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I Am Going Through Menopause

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    Feeling Strange

    I am fifty and I have been going through this fun time of our girlish life for 8 years now. Finally after a period that lasted over a month I have now skipped a month!   Now latly I feel strange. I am going back in time and interested in things I loved when i was 20, I...
    milkcanannie milkcanannie 46-50 Jul 31, 2008

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    Am I Going Crazy?

      My name is Keri and I am 47 years old. I had a partial in 1992 taking my uterus and leaving my ovary's. Over the last year, it seems I have given up on life. I don't sleep well, I get horrible hot flashes, I am so emotional, my sons hate being around me because of the...
    mixedup741 mixedup741 46-50 1 Response Nov 7, 2011

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    Very Frustrated

    Strarted about 10 years ago I am 46 now have all the signs of menopause. At 36 I hurt my back ended up having many many surgeries finally had a pain pump put in my spine which was great for pain but had all these side effects one which was my period just stopped. I changed alot...
    curlytop44 curlytop44 46-50, F Jul 16, 2010

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    I just turned 52 and have been periomenopausal

    for quite a bit. I have made it through the very heavy period time and then more recently I dealt with hot flashes, anxiety and brain fog. I did find that exercise and two supplements to help me greatly - Estroven and SAMe to the the point that I rarely have a hot flash. I...
    Bluereader Bluereader 51-55, F 1 Response Dec 30, 2013

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    Too Young For This!

    Well this year at the age of 39 I was diagnosed with Menopause. About 18 months ago my Periods started going funny dribble for a few days then really heavy. The next sypmtom came a year ago mood swings, basically I get very depressed and have days when I just can't stop crying...
    jollyone jollyone 41-45, F 7 Responses Jun 11, 2010

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    It's More Like Maxipause Instead of Menopause...

    I have been dealing with this mess for a couple of years now, and I am only 44.  The night sweats, the forgetfulness, horrible mood swings, depression, and horrible periods.  Finally 3 months ago, I went to my dr and told him I couldn't take it anymore. ...
    rdt rdt 41-45, F 6 Responses Oct 31, 2008

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    Head Aches

    Hi every one i am 52 and going through the menopaus, I hav'nt had any hot flashes but i have the headaches from hell and i feel so nausious, and fuzzy in the head, and my periods go on for thee weeks at a time . I feel so tired and unwell and feel like I am becomeing a pain to...
    jtighe jtighe 51-55 1 Response Sep 11, 2011

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    Have I Crossed Over

    As in another group story (am I premenopausal) I would like to know when you go from pre to the real thing. I'm 47 and for the past 10 years have experienced all symptoms and for longer time periods. The night sweats and the being hot all the time is the worst for me right now...
    Grits4life Grits4life 46-50, F 4 Responses Aug 15, 2008

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    Hell And More Hell

    I started going through peri pretty early, late thirties. Went on an antidepressant and anti anxiety meds cause at the time I had no idea what was up. Just knew I was fine one day and a nervous, emotional wreck the next. Then came fibroids. No doctor ever mentioned checking...
    ssccpa ssccpa 46-50, F 1 Response Jun 4, 2013

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    Thought It Would Never Happen

    I didn't start menopause until I was 53. My doctor said I was one of the oldest patients she ever had. If it hadn't been for the uterine artery embolization I had in November I probably would still be subsidizing the sanitary napkin industry. I had a tumor the size of a...
    ColoGrama ColoGrama 56-60, F 3 Responses Sep 17, 2010

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    Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

    Fifteen years ago my doctor informed me that I had entered "Peri-menopause" earlier than the average woman, which was supposed to mean that menopause would arrive earlier as well. Well, as I said, that was fifteen years ago. I've been living with hot flashes, night sweats and a...
    rollingwithhusky rollingwithhusky 46-50, F Oct 15, 2013

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    Bio Identical Hormones

    I just wanted to share that I am have very good luck with Bio Identical Hormones. I tried a few different HRT's that my OB and PCP prescribed but I kept having allergic reactions and couldn't take them. I also gained 70 pounds in a year and a half with exercising regularly and...
    chenderson chenderson 31-35, F 2 Responses Nov 26, 2012

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    This Is Not What I Needed Right Now! Mental Pause!

