TAC, omg, I feel for you. If I have to go another 10 years with these periods, I'm going to go postal. No wonder so many women our age flip completely out. I'm beginning to understand that now. I've also been diagnosed with GAD and was on Celexa for 3 years, but I weaned myself off of it because I didn't want to rely on drugs just to get me through life. The Celexa served its purpose when it was needed, but I didn't want to be on it forever. I'm still prescribed Ativan for those "oh crap" moments, but I don't take that very often either. Or at least I try not to. When I feel an anxiety/panic attack coming on, I try and get through it on my own before I resort to the Ativan. And I have no idea where this anxiety disorder came from. It crept up on me and 'blindsided' me out of nowhere and I found myself sitting in the hospital ER one day.
Sorry, I'm rambling now. But I often wonder if GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) and the onset of perimenopause are connected somehow.
I believe that webmd.com is a good source of information on this. it would have several articles on it. I have used it for other things. I just am not any help for you in this. I am 57 and still having my menstrual cycle like a teenager. It comes regular each month.
Wonderful, thank you for yet more great replies and to ARCHIMEDES, thanks for the links, I'll definitely check them out.
As for hot flashes, I don't really get them that often, but when I do get them, they usually come at night when I'm in my bed. And wow, that's crazy. Compared to how other women describe them, I don't think mine are quite so bad, but it's definitely an odd feeling. It's like a heat that starts from the inside out and no matter what you do you can't get cooled down. But mine don't last very long and only come on once in a while. I've read stories from women who say they get hot flashes so bad they'll sit in their car, even in the middle of winter, with the air conditioning on.
I think another thing that may be causing the lightheaded feeling is my eyes. I need glasses, I just know I do. Like when I'm driving, I can't read street signs until I'm right up on them. And I didn't realize how bad my eyes were until I put on my husband's glasses, just for the heck of it the other day. And I was like whoa! I can see! From across the kitchen, with his glasses on, I could actually read the writing on the whiteboard, that we sometimes use to jot down reminders. Otherwise it's just a blur. I also looked out our front living room window and could see the houses and the trees across the street more crisply. And I was like "so this is what the world looks like to people who have decent vision."
That was a serious eye-opener (no pun intended) so I'm going to make an appt. for an eye exam soon.
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I've been having peri-menopausal symptoms for about a year now. oh joy... I talked to my doctor and most of my symptoms have been textbook. And yes, I have experienced some occasional light headness. I thought that it might be from dehydration or even low blood pressure. Never considered that it might be related to menopause. Will have to ask my doctor at my next physical what they think.
Now one thing I have noticed is that over all my symptoms don't seem to be as bad as other women my age. I haven't had a power surge, but I have had a warm spell a couple of times. I'm 49 too. I've always felt the reason my symptoms haven't been bad is because I eat fairly nutritiously and I get regular exercise that includes strength training. Personally, I do feel that a healthy diet and regular exercise can help diminish the symptoms of menopause.
Are you getting enough regular exercise ? Do you do any strength training ? If not, I'm going to encourage you to start because I DO think adding lean muscle does make a difference. Also, do you smoke ? I don't smoke. I've read that smoking as well as a lousy diet and lack of exercise can make menopause worse for women too.
You might want to read some of the Daily Spark Blogs on menopause for some more comments from other women.
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I'm just starting perimenopause. No light headedness but my periods are crazy. They come when they want. Sometimes 3 weeks sometimes 5. Never know. They also are heavier like when I was 13. I'm 47, haven't had hot flashes yet. Not looking forward to that.
Thanks for the answers, everyone. Well, except for the one-word answer of "NO". No what? Which question are you saying no TO???
Methinks somebody is trying to gain points. But you're not helping any.
What's with this silly point system, anyway? What's it for and what does gaining points accomplish? I don't get it. Perhaps the site owners could figure out a NEW way for people to gain points so there aren't 1,000 single-word answers in just about every thread? I've seen several other people on this site complain about the same thing. So why won't they do anything to possibly offer alternate options for gaining points?
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Same as lolema.
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I have the crazy periods issue. I used to be able to predict within a day or two when it would start and end, but not anymore. I used to have horrible clots but had surgery for fibroids that helped with that. Still have heavy bleeding most of the time and unpredictable ones that will sometimes last 3 weeks long or a regular 5 days. I can never tell what I will get, it's like Russian roulette.
My doctor is aware of what is going on and gave me options of what to do, but scared to do anything at this point. Definitely go to your doctor and see if your symptoms are something else besides perimenopause.
Well, I consulted her for the body aches. A better way to describe it would be joint pain and she told me I had bursitis (coincidentally she has the same problem, as she's the same age I am) and gave me a script for Meloxicam, but I've never taken it. I'm one of those "drug paranoid" people that researches meds before taking them and once I read the side-effects, I say forget it.
Well, I've noticed I'm the most lightheaded during my period. So that could be not only blood loss (I bleed a LOT and also lose clots) but that typical feeling of period poopiness. So I started taking a vitamin supplement, making sure I'm getting the RDA of iron for a woman of my age.
Thanks for the replies so far and I'll read a little into the D3.
Night sweats were the worst for me. I am talking "a pool of sweat"!!!! I ended up taking the mattress protector off the bed and that helped. I also kept a fan on my side of the bed. Also, the dr put me on vit D3
I'm 51 and completely done (yahoo), and my major symptom was major league hot flashes, which are now about 90% gone. My hubby would probably say I was a little touchy too, but that' s his opinion.
My only advice would be to work with your doc---make sure there's nothing else going on, especially with the lightheadedness--I've never heard that as a menopausal symptom (but I'm no doc either). If you want to try something herbal or OTC, make sure you run that by your doc too. Some of that stuff isn't as harmless and "natural" as it might seem.
KEEP UP THE EXERCISE AND PROPER DIET-if nothing else the exercise will make you feel better. It was during my peri-time that I got into doing intense cardio intervals, and there were many days that I walked into the gym with a "blah" feeling, but I always left feeling MUCH better.
I looked down the list of boards and didn't see any specific board for health questions and concerns, so I hope it's okay to post this here.
I was wondering if there are any other women on the boards who have gone through perimenopause or are going through it now. I'm 49 and having a heck of a time with aching joints, irregular periods (periods are heavier and coming closer and closer together) finding it harder to keep weight off and just a general feeling of "blah". I'm also having trouble with lightheadedness.
I don't want to start any type of hormone therapy, so I was wondering if there's anything you do or have done to relieve your symptoms. My biggest issues, I'd have to say, are feeling lightheaded a lot, joints hurting so bad some days that I walk around like I'm 90 years old and the crazy periods.
Can some of you who may have gone through this tell me what you experienced? And also, if any of you have entered or gone through full menopause do these awful feelings ever go away? I'm seriously *so* done with my periods now, I just wish they'd stop. But my doctor told me this could continue on for a few more years before full menopause kicks in.
I'd really appreciate any input and my apologies to the guys if this is TMI, but the title of my post should say it all. And hey, any guys that have wives or gf's going through the same thing, please feel free to chime in.
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