Anxiety and panic Palpitations Long gaps between periods then really long heavy periods (but no pain) A feeling that I am going to have a heart attack in the early hours of the morning (see anxiety and panic) Unusually fat around the middle (I'll chance that one!)
I'm worried this is what is happening to me. I'm 34. Thankfully have all the DC I want. My periods were always regular never spotted, now it's weird bleeding all the time - every two or three weeks, horrendous pain like labour. This past week I've been so constipated too it was agony. Anxiety and depression, that fluctuates wildly. Dr appt on weds am going to demand tests although have lost all faith they tell me it's PCOS but I don't agree at all I barely have symptoms of that.
Shorter I between periods Different periods, on off, lighter, heavier Joint and muscle aches Head aches Anxiety ( new to me) Skin crawling Tingling Adrenalin surges at night Night sweats before period General all over warmer Sensitive skin Water retention. ( mainly hands) Mouth ulcers Dryer skin Dry eyes Thinning hair
I am 40 I've had the coil fitted which is helping Might add some estrogen soon to see if that helps. Everyday is a roller coaster.
Frequent, irregular periods with unpredictable flow. Joint aches in unpredictable bursts (I think when I have 'ovulated' (or tried to..........) in feet, back and neck, hands. Variable constipation. Anxiety, lack of confidence, feeling overwhelmed. Unable to think straight and to concentrate and put words together when talking. Problems with vaginitis, thrush, urge incontinence (unpredictable and sometimes total). Sleeping.
I have tried hrt and so far it has made some things better and some things worse. I am going to try a different one (when I can see a doctor).
I had night sweats for years on the pill, and they stopped!!!!! (yay!!!!!!!) but have come back, a bit with hrt. .
Irregular periods which might be light or might be heavy, might last 2 days or 10 days. Anxiety, panic, palpitations. Feelings of dread and doom. I seem to have developed IBS these past few months too. Dry skin and hair. Urge incontinence. The capable, independant, organised woman I was seems to barely know her own name some days.
Bad symptoms are: A shorter cycle than before Dry skin and hair Brittle nails Joint pains Brain fog Hot flushes Can't sleep Feeling really really cross all day long and often, if I am awake in the night, all night too.
Good symptoms: Losing body hair, particularly on my legs, I have patches which are completely hair-free now. I only need to shave the odd patch. DD asked me the other day if I had had them waxed! Because I have the RAGE a lot of the time, I am finding it increasingly easy to manage poor service in shops, restaurants and when dealing with unsatisfactory customer service on phone calls.
I don't know if I'm in peri menopause or not -doctor tested for all sorts of other things, thyroid conditions, lupus etc but not hormone levels i don't think. But I've been having weird symptoms they can't explain away and not the obvious ones (though my periods are a bit more erratic). I've had joint pain (neck and hip) tingling that moves around my body, slight numbness in my hand that has thankfully gone away, brain fog and weeks now of vivid dreams that mean I feel like I don't sleep properly at all. Also i'm feeling a bit lonely and depressed at times - far from friends, not emotionally close to family etc. Does this all add up to peri menopause? I feel like it is.. an osteopath told me that ectomorphs (i'm one though a fatter one these days!) tend to suffer more with menopause... just wondering if this likely to go on for 10 years! argh. Are antidepressants or natural hormones the answer?
It'd be a relief to know thats what it is rather than panic about degenerative diseases... though my instinct that this is peri has kept me calm ish! My mum didn't go into menopause til 51, but she was physically very different to me. Nights of dreaming are just awful, desperate for normal sleep.. should I just pester doctors til they hormone test and then try for HRT or try things like Black Cohosh instead? Thanks for the very quick answers by the way.. Ive discovered women at work same sort of age as me or older just don't want to talk/think about menopause. And one doctor I went to (female, same age as me) just helpfully said she was going to ignore it and just pretend it wasn't happening.. which must be great if you are one of lucky ones who can
A feeling like an electric shock under the skin followed by a rush of adrenalin. Plus same as above, brain fog, feelings of panic / anxiety for no reason, tingling face, dizziness / sensation of falling. I had the blood test though and it came back negative so goodness knows!