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Old 12-12-2002, 06:41 PM   #1
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need help with serious pms problems

The past 3 months or so I have had terrable terrable terrable mood problems when I am about to start my menstral cycle. I cry at the drop of a hat, yell at my family for the tiniesssst of things, and this is the one that really really really is causing problems in my life I get insecure at my fince's interaction with his friends at work to the point that I can't keep myself focused on work hardly at all and to the point that when a co-worker comes to me to say hi I start crying for no reason at all. It upsets my boyfriend because he thinks I dont' trust him and offen feels like giving up on ever trying to prove to me that I can trust him. I used to be like this all the time but have gotten help for depression and now the only time it effects my life is right before and durring my period. It causes problems with my fiance, my family, my friends and no matter what I do I can't help it. That is the worst part that I try and try and try to control these out of control thoughts that run through my head and simply put NOTHING works.
Does anyone know what I can do to stop this cyclic craziness? herbal, vitamans, I am willing to try almost anything at this point.


Old 12-13-2002, 06:54 AM   #2
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Re: need help with serious pms problems

Are you taking any birth control? The reason I ask is ever since I started the pill 8 years ago I have no PMS. I don't get emotional at all anymore, I barely notice any cramping except on the first day, and over all it has made things alot easier. I have tried 4 different pills and I love orthotricyclen and orthocept. But Triphasil made me a basket case. Orthonovum was ok. Maybe you should try one to help, or atleast talk to your doctor. He may be able to recommend something.

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Old 12-13-2002, 09:23 AM   #3
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Re: need help with serious pms problems

When PMS problems become severe like this you need to see the doc and get things checked out and have them decide what your best course of action is. See your doc and get the help you deserve.

Old 12-13-2002, 10:27 PM   #4
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Re: need help with serious pms problems

I do take bc pills, have for the past 4 years. I take triphasal... I have been thinking about changing bc pills during my next visit to the doctor maybe I will see if I can try orthotricyclene... that is what my foster daughter takes too and it helped her level out emotionally (as much as it can help a 17 year old girl) lol
I want to go to the doctor, but am affraid that they will run hundreds of dollars of tests and whatnot that I can't afford just now. I am still paying on a nearly $2000.00 doctor bill when I went to them with severe stomach pains that they told me would work out in time... So at this point I am having a really really tough time trusting doctors, and with the money I already owe really can't afford to go anyhow. That is why I was looking to see if maybe there was some cheaper vitamins I could take to help me level out during this trying time. I am due for another physical in June to get a new perscription for bc. so I guess I will hold off (if I can) untill then and then tell my doctor what has been going on...
thank you both for your help.

Old 12-14-2002, 07:29 AM   #5
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Re: need help with serious pms problems

I would definitely switch pills. When I was taking triphasil I has terrible mood swings, my acne got really bad, I had bad cramping and I was just not a happy person. When I mentioned it to my doctor, she said that many women can't take triphasil and switched me. Every since I changed, I haven't had a problem.

Old 12-15-2002, 07:21 AM   #6
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Re: need help with serious pms problems

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I've been wondering about triphasil as well. I've been on it for quite a few years and found it really helpful until recently. I recently gained 12 pounds on a new antidepressant, and I've found that my periods have become unbearable. I don't have problems with PMS, and I haven't really since I've been on antidepressants (taken for depression, not PMS), but it seems that since I've gained the weight I'm having wild mood swings and major bloating like I don't think I had even when I wasn't on birth control. I'm just guessing that it's the weight gain. I'm hoping it's not the antidepressants themselves because I've been finding them really helpful.

Anyway, I'm really making an effort to eat well (eat absolutely no sugar), drink lots of milk, increase my exercise, and take vitamins to see how I make out next month. Last week I spent 10 minutes crying in the bathrooms at work. I felt so out of it last week. It was so bad a couple of months ago that I even called in sick one day.

I've been thinking about asking my Dr. to change my bc. I'm going to see her in January and I was thinking I would see how my next period goes and possibly ask her about it. Reading your posts has made me think I'm definitely on the right track.

What do you think?

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Old 12-15-2002, 06:32 PM   #7
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Re: need help with serious pms problems

Thank you so much for all your input. Maybe I will go see my doctor early and see if she can't switch my bc. The first couple years I was on triphasal I did'nt have problems with most of these things, but I was also taking antidepressants. About 6 months ago my doctor weaned me off of them and I had been doing just find except during the pms times. Then within the following 2 months I started getting acne (small amounts, but after nt getting any for years it is a pain) also started getting these mood swings as well as terrable terrable pain in my hips (in my right hip it seems that the ligaments are pulling appart or something causing incredible pain when I move just right) Luckily like my mood swings the hip pain only lasts 2-4 days and then disapates. Let me know how things go for you if you change meds *smiles*
thanks again

Old 12-15-2002, 08:17 PM   #8
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Re: need help with serious pms problems

Most times if you have had a gyn checkup within the last year, you can request a change of birth control pills without another exam. Try one that isn't cyclic, what I mean is try a pill that has the same level of hormones in all of the 21 active pills. I used to take Ortho 777 and it has different levels of hormones each week - made me have major PMS after a couple years. After I switched pills I haven't really had that problem. As for vitamin supplements, make sure you are taking a high quality, potent multivitamin with at least a 75mg B-complex. Also, the Evening Primrose Oil (get cold-pressed) and the herb Vitex (get standardized) are natural supplements that are great for hormonal balance.

Old 12-19-2002, 09:32 AM   #9
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Re: need help with serious pms problems

I was on ortho tri cyclen for almost a year and then I asked my doc if it was normal that I got severely depressed/emotional/moody/insecure the week before my period, and she said NO WAY! So I switched birth controls..and I have found that Ovcon 35 works better for me and only occasionally do I get a little depressed, so I think I might try one with a little less progestin which is supposed to help.
Just make sure you know that depression is a side effect of some birth control pills, and if you experience it, then switch pills!!

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