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Old 07-24-2001, 12:35 PM   #1
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Two weeks of PMS??

I am new to these boards and I hope this is the appropriate group to address my concerns to. I am in my early 40s and have had regular, clockwork periods all my life. They are still regular now, however, for the last couple of months, right after midcycle, I get all the symptoms of my period (cramps, breast tenderness, headache) but my actual bleeding doesn't start until two weeks later. This is really a pain! What could be causing this? I have an appt with my gyn but I can't get in to see him until October! Anybody have any thoughts or have similar experiences?

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Old 07-25-2001, 08:45 AM   #2
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Re: Two weeks of PMS??

Since these problems are really bothersome to you I would call the clinic and specifically tell them that you cannot wait till October to see the doc. My guess seeing you are early 40's is that you are getting ready to head in to menopause. When you get into your 40's that is when your hormones can start to change and your periods get farther apart as well as other things like night sweats. If the GYN appointment desk can't get you in sooner then why not see your regular doc about your sypmtoms? After all your regular doc is qualified to take care of female problems too.

Old 07-26-2001, 08:17 AM   #3
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Re: Two weeks of PMS??

i also had PMS for about 2 weeks before my period. it happened to me twice, about 2 months ago. i'm only 28, but apparently having hormonal imbalance. my gyn was not worried about it at all. i'm trying to conceive so you can imagine how frustrating it was no only to know that i'm not pregnant that month, but also suffer from cramps for 2 weeks <IMG SRC="">

Old 07-27-2001, 10:26 PM   #4
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Re: Two weeks of PMS??

I recommend that you get a copy of the book "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause" by John R. Lee, M.D. He discusses many of the symptoms that you are experiencing in the book and offers recommendations to correct the hormonal imbalance (estrogen dominance) that is the likely cause. The book is available at most bookstores or online at Booksamillion or You can read online reviews of the book at Very informative.


Old 07-28-2001, 07:47 AM   #5
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Re: Two weeks of PMS??

Hello, all I can say is that I used to have PMS every month for 2 weeks, severe bloating, breast tenderness, mood swings etc. I was miserable. Since I started exercising 1 year ago, i have not had pms once. Also, I used to take pepcid, antacid controller, for 5 years every single day. Since I started exercising, I have not had to take 1 pepcid in a year! I only lost about 25-30 pounds, now normal size, 57, 138. It seems to me that my PMS, and heartburn was caused from being slightly overweight! Also, I don't eat crap before my period, like bacon, pepperoni, sausages etc, i noticed it gave me more symptoms of PMS. Good luck Wendy

Old 07-30-2001, 05:35 PM   #6
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Re: Two weeks of PMS??

I think that a lot of women feel like they have pms two weeks prior to actually getting their period. I know that I feel that way also during ovulation time.
I'm 42 years old, my periods are always regular like clockwork, but my pms symptoms seem to last longer than a few days. My doctor is not worried at all though. Good luck to you, and I would insist that you get an earlier appt. than October if you're worried.

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