    I turned 44 in May. In 2005 I had a partial hysterectomy due to prolapsed uterus. My ovaries were left in place because I also have a pituitary tumor that jacks with my hormones. On top of these two things, I also have a dissociative disorder and am in therapy.I believe the...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jul 7, 2012

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    Menopause At 49

    For so many years I lived a carefree live, then around 48 I started to get hot flashes anxiety vaginal dryness, my period was sporadic. I was going through menopause hell, I tried everything and nothing worked. MY Doctor said I just had to go with it, since he didn't have to wake...
    dantelle12 dantelle12 36-40 4 Responses Nov 30, 2012

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    Okay...I'm 52 was peri menopausal

    for at least five years up until two years ago when I had a hysterectomy as my period became unmanageable....my iron level went down to 1....obviously I felt like hell...struggled with absolutely everything and as I work full time my period, which was happening two weekly...
    haiche haiche 46-50, F 1 Response Dec 18, 2013

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    New , Private (Closed) Facebook Group Where We Can Share And Support.

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    kristinem61 kristinem61 51-55 May 9, 2013

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    Looking For Some Advice On Menopause

    Hi everyone, I am in search of some answers. I began bioidentical hormones October, 2011 & everything was going great. Then since about May/June, 2012, I have had several changes happen: 1- sore & stiff joints, 2-fatigue & lack of energy, 3-bouts of depression, 4-acne, 5-gained...
    ryansmama ryansmama 51-55 1 Response Jul 24, 2012

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    I Think Maybe I Am ... Or Maybe I'm Just Crazy

    I know there many awesome & intelligent women on EP. I'm thankful for your presence here because I desperately need your help. I have questions about peri-menopause, menopause, change of life ... whatever term works. I am either experiencing symptoms related to that or I am...
    SeriouslySappy SeriouslySappy 51-55, F 21 Responses Sep 9, 2010

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    Me & Menopause

    I was just wondering, first time on site, I am going through menopause and have experienced prior to menopause about 4 episodes of anxiety/depression over the years, I am struggling with it again and have been for the last year, on antidepressants and just started on HRT to see...
    pause50 pause50 46-50, F May 3, 2011

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    Depression Or Laziness? Mental Incompetence Or Passing Phenomenon? Hmmm...

    I am 48 1/2 and I confess I have always beensomewhat lazy.  But the past few years, I don't want to do anything.  Depression? I don't know.  I just don't have the energy or enough desire or maybe even the ability to think and plan what to do. I feel like I am watching the...
    JoWilson JoWilson 46-50, F 6 Responses Mar 6, 2012

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    A Rite Of Passage

    At first I approached menopause just like I did everything else in my life, that ment I was getting older, I feared it. However once it started, and I realized what was happening , I new I was going to have to find away to live with it, and do it in a positive way. So thats just...
    libertybalanced libertybalanced 46-50, F 7 Responses Mar 20, 2012

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    Not Too Bad

    I am in perimenopause. It seems I have a period every4 months which is discouraging. I'm 55 yrs old and ready for all this to be over. I have hot flashes, but because I am on bipolar meds to control my moods, I don't have mood swings. I have osteopenia, low bone density, and...
    Gettingbetter1 Gettingbetter1 51-55, F 1 Response Aug 20, 2012

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    Surgical Menopause And Allergic To Premarin

    I had an emergency hysterectomy a little over a year ago at 34 and my world has been turned upside down ever since. The hot flashes and night sweats started 3 days after surgery and about the same time those started I also started having problems with the pain medication that was...
    chenderson chenderson 31-35, F 1 Response Jun 25, 2012

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    Menopause Confusion

    I'm 51 in a few days and I have missed two periods during that time my tummy has expanded and is really solid is this the so called belly fat we women get.
    ruth51 ruth51 51-55 2 Responses Jan 17, 2013

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    You Guys Are Going to Make Me Cry...

