Who else has symptoms of perimenopause ..?? argggghhhhh

Ainsley - posted on 08/31/2011 ( 49 moms have responded )

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Just curious how many women 35 + are going through the insane symptoms of perimenopause and what do you do to get yourself through it ?????? Yes i do have to get back to the Drs .... im just interested in other womens coping tools ...lol.

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Valerie - posted on 09/02/2011

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I know I will receive a lot of negative feedback for this, but, being on the low dose (LoEstrin) birth control pill 24/7/365 (I mean not stopping for a period, taking it every single day) has changed my life and made me human. I was a mess even before perimenopause with PMDD and the pill 365 seriously kept me from getting divorced. I began having the night sweats every once in a while on top of all the other symptoms but now have none of those. Of course, I am a non-smoker with no history of blood clots, etc. I know there are risks (although my gyne says they are now finding there really aren't any higher risks) but it's WORTH it for me.

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I definitely am going through it too...it was rough at first, but after steady testing of my hormone levels (several times!) I think we have symptoms evened out. If I don't exercise every day, or every other day, my symptoms are horrible! If I ingest too much sugar (cookies..my favorite!) symptoms are bad too. I make some time for me, and I quit trying to be supermom...although I still am supermom (-:...have to exercise (light weights and less sugars and carbs..although I do have some)...and the hormones (estrog and progesterone) have almost annihilated all of my symptoms (no sleep, irascible, muscle weakness, etc.) ..and they were really bad symptoms. (-: I really recommend getting your blood tested for Horm. levels 3 to 4 times per year and tweaking the hormone dosage until you get it right and feel good.

Lucy - posted on 09/02/2011

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I will be 60 in January and started menopause last year. I eat mostly organic foods, lots of lightly cooked veggies, grass fed beef and truly free range chickens (I know the farmer I buy them from) and take a natural mineral supplement. When I was having hot flashes, I found that increasing my mineral intake helped a lot. Also vitamin B complex, and getting out in the sun more to optimize my vitamin D3 synthesis. Don't do soy as most of it is neither organically grown nor fermented, both of which are necessary if you really want to assimilate what is good and healthy in your soy. It contains estrogen precursors so don't feed it to your children or husband. I rather liked the hot flashes. They feel like a super nova beginning in the solar plexus and radiating outward to the head and extremeties. I felt like I could shoot fireballs out of my fingertips. Totally powerful. Nice to have a fan in your bedroom and lots of extra nighties. Lol!

Rachel - posted on 09/01/2011

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soy is a phyto-estogen, which means it mimics oestrogen in the body. But a female body needs a balance of oestrogen and progesterone, so the benefits of soy become shortlived as they propel the imbalance further. Furthermore, American produced soy is radically different than Japanese soy. Japanese eat mostly fermented soy, a process that kills the phyto-estrogens and releases all those health benefits soy manufacturers tout. Contrariwise, American soy products are refined in a matter that leaves the phyto-estrogens in tact and leaves the healthy parts still indigestible to the human stomach. You can google a couple things to verify me. You can start with googling "whats wrong with soy?". Also try "symptoms of progesterone deficiency" or "hyper-estrogenism". Julia Ross has an excellent book called "The Mood Cure" that talks extensively about hormones, food triggers, and why menopause symptoms may be common, but weren't always normal.

Penny - posted on 09/01/2011

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Although I am past all that now I would like to offer a couple of helpful tips. I took Oil of Evening Primrose capsules and Estroven which is all herbal,. They are both available in drugstores. They helped enormously with all symptoms, plus they are all natural. Hope this is of some help.

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Ainsley - posted on 09/13/2011

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thanks girls to all who responded.... its such a help and a relief knowong in not alone on this rollercoaster..lol.. im off to try some ideas out ... xxxxx

Ainsley - posted on 09/13/2011

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thanks girls to all who responded.... its such a help and a relief knowong in not alone on this rollercoaster..lol.. im off to try some ideas out ... xxxxx

