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Old 01-15-2013, 05:41 PM   #1
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Perimenopause at the ripe age of 33.

Hello everyone. I know I know...I am too young for this. I have never worked right in the lady department. Had a partial hysterectomy in 2007 and kinda expected this. What I didn't expect is that NO doctors would believe me!! Here is my story:

In May I got really sick. Flu for 2 weeks. Couldn't keep anything down. Went to every doctor in the book and had all kinds of testing done. At a last result they took my Gall Bladder, but that didn't resolve anything but give me digestive issues. Fun huh?

Symptoms were: anxiety (for no reason), couldn't sleep AT ALL (would wake every hour IF I could fall asleep and....no sleeping pills would work), fast pulse, tender breasts and swelling, digestive problems, migraines etc.

The majority of the doctor's blamed all these symptoms on anxiety and even put me on an anti-depressant that did NOTHING but make me gain 20 lbs. Yay for me!

Sooo...I finally took matters into my own hands and submitted a saliva test and found a female DO that would help me read it. Low and behold my Estrogen was below half of the lowest range, Progesterone low normal, Testosterone low normal, DHEA low normal, and morning Cortisol very low.

Now I am on Estradiol 1mg and Natural Progesterone and have been for about 3 days. Wondering about how long for this stuff to kick in and start to feel normal??

Would appreciate any input. Thanks!!

 
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Old 02-13-2013, 07:23 AM   #2
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Re: Perimenopause at the ripe age of 33.

Sorry no one replied! And sorry you ended up being one of the 1/3 to 1/2 of women whose ovaries "crap out" after hysterectomy. I guess you're pretty much in a surgical menopause now (same as me) and that's such a trauma to the body! And don't get me started on the ignorance of too many doctors!

How are you doing on the 1mg estradiol? I take the generic and it works pretty well for me. I don't take any progesterone. I've used testosterone off and on but don't feel any different and it hasn't helped my nether regions to wake up so I'm not taking any now. I became SO depressed from the loss of my hormones, not to mention all the other lovely problems. Sleep was the first thing to improve with a good amount of estrogen.

Hope this message finds you doing better and on the road to a better quality of life!

 
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Old 02-13-2013, 08:40 AM   #3
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Re: Perimenopause at the ripe age of 33.

I changed my bcp when I first hit peri and all symptoms were gone after two weeks. I am sure it will take longer than 3 days for you to experience any real changes.

 
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Re: Perimenopause at the ripe age of 33.

Thanks for responding guys. I think my estrogen levels are always up and down. I know that I am still having cycles because my breasts will enlarge and get really tender for 1 week, killer headaches and I have digestive issues too. (not to be gross but diarrhea every morning for this week) So...I am wondering if there is a possibility that I am estrogen dominant during this week?? I wish I had a ticker board that could print out of my mouth every morning and let me know what I am low on!!

 
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Re: Perimenopause at the ripe age of 33.

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I wish I had a ticker board that could print out of my mouth every morning and let me know what I am low on!!
Love it! If we could invent a pin ***** test for hormone levels, we could probably make a lot of money LOL!

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I have digestive issues too. (not to be gross but diarrhea every morning for this week)
If this is typically only happening at certain times during your "cycle" it would indicate it's hormonal. Ditto for the tender breasts and migraines as you said. I've had the same sort of digestive problems as you but mine started after my hysterectomy and aren't cyclical. Did your bowel problems start about the same time as the other symptoms?

 
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I have had problems with my menstrual cycle since it started. When I was 20 I started having symptoms of endometreosis which led to birth control, depo-provera, lupron, premarin, prometrium, etc. I finally removed my uterus when I was 27. So some MD's think I am estrogen dominant where others think I am starting menopause. ** sigh ** Thus the need for the ticker board. And yes...I think I have noticed the digestive issues more so after the hyster. Any correlation?

 
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Estrogen & Progesterone dosing HELP!

Ok ladies. I need your help. I am 33 years old and starting menopause. I had a partial hyster. in 2007 so I haven't had a cycle in years. Here is what is happening:

Once a month for about 1 week my breasts enlarge and get really tender, diarrhea every morning for this week and sleep disturbances. Can't stay asleep for the life of me. After this week my breasts start to shrink back down and then I am hit with nightmare headaches, brain fog, dizziness, fatigue and still can't sleep!! I wake up every 2 hours or so and it is driving me nuts!! Not even Ambien will put me out. Sometimes Melatonin helps.

