What is the difference between perimenopause and the menopause? How do you avoid weight gain? Does the menopause magnet work? And ye gods, tell us how to get a good night's sleep! Luckily Gransnet has put together the most useful tips for navigating those muddy menopausal waters. Mumsnet has not checked the qualifications of anyone posting here. If you have any medical concerns do consult your GP.
So don't be shy list your meno symptoms.....(305 Posts)
Not just the well documented meno symptoms but the little things happening to you that you can only attribute to the peri/menopause years
So starting with the obvious....
Chronic early morning wakening up
The hot flushes
What feel like period pains but no period ever appears
Headaches that would rival any hangover
Constipation then loose stools the back to constipation
Weird burning crawling sensations on skin
Really dry skin plus the odd crop of spots
Anxiety around stuff that would never normally bother you
Weight gain despite eating healthier than previously
Low tolerance to alcohol
Forgetting names and words mid sentence or using the wrong word
Despite being blonde sprouting some really thick black hair around my hairline.
Weird ankles when I first get out of bed in the morning. They just don't work and I have to hobble 10 steps or so before normality kicks in.
Ooh can I join in, I'm new to this club but pretty sure I qualify!
Terrible joint pain, especially fingers and toes. Doc testing for arthritis but thinks it is perimenopause.
Itchy and sore nether regions which comes and goes.
Itchy legs, especially in the morning.
Waking up and 4am and not getting back to sleep.
Complete brain freezes, mid sentence.
A cup of tea sends me into a massive sweat.
I've always been irritable, but there's a whole new level. I can't be in the room when my partner eats or I have an overwhelming urge to kill him.
Good fun isn't it?!
@Winesalot That's really interesting!
My sweat is definitely sticker, I was actually telling this to someone earlier.
I drink 3-4 litres of water a day so the dry mouth has been a huge surprise. I take a lot of supplements and am really struggling to get them down.
Many of the above, and also dry, flaking nails, which had always been strong and healthy. Now I'm several years post-menopause they seem to have recovered.
Oh and convinced my foof smells different.
Not unpleasant just different
DH claims no different
But there is a tangible change....
FurryTurnipHead yes! I could happily kill my husband when he eats / breathes / moves. How dare he...
Memory fog. Make lists and then more lists to remember to look at lists.
Early hours waking.
Other than that doing ok.
My foof smells different too. Just so odd
Unbelievably shit sleep.
Extremely heavy periods every 20 days and occasionally skip one
Extremely sensitive skin
Hair gone to shit
Zero tolerance for alcohol
Can’t be arsed with anything
Whooshing noises in ears
Yes yes to weight gain, hot fĺushes, joint pain, anxiety, itchy skin and wavy hair.
Any body else suddenly getting loads of new skin tags?
I'm giggling like a teenager at the word 'foof', so maybe silly sense of humour is a positive side effect ?
Still bloody itchy though ! Legs and side of head especially.
i have many of the above symptoms, the waking at three or four and lying there going over all my worries until finally falling asleep at what feels like five minutes before the alarm goes off is by far the worst!
The knock on effect the next day, fatigue, carb loading, brain fog, general can't be arsedness is getting very boring.
My hair has gone very wayward, never tidy and flat it is now frizzy whatever i do to it.
On the plus side my chronic PMT has gone, monthly despair and plate flinging rages no more, replaced by rather boring calm resignation.
i have NO willpower to stick to anything that might improve matters, that could be the tiredness...
Forgot about the heart palpitations and extreme anxiety.
Headaches that last days and often become migraines
Feeling totally drained/exhausted all the time
Lower back pain
Waking constantly through the night
Dry, itchy skin
Solid bloating after eating just a small amount
Wanting to murder people generally
Starting to forget words mid-sentence
Ovaries that feel like they're on fire. When running have actually had an intense burning pain across my ovaries followed by loss of control of my bowels (so embarrassing)
It's all starting to affect my ability to do my job and this worries me. Have finally made an appointment with the GP because of this.
Wake every morning around 330. Can’t go back to sleep. Hrt not helping. Any solutions?
All of the above push I occasionally wet the bed now!
After months of shit sleep,I finally slept through the night and wet myself!
Shit a brick.
All of the above.
Think I need to go to the gp.
I’m suffering here, actually suffering with a very depleted quality of life.
Tis bloody rubbish being a girl.
Oh my god, I suddenly feel an enormous sense of relief. I have suffered from so many of these, but whenever I have looked up peri/menopause symptoms they don't list them
I have never suffered anxiety until the past year, but the way that makes me feel along with the rage and libido loss has meant me and DH have been talking about splitting and I have referred myself for therapy. I just thought it was my fault and that we couldn't work any more.
This has made me see that perhaps I need to see the doctor.
Loss of memory - can't find the words or finish a sentence.
Aches in my knuckles
Heavier but shorter periods
I'm sorry you're all going through all this, but thank you for sharing.
Is there anything that anyone can suggest to help with any of it - is it HRT or supplements or do we just have to live with it?
Misophonia - extreme sensitivity to noise like typing, noisy eating etc. Spend most of my working life and on my commute listening to a noise reducing app. Gives me the rage.
Not on HRT. Had a few weeks of mild flushes which stopped with Menoforce sage tablets. Foot pain, took tumeric and it went.
I look and feel very well, better than I have done in years, weirdly.
Forgot to add. I had a few weeks of BO, even though my DH could not smell it. Have to use a stronger deodorant.
Wake up by 3 am, never get back to sleep
Putting on crazy amounts of weight
Very light, very short periods (there has to be an upside)
Sounds though I am getting away light
Very heavy soaking periods at peri last period when I was 59
Have managed to loose around two and a half stone
Hot sweats night time and a bit of insomnia but just move rooms at bedtime and open all windows and turn fan on
Apart from that nails better have actually got quite long for the first time in my life although spend more time caring for them and my skin
The odd palpitations but hey ho basically fit as a butcher's dog
@Scarcelle Yes to the BO, that's what I meant by the change of body odour in my post. I've started to reek. It's horrible. Never had BO in the past.
I've noticed the misphonia thing too. I've become totally intolerant of most noise.
I really like Wild Nutrition's Menopause supplement and do recommend it.
@PazRaz10 HRT certainly makes life worth living again.
Menopause is caused by lack of oestrogen so the natural treatment is to replace the oestrogen just like diabetics take insulin to get back to normal levels.
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