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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lola March 3, 2015 at 12:48 am

I’m experiencing many of these symptoms…but I’m only 22 and on the pill, and like you guys my sex drive has also increased…I’ve had anxiety for a long time but its become just crushing lately (not helped by this suspicion), I’m so so worried. I talked to my GP but she kind of just blew me off and said it was my anxiety..but I literally have most of these symptoms, how could it all be anxiety?? I hope someone can help me. I’m so confused. Should I go off the pill to check my periods? I’m having a really difficult time trying to figure this out…I’m so young..

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Clairity March 24, 2015 at 10:16 am

Theresa I have the same increase in sex drive with addition to my face and neck feeling like it goes on fire around 6 to 7 AM every day for about 2 weeks now. I feel like I have a massive sunburn on my face but only a slight blushing is all that is noticeable.

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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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Michelle March 13, 2015 at 8:28 pm

Yes hello I am and it’s driving me mad, to the point that I think I am going to die of a heart attack any minute. It is making me very depressed and I can’t find anyone to talk to about it. Makes me weepy most days recently.

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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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Ann March 6, 2015 at 9:32 am

Rhonda, I’m 44. When I was 43 in Sept 2013, I started having sinus issues and dizziness and intolerance to caffeine, heart T wave issue. They thought I had allergies. At the time I drank milk every day and ate yogurt and cheese.

Then the next spring, started getting symptoms again and got anxiety attacks a lot, cold/night sweats, hot flashes. I started going to an acupuncturist which helped immensely. my personal physician thought I was perimenopausal and she made me stop my birth control pill for 2 months in order to test my hormones.

In July 2014 when I got the results of my hormones I was at the GYN Dr and she said that I didn’t have Perimenopausal problems because my hormones were normal and she said I could have a baby at that point. And she said my period was still normal.

I told her I was seeing acupuncturist so I’m sure that was why. I told that to my regular doctor. And she still believed that I was Perimenopausal for sure. She said it would come and go for the next 10 years most likely. The gyn doctor said she usually prescribes birth control pills to help through those situations so I got on the pill again. And then I might have to take it until I’m in my fifties.

Then I developed a cold in sept 2014 and then all the sudden got asthma. after the asthma happened ,somehow I developed a hiatal hernia they said could be from the coughing. They gave me symbicort and I took it too long. Went to a lung doctor.

He said he could either of been a virus that I had or that every time I get a cold I have to take asthma drug for only a week. it turns symbicort was exacerbating my condition and making my nexium not work anymore so I had esophagitis. I kept clearing my throat every few minutes and could not breathe when I went off of it. He told me to try to push through it and wait a week to get it out of my system. Then all the sudden I started to feel better.

I went to my allergist after that. As a recommendation from the lung doctor. And he told me to stop dairy and milk and yogurt and then that should help my coughing. I have to admit I switched to almond milk and stop having yogurt and I don’t cough as much and feel a lot better.

I have not eliminated dairy completely as I have cheese in sandwiches and sometimes you eat pieces of cheese. But last night I had milk with cereal that I haven’t had in awhile and my throat got tight and I coughed a lot so it felt like a bad reaction to milk now.

I couldn’t sleep all night because of the tightness in my throat. So I’m heading back to the acupuncture is today. She really did help me too feel more healthy again. November I started to feel better after I stopped the dairy and started working out again in January as I quit last year when I was sick.

I sleep better because of the working out but the PeriMenopausal symptoms have come back in terms of dizziness and hot and cold sweats and the sleep issue just started again a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to write saying I can identify with you.

I take flonase and allergra now and seems to help. but I did gain a lot of abdominal Fat during this process as well which i think is another symptom. So trying to get it off at the gym for the past 2 months lifting weights and haven’t seen a lot of weight loss yet but my trainer says that to do to muscle weigh more than fat. :-) but I do think it does help with anxiety for the most part by working out. Good luck to you.

