I suspect strongly that I am in perimenopause. I am 44, getting terrible heart palpitations, not sleeping well, my cycle has shortened to 18 days some months, headaches, anxiety, joint pain and occasional days when I can’t seem to regulate my body temperature and get very hot. I’ve been to docs and had bloods done but they show hormone levels as normal but as fluctuation is a common symptom, it’s apparently also common to come back normal.
I feel like I am going mad yet doctor just told me that I probably just needed therapy and dismissed me.
Aibu to follow this up and to think he was dismissive? I feel upset- i’m not mad or a hypochondriac- I genuinely feel shit!
Have a look at the menopause matters website. The NICE guidelines say that with those symptoms from age 45 you can go straight to HRT, without bothering with blood tests. But you shouldn't have to wait to be taken seriously.
I'm not a doctor. However, I think you should go back, or perhaps see another doctor. Write down your symptoms just as you have done here. You could also ask the receptionist which doctor is better to see with possible symptoms of perimenopause.
@slightlypeturbed I just wanted some answers to be honest. I wasn’t aware that you could ask for HRT and thought it was to do with blood tests showing hormone levels at a certain point. I just don’t want heart palpitations all the time
There are some other doctors there but all male my DR is female and I still got a bit of an eye roll response when I went in to check on some weird symptoms I was having. I genuinely hadn’t considered peri menopause, just never occurred to me, and her response was a bit ‘well, you’re a woman, what do you expect?’
Can you remember what ypur TSH level was? Its the thyroid test. They have changed the normal reference ranges recently, so you might be outside of the new normal. TBH your symptoms sound awfully consistent with over active thyroid, which also is common in women in their 40s. I would go back and ask for a full thyroid work up including the thyroid antibody test.
I had more or less exactly the same symptoms as you and my GP started me on HRT based on symptoms alone without any blood tests. I feel so much better! No more palpitations, joint pain much improved, sleeping better. I’d go back and speak to them again
Ok, they have ruled out anything treatable and come to the conclusion you have some fairly normal menopause symptoms, even though your hormone levels don't show it. Which should be reassuring, but obviously doesn't 'fix' it. Sympathy and some suggestions for managing your perimenopause/ looking after your general health would have been nice.
I had a very similar experience with a female doctor. I gave up bothering with them and I'm continuing to have symptoms. I suppose you could ask to see another doctor? I didn't brother because I was so disheartened by the female doctor dismissing me but I kind of wish I'd made more of an issue of it.