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Your symptoms are pretty much text-book. Even though your lab work was all within "normal" ranges, this is common in peri according to my GYN. He said that you don't really see any lab changes until full blown meno sets in. But that doesn't mean you are not in the midst of peri.

I'll bet they didn't test your testosterone levels. For this thick hair to be starting up, your T levels are surely elevated. Funny how most docs don't check that one off on the lab slip. Sadly, once the hair growth starts, the only real solution that is permenant or semi-permenant is electralosis or laser removal. But this can be pretty costly.

About the pregnancy tests, I had to chuckle. I've taken more home tests since starting peri than I did when I was younger. And my hubby had a vasectomy!! LOL

As far as the anxiety and insomnia, also quite common. Also, short term memory issues, lowered sex drive (except with high T levels) muscle and joint pain, and a whole host of other very annoying and sometimes debilitating symptoms. I take Xanax (low dose) occasionally for the anxiety and also use one of the popular OTC remedies for the night sweats and hot flashes. My GYN advised when using those, to take them for 3 or 4 months, go off of them for a couple of months and so on. He said otherwise, you can build up a tolerance and they won't work as well.

Hang in there as best as you can. You are not alone, by any means! If you check through a lot of the threads here, you'll get lots of good info. Best of luck to you.