(Posting this here, as well as 'Health', as it seems more relevant... )
Over the last 6 months or so there are times when I've felt quite weird and anxious in a way I've never done before .
I don't think anything particularly has changed - I have the same usual stresses and strains of family/ working life.
I'm beginning to think it could be related to my cycle, tho' I haven't charted it, as such.
It seems that for about 4-5 days a month I feel rally despairing of everything, angry with everyone, sad/ tearful, and have this strange tight-chested feeling in my chest.
It's really beginning to affect me - last week I went to a party, and when I entered the room full of people I had a sort of panic attack (hot flush, rapid heart beat...) - this is so NOT like the 'normal' me, it's horrible....
Anyone experienced anything similar. I'm 42 - could it me perimenopause?
Is it worth going to the GP - what would they do? I'm not sure I want to be pumped full of hormones (haven't taken the pill for 15 years, as it made me feel crap).
Anyone tried anything alternative-therapy based, and found it works?
I was just about to post a very similar thing norma. In terms of my cycle things have been odd for a while but I've more or less ignored it as it's just inconvenient. But recently I have been feeling exactly as you describe. ATM my biggest terror is work - I simply can't concentrate or deal with problems at all. Bursting into tears when faced with a problem is less than professional
I'm 43 so similar age. I am going to the GP asap. And if I'm honest he can pump me full of anything that will help. I feel so wretched.
Oh god, I bet it's peri menopause. I think I'm heading in that direction too, sorry, no advice but I am feeling v anxious today and wondering if it's life things (maybe, I've got a lot on) or hormonal.
This is really interesting. Since the beginning of this year I've been feeling really panicky and unable to concentrate on and off. At the beginning of the summer I was having really awful palpitations but they have eased off as I have given up coffee. I am 39. I hadn't really put it all together before now. I'd be interested to hear what your GPs say.
I'm SURE it must be hormonal, as I got AF yesterday, and suddenly I feel completely normal . Thing is, when I'm feeling all the anxious stuff it just feels like I can't cope at all, which I hate. And yes, it's affecting my work too - I'm avoiding things like big meetings etc in case I make a fool of myself .
Haven't been to see the GP yet, but I guess I better.....
Hmmm.. the exercise thing is interesting. I have been feeling a little like this for a while (since Jan/Feb maybe) but have been running a lot. Since i was forced to stop because of my foot the anxiety has increased 100x.