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flu-like symptoms EVERY MONTH with period. anyone else? any help?

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monthlymalaise Tue 12-Apr-11 11:00:07

So I have a splitting headache, stuffy nose, nausea, body aches . . . like a bad case of flu, only it's not. It's the first two-three days of EVERY period, EVERY bloody month (pun intended). I am 44 and this has been going on for two or three years now, though with increasing severity this year, to the point where it's every month instead of being every few months or every other month. Am completely fed up with missing out on life, having people imply that I'm "sickly" or just making excuses to get out of doing things, having GP make vague suggestion that if I work out the symptoms may ease . . . . This is not "just cramps" or PMT. I have had those and I got on with life. This, by contrast, has me bedridden and miserable.

Who else here suffers with this, and have you gotten any help from your doctor? Any alternative medicine-type treatment work for you? I have been trying acupuncture and have now started on some Chinese herbs. I can't go on like this -- it's interfering with my life too much and I'm really angry that apparently I'm supposed to just accept this diminished quality of life. I am unemployed right now and can't see how any employer would put up with me having to book off sick two-three days a month, either.

SchrodingersCatFliesToOz Tue 12-Apr-11 11:06:56

Vitamins deficiency? Have you try taking a multivitamin and iron?

monthlymalaise Tue 12-Apr-11 11:15:56

Yes, thanks. Very health-conscious in fact. Always had good nutrition, take exercise -- used to have plenty of energy, which makes this harder to bear.

zipzap Tue 12-Apr-11 23:02:59

I'm beginning to get this and was thinking about posting such a thread when I saw this...

So sorry not much to add of any help other than I know what you are going through and will be watching with interest!

I'm 42 and have had mostly sickbug like symptoms ( plus just feeling wretched in general) that have knocked me out a day or two before coming on for the past 6 months or so, beginning to be noticeable enough to dh and me that we try to avoid scheduling anything major to do when ithink it will happen.

Wondering if it is anything to do with perimenopause or hormones settling down after kids. (ds2 is just 3). But previously have noticed when i was working that if I was going to get a bug of any variety chances are it would be approx 1 week before I was due on. Doc I spoke to was bit dismissive of it being a pmt symptom but i reckon its not an unreasonable theory and could be if body was lowering natural defences on hope of getting pregnant.

Thought that had gone away after having kids but now have the faux flu sicky bug thing instead.

Hope you manage to find some answers and a sympathetic doc who takes you seriously...

womma Wed 13-Apr-11 08:49:44

Blimey, same here and the penny only dropped this morning - I thought I'd post something on MN! Bee-zarre. Is it our age? I'm 41 and have ragingly ferocious PMT lately too.

womma Wed 13-Apr-11 09:03:13

I understand that a good quailty vitamin B complex vitamin is a good thing to take to support hormone production.

Also, and this is infuriating, I had an excellent diet from an osteopath which was a three phase diet to help painful periods, which I've now lost. I'm sure this would help the fluey symptoms too, but I've lost the sheet during a house move. Split into approx 9-10 days each, the first part was iron rich food to help you keep lost iron levels up, then there was a calcium and a magnesium rich phase, but I don't remember which way round....any advice from anyone who may know? As much unprocessed food as possible, and only dairy food in the calcium rich phase.

Oh, and no alcohol during your period (a specialist had told me to drink alcohol to help period pain because it relaxes the muscles, so I'd merrily had a few when my period was painful for years and years). Your liver has a lot of hormones to process at the start of your period, so drinking overloads it and gives it too much work to do.

monthlymalaise Wed 13-Apr-11 10:23:06

zipzap with me it started gradually too, sort of, "Oh, that's funny -- I just had some sort of 48-hour flu bug three or four months ago" -- but now it's gone to every month. There was also a phase where I would have a ferocious headache for a day or two before I came on and then as soon as my period started the headache went. That has changed and now the headache seems to start with or just a few hours after the beginning of the period.

womma it took me a long time to figure it out as well. I do take a really good multivitamin (plus other vitamins as well -- I'm very into nutrition). I also rarely drink these days . . . I don't have the tolerance I used to. I quit coffee because I wanted to see if I felt better without it; also I had read that coffee is a phytoestrogen. My working theory is that this might be caused by an imbalance -- too much oestrogen in relation to progesterone? (That's just me, making it up as I go along, as usual.)

I am on day four now and the headache is mostly gone. I have also been on Chinese herbs for a week now and am wondering if they are beginning to help.

idotry Wed 13-Apr-11 17:07:18

Yes me too, monthly I feel flu like. I'm also a believer in the too much estrogen in relation to the progesterone theory giving off these symptoms.
At 35 my periods appear to be getting heavier in process and whilst I've done the multi vit, b complex, evening primrose no alcohol thingy I still feel shit.

Maggiejean Tue 18-Mar-14 16:04:25

Sounds like typical symptoms of endrometrious.

Rbinwkins06 Sat 23-Aug-14 02:38:59

I just turned 26 in July and for four months now have experienced this same thing only difference my ovaries have been tender too :/

Purplerose76 Sat 30-Aug-14 02:18:50

I am the same I'm 38 and get flu symptoms every time before period �� I hate it ,

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