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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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Sara March 1, 2015 at 7:54 am

Hello Dee, I’m so happy and relieved that I read your and the other posts above. I’m 49 and I have nearly all the symptoms stated above except the night sweats and hot/cold flushes to the point I don’t know how many are physical or anxiety induced symptoms. I take a spray called rescue which does actually help my panic attacks but I’m in danger of becoming a full time depressive because of all the stress this is causing me? which I believe is making the situation much worse. Heart palpitations, joint/muscle pain, lower back pain several times during the month when I believe my periods are trying but not always succeeding to breakthrough, insomnia, crashing tiredness often before period… the list could go on on on I actually had burning tongue 3 years ago and my gynecologist told me categoricaly that it’s stress induced, her husband having suffered from the exact same thing!! Who would have thought stress could cause burning tongue. I have an appointment tomorrow with the same doctor as I need reassurance from a professionnel and that’s reason enough for me as I sometimes feel that I may end up in a mental institute. Finding this blog has been a godsend for me. Take care everyone.

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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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Jodie March 24, 2015 at 4:29 pm

I too used to have heart palpitations. My gyn suggested taking 1x day magnesium oxide 500 mg. I have felt better ever since. I hope this works for you.

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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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Staci March 16, 2015 at 12:25 am

Jeannie im right there with you…I had all of a sudden lost so much weight as im so nauseous and started having horrible Reflux and the tests showed no reflux..I feel very warm then cold sometimes and the Anxiety is the worst and this weight loss is scaring me into thinking I have cancer I have had more blood tests done than I can count…Most of my symptoms are the same as yours…Im glad im not going crazy although I seem to think I am as it affects my everyday life..good luck to you

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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
K maggie March 11, 2015 at 10:48 pm

I have been reading all of the posts and am finally feeling a little less anxious. I too have all of the symptoms and then some. My most distressing symptoms are those that affect my heart. I have palpitations, racing, and quite often have pressure and pain in my chest. I have had countless tests and everything turns out normal but this is not in my head. The cardiologist says I probably have reflux and wants me to take medicine. Instead, I have eliminated caffeine, most dairy, alcohol and many other triggers. I feel better without those things but still have so many symptoms. I have such a sense of doom sometimes and I always think something is severely wrong. The difficult thing is that because I get so dizzy and nauseous combined with the heart symptoms, I always feel that I am on the verge of a heart attack. When I have a hot flash, all of the symptoms flare up (dizziness, nausea, palpitations, etc) and cause me to become anxious. Even though doctors have assured me that my heart is fine these symptoms make me crazy. They have tried to give me medicines but I don’t want to take them and take the healthy, holistic route instead. I have to say that it is wonderful reading these posts to get alternative ideas and verify my fears at the same time. I am not the only one who feels that they are going crazy!!

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Barbie March 12, 2015 at 12:25 pm

K maggie:
I know EXACTLY how YOU feel. This is easy to say now “for me” because I realize when these things happen it IS perimenopause. Just so you know, NO amount of medicine a Dr. can give you, will STOP our transition! Glad you don’t buy into the medicine the Dr.s so freely want to get people on. I think MOST of us are learning Medicine covers symptoms and NEVER stops them!!!!!!! Every symptom you are speaking of I have had and do get. BUT….. it first started when I was 45 now I am 51, with heart palpitations, dizziness, though I would get dizzy from time to time throughout my life… NOTHING like Perimenopause dizziness! Now the palps, dizziness, nausea, lightheaded, off balance feelings are DIRECTLY related to perimenopause. I have learned when my heart does start racing which isn’t very often at all now, I just go get some ice cold water and drink it, which is hard when your heart is racing, “it makes it hard to swallow the water” trust me I’ve been through it, its terrifying, scary, frightening, you name it, geez! Believe ME when I say it does ease up on us, though it doesn’t go completely away until we are through our transition, whenever that is, I still have monthly cycles!!
I can’t believe your Doctor made it sound like you had Acid Reflux, “just a way to try to get you to accept his money making prescriptions” sorry but, its SO TRUE. Not sure your age but you definitely sound like ME and a lot of others…. Get on the vitamins I mention they are all good for us during this transition. Be sure and get you B 100 Complex, amount the other Vitamins I mention. The B’s and fish oil “make sure your getting at least 1200 mg of FISH OIL per serving.”
For EXCELLENT information, Google Wray Whyte, scroll down until you see the link that says Natural Progesterone, click on it and fill out the info on the right side, Wray is in the UK, but you can still read up on all of her information on Perimenopause and Menopause! She explains it to the T, she is amazing!
Good luck to you!

