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PMT from hell. Is it my age..?

(10 Posts)
PMTIsMe Thu 20-Oct-11 17:43:24

Have noticed that my PMT is different these days. I used to do the standard moody, bloating stuff for a week or so. Now I just feel utterly vile for a week...couldn't point to any specific body part that hurts or anything, I just feel ...well, WRONG. Just want everyone and everything to go away. This time, I am close to really feeling like Im not coping and am seriously considering calling in sick tomorrow. Is it getting worse some kind of peri menopausal thing? I am 46.

MumOfStan Fri 21-Oct-11 03:56:18

I've noticed the same - over the last two years or so I am just 'WRONG' for two weeks of every month - a week before period and then it overlaps onto the actual period too. It's hideous - I walk around shuddering with nerves and anxiety am foul to my husband, send stroppy, rash emails at work, and have stupid paranoias. I am 33 so not sure it's menopause for me. Only thing I can trace it to is having a copper IUD put in two years ago. Wish there was something I could do to relieve it - trying exercise and a low fat diet currently. We shall see. Full sympathy extended!

PMTIsMe Fri 21-Oct-11 08:38:54

Poor you, at least Im in my 40's! But yes, paranoia here too. Annoyingly have been exercising plenty lately, tho the eating habits leave much to be desired. I have a wine habit that doesn't help no doubt, tho seems to at the time IYKWIM! Am seriously contemplating anti depressants or such like, this is 10 days now this month, and as you say, its no fun being 'wrong' as much as you are 'right' each month. hope you find a solution soon too.

Iamseeingstars Fri 21-Oct-11 08:46:02

this means either your eastrogen or the opposite male/female hormone is out of sink. Doctor needs to do blood tests and medication can neutralise this

MANY doctors diagnose pill and coil to do this but bloods can identify what the levels are

If you are so severe, you need to get professional advise rather than trying to self diagnosing, but be firm and demand action politely

PMTIsMe Fri 21-Oct-11 09:00:41

Thanks Iam, interesting point since I had just assumed that this is it from now on if Im honest. Womans lot and all that. Will chat to GP and see what she says.

Iamseeingstars Fri 21-Oct-11 09:38:18

Thats OK, its because I have been through it. Always been PMT, had period problems forever and very moody. At one point I was given a particular medication and it calmed me down so much, it made me realise that medication can make a difference. I dont think I had realised how bad I was. Sadly that particular medication is now banned in UK because of long term side effects but it contained the male hormone and it was fantastic.
Am now on the mirena coil and dont have any kind of pmt issues at all

PMTIsMe Fri 21-Oct-11 10:03:45

Its really bad today, dont know what to do with myself sad
Back to bed and pretend the world will go away i think

stripeytiger Fri 21-Oct-11 10:25:34

You have my complete sympathy PTIsMe. I could have written your post, and I too wondered if it is age related. I'm 47 and my PMT seems to be getting worse and worse. I feel anxious, stressed out, irritable, am argumentative, I won't answer the phone because I can't be arsed to speak to anyone. The worse thing is I am completely intolerant with the dcs who are quite young and they just don't deserve it sad I hate myself afterwards and feel so ashamed and guilty.

I exercise (pilates dvd 5 times a week), walk and swim, I take Oil of Evening Primrose, Vitamin B6 and try to eat well but it doesn't make a jot of difference. I sought medical advice but was told to try B6 or anti depressants! The thing is, once I start my period, and it usually is as soon as it starts, the symptoms stop, like someone turning off a switch and I revert to my usual happier self.

I dread it every month and don't know where to turn.

I hope someone else comes along with some more practical advice, but I wanted to express my sympathy to you as it really is so horrible.

PMTIsMe Fri 21-Oct-11 12:16:28

Stripey, I get that off like a switch thing too. Bizarre how fast it can lift. I can almost feel some hormone or other flooding through my body, and it is such a relief! I wish it could be bottled and bought from Boots.

littledumpling Sat 22-Oct-11 13:14:36

Perfumed PMT !!!
Wow - I sympathise with you as I know PMT can be horrendous, you couldnt even look at one of my sisters when she was in PMT mode with getting your head snapped off.
Umm... I dont want to say this too loudly and I really dont want to crow but I think I'm coping with this nuisance as I play so much tennis (well I hope its that) my body doesn't get time to think about itself, mind you, my brain goes into frantic overdrive when I'm trying to get some sleep. PMTIsMe and Stripeytiger, I really do hope this titbit of info. might help you both. I was trawling some glossy mags. beauty blog websites recently and found a couple of public comments under a picture of aromatherapy products (its under breast cancer awareness) can I say the blog pages were on vogue?, I clicked on the link that was there and theres something for PMT on the website its called physic aromatherapy and it really sounds interesting so with luck it might be helpful for someone... but what I really liked were the comments from users - I can only suggest to you both that its worth taking a look - good luck, perhaps aromatherapy might be the answer to all our PMT prayers

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