35 Symptoms of Perimenopause

by Magnolia on September 5, 2014

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When I was in the midst of the worst of my perimenopause symptoms, I had one over-riding thought:

“I’m going crazy”

Yes, I had hot flashes, night sweats, irregular periods and those gawdawful mood-swings. But without question, the underlying and most compelling emotion was that I was certain I was finally going nuts. In fact, it was my anxiety and emotional turmoil that drove me to begin blogging about perimenopause in the first place.

Like most women, I needed to talk through my anxiety and emotional angst so that I could sort through the feelings and make some sense out of what was happening to me. Perhaps that is what has brought you here as well. Maybe you’re feeling crazy too, vulnerable, not yourself, and hanging on by a very thin thread. So, before I go any further, let me say very plainly – I understand, and you are not going crazy.

It’s difficult to explain to others who have not been through it, what perimenopause feels like. It’s especially difficult to explain to our husbands who can’t begin to understand or even remotely connect to the female experience. Not only is this frustrating but it can add to the feelings of isolation and vulnerability.

The symptoms and signs of perimenopause are long and varied. You may have many or a few. There is no typical perimenopausal experience, though most women seem to have hot flashes, night sweats, irregular periods and mood-swings. In fact, these four symptoms are usually what signals to women that they are in perimenopause – which, by the way are similar to Yaz birth control side effects, which you can learn about at DrugNews.

As of right now, most experts, health care providers and those devoted to understanding and helping women in perimenopause agree there are at least 35 symptoms of perimenopause. It’s not necessarily a comprehensive list but it’s certainly a good starting point.

If you have any of these symptoms and feel you may be in perimenopause see a physician or health care provider right away. The good news is we have plenty of options. Just do something. There is no reason to suffer with perimenopause if we don’t have to.

35 Symptoms of Perimenopause

  • Hot flashes, flushes, night sweats and/or cold flashes, clammy feeling
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings, sudden tears
  • Trouble sleeping through the night (with or without night sweats)
  • Irregular periods; shorter, lighter periods; heavier periods, flooding; phantom periods, shorter cycles, longer cycles
  • Loss of libido
  • Dry vagina
  • Crashing fatigue
  • Anxiety, feeling ill at ease
  • Feelings of dread, apprehension, doom
  • Difficulty concentrating, disorientation, mental confusion
  • Disturbing memory lapses
  • Incontinence, especially upon sneezing, laughing; urge incontinence
  • Itchy, crawly skin
  • Aching, sore joints, muscles and tendons
  • Increased tension in muscles
  • Breast tenderness
  • Headache change: increase or decrease
  • Gastrointestinal distress, indigestion, flatulence, gas pain, nausea
  • Sudden bouts of bloat
  • Depression
  • Exacerbation of existing conditions
  • Increase in allergies
  • Weight gain
  • Hair loss or thinning, head, pubic, or whole body; increase in facial hair
  • Dizziness, vertigo, light-headedness, episodes of loss of balance
  • Changes in body odor
  • Electric shock sensation under the skin and in the head
  • Tingling in the extremities
  • Gum problems, increased bleeding
  • Burning tongue, burning roof of mouth, bad taste in mouth, change in breath odor
  • Osteoporosis (after several years)
  • Changes in fingernails: softer, crack or break easier
  • Tinnitus: ringing in ears, bells, ‘whooshing,’ buzzing etc.
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Theresa Cady January 15, 2015 at 11:25 am

What about an increase in sexual drive? I am 49 and am experiencing hot flashes, insomnia, light and irregular periods, and an increase in sexual desire. Is this part of perimenapause? Thanks

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Mona January 29, 2015 at 10:16 am

I am experiencing almost every single symptom listed above, plus about a dozen more. My libido has increased significantly the past year, not complaining ;) I am expecting it to go in the other direction any time now, but youre not alone!

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leigh January 17, 2015 at 12:31 am

I am 39 yrs old and have most of these symptoms but now I cant stand the smell of certain things that didn’t used to bother me is that normal

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Magnolia January 17, 2015 at 11:28 am

Leigh,

It is very common for women to have issues with smell tolerances with hormonal changes. During all three of my pregnancies, I found I couldn’t tolerate certain things that prior to my pregnancy I just loved. Like the smell of a certain perfume, or the smell of coffee. Once my hormones stabilized, it all went away.

I personally didn’t experience this during perimenopause, however, but that is not to say that it’s out of the realm of possibility. ANYTHING is possible when your hormones are rocketing all over the place. Given that I experienced a similar issue during my hormone filled pregnancies, I would not be the least bit surprised that you are experiencing it in perimenopause.

Magnolia

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leigh January 18, 2015 at 7:06 pm

Is there anything out there to help with my lack of sexual desire

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angela January 27, 2015 at 7:12 pm

Is anyone having heart papiltaion frequently! It’s really irritating!

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Gail January 27, 2015 at 8:45 pm

Angela, I certainly am! They come in fast flutters then disappear. I hate it! I also have horrible anger that wells up in me for no reason and my ears get blood red, then I start to itch all over. I keep thinking peri menopause with all my symptoms, but no hot flashes or night sweats – just insomnia.

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Sandra February 1, 2015 at 3:33 pm

I’m having heart flutters too. I exercise and wear a heart rate monitor. It jumps high when I have these. That’s what lead me to this site to see if it’s a symptom. So far in 2 weeks it’s happened about 4 days.

