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If You Are in Your Late 40's or Early 50's and You Think You are Going Crazy... Read This!

Friday, July 08, 2011

I knew that menopause caused grumpiness, but I was unaware of some other little factors which have cost me much needless worry and money this past year.

I was teaching a class of eighth-graders this past Spring when I felt my chest pounding, and I felt sickly weird. My first thought was that I was having a heart attack, and was going to pass out. I imaginied it would be like a scene from Gulliver's Travels where the Lilliputians (in this case, the class of 8th graders) left me on the floor and proceeded to go wild! I would not be found until the janitor came by in the afternoon to sweep my classroom.

After barely surviving that class, I literally ran to see the school nurse. She took my blood pressure, and found it ot be 170 over 103. Okay, high blood pressure... not a heart attack. From there, I went to the ER (my over-protective husband forced me to go). After noting an irregular heart beat, they sent me to a cardiologist. After an EKG and a stress test, he put me on blood pressure meds, but said my heart looked fine. The mystery continued.

I was having memory issues, and still wondering what was happening to make me fall apart all at once, when a friend suggested it was a hormone deficiency. After going to the gynocologist, he agreed it WAS a lack of estrogen causing everything from the high blood pressure... to the forgetrfulness... to the lack of energy... to the inability to lose the feeling like I was going crazy! Who'd have thought that hormones would be SO powerful?

After a couple of months on hormones, I can now remember better, feel better, and... I can NOW lose weight again!

Don't end up paying needless amounts of money like I did! If you are in your 40's-50's, keep a check on your hormones! This is YOUR wake-up call!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:

  This is also the time when thyroid can go crazy as well. Many women have hypothyroid and don't know it. It can also jack with blood pressure and make you not lose weight. That was my problem, along with needing to go gluten free. Finally! I'm on the right track!

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SHOOTIN4STARS 7/8/2011 3:53PM

    Wow! Thanks for this enlightening information. I am 46, and I have yet to note any symptons of menopause, but I know they're coming one day soon. Hot flashes and forgetfulness here I come!

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CJBAGGINS 7/8/2011 3:47PM

    I'm suspecting the same thing for me - except I'm in my early 40s


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    I had a hysterectomy and kept my ovaries but right after it I really thought I was going crazy. One year later weight is somewhat stabilized but I am definitely heavier than before the fibroids started.Hormones are still abit wacky but I know it is monthly and take prometrium nightly.
Things are a little better thank god

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SUGARPUNK52 7/8/2011 11:55AM

  Thanks for the information and for sharing it with us.

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TOASTIE 7/8/2011 11:07AM

    If you ever get a chance, grab some girlfriends and go see the play "Menopause, the Musical". Hilarious and let's us see that we are not the only ones ......

I didn't know estrogen hormones could help so much. I've been blaming all my woes on my thyroid hormones....


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DEVORA4 7/8/2011 10:31AM

  emoticon it had been easy for me!

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