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  • Peri-Menopause/What a Journey

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    10 posts, 6 voices, 1335 views, started Mar 2, 2010

    Posted on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 by Cynthia Schmidt




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      I’m counting down the months now to the end of peri-menopause and to the blip on the time clock that will mark menopause and post menopause nearly simultaneously. I told my husband that sometime around the middle of May I want a celebration of sorts. I want to be taken out to dinner complete with a bottle of champagne.

      I’ve been going through this process for several years now. At first it started with mood swings, lots of crying for no reason. Then I felt like my head was disconnected from my body; my brain was fuzzy. I graduated to sleeping in the middle of the day, something I never ever do. My middle grew and grew and grew. My face and back were getting fat. And finally I was so hot all the time it felt like my head would explode. My hot flashes came in waves or like contractions and at the most inconvenient times.

      I went on bio identical hormones which I think helped but I’m not exactly sure. I never was tested; the doctor just started me on the smallest dose.

      But knock on wood, I think I’m nearly to the end of this ( I say with cautious optomism). I’m more or less symptom free with the exception of about 20 pounds to lose. My recent pneumonia gave me a handy head start on the process.

      So, let’s start some open dialog on the various stages of menopause. Let’s share our experiences and information we’ve acquired along the way. I think we can really support one another in this journey.

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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Mar 28, 2010
        • Virginia, one suggestion I have is to start keeping a journal. Keep track of how you feel both physically and emotionally daily, track your periods and look for irregularities, too. I know how you‘re feeling. The strange thing about all of this is there is no cookie cutter perimenopause. Each one of us goes through it in our own way. We‘re all here going through it at different times and in different ways so you‘re in a good place to share and get some answers and some support here.



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          Rose Nino wrote Mar 28, 2010
        • Wow Cynthia! I didn’t know there was so much to expect. I’m going to be 45 in June and I didn’t know there was so much to expect. How and at what age did you start experiencing these symptoms? What about you Virginia?  

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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Mar 28, 2010
        • Rose I’m 49 now and all this started with intensity about 3 years ago. I haven’t had a period since last May. Over the last couple of months I’ve felt so much better! I feel I’m almost back to my old self again so I very hopeful that this will be behind me for the most part really soon.

          Everyone is different. I’d love to hear some of the ladies who have gone through it share their experience and if they used anything to help along the way.

          My doctor asked me if I wanted anti depressants. I said no. I was scared to use them and felt that I could just deal with the melancholy on my own.



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          Rose Nino wrote Mar 28, 2010
        • So sorry Virginia! I hope you too will get passed this and soon! Cynthia glad you are feeling better. I have done the anti depressant route before and I WILL never do it again. I don’t care what I have to go through. Everything I do must be a natural alternative. I refuse to do the pharmaceutical route ever again. Anyway, I would love to hear other women’s experiences as well. Knowledge is power!

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          Lazylola wrote Mar 28, 2010
        • I’ve been going through this for about 8 or 9 years now, I started early and was glad to say goodbye to my periods, but didn’t realize I’d be saying hello to all kinds of other issues. I experienced the mood swings, the crying, night sweats, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, weight gain around the middle. I tried hormone replacement but then I got my periods back with a vengeance so I quit that. I am no longer taking anything at all. I may survive it, I’m 41.



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          Asdf Adsf wrote Apr 21, 2010
        • I’m 49 and began symptoms a few years ago. I am doing anti-depressants and they have been a life saver for me. Natural is better if you can go that way but my perimenopause moods/depression hit the same time as my boys left home and I got a divorce (after 30 years) due to my husbands affair so mine was pretty bad. Don’t think I could have continued to do my job without ‘em. Mood swings are much better.
          Periods are VERY irregular, weight gain, memory loss, but the worst for me at least right now is extreme fatigue! I want to sleep all the time! I hate it!
          Tried to get my gyn to test my hormones last visit but she declined! Blew me off completely. So not taking any kind of replacements.



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