Re: Going insane with Peri
I'm pretty much hating peri anymore. Before this past year the things going on were an annoyance, now they are more daily life impacting. Mainly because of my poor sleep, which really, really makes me mad! If there was one thing that was a constant for me was the ability to sleep. Now I have light sleep or disrupted sleep or night sweats or my body gets so keyed up, no sleep. And the bad sleep only makes the emotional aspects of peri so much more magnified.
Since you're only 42, having so many symptoms and many years to go before you go through menopause, maybe you should consider seeing a doctor that specializes in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Most women become estrogen dominant in their 30s, definitely 40s and 50s. Progesterone declines at a much steeper rate than estrogen, leaving more estrogen and unopposed by the calming hormone progesterone.
I've been using bioidentical progesterone and it is HUGE in helping with the anxiety. I still feel like I could rip someone's head off every so often, but I no longer have that anxiety feeling in my chest and head, which is a BIG relief! I hate feeling anxious and every little thing startles me. It has helped with my sleep. It's still not perfect but much, much better than it was without it where I was sleeping 4-5hrs per night, and waking up every hour to two hours.
Maybe do a search for estrogen dominance and see if it sounds like the things you're experiencing. Sometimes birth control pills can help with the peri symptoms and other times it doesn't or makes things worse. If you could do a hormone balancing with bioidentical hormones, you might see better results. Something to think about since you have a lot of years ahead of you before menopause. You shouldn't feel miserable while waiting to get past it.