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3/30/08 8:19 P

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HI I'm new,
but was reading over the post all great infomation.

I've been taking over counter estroven for my hot flashes & night sweets & mood swings and it's has done some good.
Any way I have not ever heard about Vit E but I guess that could work also.


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CRZY4LIFE Posts: 76
3/30/08 1:54 A

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Hey I have been exhausted I thought it was because I had taken a break from the exercise routine...but maybe?... Has anyone looked into natural remedies for these life changes and where is a good place to start?

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3/29/08 8:25 P

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HI ! So good to see this posted. I'm 46, soon to be 47 in May, and can unhappily relate to what everyone said. As time goes on, the monthly pain gets worse, and I don't get mean, I just get weepy. Very sentimental. But I find that I do need a lot of space.
Exercise and eating right do help some months, but other months, it does not.
Oh, and does anyone get really tired- like, all the time- before that time of the month? it's like I have a sleeping sickness.




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3/16/08 7:28 P

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Mine sound more like your friends--I break into a sweat after it gets up to my face....ugh.

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3/16/08 4:05 P

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Hmph! Sounds like we all have the same doctor. They better be careful. Maybe we should show them what a wild mood swing looks like up close and personal. My hot flashes seem different than what my friends describe. They get a warm flush like a wave that moves up to their faces then they break into a sweat. I get hot spots and feel like my blood is boiling under the skin. My cheeks can get hot but I dont sweat. What about you gals..

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3/15/08 4:03 P

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I am having such hot flashes today--I even looked up rosachea thinking maybe that was why my face kept getting flush but it said nothing about the burning up part!! It was worth a try right! emoticon

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CRZY4LIFE Posts: 76
3/15/08 12:45 P

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Has your doctor said why you are still having your "power surgers" emoticon ? Tell me the differences of symptoms between the thyroid problems your mom and sister have.

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3/15/08 1:32 A

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well my hot flashes have lasted over 8 years so that kills my theory. I had my hysterectomy 10 years ago and still get hotflashes!

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CRZY4LIFE Posts: 76
3/14/08 10:40 P

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Mlebbano, Isn't that so frustrating for the dr. to say well that's just what happens I think sometimes they are just not listening to begin with So I wonder sometimes how the women ages ago dealt with these things. So far I have been working really hard and been able to just maintain. Better than to keep adding up. Well thanks for letting me vent. Love it when we look back with 20/20 vision. emoticon

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3/14/08 7:41 A

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Thanks for the info--amazing that my dr. just says well once you turn 40....I too have gained consistently and was alway at my perfect weight. Of course I say that now, I am one of those that has always said I am fat, I am fat, I am fat--

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CRZY4LIFE Posts: 76
3/13/08 11:24 P

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Mlebbano, I just read about all these things, I found it under Your Health tab then Health A-Z heading under "m" for menopause. It says Hot flashes can last as long as 8 years as short as 2 but definately decrease in intensity over years. Read it I thinks it gives advice and strategies too. I am just annoyed at just gaining weight consistently I am told because of hormones. It just keeps coming on no matter what I do. I have hope that I will eventuaally win. Oh well what do we do!!!

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3/13/08 4:56 P

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Wow a description of me. I actually just took my temperature--hot flashes all the time. I also went up 2 cup sizes and I hate it. It feels like I am pregnant again. I have one ovary left and if it was up to my GYN I would be on HRT but I am scared with family history of cancer and I figure I may as well get these symtoms over with. Does anyone know how long it will last? I feel so fat all the time. its depressing...

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3/5/08 11:37 P

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Yes, Yes and Yes! But as I sit here feeling like someone is holding a hot iron to various bodyparts I am pondering the issue as to why my internal blazing furnace does not rev up my metabolism. Just doesnt seem fair. And is anyone else experiencing problems with the sisters. Mine seem permanently engorged and swollen. I have gone up two cup sizes! I know this is a sign of high estrogen and am worried about the effects. And man o man the throbbing...OUCH

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3/3/08 4:25 A

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my grandmother had an under active thyroid and my younger sister sways between underactive to overactive thyroid. I am thinking of getting myself checked because ever since I had my hysterectomy I go up and down in my weight but would love to lose all the weight and weigh at least what I did right after my youngest was born 18 years ago.

