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    Old 07-10-2007, 01:10 PM   #1
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    Pmdd???

    I was just perscribed Sarafem from my dr. It is for P.M.D.D......and severe PMS. I have suffered for years, so i need to get this under control! Has anyone taken this med? Did you experience side effect............weight gain etc. There isnt much info on the internet about it. I think it is classified in the prozac family............if so, i WONT take this med. I have been told by several doctor's that it isnt possible to check a woman's hormone level! This makes no sense to me! This type of test seems almost vital for some women that suffer like i do each month almost ALL month. I also want to add that i have tried almost every antideppresant out there.........and that has really never helped my PMS symptoms.

     
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    Old 07-10-2007, 06:01 PM   #2
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    Re: Pmdd???

    I had my hormones checked. If you are on BCP you have to stop to find out what your natural levels are. I had mine testes while on BCP and my estrogen was normal but my progesterone was in -0.04. I was told by one doctor that he could not give me progesterone pills to up it since I was on BCP. I need to test the type of progesterone that's in my BCP to know what level I have.

    That does not make sense that they told you they could not find out what level of hormones you have in your body. There is also an FSH test they can do. The level in hormones changes from week to week. Your progesterone level is at it's highest right before your period and your estrogen drops.

     
    Old 07-10-2007, 06:11 PM   #3
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    Re: Pmdd???

    Sarafem is the same thing as prozac. If you do a search for sarafem and prozac, you will see it's the same thing. I'm surprised your doctor didn't tell you this when you got the prescription? It seems like a strange thing for the doctor to leave out!

    Anyway, I'm not sure why you would think you can't get your hormones tested. That is not true and you shouldn't worry about that.

     
    Old 07-10-2007, 08:54 PM   #4
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    Re: Pmdd???

    When I first started having peri symptoms my doc prescribed a belladonna derivative. I left him and found someone who would change my bcp to one that helped regulate my hormones better. Find another doctor...

     
    Old 07-11-2007, 05:26 AM   #5
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    Im not on any birth hormonal birth control..................tried them all, and they make me worse! I am shocked that she didnt tell me that this med is basically an antidepressant! I have been on all different antidepressant pills for the past 18yrs.............and 3 months ago went off all med's! I actually felt that they wernt helping me...........and i feel better, except my PMS is still very bad! My dr said that it is almost impossible to check hormone levels, because of the all the different cycle's women are in at different times of the month! She is the 3rd Dr to tell me this!! Im frusterates, as i only have 5 to 7 days that i feel normal each month, and that is when i am having my period! Honestly i feel, soooo many Dr just want to perscribe a pill to their patients! I have been given pills (stomach) before i even had a diagnosis..............didnt take those either, and come to find out when i was reading the label, i am allergic to the main ingredient. Anyways.........thanks for the replies!

     
    Old 07-13-2007, 01:43 PM   #6
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    What exactly is PMDD? I've had PMS but it doesn't last long thank God. For some insane reason when I start to go through it I take one look at my house and I go on a cleaning spree. If someone p*sses me off then I wait til I'm alone and scream at the 4 walls instead of taking it out on those I love and regretting what I've said. I've started going through perimenopause and missing periods right and left, hot flashes, night sweats, you name it. Missed a period for 9 months then had 2 and now none again for 3 months. Gotta luv it. The thing I hate most is the mood swings and crying for no apparent reason. But my other half is very understanding and says well when the bucket is full we just have to empty it so I must be full. lol. I thank the Almighty above that I'm not down for the count when it comes to PMS. I can manage to shake whatever comes over me and it helps to have a supportive and loving partner.

     
    Old 07-13-2007, 03:21 PM   #7
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    Re: Pmdd???

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    My dr said that it is almost impossible to check hormone levels, because of the all the different cycle's women are in at different times of the month! She is the 3rd Dr to tell me this!!
    You should go to an endocrinologist for hormone testing. A regular doc or OB/GYN wouldn't be as well versed in hormone testing as an endo would, and they would be able to tell you more about your test results.