    After many years, I have finally found a man that I respect and love.  And just to make things interesting, 7 months into the relationship, I am experiencing menopausal symptoms.  In a few months I will be introduced to full blown menopause-overnight due to drugs to...
    harperlee49 harperlee49 46-50, F 3 Responses Apr 24, 2008

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    I'm Very Confused

    I'm starting to go through menapause or perimenapausal, and I'm very confused as what is normal and what is not.  I've been having a period for 3 weeks.  I called my Dr. and she said it's my age, but at what time should I be concered about any of these symptoms?
    Katkitswt1 Katkitswt1 46-50, F 5 Responses Jan 23, 2009

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    My Love

    My first story :: My love I listen with my heart, and things often said to me are taken to my heart very deeply. I am very tender and kind hearted. I am merly human, and make humanly mistakes. God will forgive me, and everyone else, as we are one of his children. Just thinking...
    deerslayer63 deerslayer63 46-50, F 5 Responses Mar 1, 2011

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    Treatments Recommendations

    Midlife is a time of awakening, but not always a gentle one! By the time most women are 40-something (give or take a few years), they find themselves being introduced to an unfamiliar body, one many of them describe as "betraying them." As the transitional years progress, they...
    Asianblue Asianblue 41-45, F 3 Responses Sep 6, 2012

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    Help!!

    my mother is around 50....she is having some mental problem...she continuously speaks on any topic..repeats the same thing again n again....is she undergoin menopause...i am really very worried about her n not able to concentrate on anything else...she becomes this abnormal for 3...
    pranvishu pranvishu 18-21 2 Responses Oct 23, 2012

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    GOING Freakin Crazy

    i HAVE NO PATIENCE, I DON'T WANT TO BE BOTHERED, I AM VIOLENT, I FEEL I AM NOTHING, I DON'T CARE HOW I LOOK, OR SMELL ANYMORE. I HATE MYSELF, I CAN'T TALK TO PEOPLE, I WANT TO RUN AWAY, I AM ABOUT TO CRACK LIKE WALNUT... PLEASE HELP ME SOMEONE................
    BOOHOO42 BOOHOO42 41-45, F 5 Responses Mar 2, 2009

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    I am going through it with my wife.

    .. we've been together over 30years but this is rough. She isn't herself and I know it bothers her. I compliment her all the time, tell her how pretty she is. I try to be patient and wait for her to feel romantic... but she never does. She was never horny to begin with and I had...
    SamanthaLei SamanthaLei 46-50, M 3 Responses Mar 5

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    It Came A Bit Early, But I'm Dealing

    I had a hysterectomy in my 30s, and although I kept my ovaries, the surgeon warned me that I could go into early menopause any time. This past six months have been interesting, mostly because, duh, I wasn't sure what was going on. I had the hot flashes, the night sweats, the...
    Solidad42 Solidad42 41-45, F Mar 26, 2012

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    Menopause

    I turned 50 this year. I have been in menopause since 2005. Thankfully, it isn't as bad as I thought it would be. In the beginning, I did have some pretty good mood swings, but that's evened out. However I still have insomnia at times and night sweats. I have come to believe...
    grnwd82 grnwd82 51-55, F 7 Responses Aug 14, 2008

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    Lost and Alone In the Change and Didn't Know It

    I began at approximately 35 yrs old, to experience the first signs that something was not right with me.  The doctors didn't help me, other women looked at me like "poor thing, she needs to be in a rubber room". I've hated it, no one in my family has experienced...
    cloudydaze cloudydaze 48 5 Responses May 22, 2009

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    Marriage And Menopause

    i'm 46 and going through menopause. My husband and I have been married 26 years. I thought I had my mood swings controlled and then last week my husband and I went to a car show. I saw a customer(male) that i hadn't seen in over a year. We began a idle conversation about what his...
    debralemka debralemka 46-50 Jul 16, 2012

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    It's Called "Menopause", But It Can Feel Like "Mental Pause"

    Like so many of the vestiges of having breast cancer and going through treatment, I am a bit angry about my menopause. I am 46, so it isn't that I never considered the possibility of menopause, but I thought it would come later not suddenly as I was dealing with my cancer. I...
    ginger1979 ginger1979 41-45, F 8 Responses Jul 17, 2007

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    Menopause...it's No Picnic In The Park!!