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3/2/08 12:54 A

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Wow thanks for sharing all th things I have been feeling. Only now I realize what's going on. I can maybe catch my self before I let loose. My poor kids and friends (if there are any left.) However my Doc says I'm normal no problems nothing out of wack. Which is so frustrating but maybe for the better so I can try to control it if possible with out any prescription help. Terrisue2, thanks for giving some insight that exercise and a regular routine helped

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2/26/08 3:48 A

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wow i am having pretty much the samd issues. breakoutson my face a pouch where there never ever was before on my belly and food cravings. i am 49 and have just this year started taking hrt for severe hot flashes. I havebeen off and on the hrt trying to lose my excess weight i have slowly put on the past 4 years. i have had a hard time getting going with my exercises but once i started a regular routine i seemed so much better emmotionally and physically. i am half way to my goal weight and have hit a wall. i can't seem to get past it but i continue trying

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2/19/08 12:11 P

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A few years ago I had a doctor's visit in which she told me that I was perimenopausal. This is a condition that happens before actual menopause, which is when periods cease. This time can take many years and I have heard of women in their late thirties being in it.

The pouch in our stomach is supposedly from a change in our estrogen levels. Another friend of mine who is an RN said that she is starting to develop that and she is in her very early 40's. These years are definitly the time for these things to show up for some women. There may be some that this does not happen to until they are older, but for the most part it seems that if you have not been sent into early menopause from surgery, then this is the most common time.

Please realize that I am not a medical expert in this in any way shape or form, but have been dealing with issues for several years, which seem to becoming more varied in the last few months. I am blessed to have friends that are also going through these things or have already gone through them that are sharing their experiences with me.

An older woman once told me that she took vitamin E when she was going through all of this and that she had very mild symptoms. Of course that is something that should be discussed with a doctor. My doctors have put me on vitamin E for some of my issues, and it seems to help some, and may be helping more than I realize.

Diet and exercise seem to help me feel better than I was a few years ago. Right now I seem to be having alot of urges to eat. Which I am not being so successful in battling. I am not exercising like a was a year ago either and I am trying to get back to doing it regularly. I know that helps my moods and my eating. For a while I was more toned than I ever remember being in my entire life. I have not lost all of that but can tell that things have changed since I am not being as regular in my daily exercise.

I would love to hear what the rest of you are doing to deal with these issues. I also am having a lot of break outs on my face. I think I have had more acne than when I was a teen. It is no fun even at 46.

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2/19/08 10:45 A

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I just read the posts on this discussion. I thought I was the only one in my 40's who was having trouble like this, everyone says I am too young for menopause and because my periods are regular that isn't what I am experiencing. I don't know what it is, but its nice to know I am not alone. I am 46, still very regular, however having hormonal episodes at very odd times of the month. Plus I seem to be gaining weight for no apparent reason. I don't know if its hormonal, age or what? But I have been to the dr. I have been on thyroid meds for years, so that was not the cause. They can't find anything wrong. I have felt for some time that hormones were a contributor. I get more cravings and urges to eat, there were days I couldn't stop eating! I have gotten it under control thanks to sparkpeople and some much needed self discipline. But I still am battling some very odd emotions and internal temperature changes. Plus my body seems to be changing form somewhat, which I find very disconcerting. I have never had a 'tummy' and now all of a sudden I have this little 'pooch'! From what I've read on here, I am NOT too young to be experiencing these things. Thank you for sharing and posting your experiences, please if anyone has suggestions on how to deal with these issues, bring it on!

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2/18/08 3:20 P

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One thing I love about this site is being able to share with others the things that we are going through. Talking may not make things change in and of it self, but it helps to know that others are dealing with the same issues. It helps to know that you aren't losing your mind.

I am glad that someone had the courage to bring this up so that we can discuss it and encourage each other to hang in there, even when we want to thow our hands up and quit.

Thank you team!

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2/17/08 6:43 P

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I know how you feel! Like things don't fit in your own head... you feel out of control and just plain lost and that the world is slightly off kilter! : ). Know that you are NOT alone!!

 
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2/17/08 6:41 P

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Hormones should be a four letter word! I had my ovaries removed almost two years ago (at 38 years old) and went straight into menopause! Yikes!! What a shock! I have had issues with my weight all my life, but menopause just made things soooo much worse! Have managed to pack on more weight since then that I just don't know what to do with myself. Not to mention the ups and downs that accompany 'the change', add the stress of weight gain and you have a recipe for disaster!! Thank God I have a WONDERFUL husband and my Christian faith to help ease the pain, but sometimes you simply need others who are in the same boat! Please know that I am there for whom ever needs me or words of advice. Love and best wishes to all : ).

 
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2/16/08 7:32 P

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Hey Everybody!
Thank God. I thought I was the only one out there dealing with similar issues (see my wildmiller1 post)
Everything is so intertwined: moodswings, depression,
thyroid function, estrogen levels.
The doctors don't look at the whole picture just the different parts. I feel like a Picasso painting. emoticon

 
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2/12/08 2:19 P

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I think when you hit your forties, if not before you have hormonal issues. I have always had mood swings and needed extra space as much as a couple of weeks before my cycle starts. As I have aged (I am 46), I have noticed changes in everything, especially in the last year.