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Karen February 1, 2015 at 8:12 pm

I’m 36yrs old and can’t stand to have sex anymore with the man I’m deeply in love with because it’s too painful so I’m with you on that. If you found out anything please let me know. Thanks

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Magnolia February 2, 2015 at 8:34 am

Karen,

If you will search my posts on Loss of Libido, you will find some information I’ve posted in the comment section to other readers. You don’t *have* to stop having sex in perimenopause if you do not want to. You can supplement with hormones and it really does help.

Magnolia

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Barbie February 23, 2015 at 10:21 pm

Leigh,

I don’t have this problem but, Progensa 20 Progesterone Cream should help its my Allvia. You have to use it exactly correct though. Depending on how your cycles run. You start with one squirt “its a pre measured pump” a day starting 2 weeks BEFORE you expect your period. Use it for 14 days by day 15 you should start your period. This puts the Women depleted in Progesterone back on track! I know of Progensa though there are ALL kinds of progesterone cream. Just make sure its a good brand. Not sure where in this lovely world you are but in the UK you can find “Wray Whyte.” Google her name she is an expert on Progesterone cream you can go to her site take a quiz ask her a question she will respond to your question. Below is a link, she is AMAZING. Wray helped me with a lot of questions when this all started happening! Anyone on this site with any questions on Perimenopause needs to go to this site. She IS well versed/educated on this subject, ask her anything you want!
http://www.progesteronetherapy.com/natural-progesterone.html#axzz3Sd3drk95

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tania February 5, 2015 at 9:58 am

I am 39 years old and been suffering for the last year with terrible symptoms. I have most of the above symptoms. the tingling is so extreme i feel it while i sleep. I also get occasional shaking in my head. Alot of what i feel is in my head. For the past 2 months i felt normal and suddenly these symptoms are back again. I even had 2 MRI scans, all clear, hormone tests, all clear, thyroid test, all clear. I also prefer natural products. Any products out there that you know will help??????I take primrose oil and my multi vitamin religiously, a bit of relieve but still feel a bit crazy.

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JoAnn Holmes February 24, 2015 at 11:56 am

Tania,

I have been working with my Healing Hands Lady (accupressure and energy healing) she has me on Magnesium, Vit B, Vit C, Vit d, Vit D, Fish Oil it has only been about a month with these symptoms so just starting the process but she said it worked for her.

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Kristen February 8, 2015 at 3:25 am

Hi….I just woke up again after sleeping for about 3 hrs. Lately I have been experiencing insomnia and fatigue. For the last four months I have had what seems to be a monthly episode where I wake up dizzy, nauseous, sweating, heart beating rapidly, and shallow breathing. I am extremely emotional for the last 2 days and have some breast tenderness. I am very certain that I am suffering from perimenopause. I am 43 years old. Is there anything out there to help minimize these symptoms? Would you suggest making an appointment with my GYN? Any advice is appreciated.
Kristen

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Barbie February 22, 2015 at 8:59 pm

HI Kristen
After reading your post, it seems to the TEE exactly my post 4 months AFTER my 45th Birthday. I feel for you! I am now 51. My VERY first terrifying symptom was Rapid Heart beat. SO SO Scary. If you get anxious it makes it way worse. I did get anxious, the Rapid heart beat lasted at least 45 minutes. If I tried to sit up, I would get very lightheaded as well. This made me afraid to go to bed at night, as it only happened at night! It did FINALLY STOP but I did have a few episodes in the day time. No pain, just a VERY fast heart beat & terror!! The rapid heart beat does slow up. But once YOU realize what it is, you also do not let it get to you as it did the first time, which is BY FAR the worst! Just to let you know this IS normal for a lot of Women!!! Its not easy to say don’t worry about it because its not something that has happened before and your afraid of it happening again. I was afraid to leave the house alone, I really was. Not sure if you get the skipped beats I do and have since I was in my mid to late 30’s. BUT NEVER the RHB until after my 45th birthday!
Now, 6 years later, I still have these issues, Dizziness, lightheaded, off balanced, the last episode I was VERY nauseated. Then my heart started beating fast, “thinking am I having a heart attack?” This off balance feeling lasted “this time” from 3:30 AM until 10:30 Am, NOT FUN! (This seems SO unfair) this just happened 1 month ago today. I prayed it wouldn’t happen today so far so good (*:*) The only thing I do not get is Sweating, but I do shiver as if I am cold. Shallow breathing comes from Fear, that alone makes us hyperventilate, causing dizziness. But when we are scared who is watching how they breathe, we just want to make sure we are…
The ONLY thing that will minimize symptoms is, well at least for me, we are ALL different! Is… B100 Complex which has all the B vitamins you need, In high dosages, which is great WE need them in high dosages to help us through the loss of our hormones! I also take 4 Excellent grade fish oil pills ‘when you purchase them MAKE sure they have 1200 mg of Omega 3, it may say so on front but make sure you read the back. That’s where you will find EXACTLY what’s in them. I take 2000-4000 mg natural Vitamin C, 400 IU vitamin E, make sure they are NATURAL! The D’Alfa are not! Mixed tocopherols are the best, 400 MCG Selenium “make sure they are yeast based” it will say on the back once you open them you will smell yeast strongly. I did also find some really good Gummy vitamins at Walmart believe it or not, they are called Womens ALIVE, they taste great and you get everything you need. The only thing I do not like “which I wrote the Co. about they contain Folic Acid, which isn’t natural, I asked them WHY they are not using Folate which is natural everything thing else is great!~ When I take my gummies I do NOT take the B100’s but I also include 2000 mcg of B12. So far so good. Just in case you are wondering I haven’t missed a cycle YET. They are coming a little sooner by a few days and lasting a little less. I never have heavy cycles which I really believe is because I have NEVER given birth OR been pregnant. ALL of my friends that have had Children have heavy periods some twice a month. MY Naturopath Doctor told ME, the reason for heavy periods are Women carrying babies “though its natural” is hard on the uterine wall and it cracks and blood settles in the cracks causing heavy flowing. Makes sense to me.
My advice on Doctors, get you a Natropath doctor in your area. They NEVER try to push garbage that WILL harm you, only natural stuff that won’t. Good luck to you and write back if you want a response from me…. I personally do NOT trust doctors, I lost my Mother Father and 1 Sister from Medications Doctors forced them to take!

