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Old 11-15-2011, 03:58 AM   #1
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Peri-menopause - please help

Hi Ladies

Reading this healthboard is to be honest is a miracle, I feel better just reading it. Some of the posts I could have written myself. I've had some dodgy symptoms for 7 months now. I've had an MRI scan, been to the Mini Stroke Clinic, had blood tests and nothing has shown up. I've seen 4 different doctors and none of them have even suggested the it could be peri-menopause. They are happy to put it down to stress, anxiety or depression, which I am now but I wasn't.

I'm seeing my symptoms pop up over and over again on this health board but here goes.

Numbness/tingling on right side of face
Lightheadedness
Balance problems
Ringing in ear
Electric shock type twitches
Pain in oesaphagus
digestion problems
Warm pain feeling in oesaphagus - I feel this in front and back
Sleeping problems which then result in me feeling exhausted next day
Feeling generally very low/tearful
Loss of appetite
Loss of interest in almost anything
More facial hair than before
Thinning of hair on head
Dry skin
Generally feeling like I'm going mad

There are probably more I've forgotten but it's a start.

Please can you let me know what you think.


 
Old 11-15-2011, 05:54 AM   #2
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Re: Peri-menopause - please help

Well, there are probably multiple things going on but peri would be a main one. Are you on birth control pills? If not, going on them can help. If you are, perhaps a change in dosage would be beneficial. It was for me.

As for the other symptoms, things that come to mind are: allergies/sinus issues, inner ear problems, and the like.

 
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Old 11-15-2011, 06:16 AM   #3
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Re: Peri-menopause - please help

Thanks Titchou,

I was on Ovranette, had been for 16 years but the doc took me off when I had tingling/numb face which was my first symptom in April this year and as a result a visit to the mini stroke clinic which confirmed it wasn't a mini stroke. Now the docs are reluctant to let me go back on them & I'm not sure whether I should put my food down or not.

 
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Re: Peri-menopause - please help

I hesitated to say this in my first post but some of the symptoms (those they took to be stroke related) are also ones for Trigeminal Neuralgia (my sister had that and had surgery to correct it)

 
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Thank you, yes strangely it was something that was mentioned at the stroke clinic but I don't feel that is the problem. Thanks anyway though.

 
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Re: Peri-menopause - please help

If you haven't had an MRI, it would be useful in ruling it in or out.

 
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Re: Peri-menopause - please help

sounds like perimenopause to me! I have most all of those symptoms to a tee. I am having the electric shock sensations tonight. It is so frustrating. I have had night sweat and hot flashes for a week straight now and haven't slept throught the night in a month. I am tired lately...lack of sleep I am sure. And the real biggie is the digestive trouble I am having again. Acid reflux has reared its ugly head again. All of these things are caused my changing hormones. I have been using bioidentical progesterone cream but have just been retested. I think my dosage needs adjusted. For awhile there I was feeling great and now I feel like I have fallen back into the menopause hell hole.

All of this to say...you will be ok. It sounds very menopausal. Just keep reading the posts and talking it through with other ladies. Find some little remedies that help you out. For me it just helps talking to other ladies and knowing you are not alone. Any other concerns you can always talk to your doctor. It will be ok! we are in this together! Take care!
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Old 11-16-2011, 12:48 AM   #8
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Hi TEdds83,
Thank you so much for your reply. To be honest I know it's not going to be an easy road, it doesn't sound like it is for many ladies but just knowing I'm normal is reassuring & I feel better knowing that. I had myself down as having something dreadful these past couple of months, feeling it was only a matter of time before something was diagnosed. I've made an app to see my GP today and will discuss this with her. I'm sure it is what I'm going through too though. These message boards are a life line. xx

 
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Re: Peri-menopause - please help

Hi

Have had many of your symptoms for years.

Have had my thryroid treated - with RAI and also blood results say I am peri-menopausal.

Sinus is also a bad one that never leaves me so have suffered this which seems foreva now.

It seems a certain type of person gets all these symtoms and I tell that im so tired of it all now.

Hope to hear more of your progress.

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Hi - Please, what is your age?

I started per-menopause at age 42. I thought I was going crazy. Many of your symptoms matched mine. I remember riding in the car with my family (my children were only early teens) and I'd be crying for no reason at all.

I was having an extremely difficult time at work too.

Honestly, the GYNs tests revealed that my hormone levels were "normal" & too high to consider hormones, but I needed help.

A low dosage of Prozac (20 mg.) along with a bit of Ativan upon occasion helped me TREMENDOUSLY. I would have never made it through menopause without it. And my FANS!

Good Luck. (FYI - I'm 56 now and looking into hormones.....)

 
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Hello

Like many others, I can't believe how similar your symptoms are to the ones I have been experiencing for the past 18 months or so (I am 53). The research I have done in trying to find out what is wrong with me has lead me to think that I have a neurological problem - my doctor at no point suggested that the symptoms could be menopause related, and I didn't once think that the disequilibrium and balance problems could possibly be menopause related. The more research I do, the more I realise how varied and seemingly odd can be the symptoms of menopause.