Avis - posted on 09/11/2011

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Yes, I started mine and as usual the doctors would look at my age and tell me, I was still too young to be going through menopause. My symptoms were insane as well. My mucus would be yellow one minute and then white the next. It would be itching and burning at the same time. It reminded me of a yeast infection but it wasn't like cottage cheese; so I knew it wasn't. Also at times it would be like a bladder infection, my urined would burn, but it would last only but a moment. I would be extra dry and then extra wet at the same time. The hot flashes were bad at times as well and at times I would wake up feeling my heart bounding extra hard. And my periods, I started tracking them. I would mark on the calendar when I started and when I would finally stop. Some times it would last up to 12 days. I had the doctor check the calendar and the way they count the 21 days from when you start your period, till the time you start the next one; they said I was right on schedule. But since they lasted longer then 7 days, it looked like I was having them twice a month. The doctor told me if I could put up with having to buy mestral pads more often and let it run its course, that it would be better for me then to take the hormorne therapy. Most of the other women I spoke to about taking hormones, said it was a waist of time. They said they actually quit because the hormones made their mood swings worse. Also I know from my mother's experience,she started at 35 yrs, taking the birth control pill makes menopause last longer. I got where I hated being around people, especially my husband. He became a whiner. He was constantly whining about not having sex and that I didn't love him anymore. I kept telling him that it wasn't him; it was me. Even when he went with me and the doctor explained about the menopause; my husband still didn't get it. In the past couple of years my hot flashes haven't been as bad, but I still have longer then normal periods at times. When the doctor did my pap smear in April 2011, He checked me and said that I was midway through my menopause; which was the good news; but the bad news is, he said they don't know how long the menopause will last for because every women is different. Just so you know, the doctors did check my hormones and thyroid; and everything checked out fine. I am also still have days where I feel disconnected from my brain, etc. I just take one day at a time and am just waiting for the day that I will be done all this and hopefully be back to my normal self. Patience is trully a virtrue.

One more thing, I have a great friend who was done her menopause and hadn't had a period for about 10 yrs. Well out of the blue one day she started bleeding, so she went to the doctor and he told her that she was going through postmenopause and it was normal for a period to happen. Sorry, so now we have more to look forward to.

Lisa - posted on 09/10/2011

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The Drs. kept saying I was too young...but I knew my body was going through something. The Drs. recomended pills which gave me terrible leg cramps, so luckly I found my own remedy :)

Gwen - posted on 09/09/2011

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Wow, lots of great advice on this page. No one seems to mention the cost of these remedies. I'm sure they're worth it if they work! I've had symptoms for almost 4 years now. Hot flashes happen about every 30 minutes and sometimes come with terrible anxiety. I just control my breathing and remind myself that it will be over in a minute. The doctor says that in my case, hot flashes are the brain fighting my ovaries - brain is trying to send message to ovulate, but ovaries are refusing and the battle causes a hot flash. This makes sense to be because after a few months of hot flashes and no menstruation, the hot flashes stop cold and exactly four weeks later, I get a period. I was actually under the impression that all remedies cause cancer and I've been suffering for years, but now I've read all your posts and see there is hope! Thank you all!

Ainsley - posted on 09/05/2011

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i was on the pill... but after 3 months i go INSAMNE ... it makes me crazy ... tried different dosages etc ... just not for me i dont think ..... glad u found something to help you.... its so hard xxx... i just want to be my normal self again xxxxx

Ainsley - posted on 09/05/2011

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Charlotte .. my muscles in my legs are so tired and heavy all the time ... ..... and i have shortness of breath .... just tired alllll the time ... shall get the dr to check me out more often xxx ty xx

Ainsley - posted on 09/05/2011

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thats how mine started renee..... every now and then hot flushes etc ... creeping from my toes to my head .... then itchy itchy soles of my feet ... now im just a cow ... angry .. moody sexless... lol.. no interest in much at all.... ive had to explain to my kids y i am a bitch some days n some days im an angel.... my ma never explained it and i just thought she was nuts ...lol....
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Ainsley - posted on 09/05/2011

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Hi Jess.... well i think you are NOT too young lol.. mine started about 4 years ago and im 38 now ... im soooo NOT into sex its making ME crazy ... and i want to but my head wont let me ... like you .. my family must really love me to put up with my lack of interest in most things... my short short fuse and my moodiness...xxxx arrrrggghhh

Ainsley - posted on 09/05/2011

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omg Bec.... at least u know you are not alone lol... its horrible ... drives me nuts xxx

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Nana, that's no way to live. Are you sure you won't consider a plant-based hormone regime, like estrogen and a promethium? Poor you with the hot flashes! I've seen a friend have them, they were horrible for her. Hope u can abate yours, take care, God Bless

Nana - posted on 09/05/2011

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I started peri menopause at 36. I'm 55 and still get hot flashes everyday. I was treated with hormone therapy but since all the controversy on it I stopped after 2 years, I tried OTC herbal remedies to no avail, so I went cold turkey, I drink lots of cold water when flashes come, I dress in layers so I can pull layers off also. I have lived 20 years with this and some days are better than others. Gotten used to it and so have my family.