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Karen March 24, 2015 at 2:20 pm

I’m so so glad I found this blog. I am 43 and have been having most of the symptoms from I’ve been 39 although with more tregularity the last year. I swear I have wvery illness under the sun most days and have a hard time talking myself back to sanity which is a job with two kids 15 & 8 both experiencing changes in their own bodies. Thank you ladies for making me realise I’m not crazy and definitely not alone. Much love and respect Karen

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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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Barbie March 19, 2015 at 7:55 pm

Hi Leigh S:
Checking in to see IF the Vitamins have made a difference? Would love to hear… Its nice US Women sticking together, nothing better then having each other to talk to about symptoms. Glad everyone is hanging in there….

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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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Sara March 1, 2015 at 8:10 am

That’s so great to know, I have had mouth sores as well as many of the other symptoms for the past few days and was starting to get paranoid (again) thank you so much for your posts, very informative.

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Barbie March 18, 2015 at 9:43 pm

Sara:
Dr. Weil says Vitamin B12 Deficiency causes mouth sores! Start taking them you cannot take too many I take 5000 mcg MOST days for Perimenopause symptoms.

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jushill March 15, 2015 at 4:16 am

Got to say Barbie, there are blood tests to check for Vitamin B12 deficiency, and if not told to by a Dr, it can be dangerous to take them unregulated. I would ALWAYS check with the Dr first. Don’t tell women that the blood tests are unreliable, that too is dangerous. Most doctors.are.sympathetic to women who suspect they may be going through the change, and the blood tests these days are far more reliable than previous ones.

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Barbie March 18, 2015 at 9:46 pm

Jushill go ahead and believe and have faith in what DOCTORS tell you! They are NOT God. Vitamin B12 IS NOT Dangerous!!!! You can take too much B6 NOT B12 Sorry! MOST Doctors are NOT sympathetic to Women’s Symptoms! Blood tests are NOT reliable, do your home work. If my posts bother YOU, don’t read them. I like to help people NOT try and scare them B12 IS not dangerous!

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Barbie March 18, 2015 at 9:48 pm

jushill Doctors can make you and some others believe them, that way they CAN prescribe medications for you, have you seen and read the side effects of pills Doctors give, PLEASE!

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Barbie March 19, 2015 at 7:57 pm

Jushill another thing, I am talking about blood tests for HORMONES!

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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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Barbie March 1, 2015 at 1:29 pm

Susane

Migraines can cause your eyes to go blurry even WITHOUT a headache. Not sure your age but, it seems like when I hit 49-50 my eyes are blurry more times then not. Also Sinus and Allergies can be to blame~

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Susane March 3, 2015 at 10:24 am

Thank you Barbie! I will be 47 the 21st of this month. I do have severe allergies to just about everything and never thought they could be the cause also. I think that if we could replace sinuses I would be at the top of the list for transplant lol. My symptoms started about 2 years ago with a severe bout of vertigo and have gone from there. The vision problem didn’t start until about 4 months ago and is disconcerting to say the least. So thank you for confirming that I am not crazy! Hang in there Ladies and remember that menopause is not a legal defense which is something I have to remind myself of almost on a daily basis!