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Barbie February 22, 2015 at 9:03 pm

Kristen I personally wouldn’t make an appointment, MOST Doctors tell you the same ole thing, Rapid heart beat ISN’T caused by Perimenopause. I believe they say this just so they can scare us into a lot of UNNECESSARY tests. If we are all having so many similar symptoms you should know what it is! Besides the tests are not good for us. Then they will make you think you need there deadly meds, DON’T do it!. My mother always told us girls NEVER TAKE Birth control pills or HRT, which by the way are one of the same. It always amazes me when Women say they would never take HRT but they’ve used BC pills. Ive never used EITHER and I won’t!

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Rhonda February 8, 2015 at 12:42 pm

My biggest issue is a new allergy. In the past 2 years I have been tested for heart and lung issues, everything came back fine except I was diagnosed with asthma. I realized on my own, I am now allergic to dairy! Take away the dairy, no more chest pain, throat tightness, mouth pain or asthma symptoms. I used to have zero allergies. Now I feel like I am allergic to everything! Anyone else having this issue??

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krista February 9, 2015 at 11:49 pm

I use vitex its made from a berry called chasterberry. Its helped with my heavy flow cramps and irregularity. Its a natural hormone replacement. I am glad I am not alone on this journey

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Jeanette February 11, 2015 at 8:19 pm

Hi,
Lately I have noticed more and more that I am feeling extremely warm. Not only just at night while trying to sleep but during the day as well. I do at times wake up at night shivering. I cant seem to pinpoint why I would be so warm then all of a sudden be cold enough to shiver. I just read this article and I do have quite a few of the symptoms on the list. The itching being one of the ones that just about drives me mad. I also have nausea on a regular basis and gas..lol. Not my favorite. Increased breast tenderness and have a hard time sleeping at times as well. I am going to be turning 47 in the next couple of months, Is this the start of menopause? I have always been told that you follow around the same path as your grandmother and mother. My own mom was 47 when she went through it. I have never missed a period but do seem to be different, Last month I had 2 in one month. Is this normal?
Is there anything that I can do to lesson the symptoms or just have to deal with it as it comes? How long can I expect till I no longer get a period? Can that even be answered? As I know all women are different. It seems to make sense that what I am experiencing is the start of it all. What should I do? should I see my doctor?
Thanks

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Dee February 13, 2015 at 10:40 am

Ok, so here’s my story…..I’m turning 49 on Monday. I have been experiencing a terrible irregular heartbeat and I am on a holter monitor (happy birthday to me!! lol). I have a hard time sleeping at night, I toss and turn and watch my husband sleep peacefully. My periods are crazy…..I get them every 18 days or 35 days (I used to be every 28 days on the nose)…..so unpredictable and they are heavy, so heavy that i have become severely iron deficient, and I take prescription iron 2x a day, which moves me on to my stomach!! My stomach always bothers me, everything I eat causes bloat…..drinking water bloats me, starving myself bloats me, eating cake bloats me, starring out the window bloats me (is anybody understanding what i’m talking about???) I also get this shaky feeling inside my body, but the outside of my body is not shaking!! Its so weird!! I am becoming forgetful which really bothers me because usually I am the complete opposite. I’m also having long and short term memory loss!! I feel like a 90 year old! My husband jokes with me and tells me he can report me to the Lemon Law! (yea haha <<<very sarcastic tone) He has no clue what i feel like……I'm tired of hearing myself complain, but I cant help it!! My body is driving me crazy!! Is there anybody else that experiences any of this???? It's going on for 2 years already! The irregular heartbeat bothers me the most. I keep a bag packed in case I have to go to the hospital because that's how stressed it has me. Its not easy being a woman!

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sally February 18, 2015 at 11:49 pm

exactly the same as Dee (plus some) very helpful to read all these comment’s because I often thought maybe it was just me! . I can identify with Dee packing a bag for emergencies, it gets quite scary at times. Thank you so much for sharing these stories.

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Barbie February 22, 2015 at 9:19 pm

Dee its ALL part of it. Rapid heart beat, skipped beats, heart feels like it stops and starts again, I hate all of it! The worst for ME is Rapid Heart beat! I betcha the heart holter will find NOTHING, waste of money, its all normal. Read all over the internet. Google, Can perimenopause cause Rapid heart beat. You will read MILLIONS of Women like YOU and I complaining. Its scary and does make us think something is wrong with our hearts, I bet yours is fine too!
I do NOT agree with perimenopause/menopause following in our Mother/Grandmothers footsteps. My Mothers Mom stopped completely at age 37. ARE YOU SITTING DOWN, My Mother had her last period at age 63. Keep in mind my Mother had 9 Children….. My Mother also started her period at 14. I have NO children by choice, I started my period at age 15 I am 51 now and still have it every month. Its pretty regular, just comes a few days sooner. So not everyone follows a Maternal pattern!! I hope you NEVER have the rapid heart beat, that bag you have packed will be used, its that scary, BUT> it goes away, it really does…. Good luck! And Happy Birthday!