    Also, my endo doc told me to get the hormone tests done on the 3rd day of my period, after I started bleeding, because she said that is the best time to get a reading. Any other time during your cycle is true that you'd have a weird reading. But an endo doc would be able to tell you this.

    Go find an endocrinologist to test your hormones. It's not as difficult as your other doctors have lead you to believe! They just literally don't know what they're talking about.

     
    Old 07-15-2007, 09:00 PM   #8
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    hello,
    i also have pmdd and have been on all kinds of meds. yes that one to, sorry i cant remember anything about the pill.
    i have been telling my dr. for a long time that its only at certain times of the month and they wanna just slap the antidepressants on ya, which lol, dont help.... i have had blood work done and it alwaz comes back normal but i havent had them done at the right time of the month, like 2 weeks before my period when im going thrugh the hell... well she did do blood work and alot of it AND OMG SHE FOUND SOMETHING... sorry but when u have been told ur depressed and gives u antidepressants that dont work and then they say, ''well i dont know what else to do for u'', LOL, u glad they found something...
    sorry for ranting... well my blood test come back that i have LOW THYROID AND TESTOSTERONE..... she gave me levothyroxine 50 mg. 1 a day. and for the testostrone i will be going to a NEW GYNO. SPECIALIST at the end of the week...
    i have been looking on the internet to find anything about this.. still searching. i have no idea what they mean? am i going thrugh perimenopause? hmm, my husband talked to the dr. and didnt ask her any questions or even what my blood levels are... so ill be calling her tomorrow and talking to her myself...
    so, anyone reading if u have this problem or have had this problem and can tell me anything about it, oh it will be greatly appreciated...
    HAVE U GOT UT DR. TO DO BLOOD WORK AT THAT TIME OF THE MONTH, WHEN U R HAVEING ALL THE PROBLEMS? IF NOT I WOULD SUGGEST IT! AND TELL HER/HIM U WANT ALL THE BLOOD TEST RUN! i did write down all the names of the test they did if u wanna me to give em to u...
    sometimes u just have to find several dr. THAT WILL LISTEN TO U. b/c u know ur body and when something anit right with u.....
    HANG IN THERE.......
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    Old 07-15-2007, 11:13 PM   #9
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    Re: Pmdd???

    I still would recommend an endocrinologist over an ob/gyn, specialist or not. I'm telling you, go find one because they are specifically trained to test for things like hormonal problems, thyroid and diabetes problems. If you keep looking for ob/gyns and regular internists then you'll always get the same answer, that there's nothing wrong. But at least if you see an endocrinologist, you will get more in depth tests that test for way more levels than any other doctor would.

     
    Old 07-16-2007, 05:50 PM   #10
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    I still would recommend an endocrinologist over an ob/gyn, specialist or not. I'm telling you, go find one because they are specifically trained to test for things like hormonal problems, thyroid and diabetes problems. If you keep looking for ob/gyns and regular internists then you'll always get the same answer, that there's nothing wrong. But at least if you see an endocrinologist, you will get more in depth tests that test for way more levels than any other doctor would.

    thnks for the reply, when i go to the gyno., i will tell her to set me an appointment with a endocrinlogist..
    DO U HAVE PMDD? if so have u got help for it? does low thyroid and testosterone have anything to do with pmdd? im all new to this so im still doing some searching... i just want to be normal, get help, and the meds. work....
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    Old 07-16-2007, 08:22 PM   #11
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    Re: Pmdd???

    I had never heard of this type of Dr..........i did a search in my area, and there are a few close to me. So would you treat this type of Dr as a gynocologist? Would i state that i needed to be seen for hormonal issue's? Are they like a gynecology specialist? Every time i have had my blood checked for thyroid, liver etc...............it has always come back normal too.....as sick as it sounds i feel like crap 99% of the time, that i truly wish they would fine something! Im going to call to make an appointment as soon as i get back from vacation! Im kinda hesitate, since it will be me finding one on the internet verses a referall.............but im soooo desperate, i'll try anything at this point!

     
    Old 07-16-2007, 09:57 PM   #12
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    Re: Pmdd???