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Barbie March 3, 2015 at 4:29 pm

Susane, IF you have Allergies be sure and get some “Bromelain” its ALL NATURAL derived from the Pineapple stem (the hole in the center that MOST people toss out). If you juice be sure and add that part to your juice as well. For inflammation/Allergies, take it on an empty stomach. If you’ve already eaten take it 2 hours AFTER you’ve eaten. Best on an empty stomach for allergies and inflammation which is what allergies do, cause sinus congestion/inflammation. Bromelain ALSO works on digestion problems, if this is a problem you can also take it with food for faster better digestion, but you will not get the Sinus/Allergy relief if you take it with food trust me!!
You can purchase it just about anywhere, for sure in health food stores…

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Susane March 8, 2015 at 9:30 pm

Thank you! A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with Ocular Migraines which I had never heard of until then. No pain, I just felt like I was under water with my eyes open but only in my peripheral vision. It was very distracting to say the least. I haven’t had eye problems in awhile until the blurry vision started a couple months ago.

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Ginnimm March 2, 2015 at 4:04 am

Oh am I glad to read this blog. None of my friends are experiencing the perimenopause
And I feel so isolated. Sometimes it’s like it’s all in your head. So good to know I’m NOT losing my mind!

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Magnolia March 2, 2015 at 8:11 am

Hello Ginnimm,

No, you’re not losing your mind. It just feels that way. :)

Magnolia

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Barbie March 2, 2015 at 12:10 pm

HI Ginnimm:
Sometimes “other Women” friends or not do not want to let anyone know about how bad they feel. So just know you are NOT isolated!

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Madeleine March 2, 2015 at 8:40 am

I suffer from hypothyroidism and have all the listed symptoms. How can I know if its perimenopause or the thyroid?

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Magnolia March 2, 2015 at 8:47 am

You could very well be in perimenopause and have hypothyroid issues, Madeleine. It is not uncommon at all. You would need to have your thyroid tested. However, be aware that the measure of what is “normal” for thyroid function is very, very wide and broad. You could be told your thyroid function is normal and yet, still be having issues with low function.

One of the best books on the subject in my view, is by Dr. Steven Hotze. You can find a copy of it here. I’ve also reviewed it on my site. You can check the drop down menu for the “Review” category and find the post.

Magnolia

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lola March 3, 2015 at 12:57 am

I’m experiencing most of these symptoms (27/35!!)…but I’m only 22 and on the pill, and sudden onset of unrelenting hot flashes tipped me off, but I’m confused about if it could really be perimenopause because my sex drive has also increased…I’ve had anxiety for a long time but its become just crushing lately along with the other symptoms (not helped by this suspicion about peri), I’m so so worried. I talked to my GP but she kind of just blew me off and said it was my anxiety because I’m too young..but I literally have most of these symptoms, how could it all be anxiety?? I hope someone can help me. I’m so confused. Should I go off the pill to check my periods? I’m having a really difficult time trying to figure this out…I’m so young..

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CrazyAuntie March 4, 2015 at 2:01 pm

lola, I just wanted to reply and reassure you you’re not alone!

I had a very hard time hormonally in my early 20’s too. I had many of the symptoms that are on the perimenopause list. The worst (for me) were the constant nausea, mood swings, and anxiety.

For me, even though I had a lot of the symptoms, the problem was not perimenopause. I am now in my forties and have a lovely, happy, healthy young daughter, and did not have to have any kind of treatments or therapies in order to conceive.

The problem turned out to be fairly simple… I was totally PHYSICALLY exhausted. I worked full time, went to college full time, and was a newlywed. I carried on like that for 3 years, because I truly loved ALL of those elements of my life. It was completely unfathomable to me that I could be BOTH so happy in my soul AND so anxious, nauseous, sleepless, emotional, and digestively upset in my body. I even missed a few periods and thought I might be pregnant, even though I was faithfully taking hormonal birth control at the time.

I really thought I must be going insane. (Kinda like now, but I really am in perimenopause now :-) )

I didn’t realize what my problem was until my pastor was hospitalized with many of the same symptoms I had (minus the period stuff… he was a man), and was diagnosed with “Exhaustion”.

It hit me, “OMG, so this is what exhaustion is!” I always thought it was a feeling of Can’t-Get-Out-Of-Bed-Wanna-Sleep-For-A-Week tired, but it turns out that, because my lifestyle was very motivating and rewarding to me emotionally and mentally, it was very easy to push through any tiredness I might feel and keep going.

