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|Sun, 09-16-2012 - 4:53am|
Hi all, I am new here and I just don’t know what to do and I am hoping that maybe you can offer any suggestions, OTC remedies or something, at least I know I am not alone in this…
I am 43, and since 2008, I have been going through early onset perimenopause. My doctor had prescribed DHEA for adrenal fatigue and birth control. At first it seemed to work but since about a year ago, this perimenopause thing has been kicking my butt big time. I eat healthy, stay away from cafeine, I do not drink alcohol, I do not smoke, I exercise 2 times a week (getting to where I can increase slowly). So I can rule out any bad behaviors.
I also have GAD (general anxiety disorder, panic attacks) but that is nothing compared to this.
Symptoms I experience are:
Lightheaded, nervousness, sweating profusely or freezing cold, weight gain, water retention like my body is a sponge, gas/flatulence with any kind of food I eat, sometimes sick to my stomach, terrible migraines, my joints ache (extreme lower back ache, knees hurt, hip hurts), hair loss, hair GAIN in places I’d rather not have hair, dry eyes, dry skin, rashes on my face and neck, acne (even more so than when I as a teenager) and for about 2 weeks these “symptoms” seem to worsen before my period. Then once my (very light spotty period) starts, I am like a new person –until the next 2 weeks hit.
My mood swings are horrendous and I am either crying for no apparent reason, or I am sad, depressed, don’t want to be bothered, I can’t think straight nor concentrate like I have ADHD, or I am completely enraged with anger over nothing. Also, I either sleep a lot or not at all. I used to be ‘normal’ … average. I don’t get it.
I simply do not know what to do. Before I wrote this, I was crying for no reason – just started to cry.
So does anyone have any suggestion as to any herbal remedy, OTC medicine, some Ancient Chinese remedy hidden in a corner, or anything that perhaps would, if nothing else, ease the symptoms. I know I feel like I would not want to live with me, how must my family feel!!
Thanks for ‘listening’…