Hello all - You have all been so helpful to me that I thought I would share so that maybe my experience could be of use.
I am a 49 year old (50 in 3 weeks) wife, empty-nest (almost) mom, soon to be grandma (1.5 weeks away) and H. S. English teacher. May and June were miserable for me due to anxiety, panic attacks, depression, wacky periods, etc. I barely was able to finish grades, close up my classroom, and so forth. I even missed work a couple days when I just could not teach due to these symptoms. I tried Lexapro, Xanax, and an internet non-drug program on banishing anxiety. I tapered off those meds, sought a refund on the internet program, and am now only taking natural supplements for the peri-meno symptoms which I read about on this site.
On top of all this, I am in an 11 month long mild UC flare that is coming, it seems, to an end (I hope). Stress makes the flare worse, so it is really imperative that I try to be as Zen as possible.
I take Lialda and Canasa for UC.
Around June 14 I started a period that would become one of those horrible epic "flooding" and clotting events - so horrible that I didn't want to leave the house for fear of an accident. When it just wouldn't stop (15 days), I went to a GYN. He examined me and recommended a D & C. He said it would be the best way to a) stop the bleeding and b) rule out a serious cause (such as a cancer). I really did not want to hear that - I was terrified at the thought of that kind of procedure, and even more terrified they would find something horribly wrong. Although, based on what I've read on this board, so many women have my symptoms, I feel it's peri-meno for sure.
I'm glad I made this decision because my bloodwork came back saying I was well on my way to anemia if it didn't stop.
Friday morning at 6 am I went to an outpatient surgery center for the procedure. It was done under general anesthesia and took about 10 to 15 minutes. I was home by 8 am. While that does sound like a long time, most of it was prep and recovery. I don't want to minimize my nervousness; I was a wreck, didn't sleep the night before, and prayed a lot (which I always do anyway, but I think I had the Lord on speed-dial all this week). The folks there were very nice and comforting, which helped a lot.
I came home, and following directions, laid down for the rest of the day. While I had some initial bleeding and light cramps (nothing I had to take anything for), by 3 pm the bleeding stopped altogether. As of today, about 30 hours later, I have not bled at all.
I will find out in 2 weeks what pathology has to say about the lab work. Something to still be nervous about, though I try not to be. I'm still taking it easy today - I sat on a chair in my patio to clip back my raised herb garden and that's about it. I'm looking forward to once again having intimacy with my DH, and not having to be afraid I will soak through my pants
So, that's my story.
I wish all of my fellow peri-meno ladies well. Blessings and good health to you all!