Nowadays, (20 years later), I hear this syndrome called “Adrenal Fatique”, and it is totally possible to reverse it, heal it, and get back to normal!! There are some very good links Magnolia has provided about Adrenal Fatigue, and there are many other resources on the Web about this topic as well.

I am not sure if this picture describes you at all, but your story touched me and I had to let you know you can heal it and get your life back!

Take care, and God Bless!

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Barbie March 4, 2015 at 3:20 pm

Lola:

I’ve never taken BCP its everything against what my Mother raised me NOT to do. They are NOT good for you. You are probably experiencing all your symptoms due from the dreaded BCP. They’re are other ways then BCP. I have never taken them. As far as your age I think you are far TOO young to be thinking about perimenopause, I’m NOT a Dr. but can tell you BCP can cause a lot of your symptoms as well as can anxiety. YES Anxiety can cause a lot of feelings you are having if you say you are having 27 out of 35. Another thing you can do is ask your Mother/Grandmother about when they “started perimenopause” that should give you a good idea too. Does anyone in your Family remember going through the change at your age? I hate to see ANY Woman take BCP, they are the same thing as Hormone replacement pills, that Doctors so freely hand out. Not know WHY you take them for actual bc OR irregular cycles either way you’re playing with fire….

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Melinda March 5, 2015 at 7:29 am

I cannot seem to find the answer to my question so I am hoping I might find it here.
I am 47 and I believe I may be starting the menopause cycle but I am confused by the inconsistency of my symptoms. I have had may of the symptoms mentioned but they do not continue. I had unexplained dizziness for a couple of weeks and then it stopped and I have not had it since. I had severe hot flashes and night sweats for a couple weeks, not the same time as the dizziness, but now that too has stopped. I do not sleep well, I have not had a period for two months now and I feel so bloated and crampy that it is downright uncomfortable. I have been dieting but I cannot lose anything and I am so bloated that all of my clothes are tight. Is this how menopause starts? Do symptoms start and then stop as thought they never happened?

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Magnolia March 5, 2015 at 9:23 am

Hi Melinda,

Yes, perimenopause symptoms are very unpredictable and erratic. In fact, unpredictability is the entire hallmark of perimenopause symptoms. You may go several months without a cycle and then have one. You might have a normal cycle one month, and then have crazy, heavy flooding periods the next, only to be followed by scant spotting the next month. And it might start all over again.

It’s difficult to lose weight when your hormones are rocketing all over the place. Estrogen dominance causes the cramping and bloating, and it also contributes to weight gain which you just can’t shake until you understand the cause and source of it.

I recommend a wonderful book here for changing your diet and understanding how estrogen dominance causes so many issues. It’s called “From Belly Fat to Belly Flat: How Hormones are Adding Inches to Your Waist and Subtracting Years from Your Life”

It is a wonderful book which explains thoroughly how hormones affect your weight and many other symptoms of perimenopause. You can purchase it here at Amazon.

It has excellent (and very easy) recipes to make and recommends foods to eat which help “flush” estrogen from your body. I would highly recommend it. And also, please join us at Facebook. There is a lively and active community there that you can chat with and find support. You can find us here at this link:

Hang in there, sister, it will pass.

Magnolia

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Melinda March 6, 2015 at 7:35 am

Thank you Magnolia. I appreciate your taking the time to respond and for suggesting the book. I will certainly pick that up and I will join you on Face Book as well.

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Dominique March 8, 2015 at 7:05 pm

I’m resting in bed and was browing the internet looking for what could be wrong with me And came accross this thread. I think I recognise my symptims in most of those. I’m 44 and I have put on 35 lbs in a little over three years. I have been extremwly tired lately. Occasionnaly I will get dizzy and have to go to bed. I get out of breath going up the stairs, I have swollen breasts, I lost my libido, my face flushes beet red at nothing, I have hot flashes, I sweat easily and then I get cold hands and feet. I feel like crying for no reason. I thought I was going crazy. My boyfriend is on his way to the pharmacy to get a pregnancy test just to check. a few months ago my periods got so heavy I thought I was going to run out of blood. I would bleed for almost two weeks and have a two week break then it would start again. Last period waz almost non existant. I’m pretty sure I’m perimenopaused. I hope so because Im going nuts.