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LJ February 25, 2015 at 9:23 pm

Omg I’m 51 and I have the same exact thing except I haven’t had a period since last july and my husband thinks I need to see a shrink! I don’t even tell him things anymore tired of being made fun of! My whole body feels like its shaking on the inside also,I have had tests done and they all come back fine. I have just about everyone of the symptoms listed above.All I can say is hang in there,thats what I try to do everyday.There are days even weeks when I feel great and then it all starts and I feel like everyday something new is wrong with me and I hate it. I to get stressed when this all goes on and I will be like I need to go to the doctor or the emergency room, I will start crying and say to myself what is wrong with me. This has been the most confusing and frustrating time of my life,when does it get better???

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sarah February 13, 2015 at 11:51 am

I am 36 years old. I have been experiencing hot flashes, anxiety, heart palpitations, dizzy spells, insomnia and menstrual cycles every 8 to 10 days for the past 3 months. My doctor has suggested that I am pre menopausal and has put me on birth control. I was on depro for 1 year and came off of it last may. Any thoughts or suggestions would be great:) please help!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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marta February 15, 2015 at 1:16 pm

I am 52 I feel sick all the time nausea, like I’m on fire then bone chilling cold mood swings, forgetful, super depressed, migraines, back aches, stomach pain, gasses, cry for nothing, then hate life, joints hurt,happy one minute then wishing I wasn’t here, facial pain and so on. Feel crazy stupid!!!!!!!!!

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jewlie February 25, 2015 at 2:13 am

Marta and many others, I have all the symptoms. The anxiety and shaking and cold and feeling like I’m having a nervous breakdown is scaring me, too. I cry. I want this all to go away. Most people have a few symptoms…I have all 32 or so. I hate this. Been told to go on anti-anxiety/anti-depression meds and I’m contemplating it. I just want too feel better. I’m almost 48 and this has been going on for 2 years and getting worse. Any advice?

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Kara February 15, 2015 at 10:00 pm

This is me…the heart palpitations scare the crap out of me..the anxiety and mood swings are awful..I just want this to be over..the severe cramps and heavy periods..I almost can’t function…I almost consider calling in to work..which is crazy..I am hating this..I just want my life to be normal..hormones you suck!!

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Magnolia February 16, 2015 at 5:54 am

Kara,

Bioidentical progesterone will absolutely help with the heavy, flooding periods and blood clots. The heart palpitations could also be associated with thyroid dysfunction. Progesterone will also help with the anxiety and mood swings, and it will help you sleep as well.

If you can find a compounded formula that would be great. But, if not, Prometrium is a bioidentical, oral, micronized form that will do the trick. It is also covered by most insurance plans. I would highly recommend it. Your physician can write a prescription for it.

Magnolia

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Jeannie February 19, 2015 at 10:36 am

Hello ladies were all in this together. Im 44 and have had the weirdest symptoms of my life the last year and its getting so very worse. I have severe hot cold swing and nausea that wont quit so I have no appetite and am loosing weight. I dont feel like myself at all. I find myself so anxiously worrying about everything I can think of. I absolutely ITCH everywhere. Im totally nuclear angry over stupid stuff. I just found fordyce spots on my labia but I also have other gland problems in my saliva glands and my eye ducts. My heart jumps all the time at first I thought I was having a heart attack so very scary. I have never had problems sleeping but now especially with the anxiety I toss and turn most of the night with no real rest. So not fair being a woman sometimes.

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Emalie February 21, 2015 at 1:07 pm

Hi,
Yep, I’m there. I’m pretty crazy.
My face spasms and I have olfactory hallucinations. Anyone smelling burnt toast or burning plastic?
Thank you so much for the article. I am going to be 40, had a partial hysterectomy 2 yrs ago in April.
So many things I can’t put them down.
Also, I’m malnourished, even though I do eat well. I’m not absorbing calcium, potassium, you name it. I’ve been having stomach issues galore.
Sometimes I will say a phrase and not know I said anything. I don’t hear it, or have any memory of it. I am following up with a neurologist AGAIN.
Thank you again.
Hang in there ladies.
I am.

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Leigh S. February 22, 2015 at 5:52 pm

I am 42 and for the past 6 months I have been feeling dizzy and nauseous. I am having hot flashes at night and wake up at least 1-2 times at night and it could take up to an hour to fall back asleep. I have some hot flashes during the day where my face and ears will get very hot and then I will feel cold. For me being dizzy and nauseous off and on all day is the worst. I saw my GYN and she is not quite convinced that I am in peri-menopause, but I really feel this is my issue. Anyone know of any natural/homeopathic remedies that have worked? Has anyone tried acupuncture?