I am currently waiting to see a neurologist (another 2 months wait) to rule out multiple sclerosis or some such similar condition that also has the same symptoms. I have had an MRI and a brain scan, consultation with an ENT specialist, audiology tests and nothing specific has yet been identified that might be causing my symptoms. I still find it hard to believe that these truly worrying problems are as a result of menopause, especially when so many of the women I speak to say they barely notice that they are going through it (menopause) at all!

Have you had your thyroid checked? Apparently menopause can trigger thyroid problems (according to some of the reading I have done), among the many other 'odd' symptoms that can arise.

No wonder worry/anxiety/depression are a symptom... I wonder if this is a result of hormonal fluctuation, or caused by the worry that such troubling symptoms bring.

One piece of advice I can offer, regardless of the cause of the problem, is a remedy for acid reflux or heartburn (indigestion), which I experienced severely for the first time in my life about a month ago. After being horrified at the ingredients in the proprietary products available at the chemist to treat heartburn I spoke to my local health food shop naturopath who recommended apple cider vinegar. I took 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water after a particularly troubling episode and my heartburn and discomfort went in minutes. For the next 3 days I took one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water about an hour after my main meal, and my symptoms disappeared completely. I no longer take it every day, and only have to take it after a heavier than usual meal. It is a cheap, painless remedy that has no nasty ingredients and no nasty side effects (at least of which I am aware or have read about).

I am also now seeing an holistic doctor who is interested in searching for the cause of health problems, rather than just treating the symptoms. For the first time in 18 months I feel hopeful that I might be able to get to the bottom of my problems.

Good luck with your search for answers. I'll let you know if I find out anything that might offer more insight. This board is a wonderful avenue for sharing experiences and answers; everyone is so generous with their support and time in offering advice.

 
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Re: Peri-menopause - please help

I have most of these symptoms and feel i am losing my mind.The worst for me is warm sensations in stomach and back and also on my face. Why do i feel in more on right side? I am planning another trip to doctors.

 
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I have most of these symptoms and feel i am losing my mind.The worst for me is warm sensations in stomach and back and also on my face. Why do i feel in more on right side? I am planning another trip to doctors.
I can really sympathise with how you are feeling - it really is so very worrying to be feeling this way. I'm sorry I can offer no real help or suggestion to you. I hope you have a sympathetic doctor who you can talk to and who will advise you and offer some useful help. If your doctor does not provide this, then I would urge you to seek another doctor.

I hate the hot flushes; I feel as if I am going to spontaneously combust when they hit, which is most disturbing when it happens at work and I know everyone can see how red I have become.

Good luck with your visit to the doctor. I'm sure you will feel better once you have been able to talk to someone who understands what is happening to your body.

 
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Those hot-flushes were so bad that I awoke about 15 times each night. Really, sounds a lot but it was chronic. And all day too.

Started symptoms about age 44 and now 50. Did not like the idea of taking HRT but doc insisted mostly because of hot-flushes and also bone problems that can occur - also since I have had a lot of thyroid problems too - which probably brought menopause on a bit early.

Been on HRT - Trisequence for a while now but kept coming off them because they seemed to cause a very heavy period. Doc said to keep going on them for at least three months to give them a chance to settle hormones. I have done this and seem to be feeling a lot better in certain instances. eg: more energy, not so depressed, period not so heavy.

Worth a try perhaps.

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Those hot-flushes were so bad that I awoke about 15 times each night. Really, sounds a lot but it was chronic. And all day too.

Started symptoms about age 44 and now 50. Did not like the idea of taking HRT but doc insisted mostly because of hot-flushes and also bone problems that can occur - also since I have had a lot of thyroid problems too - which probably brought menopause on a bit early.

Been on HRT - Trisequence for a while now but kept coming off them because they seemed to cause a very heavy period. Doc said to keep going on them for at least three months to give them a chance to settle hormones. I have done this and seem to be feeling a lot better in certain instances. eg: more energy, not so depressed, period not so heavy.

Worth a try perhaps.

Regards
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Thanks very much for the suggestion Shelley. I, like you, have been trying to avoid taking anything for my symptoms. I did try a natural based creme (I think it had wild yam in it, or something like that) but it was very expensive and I'm not too sure that it really helped. I have found lately that the hot flushes have stopped for the time being, thank goodness. I know they will be back, as my hormones fluctuate over the next few years but I'm hoping that I can learn to live with them and that they will only last for a short while at a time. I have had some success with diet and exercise (boring though this option is). I have been a vegetarian for 26 odd years or so, and in October 2011 I gave up coffee, chocolate, alcohol, heavy meals, and fats and started exercising regularly. I had a very stressful job which I also resigned from. And perhaps my vitamin D deficiency played a part in the symptoms as well - who really knows!! Have you tried the vitamin/herbal path at all yet? I think it's worth trying anything to get some relief from these awful symptoms, and I certainly will not discount completely medical intervention if I have to - especially if the rest of my hair falls out!
Some of my friends have found yoga to be very helpful, at least this is easier on the bones than pavement pounding.
We are in full summer here, with lots of rain, so it is hot and steamy - everyone is having hot flushes now.....
Good luck with finding the solution that helps you Shelley, it is out there somewhere I'm sure, just a process of trial and error, and hopefully success before you get too fed up trying.
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