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Sara March 12, 2015 at 6:49 am

I am 32 trying to get pregnant. I take provera to help start my periods. I was on birth control for a long time and have had irregular periods for the last year. I am over weight and have pcos. I feel like I have almost every symptom above. My hot flashes will start in my face with flushing then go down my whole body. I also get the tingling in my head. Could this be from the progesterone with all of these things? I feel sick and nauseated bathe progesterone does help to start my cycle but I do not ovulate at all. Thanks for any advice.

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Barbie March 12, 2015 at 12:37 pm

Sara:

Google Wray Whyte, once the links come up click on Natural Progesterone, there is a link on the right side you can fill out and you can even talk to Wray, she is how I found out about Low progesterone and what to do when you have it. THIS LADY IS AMAZING! She has helped so many women. I talk of her alot because she helped me with Perimenopausal symptoms, suggested things NATURAL for me to do, she is so knowledgeable! Wray can HOPEFULLY tell you how to start your body to ovulate. Your symptoms are not my symptoms but I have read a lot on her site with Women just like you that now are Mothers! Whoever lives in the UK probably knows about her, I don’t I found her from googling Low progesterone, she came up in several different links. Good luck to you!

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Staci March 15, 2015 at 10:44 pm

I am 46 and I have been tested for Perimopause and all my hormones came out negative, However I started to have Sweats nighttime during the day and very bad Reflux with Nausea. My cycle has been shorter, and the days that I get it are shorter as well. Now I have Anxiety I really do not know how much more of this I can take? From the Reflux I have lost a lot of weight, I am also diabetic but its under control without meds for the past 7 months. I have 17 out of the 35 symptoms but still think this cant be happening as my doctor who is female is telling me its NOT Perimenopause while other people are telling me it is…Sorry for such a long post

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Barbie March 17, 2015 at 10:28 pm

Staci:
Your doctor is UNREAL! Is your Doctor a Female OR Male? If your Doctor is a Woman she must be in her thirties, or if a Man he doesn’t have Perimenopause symptoms. I guarantee you IF you would have asked IF your hormones were that of a 20 year old they would have said NO. SO then YES you are Perimenopausal. The symptoms you list tell anyone reading them YOU ARE perimenopausal. I’ve never had Reflux but some say they do. The medication you’re taking can be causing some of the symptoms but, YOUR age is proof you are in Perimenopause. Hopefully you won’t get any more symptoms, hang in there.

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Allie March 16, 2015 at 3:38 pm

Hi, I’m a newbie here. I feel like I have at least 75 % of the listed peri-menopause symptoms listed. I am 52 years old. I have had 3 periods since May of 2014. I go through bouts of just feeling low and hot flashes. Over the past 5 -6 months though I have had a hemorrhoid (that never really bothered me) flare up, I have a vaginal and rectal burning sensation and sometimes vaginal discomfort. I saw the GYN she feels it my perimenopausal symptoms. I know this is way to much information….growing old gracefully , is no haha moment. I find myself dwelling on my health and just not feeling like me anymore. I would like to know if anyone else has these type symptoms or something similar ? Thanks for any feedback.

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Barbie March 18, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Allie:
This is for you. Must be awful never felt that before….

http://www.livestrong.com/article/507435-the-best-vitamins-to-cure-hemorrhoids/

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Barbie March 18, 2015 at 12:32 pm

Allie:
Everything sounds about right with the exception of rectal burning. I posted a link but, it is awaiting moderation, meanwhile you need at least 3000 MG of Natural Vitamin C, 400-800 IU of Vitamin E “the natural source if you can’t find it buy the one with Mixed Tocopherols I like the NOW brand orange and blue writing on white bottle, B Complex, I used the B100 for perimenopause: Vitamin B Complex
Vitamin B complex, which includes B1, or thiamine; B2, or riboflavin; and B3, or niacin, is a family of vitamins that plays a role in facilitating digestion. In “Prescription for Nutritional Healing,” author Phyllis A. Balch writes that B complex may relieve hemorrhoids by improving digestion. This can alleviate constipation that can lead to hemorrhoids. Vitamin B12, additionally, is a bioflavonoid and may decrease inflammation and irritation. Balch recommends the sublingual form of B complex, which is placed under your tongue. Wow that MUST be terrible, good luck!!