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Barbie February 22, 2015 at 9:28 pm

Leigh

Typical answer from a Doctor! ALL OF YOUR SYMPTOMS are definitely Perimenopause. I’ve had Rapid heart beat, Dizziness, off balance feelings, nausea, anxiety, you name it, its ALL part of this stuff Called Perimenopause.. I copied and paste my reply to Kristen above, here it is, works for me try to take 4 Excellent grade fish oil pills ‘when you purchase them MAKE sure they have 1200 mg of Omega 3, it may say so on front but make sure you read the back. That’s where you will find EXACTLY what’s in them. I take 2000-4000 mg natural Vitamin C, 400 IU vitamin E, make sure they are NATURAL! The D’Alfa are not! Mixed tocopherols are the best, 400 MCG Selenium “make sure they are yeast based” it will say on the back once you open them you will smell yeast strongly. I did also find some really good Gummy vitamins at Walmart believe it or not, they are called Womens ALIVE, they taste great and you get everything you need. The only thing I do not like “which I wrote the Co. about they contain Folic Acid, which isn’t natural, I asked them WHY they are not using Folate which is natural everything thing else is great!~ When I take my gummies I do NOT take the B100’s but I also include 2000 mcg of B12.

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Barbie February 22, 2015 at 9:48 pm

Kristen, Dee & Leigh,

A few things that also help me is NO COFFEE, NO SUGAR of any kind, which is tough, I do sneak candy here and there lol! IF I drink Coffee I have TERRIBLE ANXIETY, I feel racy, anxious, off kilter, you name it. Once in a great while I will share a coffee morning with my husband whom I love with all my heart. I do not like Coffee black only a large mug half full with the rest Chocolate Almond Milk, its SO good! But if I drink too much I pay for it later in the day!

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Lisa February 23, 2015 at 10:26 am

Barbie:

I appreciate your post so much and all of the vitamin advice. The heart and anxiety stuff is making me crazy (the doctor thinks I’m crazy). I am also finding that a cup of coffee (which I love) makes me extremely anxious. I just keep thinking that I have some disease or that a heart attack is imminent and I am afraid to go anywhere. It’s hard to always feel like there is something wrong. I also find it incredibly discouraging that my doctor will not even entertain the idea of perimenopause. This site is the only thing that keeps me sane. Thank you again!

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Barbie February 23, 2015 at 1:04 pm

Lisa

YOU are SO VERY WELCOME, its NOT nice to have these debilitating symptoms but, it is nice to know YOU are NOT alone. Ah phooey on Doctors, that’s my thought. IF they can’t fix it with pills they don’t like YOU bothering them! Truly!!! You’re NOT crazy, not sure your age “since doctors do not attribute your symptoms to Perimenopause” but, Coffee does make symptoms MUCH MUCH WORSE. I can eat chocolate, which I love without too much anxiety unless I over indulge. Tea doesn’t bother me, Coffee, forget it, its totally OFF LIMITS! It’s not worth it and I really don’t love Coffee I love the Silk dark chocolate Almond milk MORE, which is what I put in my 1/2 C of coffee. I decided with my last episode, I will NEVER drink Coffee again. Its been a month and I don’t look back!~ Don’t fear heart attacks unless you have other conditions and are on medications which only you know. If you have normal blood pressure and its just Coffee that sets you off, know that and don’t drink it! I totally understand your fear of going anywhere. It is quite terrifying but YOU ARE NOT ALONE! My advice is stop going to doctors accept it. Spend your money of Vitamins! It will not go away until Mother Nature sings..
Enjoy your day and glad my post helped someone. B VITAMINS are a MUST, and if you’re worried about your heart buy the Omega 3’s I buy, they are heart savers… The exact brand it Natures bounty odorless double strength fish oil 2400 mg 1200 mg of Omega 3 twice the potency of EPA/DHA, 90 coated soft gels..

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Barbie February 23, 2015 at 1:09 pm

Lisa
Another something I forgot to add after re reading your post. Why are you so discouraged that your doctor will not entertain the idea of perimenopause? Reading everyone’s posts should re assure you enough. Besides WHO wants all of the harmful tests they want to charge you for to run, knowing your Perimenopausal? I understand going to the doctor when things like this first start to happen. Especially since my Mother NEVER talked to me about the symptoms, we had to learn on our own. I guess, she didn’t want to worry me? Good luck to you, you’ll be fine!~!

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Leigh S. February 23, 2015 at 1:14 pm

Yes. Thank you for your input. It helps so much to hear other women having the same issues. My GYN is a female and I was,surprised that when I suggested peri-menopause she didn’t think that was it. So frustrating to not know what is going on. I am going to try the vitamins. The gummies are the best for me as I cannot take regular vitamins. I am fortunate that I do not have the anxiety and can still have my one cup of coffee in the morning. I have been more emotional lately and am prone to headaches/migraines.

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Barbie February 23, 2015 at 1:38 pm

Is your Gynecologist over age 50. If not that’s why she doesn’t get it. Though I find more and more of my friends in there late 30’s are having issues already. I feel anywhere from 35-45 is the beginning of the symptoms from people I know. Glad you don’t have anxiety hopefully you will never get it, as I never had it either until my first episode when I turned 45. NOT FUN! Its all part of our hormones leaving our bodies, we can’t control it only keep our CORRECT Vitamin intakes up!
OH poor you, I recently at 51 started with migraines OMG, I didn’t realize you can have migraines without headaches. You can just have off balance feelings/dizziness/ stomach ache, etc. FUN stuff I know.. Enjoy your day. The Gummies are great! The exact ones I take are “Natures Way” ALIVE Women’s Gummy Vitamins 26 fruits & Vegetables supports bones/skin/nails. 60 gummies total. Take 2 a day, and they are good! (*:*) the bottle is plastic dark purple with a purple lid bright yellow label with ALIVE in black. They are also on Amazon.com

