I've currently been experiencing the same exact things as you Luv2bsweet; that is the pink discharge (rare small spotting), breast tenderness, etc. Plus I've missed periods going on 3 months now. Also for years now I've been on Paxil for a previously diagnosed anxiety disorder (w/NO side effects what-so-ever). Plus, if you need to be on medication for anxiety, perhaps the dosage needs adjusting? That happened to me at first. And I had also tried several other meds before this one with very bad side effects.
Moreover, I agree with what 92261 has posted here in response to your post! And sad to say, these days we sometimes have to be more proactive in our own healthcare and ASK for a referral to a specialist. I also think seeing an endocrinologist is a good route to go. I feel the natural way is the best way too (as much as possible). And I definitely know I'm estrogen dominant, and very likely going into full menopause (or close to it).
However personally, I cannot take just anything for symptom relief, as I also have a mechanical heart valve which requires Coumadin (an anti-clot med). This medication conflicts with many remedies for relief. <edited>
Anway, I hope & pray you find your answers and feel better soon! Just know you're not alone, take action and be strong! Take care & God bless, ~Karen
I am 35 y/o so I somewhat doubt menopause but I have heard a lot about taking Magnesium for the jitters so I thought I might try that. Went to see PCP today and he seems to think since the xanax does help that it has to be anxiety. States that even if he ran my hormonal levels that they would come back normal d/t the age. Suggested I go see a psychiatrist to see if they could prescribe a different med with fewer s/e. Stated he didn't feel comfortable with prescribing any other medications that he hasn't used before. i guess I will do this and see where it gets me but in the mean time I have been doing the exercising and trying to stay positive. Also my PCP recommends I go back to the Gyno and have him remove my cervix and the rest of my uterus. I thought about really doing this and see if that didnt help my symptoms.
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oh yea I did have my HgA1C checked it was 5.4 so that was negative and I check it periodically and it has always been good but honestly it does feel l have zapped all my sugar supply when I get really shaky and weak.
luv2bsweet: See - didn't I tell you the PCP won't do the hormone test. They think it's useless!!!! Seeing where you've already had female issues I'd insist on getting them checked. Find someone who will do it for you. Get your vitamin levels checked and see about taking B6, B12 and maybe some others to help with these issues. B vitamins are good for the nervous system.
Menopause can start as early as 30 years old. You never know. There are alot of people out there that are estrogen dominant and they don't even know it.
Be careful with the exercise because exercise is a natural insulin and if you're getting shaky you could still be experiencing hypoglycemia at times. What happens after you have something to eat? Does the shakiness go away? One of the symptoms of estrogen dominance is hypoglycemia. You don't have to be menopausal to have ED. If you can't get the hormone test done then pick up some progesterone cream at a health food store and try using some and see if it helps. Good luck.
...my PCP recommends I go back to the Gyno and have him remove my cervix and the rest of my uterus. I thought about really doing this and see if that didnt help my symptoms.
I think this is a great recommendation by your PCP Luv2besweet! Two of my 6 sisters had full hysterectomies, plus my mother, with no if any meno or hormonal symptoms to speak of!
And quoting 92261, "B vitamins are good for the nervous system." and, "Menopause can start as early as 30 years old;" are very real and true! I've amped up my B intake, even recommended by my doctor. Plus as stated before, it's not uncommon for women your age to start peri-menopause.