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Karen March 16, 2015 at 8:22 pm

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Elizabeth. March 17, 2015 at 8:58 pm

Hello. Im 35yrs old. I thought I too was going crazy. I use to be so strong. For 5months I have been feeling so tired, I just want to sleep all day. My heart races I get bad shivers at night and im always cold. My head hurts feels like I haven’t slept in years. I shake. Im moody and other things too. Ive got bad sinus & dont know what to do. If anyone can guude me that would be heaven. I wish all Ladies the best. Its been crazy days.. hormones … grrr.rr lol lol

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Linda March 20, 2015 at 12:44 pm

I have all your symptoms and more. I am 54 and they tell me my hormones are fine lol
Love this site helps to know we are not suffering alone :) this week I have been in bed most of the time, so tired.
Have a great day!

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Ange March 18, 2015 at 12:14 am

Oh my gosh! I can’t believe all my symptoms are from perimenopause. Tomorrow I head to the obgyn because this cycle has lasted 27 days so far, after going 60 days without one. I have been dealing with severe symptoms for several years now and I am 49. My gp (male), has never mentioned perimenopause – just as all of you have mentioned. Something to note, I was anemic when he ran blood tests during an annual physical check-up last fall. He even suggested I might have multiple sclerosis and ordered an MRI which came back normal… That request was due to all the weird sensations and pain I had described to him. He also put me on antidepressants, which I stopped shortly after beginning and not noticing any improvement. At this point, I am talking to the dude tomorrow ( wish I had chosen a woman around 50 – lol) because I need to find a way to turn off the spigot. I started having some pretty bad stomach cramps and nausea after starting on some iron due to the lengthy cycle last week. When the nausea wouldn’t cease even after stopping the iron, I started scouring the Internet and found this site. I assume they will push for a hysterectomy or try to pump me with hormones, but I am going to try the natural stuff suggested here. I do want my hormone levels checked though, I can’t imagine them being “normal”. Anyone have pain from the lower back down to the knees during their cycle? So glad I am a stay at home wife right now. I can’t begin to imagine having to drag myself to work everyday on top of this crud!!! I am usually pinned to the bed and heating pad with a red towel under me and taking bathroom trips every couple of hours – wouldn’t a boss love that? Lol My bff went through this, but she was in the clear after only six months – man that isn’t fair :-)

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Barbie March 18, 2015 at 12:49 pm

Ange: So sorry you are experiencing ALL these terrible symptoms. Sadly Blood tests WON’T say your perimenopausal they change from day to day until we are completely finished! We only want them for PROOF of what’s happening, usually our age and symptoms alone tell us that! I’ve never had pain down to my knees but definitely from time to time, not often I do have lower back pain. I am sure plenty of Women do feel it to there knees like you do. WE are ALL different but similar (*:*) For blood loss, ALL Women should be taking the “natural food supplements at The Vitamin Shoppe, “LIVER PLUS” MOST people do NOT or will NOT eat Liver, I can’t blame them, the texture is just foul! These tablets are SO good for Blood loss like you say you have. I can’t imagine anyone NOT taking them, thank God I don’t need them for that but, started taking them for all of the B Vitamins contained. Make sure you take a good Womans Multivitamin, if not try the ALIVE gummies for Women, they’re great. 1200 MG of Omega 3 Fish oil is a MUST for our heart health, make sure when you turn over the bottle it SHOWS you are getting 1200 of the Omega 3!!!!
Good luck to you and by all means get those Liver Plus pills from Vitamin Shoppe, thats the only one I can tell you are the best. The bottle is white, with blue background the Vitamin Shoppe is labeled at the top and LIVER PLUS is in white below that it says which is great for us “100% Beef Liver, Desiccatted and Defatted, best source of Beef, great for Vegans and Vegetarians, without all the Junk! Good luck!