Jennifer - posted on 09/04/2011

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If you want to opt for progesterone, please get it from a compounding pharmacy and only after saliva testing. Too much of this cream it cream that is sourced directly from wild Mexican yam that is not converted to 'human' progesterone won't be of much help. Talk to a compounding pharmacist. Red clover carries similar risks to Premarin and can make you farther out of balance. Please avoid. Find a pharmacy well-versed in hormone restoration and they will be able to assess and recommend, in collaboration with your doctor, what's best for you. A huge relief, as many have mentioned, comes with eliminating environmental burden of xenoestrogens. -Jenn Fookes, compounding pharmacist and hormone restoration consultant

Donna - posted on 09/03/2011

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I am going to be 49 next month and haven't had any symptoms of menopause. I enjoyed reading the posts so I know what to look for. I have gone a few months without a period but then I get one but no uncomfortable symptoms.

Mary Ann - posted on 09/02/2011

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All these symptoms are caused by low progesterone, mainly caused by the xenoestrogen endocrine disrupting chemicals in our environment. The remedy is so easy. Get rid of toxic (xenoestrogen) cleaners, makeup and personal care, start using an all-natural progesterone (fastest working is Young Living's Progessence Plus Serum) and a clean fish oil for essential fatty acids (best is Young Living's Omega Blue). Doing some cleansing is very helpful too. Get relief from PMS symtoms for younger gals too. Go to besthealingoils.com to learn more.

Bonnie - posted on 09/02/2011

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Hi Ainsley. We have a Moms and Menopause or Perimenopause circle group. There are several group postings and a list of 34 symptoms. Please join our circle. We do understand what you are going through.

Bonnie Gray
Group Administrator
Moms and Menopause or Perimenopause Circle

Jackie - posted on 09/02/2011

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I am starting perimenopause, I am now 44 and the night sweats started about a year ago. I am starting to get the mood swings too. I did the balloon ablation a few years ago and it went great! Hard very light periods for the last couple of years, but now with menopause looming, looks like they are getting heavier again....I am using the Outlast sheets that I bought from The Shopping Channel but they are sold out now. They work great for night sweats. Your clothes still get sweaty but the sheets stay dry!

Tania - posted on 09/02/2011

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I started it at 29, and completed at 42.
The worse part for me was vaginal dryness and loss of libido at 39 (2 yrs into a new relationship/marriage). So my husband created a lubricant base for me (I reacted to the ones already available) and being a natural therapist, I tweaked it to suit.

The mood swings weren't that noticeable, however that could be because other stresses were happening around the same time, although I was taking a multi and 6000mg EPO every day.

I also had blood tests every 6 months since 29 to monitor my levels, so that helped me with self-treatment

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I have had my blood checked and have been advised to take remmi femme. I summer form insomnia, and have other symptoms.

Jessica - posted on 09/02/2011

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I am 37 yrs old and started getting hot flashes and mood swings, along with no interest in sex, about 3 years ago. I had doctor do blood tests and check thyroid....all came ba k normal. I know my body and asked about premedapause. Was told i was too young for that and to just continue my vitamin regimen. All symptoms are still present and i wish
For a fix :) I always always have a fan blowing on me with the AC on high. My poor hubby n kids must really love me to deal w/ all the mood swings. I am definitely going to try some of these suggestion's. Thank you:) NICE to know I am not crazy!! Lol

Nikki - posted on 09/02/2011

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Mine started right after the birth of ny 2 year old son, I was 35. PMS has been replaced by the equivilent off morning sickness. Hot flashes, night sweats, nausea, water weight gain and super cranky. I had the endometrial ablasion procedure months ago to end my periods but now I don't know when my hormones will strike. My doctor says there isn't anything to be done. I sleep with a full back sized ice pack tucked between my sheets.

Debbie - posted on 09/02/2011

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I had my first (and only) baby at 41 (he is four now). Tell me about perimenopause, lol! I was fortunate enough to find a terrific group of med professionals who specialize in bio identical hormone therapy (the safe kind, not the kind from the olden days). My progesterone was low and once I went on a low dose of progesterone, it was like night and day. I work out a lot and continue to spend time with girlfriends with and often without my son. You need time for you to just be; time away from anything that stresses you further when compounded by fluctuating hormones. Best to you! I understand your "pain"!

Mary - posted on 09/02/2011

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There is help! I had a hysterectomy when I was 28. Ouch! Did the menopause thing real early. You can use an all natural progesterone cream that will solve the hot flashes, osteo concerns, etc. No threat of cancer causing ingredients. No animal testing There are lots of brands on the market but the one we have found has the most integerity and support is a product called Angel Care. You can get info by calling 770 597 7524 or email: acusa@bellsouth.net It will do the trick and your body (& husband) will thank you for it.