    They are not gynecologists. Their primary focus is to diagnose and treat problems with glands and/or hormones, particularly for people with diabetes, thyroid problems, sexual dysfunction and any other hormone-related issue. They are a completely different doctor than a gynecologist, they have nothing to do with that. That's why I am trying to explain to you that this is the type of doctor that you need to see because the other doctors you have been to haven't known enough about the various different hormonal tests that are available for your problem.

    I do have pmdd but it's not debilitating by any means. I don't feel like I need to go on meds to treat it. It has gotten a lot better since I quit taking the Pill. At least I know now that the Pill causes worse cramps, heavier bleeding and exacerbates the pmdd for me, which is why I'll never go back on again.

     
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    I had never heard of this type of Dr..........i did a search in my area, and there are a few close to me. So would you treat this type of Dr as a gynocologist? Would i state that i needed to be seen for hormonal issue's? Are they like a gynecology specialist? Every time i have had my blood checked for thyroid, liver etc...............it has always come back normal too.....as sick as it sounds i feel like crap 99% of the time, that i truly wish they would fine something! Im going to call to make an appointment as soon as i get back from vacation! Im kinda hesitate, since it will be me finding one on the internet verses a referall.............but im soooo desperate, i'll try anything at this point!
    hello,
    i would recommend that u get ur dr. to take ur blood test and a complete blood test, when u are feeling so bad right before ur period, esp. if u have pmdd.. i usually start getting my symptoms like 2 weeks before i start but they did the blood work that week of my period.. make sure u tell them, the works on the blood test..... hope this helps...
    i will be going to the dr. tomorrow..... whoooo...
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    Old 07-31-2007, 06:42 AM   #14
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    I have hypothyroidism (low thyroid) and I also have PMDD. My endo keeps telling me hormone levels can't be tested. So getting and endocronolgist is not necessarily THE answer. I am going to get a referral to a doctor who specializes in PMDD. I live in CA, so I am either going to UCLA or UCSF to see some people who hopefully won't try to drug me up with bc or anti-depressants. I know all my issues are affected by my hormones. I just dont know what to do about it. But I can relate to the frustration of going to countless uneducated doctors who cant just admit that they dont know how to help you.

     
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    I have hypothyroidism (low thyroid) and I also have PMDD. My endo keeps telling me hormone levels can't be tested. So getting and endocronolgist is not necessarily THE answer. I am going to get a referral to a doctor who specializes in PMDD. I live in CA, so I am either going to UCLA or UCSF to see some people who hopefully won't try to drug me up with bc or anti-depressants. I know all my issues are affected by my hormones. I just dont know what to do about it. But I can relate to the frustration of going to countless uneducated doctors who cant just admit that they dont know how to help you.

    hello,
    well, i was put under the impression that i was seeing a "pmdd specialist" but there were wrong. so far no one deals with just "PMDD" here. which suxs! im not sure if there is a "pmdd specialist and if so i have no idea what they would be called? anyone know? my insurance didnt know either, they said i need to know there speciality name???
    anywaz, the experance i had with the dr. i went to was awful! omg! talk about rude. and she tells me, " u just think u have pmdd, ur depressed!" i was upset and started crying and she says, " ur not on ur period now and ur crying, so what does that tell u!" i wont be going back to her.. anywaz, she put me on effexor xr 37.5mg. first week and then i go to 75 mg. plus she wants me to take birth control pills. i also talked, are tried to talk to her about my low testosterone and she says," im not worried about that!" and i have been having headaches and she says, well dont know what to tell u about that, just keep taking asprin.. what a witch! made me so sick and fusterated!
    i also have low thyroid, which i am taking levothyroxine 50 mg. and i will be going back to my regular gyno. tomoorw and ill tell her everything and then i guess she will help me.. im so tired of all this and not getting any help.. somethimes, it makes me wanna just give up, BUT THERE IS NO WAY I WOULD EVER DO THAT. i love my family! i wouldnt/ couldnt do that to them!
    all i want is help or something that would help me feel normal and be normal.. sometimes i have no idea who i am! and im sure everyone else feels the same!
    if u can find a doctor who specializes in PMDD, let me know what name he/she goes under.... sorry for ranting!!!!
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