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Barbie March 18, 2015 at 12:59 pm
Ange March 19, 2015 at 4:23 am

My doc said he didn’t even need to examine me, I was definitely peri menopausal.
He is checking for anemia, thyroid problems, hormone levels. Also ordering an ultrasound and uterine biopsy. He put me on progesterone for 10 days. After those 10 days of freedom, I will start bleeding again, bummer. I should have some answers soon. He was truly wonderful and compassionate! I will get some vitamins like he told me, and wait for some results.

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Barbie March 19, 2015 at 5:21 pm

Thats great Ange: You are one of the Lucky ones, you found a Doctor that understands. We ALL on here know if so MANY Women have issues like our own, it has to be hormones… Glad you’re getting the Vitamins, ALL ladies need them at this time in our lives. We lose so many vitamins and minerals. Good luck to you!!

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Ange March 19, 2015 at 4:29 am

Get some vitamins like YOU told me – is what I meant to type…

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Barbie March 19, 2015 at 5:23 pm

Gotcha!

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Daveena March 23, 2015 at 11:17 am

So glad I’ve found this site I have most if the symptoms hot flashes nausia ect also I’ve been getting aching in my groins and pubic area and I find myself obsessing about different illnesses I even convinced myself I was pregnant and could feel something moving inside me! I did 2 test which came back negative and kept pressing my stomach to see if I could feel anything, mad I know my husband was getting fed up with me so u shut up about it lol I’m 47 and not had a proper period for 6 years as I had the implant in and had it removed at the end of September nothing since only spotting. Wish my body would feel normal again I’m already on tablets for anxiety wich I’ve had for years I feel like I’m going mad sometimes.

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Lory March 25, 2015 at 2:18 pm

I am 39. I will be 40 in August – all of a sudden I am getting hot and cold flashes – I can be doing nothing and I am cold and 5 mins later sweating. Also I wake up in a pool of sweat, it is nothing that has ever happen before, I thought I was to young (LOL) still for this to begin. 39 is not too young for some women? I didn’t get my first period until I was one month before my 18th birthday. Is that normal?

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Reb March 25, 2015 at 6:05 pm

Hi Everyone,
I am so glad I found this posting, I have every sensation listed (and then some). I agree the racing heart is the worst and for me the most terrifying. I also have what felt like flutters but those have lessened a lot. I had a hysterectomy about 3 years ago but still have my ovaries, if I had known then what a roller coaster ride I was in for, I would have had them out at the same time. For me the physical symptoms of menopause started when I was 46 will be 48 in a month. One thing that did help some was seeing an endocrinologist (hormone doctor) last year in Feb. my labs showed I was post menopausal then in Dec. I was fully ovulating. He said that it was a little unusual to swing so fully from one level to the other in a few months but nothing to worry about. The tests also showed my thyroid was off then back to normal, he said that we’d test again in a few months to check the thyroid but probably the hormone surges are just upsetting everything else. I stopped using progesterone cream because one day the cream helps and I feel better the next it seems like the cream makes everything worse. I think that is just because my hormones are up and down everyday, nothing to do but try to cope.
I also get the buzzing or tingling sensation that some of the ladies talked about they are occasionally in my hands or feet but most common in my face. Just typing this I forgot what I wanted to say – Darn it.
Oh right, allergies and smells. I have been tested and show no food allergies but I still have challenges with dairy and have extreme chemical sensitivities that are new for me. Food coloring or preservatives give me a rash not to mention other things like hair dye. Hopefully most of that will settle down in time, it only adds the to my feelings of anxiety.
Thank you for sharing, it helps to know I’m not alone.

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Daveena March 26, 2015 at 10:07 am

Having a bad day day today my mood is low and I feel like killing my husband! Haha everything he does or says is driving me mad! Feel so tired as I keep waking up early oh the joys of being a woman I’m coming back as a man next time! Lol

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