    I am 49 and have been going thru some hot flashes and terrible mood swings for awhile now,but this past summer it became unbearable.I became so depressed that I felt that my marriage wasn't working anymore and I left my husband for several months.I am back home now and things...
    searching4life searching4life 46-50, F 6 Responses Jan 28, 2012

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    Belly Fat During The Menopause

    Can anyone tell me through their own experience if they gained weight on their tummy and if it was soft or solid fat??
    ruth51 ruth51 51-55 2 Responses Jan 17, 2013

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    I have read and commented on a few stories in

    this category, and boy, it's made me feel 100% better about what's been going on in my little life! I knew I was peri-menopausal a couple of years ago because I was experiencing very heavy periods; so heavy that I'd be soaking through three pads in the space of a couple of hours...
    moongirl62 moongirl62 51-55, F 7 Responses Jan 3

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    What A Fun Thing To Add To An Already Impressive Plethora!

    I'm a large woman, 48 years old. Partial hysterectomy when I was 30. Everything has been smooth sailing until now in that regard. Now, I'm quite miserable.A bit more background: I'm a PTSD patient with fibromyalgia, so the mood swings & frustration aren't exactly new territory...
    feathermoon feathermoon 46-50, F 5 Responses May 11, 2011

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    Doctors Are In The Dark About Menopause

    Doctors are in the dark about menopause. They are not trained in menopause, perimenopause or hormone replacement therapies. I read an article today I wanted to comment on because it’s a common problem we face in medicine, and something I see often with patients. We live in a...
    MenopauseMoxie MenopauseMoxie 46-50, F 3 Responses May 16, 2013

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    Mental Menopause

    www.mentalmenopausebyme.com The real truth One woman's journey through Hell One woman's shared story of RELIEF...finally Funny, witty, raw and full of truth...that even most women won't admit... www.mentalmenopausebyme.com
    mentalmenopause mentalmenopause 51-55 Jul 11, 2011

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    Whats Happening To Me?

    It started as a hot flash, no problem right! Then  I couldn't remember the words I wanted to say during a conversation.  Then came the crying, the anger from hell, the brain fog, and then a  sadness I had never felt before.  Nothing mattered.  I coundn't sleep or...
    kaysam kaysam 51-55 5 Responses Mar 22, 2011

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    Surgical Menopause, Sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hello fellow menopause sufferers. My story starts as a medical correction turning into a medical NIGHTMARE!!! I was thrust into menopause on 10/30/08 from a surgical removal of my ovaries due to cysts the size of grapefruits. Since then my life has been turned upside down due to...
    mybuttabean mybuttabean 41-45 3 Responses Nov 18, 2012

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    Need Help With Menopause Side Effects

    Help!  I have been going through this for about six months.  I am on the pregesterone cream.  However, I have gained 10 pounds and no amount of exercise or diet is helping.  I am constantly bloated and it feels like the 10 pounds is all water weight.  I...
    carriet carriet 46-50 1 Response Feb 19, 2009

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    There Has Got To Be A Cure For This!

    Hot Flashes, Confusion, Memory Loss, Anger, Depression, Nausea, Crying, Insomnia, Introvert, Blubber Belly, Mood Swings, Who will you be tomorrow yourself of one of the many new people you've become? There should be special medical coverage and special time-off from work with...
    MzOry MzOry 46-50 7 Responses Aug 8, 2012

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    Been married 17 years. I'm not necessarily going through divorce, but my wife has emotionally abandoned me (physically too). I don't know what to do...struggling. I'm still...
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