Renee - posted on 09/02/2011

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I am! I'm 46 and have been going through the night sweats that last 2 years or so. It will happen a few nights, then I'm ok for a couple of months. Then it happens again. I also can't seem to lose weight any more.

Jennifer - posted on 09/02/2011

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I have come to the conclusion that NOTHING is safe to eat anymore. UGGGGG!

Rachel - posted on 09/01/2011

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drat, the link isn't going direct, but to the home page of the website. Follow the link, then press "for a full explanation of why you need exclude most soy foods read here". Its about halfway down the page. Informing people is important to me because I have a wonderful mother in law who has been poisoning herself with soy for thirty years. She proclaims that she "never had a single hotflash" on this miracle food, yet she barely functions as a human being, she is so heavily weighed down with hormonal imbalance symptoms. She believed the hype, but we have more knowledge at our disposal than she did. Educate yourself on soy, because its EVERYWHERE. Its so subsidized, that they use it in everything. You have no idea how much soy you're actually eating

Mary Ann - posted on 09/01/2011

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I got my life back last summer when I started using natural Progessence Plus Serum daily, just a few drops rubbed onto the neck or wrists. No more hot flashes, night sweats, headaches, backaches or intense bleeding. My energy is back too! No side effects; just healthy benefits. Order by going to besthealingoils.com.

Michelle - posted on 09/01/2011

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As well as early menopause I got with it a dose of depression & then found out I have osteoporsis. I was put on the pill & this has helped my mood swings tremendously. Even though it brought back my period. I was havin hot flushes fm age 37 and then after I had my son @ 39 I got so moody & anxious about nothing. I wld also recommend asking yr doc about having a bone density& check vit D test. Had aching fingers sleepless nights, hot flushes. I dont know how hubby put up w me. Good luck to you. Eat fresh fruit & vege & grains, beans too. xMichelle

Jennifer - posted on 09/01/2011

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I am trying to figure out why to cut out soy? I have a friend who is in Peri-menopause and it actually helps her tons! I am a vegetarian and I get a lot of my protein from soy...... so what's wrong with it?

Jennifer - posted on 09/01/2011

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Yes, I am enjoying the freaking emotional roller coaster called Peri-menopause. I started at age 39. I found out ON my birthday that year. YAY me! No one explained that extreme anxiety can be caused by this. I was having the feeling like I was going to die and it was horrible. I was finally put on Cymbalta and I have klonopin for when it gets severe. I also increased my B vitamins and D vitamins and this seems to balance me out.

Kelli - posted on 09/01/2011

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Thank you all for your pointers. I too have been diagnosed as having hypoglycemia. I never even thought.......

Rebecca - posted on 09/01/2011

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I am 35 and have been trying to figure out what the heck is going on.. now i feel way better that i am not going crazy! there is such a thing!

Rachel - posted on 09/01/2011

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cut out soy, get a good multivitamin, and make sure its not being exasperated by hypoglycemia. Read symptoms of Hypoglycemia and advice on the diet (basically have all your fod groups wen you eat and avoid hormone killers like white flour and sugar). L-glutamine will help you get off any food addictions that might be making the symptoms worse. Its available at any health food store. The physical stress of your symptoms may have you in a spiral. Drs have a tough time with this, because while you can test hormone and blood sugar levels, its a lot harder to measure speedy fluctuations and drops. You have to take this one into your own hands primarily.

Wendy - posted on 09/01/2011

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I take vitimin B & D. It boost my attitude so I can control my mood swings. Exercise for the tired or fidgety. Heat flashes I wait them out with a fan or freeze out my husband at night.
Early menopause in Tx says good luck

Kelli - posted on 08/31/2011

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I soo understand what you are going through! I have had symptoms since I was 35 and inspight of the drs saying its not so - my body tells me other wise. I have found ensuring to have fans in my house that are easily accessible as well as just not letting myself get warm (ie spending too much time in the sun of the house temperature getting above 22) Good luck to you!

Ainsley - posted on 08/31/2011

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Sounds like me.... lol.... i started at 34..... had my hormones checked just to prove a point to the dr... i have the sweats and hot flashes and also get itchy feet underneath and now i get 2 periods a month.... great lol... and moooooooody ...omg ... its horrible... im always clenching my teeth xxx... thanks for the freezer advice ...xxxx im dreading summer.... hot days and hot flashes... not fun at all...xxx

Bobbie - posted on 08/31/2011

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I have been having symtoms for years typically since I turned 33 and the doctors all say it is not so but I know better, I have awful hot flashes and nght sweats are the worst, I put my pillow cases in the freezer before bed to help and have a cold wash clothe aslo for this, it helps some.

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