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Is this Peri? Tell me I'm not going mad!

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mandmsmummy Thu 08-Jan-15 20:20:33

Ok so over the last year I have had medical issues. Lots of visits to the hospital only to find nothing wrong each time thankfully. I have ankylosing spondylitis which is an inflammatory arthritis and an auto immune disease. I know this can make me tired and achy.
I have been to cardiology, respiratory, scanning and I'm convinced it's the peri. GP reluctant to diagnose as I'm 39. (Mother and sister went through the meno by mid forties)
Symptoms which led me to all these appointments are:
Tired
Achy
Headaches
Palpitations
Dodgy stomach/bowels
Insomnia
Facial tingling
Sure there's more...oh yeah brain fog!
Moody cow

All these are worse when I'm due on, on or ovulating.
My period is so much worse than it ever has been. Always been a 5-7 day heavy period now everything falls out during day 1 and 2. Clots, painful to poo like labour pain.
Everything test I have is clear which is great but I wish I knew if it is the peri because I would take some vitamins or something.

Can anyone offer some advice please?
Xx

scaevola Thu 08-Jan-15 21:32:22

I think it would be worth seeking a gynae referral because of the change to your menstrual cycle (heavy, painful periods could be related to endometriosis, adenomyosis or fibroids).

If peri, it would be classed as premature so you'd need to talk to a doctor about HRT. But it might not be (a lot of those symptoms are very general and not hugely associated with menopause). Have you had thyroid function tested recently? Or been checked for anaemia?

mandmsmummy Thu 08-Jan-15 21:46:03

Hi
Thyroid and anaemia checked a while back and all ok.
I do have fibroids I think. I remember being told after an internal scan, nothing big though. X

mandmsmummy Fri 09-Jan-15 07:46:58

Other symptoms are, hot and sweaty flushes, hair growing on chin!
X

scotchmincepie Fri 09-Jan-15 10:40:19

That sounds like peri too me. Have a chat with your GP about HRT if it is peri - because could make your symptoms much better and also protects against osteoperosis and other things as you are quite young. Your family history would suggest it is peri too.

scotchmincepie Fri 09-Jan-15 10:41:02

Oh, and it might be worth checking your iron levels again if bleeding has increased recently.

mandmsmummy Fri 09-Jan-15 11:26:05

Thanks, I've booked an appointment for next week to discuss with my GP.
Xx

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