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8/9/14 11:28 P

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Hasn't been a post in this thread in 7 years, so, looks like it's TIME!!

Some of us have found out that things - health issues of various kinds- do NOT necessarily end at the TECHNICAL end of menopause.

Best thing I've found is to have your hormone levels tested by medical professionals who specialise in WOMEN'S HORMONE ISSUES.

Looking forward to reading other women's posts.

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2/25/07 4:50 P

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Sharon - yes but didn't happen often. Best thing is to weather it the best you can. Figure out what you usually crave during those bouts and find a lower calorie version and keep that around the house. The good news is, I found that the worst symptoms were just before it got better. Kind of like a tug-of-war. Your hormones are pulling back and forth, the harder they each "pull" the worst the symptoms. About the time you think they can't pull any harder, one side gives up, and "snap!" the pressure's off. You can try some of the natural supplements for menopause. Everyone's different and some work for one lady and not another. I did find that I had some relief by using a natural progesterone cream. Try a few things and see if one might help. But, it DOES pass and get better eventually. It's really NOT a permanent problem. Hang in there!

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2/24/07 7:30 P

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The year before my last period, I had irratic periods. I had mood swing, cravings, hot flashes, night sweats, etc. It's been almost 3 years since my last period and I still get the symptons. According to my doctor, all menopause means is the cessation of periods. The symptoms will eventually subside.


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2/24/07 4:46 P

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Lynn,
Thanks for your kind words and input. It's good to hear from others who have "gone before!" So, did you ever suffer from the 3-month long craving stint and if so, what did you do to "tame the lion?"
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2/24/07 3:20 P

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Sharon, you aren't crazy. I'm 57 and things are finally settling down a bit as I am now post-menopause. I found the same thing happened to me when I first hit peri-menopause and it is all a hormone thing. If you have any daughters, you may have noticed that about a year before they had their first monthly visitor, their moods swings were terrible, they craved candy and chocolate, all the signs of PMS except that they were NOT regular and/or didn't have a period yet. The hormones were going crazy but hadn't settled into a pattern. They call this time "Puberty." Well, when I first hit peri-menopause and started being irregular, I knicknamed this time in my life "ANTI-puberty." You hormones are going through much the same thing as they were when you were going through puberty, but in reverse. Your hormone levels haven't dropped enough to quit having periods, but aren't strong enough (at the right times and sequence) for you to start either. Best advise I can think of is to realize this will pass and be kind to yourself while your body is trying to figure out all these changes.
Hang in there!
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2/24/07 1:55 P

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I never was regular, until after my last child was born and that was as close I ever came, but I have noticed that about the time of that time of the month I crave chocolate. I have found it best to give into the crave, so I have sugar free chocolate on hand and I limit myself to very little and that way I will not feed the beast to much and the beast goes away quicker. I also have sugar free hard chocolate candies that makes the chocolate flavor last longer than a small candy bar.

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2/24/07 12:11 P

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2/24/07 11:53 A

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gotcha...that is one thing in my life that I will not miss. For you all..I am such a newbie on this computer and site..why do my replys haave the bly edit on the bottom..am I missing a step in this process??? HELP...janine

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2/24/07 11:50 A
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I was just told by my DH this morning that I must be in menopause because I got snappy with him. We laughed about it later....said I probably will get that way and already having hot sweats at night. I'll probably still get same craving as you every month also. Just glad my monthly is over with!! YEA!

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2/24/07 11:42 A

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In your case..I would hide that bag after you free the 4 kisses! LOL..It really did work well for me and after several months it was like a game..I felt the need to have a few of those kisses left over each night. I am done with meno but still continue the "kiss game". When I turned fifty my present to myself was to enjoy a piece of chocolate every day and in 9 years..even when not feeling good..I have done it..and it is getting easier to just eat that one because I know that I will have another one waiting for me tomorrow..mind games but working for me! That is what is good about this site..sharing and laughing at ourselves and together...travel on. janine

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2/24/07 11:15 A

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Wind is blowing like mad and we're supposed to have blizzardish conditions real soon here too. Just in time, we were starting to see ground here in Colorado. So far peri-menopause has been managable. I do have mild hot flashes during the night; the bad news is they do wake me up and then sometimes my mind starts to think (wished it would do that more often during the actual AM hours, LOL) and I can't go back to sleep. Other than that, it's just the cravings so I'm looking for a way to keep that at bay. I'm gonna try your "Kiss" method....being an extremist as I am though, I hope I don't devour the whole bag in one sitting...wish me luck!
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I haven't really joined your circle but read most of your messages so feeling like I know all of the 50+ bunch. I will get around to an introduction soon. I am 59 and coming out of the menopause stage..finally! I sailed through it pretty good. I had light hot flashes and they were abit uncomfy but manageable. I also had the craving about the time of my reg cycle..they were unrelentless and I fell victim to the pantry god more than once. I have always been a choc lover so not real earth breaking news! I relied mostly on the little flavored hershey kisses..they have about 23 calories each and they can count up fast if you go hog wild but I would set out 4 of them and just knowing they were there and I had given myself permission to eat them..kind of helped the desire..sometimes at the end of the day..there might even be 1 or 2 left! I just put one in my mouth and let it melt away..it seemed to help..I called them my meno pills! Silly..but what ever works for you is OK..just sharing and letting you know that you will find the end of the rainbow again. Pleasant days, cool sleeping nights and retire the dragon lady for good! I never took any hormones because I will do anything not to take meds and after discussions with my Dr...she agreed that we would let nature take it's course unless I cried uncle. Here is another subject...menopause acne. I never had it as a teen but battled it for 2 years..awful..so I ordered proactiv..my girls used it in HS..it took a month but it worked great and now Makeup is for enhancement not cover up!Hope this helps..have a great day..later...janine in SD..that is not San Diego...snowing here in the Dakotas today!

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2/24/07 10:26 A

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Sorry cant help my body just went straight into the menopause with only hot flushes.
I never even noticed it had happened for a couple of months.

I never had a real cycle. Ether had a monthly visitor or not just carried protection all the time.
Mind you I still get food some times


 
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Okay all, just was wondering if I'm imagining things or if the following scenario is actually a true phenomenon of perimenopause. It seems that on those months when my body decides my monthly visitor is not going to show, I still get ravenously hungry, especially for something gooey and chocolatey, about a week before the date it's supposed to arrive, but when it doesn't come, the cravings don't disappear like they used to...they just keep on coming until I finally do start my period...which has been as long as three months! Since my mom died when she was only 42 and my only female aunt had to have a hystorectomy early on, I don't really have any family history to resort to; so I'm asking all of my 50+ friends to help me out on this one. And if anyone out there does experience this as well, could you please tell me how you overcome it. I've tried not having anything in the house, but you'd be amazed at the concocktions a person can make out of simple pantry items that were not intended to be used in that manner! emoticon I'll be anxiously awaiting replies...hopefully without a bowl of lower fat peanut butter with caramel ice cream topping and chocolate baking chips melting into it in one hand and a large spoon in the other!
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