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    Old 06-06-2020, 10:43 AM   #1
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    Question Is this really IT?

    When I was 44/45 I began having perimenopause symptoms. Random hot flashes, irregular cycles, skipping months at a time, followed by heavier periods, bladder issues, insomnia, anxiety, and feeling like I was going to lose my mind. At every annual gyn well visit, I'd mention these things and my dr would say the median age for menopause was 51 and say I wasn't quite there yet. Dr. had me do an u/s looking for cysts. They found none. Not once did she ever test hormone levels to see what was going on.

    In April 2019, age 46, was my yearly visit and symptoms were getting kind of bad. Same doc told me if it got to where I couldn't stand it, to come back. So I toughed it out. Most of the time I was fine but there were some rough patches.

    I saw her for my annual a few days ago, June 2020 and again talked about all these same symptoms I've had for a few years. I'm now 47 yrs old. Hot flashes were really bad for a while during this covid-19 lock down. Insomnia is horrible. My period skipped Feb, March, April, and showed up out of the blue the end of May. It was a bit heavier for 2 days but then was normal after that. Again, dr mentioned ovarian cysts and me coming back for another u/s (??) and said it could be my thyroid (had a total thyroidectomy years ago but my levels are fine.) Then said we'll check your hormone levels first but we'll probably have you come in for an u/s because I bet you have a big old cyst. Almost like again she didn't believe any of it couldn't be menopause related.

    My Estradiol is <10 and FSH 74.47. The nurse called and emphasized "you ARE in menopause and you SHOULD. NOT. HAVE. ANY. MORE. PERIODS. OKAY???" Um but I just had one two weeks ago in May?? Doctor put me on progesterone to see if it helps with the symptoms. It may sound silly but I'm so lost and confused and so sad all at the same time. I didn't expect to feel so sad. I feel like I suffered through this perimenopause rollercoaster for years and my doctor totally missed diagnosing that I was going through this change of life ...if only she had run labs 2 years instead of looking for other issues. And then, even though the labs say so, how can I truly be in menopause because I just had a period 2 weeks ago!? I know time will tell but I'm so confused.

    (sorry for the long post but thanks to anyone who read all of this!)

     
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    Old 06-06-2020, 03:12 PM   #2
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    Re: Is this really IT?

    I get that you upset. I would be too. Did she never discuss birth control to help with the symptoms? Has she suggested a combo HRT med? Really surprised she went the progesterone route. Maybe she's not on board with BCP or HRT? Some aren't but it's unusual she never mentioned bcp to help with all the symptoms you were having. I was already on it and having issues and mine just simply changed my prescription. In two weeks all symptoms were gone. I'm not saying everyone will experience that but it certainly could help.

    And I was way OVER age when I had my last period at 57. It took forever for me to get to the FSH 34 threshhold!

     
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    Old 06-07-2020, 03:56 PM   #3
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    Thanks for the reply. Nope, I haven't been on BCP for about a decade. And no mention of hormone therapy except for the progesterone. I really liked this doctor at first but now I'm thinking it might be time to move on.

     
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    Old 06-13-2020, 06:39 AM   #4
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    Re: Is this really IT?

    I'm sorry your gyn just dismissed your symptoms instead of helping you. It is odd she only gave you progesterone instead of a combination hormone therapy. Although I will say that some women do get relief with just progesterone but time will tell if you are one of the few for which this is enough. It may be time to switch doctors.

     
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