I have Estradiol 1mg and Natural Progesterone capsules. My question is that during the week when my breasts are large and tender, I should have too much estrogen and not enough progesterone right? So maybe double up on the natural progesterone capsules? Or perhaps 1/2 the dose of estrogen?? Then after this week go back up to the 1 mg of estrogen??

Aslo, is there trick to taking this estradiol and not being nauseated?? BLAH!! I have tried taking it with and without food and it still makes me want to barf.

Any advice is greatly appreciated!! I have seen several MD's, an OBGYN, Endocrinologist, etc. and they all think that I am too young to be experiencing this. Well guess what! I am. Thanks!! Happy Valentines Day!!

 
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Re: Perimenopause at the ripe age of 33.

I've had issues with diarrhea or loose bowels since my hysterectomy but I also have mornings where I have moderate pain and pressure. It gradually improves after I have a BM. The intestines "shift" once the uterus is gone so this would seem to affect bowel function.

 
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Re: Estrogen & Progesterone dosing HELP!

Actually, I have had tender swollen breasts for years the week before by period. Then when my period hits, they would go down. The week before a period is when the progesterone is high, so I have always blamed that. T

 
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Menopause or something else? Help!

For the past year I have been really sick and nobody can figure out what is wrong. Here are my symptoms: constant nausea, morning diarrhea, dizziness, foggy brain, cold clammy hands, anxiety (physical, not emotional), heart palpitations, insomnia, digestive issues (GERD??), joints hurt certain times of the month, breasts swell and are tender for 1 week of the month, then after this week hit really hard with nightmarish headaches. ?? I have seen many specialists including GP, GI, OBGYN, Endocr, etc. Are these symptoms menopausal, peri-menopausal? Help!

 
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Re: Estrogen & Progesterone dosing HELP!

I always thought of tender swollen breasts as being a symptom of PMS which happens the week or so prior to your period. So like Hodge64 said that's when progesterone is high. Your other symptoms sound like low estrogen or at maybe an "abrupt" change in hormone levels.

 
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For the past year I have been really sick and nobody can figure out what is wrong. Here are my symptoms: constant nausea, morning diarrhea, dizziness, foggy brain, cold clammy hands, anxiety (physical, not emotional), heart palpitations, insomnia, digestive issues (GERD??), joints hurt certain times of the month, breasts swell and are tender for 1 week of the month, then after this week hit really hard with nightmarish headaches. ?? I have seen many specialists including GP, GI, OBGYN, Endocr, etc. Are these symptoms menopausal, peri-menopausal? Help!
hi Niki. except for the morning diarrhea, and the daily nausea, i have had every other symptom you describe. I did have nausea but only on occasion. It sounds like perimenopause to me. But just to make sure, have your hormones tested. How old are? perimenopause typically starts in the early 40's, but can start earlier or later. I'm 50, have been in peri for 8 years now. hope you find the answer soon.

 
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Re: Menopause or something else? Help!

Could be. Are you on birth control pills? They could try changing your scrip or even going on them if you aren't already.

 
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Re: Menopause or something else? Help!

Although your hysterectomy could have affected ovarian hormone production, another possibility that I don't think I mentioned is thyroid dysfunction. Have you had a thyroid panel done?

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Old 02-17-2013, 04:52 PM   #15
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Re: Menopause or something else? Help!

Yes. I have been hypothyroid for 10 years now. I have an appointment with a new obgyn on Wednesday that I am hoping will shed some light. The MDs put me on an anti depressant that helped mask some of these symptoms but did nothing for the anxiety, which is why they put me on it in the first place. I have stopped the AD and now sicker than ever. I don't handle estrogen very well, never have actually. Oral birth control always made me violently ill. The best I ever felt was when the put me on lupron with pretty much nixed my estrogen levels. I had the hysterectomy because of endometriosis. My obgyn wanted to take my uterus when I was 23, but I postponed it until I was 27. I am now 33. Never had children. Thanks for all the advice and input. I greatly appreciate it.

 
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