Hormones for me, caused another whole set of problems, so I went off of them. Since I have been losing weight, exercising and drinking more water, I have felt better. This winter I have been waking up, burning up, and then later I am so cold. From what people tell me that is most likely my hormones.

Recently I was talking with a lady that is close to my age and dealing with weight issues and hormone issues. She said that we still have control of what we eat. What we need to do when those urges hit, is to refocus on something else other than food. I am spending a lot of time working on things that involve my hands and that I don't want to get food on, so that helps me at times. Exercise and moving helps even more.


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2/5/08 9:00 A

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Hello Everyone,

This is my first post as I am new to SP, but this struck a nerve. I'm 43 and am going through many of the same things you are all talking about. The other day, I actually used the "F" word in front of my 13 year old, which is so out of character for me (he thought it was funny that "I was such a spaz".) Anyway, the irritability is out of control. Five years ago I was diagnosed with ADD (Oh! that's what the problem is). I was put on medication for it and it worked great until recently. I then found out that menopause (perimenopause) can have a significant affect on those with ADD due to the fluctuation in estrogen. At first I was diagnosed as being depressed, but when I talked to my doctor about it, she looked into it further and found some great information on ADD and menopause. Exercise and diet has helped tremendously and if I don't exercise or start eating junk, I go right off the deep end. This in itself is a huge incentive to stay on track.

P.S. The football field below is kind of ironic. I'm a New Englander and it's been a sad couple of days up here after the Patriots upset. (All the girls still love Tom Brady)

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1/24/08 2:50 P

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I am 47 and periods have been increasingly more irregulare for the past 2 or 3 years.
This year has been the worst...in May it lasted 28 days & I had to take a hormone to get it stopped. Then I had a regular period in July but none in Aug. & in Sept had to take a hormone to get it started. I had all kinds of tests but nothing was wrong just menopause. This year I also started having migraines either during or right before periods. I have mood swings that are mostly bouts of crying rather than being a witch. (I'm sure my family is somewhat grateful for that! lol)
Now I am on birth control pills which have helped quite a bit. The periods are still not what they once were but are far more predictable and manageable. And my hot flashes & night sweats are wayyy better too.
Between the menopause issues and my college-age children, I am totally an emotional eater.
I'm happy to chat with anyone here who'd like another friend & support from a fellow meno-er.

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I am 42 and having all kinds of problems. It started when I was around 37. I started getting bad periods and nosebleeds. My doctor put me on birth control to get my periods under control. Now the periods are better but some months they are less than others, just crazy. And I am real emoional that week and I get migraines sometimes the week before and during. I notice when I do my walking it helps.

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YES! I'm finding the older I get the shorter the period but the week before, I get set off by the littliest things! It's so frustrating! I'm just hoping that it will go away when menapause sets in and not become a constant! emoticon

 
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I have my mood swings, especially the time of the curse starts to come, which I hate,I don't want anybody near me, I get bad migraines,and the curse isn't anymore it used to be but now that I'am 41 its not.

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I'm 45, probably haven't had normal cycles for the last 7 or 8 years. My mood swings were out of control for a while (just talk to my family) but in the last couple of years have gotten much better. Exercise and losing weight does make a big difference! But it all seems to take time. It will get better with work though!

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"My question is is there anybody out there that gets a regular period but has ups and downs during the month???"

I think we all do - 'cept Scotty LOL. I have found the best thing I can do for my mood swings is to move more. Rather than reach for food, I put my tennis shoes on and just start walking on my treadmill. Sometimes I'm only walking for a few minutes and sometimes I walk for 45, but I always feel better when I'm done. Just the fact that I can pat myself on the back for doing something constructive is a huge mood lifter for me. Also helps me deal with the stress as well.

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Hi everyone. I am new to this team. I have been struggling with my weight forever but it seems it has been the worse since I turned 40. I am 41. I have two sons that are 8 and 4. I am a stay at home Mom and am at my highest weight and am just miserable physically and emotionally. The worse is the fatigue,mood swings and achyness. I know this is a direct result of my weight but every time I take a step in the right direction after a few days I start sliding down again either from fatigue or cravings or my mood. I am also hypothyroid which seems to be under control and I have a history of depression which I take meds for. My question is is there anybody out there that gets a regular period but has ups and downs during the month??? Could this be a hormonal thing? and is it worth seeing an MD about??? My endo has changed my thyroid meds many times but I am actually worse!!!!! Just wondering. Thanks and glad to be here

 
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