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Barbie February 23, 2015 at 1:41 pm
Debbie February 23, 2015 at 9:55 am

Hi i’m 47 and I would say I have been having symptoms for about a year, palpitations, hot flashes and red splodges particularly on my neck and chest. Just recently I felt like I’ve been going crazy though, tears at the slightest thing, i’m paranoid that my husband is having an affair and going to leave me. My mind feels like its going to explode with all the thoughts inside. Also waking in the night, some sweats but not regular. I am on the mini pill, but I sometimes go for three months with no period then I am so heavy I have to constantly change and the last one lasted for two weeks, much to my husbands dismay. My sex drive is through the roof I want it constantly which my husband loves lol. So finding this site and hearing all what you are saying has given me the most amazing relief I really thought I was going mad. Any advise on what to take to help my symptoms would be really appreciated.

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Barbie February 27, 2015 at 8:42 pm

HI Debbie,
You sound overwhelmed…which good ole’ perimenopause can cause. Don’t let your hormones make you not trust your husband.
Being on a Mini pill is not a good thing, its just like HRT, mini or not, they both have terrible side effects… Be careful! With heavy periods you should be taking B100 Complex vitamins and addition Vitamin B12 up to 3000 mcg. SO good for you especially with heavy periods… I would be SURE and get a great Womans one a day “ALIVE gummies are great…. Also Omega 3 fish oil, make sure the back reads that is DOES have 1200 MG of OMEGA 3 fish oil, don’t be fooled by the front of the bottle. Vitamin E 400-800 mixed tocopherols a day. Selenium IF not in your multi vitamin, Vitamin C 1000-4000 daily, So many amazing Vitamins/Minerals out there. The only thing I do not like about the ALIVE Women’s one a day they contain folic acid which is synthetic form of Folate Acid thats what we NEED!
This is a downer in life isn’t it, my Mother NEVER told me about “perimenopause” gosh I couldn’t get her to tell me about why I had a period in the first place… LOL Good luck!

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Leigh S. February 23, 2015 at 1:20 pm

Barbie

Right! I actually just had blood drawn today to check hormone levels. My GYN was confused with my nausea and was starting to suggest to go to a GI doc and I might possibly have to have an endoscopy! Really?? I also wasn’t sure if it was my allergies because of the dizziness, but looking at the list above peri-menopause can aggravate allergies so I started a little stronger OTC allergy med.

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Barbie February 23, 2015 at 1:50 pm

Leigh
You see what I am saying, they ALWAYS want to send us for tests NO THANK YOU! Don’t let that scare you. I cannot tell anyone what to do but, tests NO THANK YOU! Yes allergies can cause dizziness/lightheaded/ feelings but that is so much a perimenopausal thing for me. Yes allergies do get worse with perimenopause. Not sure you ever get pain on one side of you head that goes through your ears, cheekbones, eyes. eyebrow bone forehead, I do. Its all part of it, I am a firm believer! Now I am NOT a fan of medication but can tell you if you want something natural for your allergies try Bromelain 500 mg 1-2 times a day. All bromelain is, is pineapple stem ground up. If you can tolerate pineapples this is great. NO SIDE EFFECTS all natural, doesn’t harm our kidneys like OTC Allergy medication. You can find Bromelain in any health food store OR on Amazon.com The way you take it for allergies OR any inflammation is on an empty stomach do not eat for at least 1 hour after taking it. If you are taking it for indigestion problems you take it with food as it helps with digestion, its a miracle worker, trust me. My husband has the worst allergies/sinuses ever, he takes this a lot! When he first started taking them he took 6 at a time to get it into his system, “it won’t hurt you” can’t feel anything just makes your clearer…

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Barbie February 23, 2015 at 1:54 pm

Leigh forgot to mention, sorry I am in a hurry, blood tests can’t help you, hormones are up and down until menopause. It seems all of us first try the blood tests thinking the doctor will confirm perimenopause, NOPE, the only thing doctors tell us is “your hormone levers are normal” what they don’t tell you is “normal for perimenopause Women” how I always catch the doctor is by saying “oh so my hormones are that of a 20 year old, then they say NO, then my reply is so my hormones ARE low, thank you Doctor…

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Barbie February 23, 2015 at 1:56 pm

Leigh hopefully this link works, there are all brands of Bromelain. The higher the GDU label the better for digestion, if this isn’t your issue you do not need a high GDUhttp://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/511%2BhtsXKHL._AA160_.jpg

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Leigh S. February 23, 2015 at 3:25 pm

I do also tend to have IBS issues which I think has gotten worse as of have gotten older. I got the Women’s Alive Gummies, thank you! I will look into the Bromelain. Thanks for the heads up regarding the results of the hormone levels. I am sure she will also come back saying they are normal. Thanks again!

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Barbie February 23, 2015 at 4:29 pm

Leigh, I am SO glad you got the gummies, they are SO GOOD, just don’t take more then 2 a day LOL! I also take a B12 1000-2000 MCG daily, makes a huge difference!! Give it a few days, you will see a difference, please keep me updated!

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Leigh S. February 23, 2015 at 7:52 pm

The gummies that I got sat that a dose is two day. I just started today. Thanks!

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Leigh S. February 23, 2015 at 7:55 pm

Barbie

How long until you felt the symptoms go away and you started feeling “normal” again?

