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Severe PMT, feel like leaving home every month. Any advice?

(47 Posts)
livingstondaisy Sun 20-Jan-13 11:30:23

This is my first ever post so hope you girls can give me some advice. I am going to see my GP as my PMT is getting worse. I have always suffered with it but since my baby was born 18 months ago it has become unbearable.

I feel so low, angry and irrational. My hubby is fab and gives me lots of support but it is unfair in my family having to deal with someone who is crazy 2 weeks a month. When I have it it scares me as I feel that I could happily walk out and not go bk, I just long to be alone til my period comes.

I have tried st John's wort but no change.

Can anyone give me any pointers before I see the go, I would prefer to go with some idea of what treatment etc I want so I don't get palmed off.

Thanks

NotMostPeople Sun 20-Jan-13 21:36:53

I started to get pmt a couple of years ago, I have an underactive thyroid so already on the correct dose and don't want to take the pill as I'm a high risk for getting breast cancer. It started to get worse and worse DH who is very laid back was very understanding but it was getting worse and worse. Almost a year ago DH said that it was becoming problematic and he thought I should go to the GP. I get on we'll with my GP and he said that he felt that taking AD's was using a hammer to crack a nut and said he'd refer me to an specialist as we have private medical insurance.

About this time I started BIWI's Bootcamp here on MN, which if you don't know is a low carb diet. I started a few days before my period was due but by the next one I had the amazing experience of starting my period without knowing it was coming. This hadn't happened for a long time because I'd be so depressed, irritable and tearful, I thought it might be a one off but I stayed one the diet and no PMT. then in the school summer holidays I fell off the low carb wagon and sure enough the pMT was back.

I happened to see my GP and told him all of this and he thought it might not be all carbs causing the pmt so asked me about my diet and I told him that I was eating a lot of chocolate. He was fairly sure this was the cause so for the next few months I made sure I didn't eat chocolate for a week before my period was due and I had no pmt. I'm back on the low carb diet and have continued to be pmt free.

It really has made a huge difference, so it's worth a try.

mrslaughan Sun 20-Jan-13 21:42:40

My friend was given Prozac that she took for a time every month, I can't remember if it was a week of a fortnight..... This was a while ago, so there are probably "better" drugs now, but if it is as bad as you say( and I am not doubting you) I think it is worth talking to your gp about it, you seem to have exhausted all options.

FloJo you can get it at Holland and Barrat but I get mine from Healthspan.co.uk as is cheaper and exactly the same

CabbageLeaves Sun 20-Jan-13 21:44:56

Magnesium OK was brilliant for me prevented homicide

Luckyluckyme Sun 20-Jan-13 21:54:36

I can sympathise OP. I've had awful PMT for the last 3/4 years. I also feel like running away every month and will totally lose all sense of perspective (and my temper) so easily.

The last 2 months haven't been so bad. I started exercising in November. I do 20 minutes a day on weekdays and it's made a huge difference. Last month I felt stressed and irritable for the 2 days before but I didn't lose my temper and become a shouting lunatic. It might work for you. You have nothing to lose by exercising.

Good luck at the GP and I hope you feel better soon.

ADs for friends were UK based. One was just on a mild AD. The other was on Prozac - but even in her teens her PMT had been horrific. It works for them - and tbh there are times I think it may be worth a shot!

HumphreyCobbler Sun 20-Jan-13 22:02:49

As someone up thread mentioned, cutting out sugar and refined carbs (no bread/pasta) has cured my PMS. I suffered badly with it.

I have tried ADs (worked for a bit), Agnus whatsit (made no difference at all to me) but low carbing has really sorted it.

cocolepew United States Sun 20-Jan-13 22:07:41

Low carbing will help if you have PCOS, you can be insulin resistant with that and it makes you feel like shit.

chartreuse Sun 20-Jan-13 22:14:36

I am also suggesting cutting out carbs, the effect has been amazing. For the first time in my life I was surprised when I got my period. Previously I had a week of feeling murderous to warn me of it's arrival.

I did the bootcamp for a week -10 days then relaxed a bit, but I have completely lost the taste for sugar and am just not interested in sweet things anymore. I'd highly recommend it, it was life-changing for me.

PersuedByPenguins Sun 20-Jan-13 22:19:02

Have any of you 'low carbers' had the PMT at Ovulation time thingymajig? If so did it also reduce that?

alarkthatcouldpray Sun 20-Jan-13 22:42:41

PersuedbyPenguins my change in diet did help with this too. My experience ties in with the others. I cut out refined sugar, caffeine and reduced intake of refined carbs. The carbs I do still eat are the slow release ones like oatcakes and porridge.

Am really glad to hear about others finding this has worked for them too. Was worried I was just having two flukey months

Op, would definitely recommend giving the low carb thing a go if you want to avoid ADs.

The pulsed ADs do seem to work for some people and if the correct ones are used then the half life is long enough that withdrawal shouldn't be much of a problem.

livingstondaisy Mon 21-Jan-13 20:19:33

Wow, thank you so much ladies. It feels great to know I am not alone in how I feel.

I will try the agnus castus and the magnesium. I don't have any caffeine anyway or alcohol and have hardly any carbs (am doing slimming world) but I do love my chocolate. I will cut that out too.

I will ask for the thyroid bloods to be done as well. I also was taking metformin to help regulate insulin to help the pcos but haven't taken it for ages.Think I will get on to that again too.

When I have it I an scared of what I wouldbe capable of doing, it makes me sad to think of how bad I feel at that time of the month.

Thanks again

HumphreyCobbler Mon 21-Jan-13 21:36:17

Just want to point out that low carbing isn't just about giving up sugary food/bread - it is also about eating the correct amount and type of fat in your diet (I feel this could be unlikely on slimming world, doesn't pasta count as a free food?).

Do hope you feel better soon, PMS is utterly vile.

I found acupuncture great.

Thinking of trying it again as am now menopausal so different hormone swings.

livingstondaisy Mon 21-Jan-13 22:04:51

HumphreyCobbler you are right, it is a free food. I tend to eat a fat free yog for brekkie and an apple then a veg soup for lunch or a chicken salad then meat and roast veg for dinner. If I do have carbs its usually rice or spuds. Do you know of any good books about pcos and low carbs so I can be more tailored in how I approach this?

HumphreyCobbler Mon 21-Jan-13 23:35:09

don't know about PCOS specifically, but Briffa's Escape the Diet Trap is good.

sashh Tue 22-Jan-13 06:35:08

Depo injection works for me

livingstondaisy Tue 22-Jan-13 20:23:00

Thanks again for the suggestions, have started magnesium, zinc and agnus castus today. I will report back and let you know how it goes. I will also get that book, thanks!

Flojobunny Thu 24-Jan-13 23:25:31

I have also started on agnus castus, magnesium and B something or other, today.
So it'll be interesting to see how we get on over the next couple of months.

FairyArmadillo Thu 24-Jan-13 23:47:06

My first cycle with agnys castus. I was told it takes three cycles to kick in but I've already noticed a huge difference. Like I was very grumpy before my period instead of psychotic.

Have posted on here before about PMT. It was so bad. Agnus castus changed my life too.

Omega 3 can help a lot! But get a good brand that is pure. Good luck!

livingstondaisy Fri 29-Mar-13 21:56:11

Well the agnus castus seems to have done the trick. I had a "stressy" day but apart from that have had no pmt! Am amazed.

On the downside though, my libido has disappeared. Totally. So, I have stopped taking them. Wish there was something I could take to bring that back up to normal and I could take that along with the agnus castus because having no pmt is amazing but no sex drive is crap.

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