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Barbie February 23, 2015 at 10:11 pm

Leigh
Yes sounds like the same gummies. 2 a day.. Did you like the taste of them? They are Super easy on the stomach, take them on an empty stomach the will not bother you..

I would say it took a few days to start feeling more energetic. It depends on how depleted you are. You WILL notice a difference once you start taking them. I don’t think we ever will feel NORMAL again until its all over! But, they do make a big improvement on your health. B Vitamins are so good for our nervous system, which B vitamins are normally LOW on perimenopausal Women. Let me know how soon you can actually feel the difference, I had to get back on here to see if you tried the Vitamins and Responded to me, have a great night, not sure what state you are in? But our times on the post are the same?

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Leigh S. February 23, 2015 at 11:43 pm

I thought the gummies tasted good. I just ordered the bromelain from Amazon. Will have to get B12. I will keep you posted. I am in California. Thank you! Have a good night.

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Barbie February 24, 2015 at 12:32 pm

Leigh, that’s where I am too. Go to google and google Wray Whyte, she IS an EXPERT on peri & Menopause symptoms. I found her in the beginning of this mess while searching on the internet regarding my symptoms. I did add her link above but it says waiting moderation, I guess the site may not let me post it here? Hope they let me, Wray has helped a lot of people! When you type Wray Whyte into the google search you’ll see a lot of UTube posts by her scroll down the page and click on Natural Progesterone, that is where YOU will find WRAYS site. Once you find her site, go through the entire site I guarantee you will find your own symptoms. I refer a lot of Women to Wray’s site.. Wray has a questionnaire on the right side, fill it out and you can also email Wray with ANY questions, she will answer you.
Glad you like the taste of the Gummies that’s Important. Since you are also in Ca. wouldn’t that be something IF we lived close by, lol

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jewlie February 25, 2015 at 2:28 am

Are you guys near l.a., long beach, oc? I’m in southern California. This has been tough for me. My anxiety is bad. I get really cold and then hands shake and body shivers. Then that triggers anxiety. Ugh. I take nothing and am suffering. I feel like I’m going crazy and complaining all the time. My legs, muscles feel like lead.

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Barbie February 25, 2015 at 5:01 pm

Hi Jewlie
In the L.A. County. This mess is tough for everyone, that is why I am on here. Being that I’ve been dealing with this for 6 years I feel I can at least put someone’s mind at ease. Not sure your age OR how long you’ve been dealing with this. It is terrifying at times! I know about the Cold hands, and the Shivers, though not at the same time. Cold hands feet. I get shivers when my heart races “when its all over with.” Since you take nothing you should MAKE sure you take Vitamins, I list the ones that are VERY GOOD for us Women during this time of our lives. Since you legs feel like lead, make sure you exercise. I do, if I didn’t the anxiety would be WORSE. Exercise releases endorphin’s that would otherwise exasperate anxiety.

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JoAnn Holmes February 24, 2015 at 12:35 pm

I just want to thank everyone for their messages on this site, I have most of the symptons on the list and it has only been a short time but it can be scary, I am 52 a single mother of three (22. 20 and 12) the 20 year old is Autistic so goign thru this alone os so very scary, reading all of your notes helps be so much and makes me feel so not alone.

JoAnn

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Barbie February 25, 2015 at 5:03 pm

JoAnn I think we all have a lot of the symptoms, its awful isn’t it? Hang in there and take good care of your health!

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Leigh S. February 26, 2015 at 6:48 pm

So just got blood test results back and I may actually be in menopause!!!! Going to speak to my doctor tomorrow. Crazy!

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Barbie February 26, 2015 at 8:50 pm

Leigh,
Blood tests are so unreliable UNLESS you are post menopause, Perimenopause fluctuates SO much during our FUN transition. Now wouldn’t it be great once we get the blood work back all symptoms just poof disappear.
Are you noticing any good feelings from your gummies yet. I like these particular gummies. It’s nice not having to take additional Vitamin D3 its included, yeah!!
Good luck at your doctors tomorrow!

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Leigh S. February 26, 2015 at 10:17 pm

I know. I will see what my doctor thinks. At least there is confirmation that something is going on with my hormones and they didn’t just come back and say everything looked normal. It is interesting as since I have started the gummies I am not as starving hungry all the time. Not sure if it has anything to do with the vitamins or part of my other symptoms.

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Barbie February 27, 2015 at 1:56 am

HI Leigh
I decided to check to see if you responded. Glad you did. Sounds like the Vitamins are giving you some of what you were lacking. It will only get better. NOT ever symptom free but sure replenishes what we’ve lost. Happy to hear.
Have a good night!

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Marta February 27, 2015 at 9:36 am

I have been taking vivelle dot HRT for some time sine hysterectomy. At 42. Now I seem to be completely out of whack again. I have lost about 75 lbs. started to gain a few and night sweats feel like I got hit by a Mack Truck . What happened? Sex had become more frequent and now not I am so tired. It takes all my energy to get thru the day.

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Magnolia February 27, 2015 at 5:11 pm

Try balancing it with a bioidentical progesterone, Marta…..Prometrium is something your physician can write for you.

Magnolia

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Barbie February 27, 2015 at 5:05 pm

HI LADIES.
I found something on the internet for us Women who are dealing with “A LOT OF THE SYMPTOMS WE ALL SHARE” written by Dr. Andrew Weil, which is SO helpful to learn so I will type it here!
“What are signs of a Vitamin B12 deficiency……
*Fatigue, muscle weakness, shortness of breath, DIZZINESS, numbness, HEART PALPITATIONS, bleeding gums, mouth sores, NAUSEA, poor appetite, and diarrhea. A deficiency of B12 can produce pernicious anemia, which can lead to memory loss, confusion, and even dementia. They symptoms I capitalized were MY symptoms! If you want to read more on this try to put this link into your browser..
http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02810/facts-about-vitamins
I hope this helps some if not all of you! Keep in mind this is just ONE Vitamin, when we are in Perimenopause, we are deficient in A LOT more Vitamins…

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Magnolia February 27, 2015 at 5:11 pm

HI Barbie,

I love Dr. Weil! He’s wonderful. If you are interested in trying a good, non-GMO, organic product that is loaded with B vitamins and minerals. Try this….it’s called HCF “Happy Calm Focused” I’ve been using it for about 2 weeks and I absolutely love it. You can buy it here at Amazon

And here is a link to a post I did about it recently:

Thanks for commenting,
Magnolia

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Barbie February 27, 2015 at 6:59 pm

Magnolia

I’ve posted on here for you but haven’t heard back. So lovely to hear from you. Boy this Perimenopause IS the pits… about 8 days before my period I woke at 3ish AM felt off, got up to get water I got VERY light headed, it scared me as usual which made things way worse, I was lightheaded dizzy you name it, heart palps for several hours. I am now 51 maybe this is a sign my perimenopause is on its way to the end. I’ve read your story, you know what I mean about dizziness, OMG, terrible. Heart Palps are bad enough. Is it normal to feel off/dizzy like this for several hours. I had to lay walk around when I sat it was worse. I couldn’t lay down if I did the room would spin. I was also so anxious. How long does this last? I haven’t had an episode like that in several months, thank God they don’t come too often, I couldn’t take it!
I first started feeling Perimenopause when I turned 45 I woke to Rapid heart beat, had blood work done as all of us run out to do first thing. I was told low progesterone. So I was told to use Progensa20 by Allvia, I did for 2 months I didn’t notice too much difference until I ordered my 3rd bottle, within 3-5 minutes after applying it, my heart started to race, don’t know IF it was the cream “if so why didn’t that happen before the 3rd bottle” otherwise it was the change in ingredients. Which i checked the bottle over since I felt so racy. Sure enough new container and ingredients SO, needless to say I stopped using it! Its been 6 years since Progensa20. If you’re trying to rid palpitations, you sure don’t want to use anything to cause them.
When I had my blood work done at age 45 here is the results, can you explain what these numbers mean?
taken day 12-14 of my then 37 day cycle.
TSH 1.553 uIU/mL
Trioodothyronine, Free, Serum 3.4 pg/mL
T4 Free Direct1.28 ng/dL
Estradiol 131 pg/mL
Testosterone Free Direct 0.7 ng/mL
Progesterone 0.7 ng/mL
Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) Ab <10
Doctor told me my eggs were low, and progesterone was VERY low as well as Testosterone but, he didn't want to treat that because of already having sprouted a few chin hairs, lol.
I love your site and look so forward to your response. Thank you SO very much for letting me know about the Non GMO Organic product, I will look into it right away..

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Magnolia February 27, 2015 at 7:20 pm

Barbie,

I apologize that I don’t always answer the comments. I’m a full-time graduate student earning my master’s degree. I’m beginning to write my thesis and it’s a full time job all its own. After I finish that, next year, I’ll be looking around for a doctorate program, which will take me another couple of years.

I used to answer all of my comments as soon as I received them. But, I get so many now it’s just impossible to keep up with them all. I don’t know if you’ve found The Perimenopause Blog Facebook page, but you can find it here

Please feel free to join us there. There is always lots of conversation going on there too. Hopefully, when I get more organized, I’ll be able to answer comments more frequently. I’m also a single mom of three kids – 2 college age, and 1 high school – so that is a lot of work too.

Anyway, thank you for commenting. And please join us at Facebook.

Magnolia

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Barbie February 27, 2015 at 8:30 pm

Magnolia

I appreciate the invite BUT… I closed my FB permanently. I can’t stand facebook!!!
Congratulations on getting your Masters, I know you must be VERY busy and don’t expect you to answer on cue… If you can take a few minutes to give me your thoughts on my prior post above, I would most certainly appreciate it…
Thank you (*:*)

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Barbie February 28, 2015 at 12:16 am

HI Magnolia

I did like what the Vitamins contain all but “Folic Acid” Folate is what is natural as you know Folic Acid is synthetic. Not sure of that… I take ALIVE Womens 2 a day unfortunately they also have synthetic Folic Acid. I called the Company and asked if they are ever going to upgrade there vitamin to contain Folate and remove folic, we’ll see. I hope they do as the Vitamin believe it or not has A LOT of good vitamins in them. The best part is they’re gummies and taste really good. I have to keep telling myself they are vitamins I can only have 2 a day, lol

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Susane February 28, 2015 at 4:08 pm

Hi ladies, like most of you I to am suffering with this. Bur I want to ask you if anyone has noticed a change in your eye sight? It’s not all the time but is disturbing when it comes on. I have noticed that sometimes my vision will go blurry and sometimes its like looking at things in 3d. This of course does nothing for my anxiety. Please tell me I am not alone with this symptom. Is it just one more symptom they don’t tell us about or something more serious? My ophthalmologist says my eyes are fine and he can’t find anything wrong.

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