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I Am In Perimenopause

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    Mood Swings Fast and Furious With Perimenopause

    I am suffering extreme mood swings.  To the point that some people are afraid to approach me.  They never know if I am going to be my usual sweet self or if I am going to lash out like a snake and bite.  And nasty!!  I cut to the bone.  Inside I am still...
    SHERIELYN SHERIELYN 51-55, F 12 Responses Jun 11, 2008

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    Perimeno....oh The Anxiety

    Can you ladies help me?  I am 45 and I HAVE to be going thru perimeno!!  I feel like I am going to have a nervous breakdown.  I had all sorts of symptoms like joint pain etc... but the anxiety and panic and feelins of gloom are doing me in. Can I email someone because I feel...
    sweetmariam sweetmariam 41-45 12 Responses May 29, 2011

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    I am 45 and started having extreme PMS a few

    years ago, after not having significant PMS the rest of my life. Everyone told me I was too young for perimenopause, but I kept pushing and I managed to find some balance for a while. Now my periods have started being inconsistent and the mood swings are horrid. Glad to find...
    redaltitude redaltitude 41-45, F 1 Response Mar 5

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    I have been going through perimenopause

    for about 4 years now. Early on was just an occasional missed period. In the last 6 months I feel like I have lost my mind and my life. My migraines have increased, I have heart palpitations that send me into anxiety attacks, racing heart that is strong enough to wake me, hot...
    sorchkat sorchkat 41-45, F 1 Response Mar 26

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    I am 51. My doctor will not give me anything

    for my perimenopausal symptoms because he states the meds will cause me cancer. I tried to get help from him twice. Most days I have anger, paranoia, 11 day periods, thinning hair, depression, and I'm most certain I lost my job because of my crazy behavior and I'm so afraid if...
    Pinklaw26 Pinklaw26 51-55, F 3 Responses May 28, 2014

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    The Worst Time In My Life!!!!

    Omg the way i feel is so bad, i can't stand feeling this way.  I don't even want to get out of bed in the mornings, and is not that i want to sleep because i can't even sleep at night. I have have chronic insomnia and is taking a toll on me. I feel so exausted and with no...
    mrsb1165 mrsb1165 41-45, F 46 Responses Apr 9, 2010

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    so I have been dealing with different symptoms

    for about 4 years, but last year in Jan to about June I had the most scary of all things happen. I was completely frozen with anxiety and depression, lack o appetite,major hot flashes, I lost a lot of hair, could not sleep ..really thought I had a terminal illness. I can...
    flashysue flashysue 51-55, F 3 Responses Feb 11, 2014

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    Omg...

    Ok, so I'm new to all this stuff, but I have to say that I'm SOOO glad to have found this site.  I'm going through so many changes physically right now that sometimes I really wonder if I'm losing my mind... I'm cranky. I'm moody. I'm on the verge of tears more times in a...
    BeautifulSkies BeautifulSkies 41-45, F 5 Responses Oct 17, 2009

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    Had Enough

    i am experiencing perimenopause has been 5 years body aches bad anxsiety sweats depression mood swings wish there was something to help tied alot of the time
    presario presario 46-50 7 Responses Feb 3, 2008

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    A Week Of Torture

    Hi ladies, boy is it good to be able to talk about this. I believe I'm in the beginning stages of perimenopause, I'm 49 and still getting regular periods, but my PMS symptoms are getting pretty bad. It started with severe fatigue the day before, but the last three months I've...
    InsideEnergy InsideEnergy 51-55, F 2 Responses Jul 28, 2013

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    Am I In Perimenopause?

    Hi, i'm a 42-year-old woman who is very scared and confused.   It seems like the second I turned 40, my body and mind has changed and is out of control.  I have never been a person who suffered from insomnia, but now for many reasons, I wake up every night.  I'm either hot or...
    dvskitty dvskitty 41-45 18 Responses Mar 21, 2011

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    I've been living in hell

    for the past couple of months.. It all started with a series of migraines.. These migraines were not just headaches but whole body shocks.. I had vision trouble.. Tremors.. Dizziness.. Weakness.. These lasted for about 2 weeks.. I saw a neurologist that prescribed Endep to treat...
    vesquivel vesquivel 36-40, F 3 Responses Dec 13, 2014

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    i never had pmt. periods were nearly always

    48-56 days. the last few years i've had pmt. breast tenderness, irritability getting really bad, barely know what i do the 3 days before a period and almost blackout. i haven't had hot flushes but my body temperature control has been totally erratic (either too hot or too cold...
    chalie123 chalie123 51-55, F 1 Response Jul 13, 2014

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    I have been feeling like I'm not living in my

    own body for nearly 6 months now . Lots of trips to the doctors , lots of tests , lots of googling symptoms . Even though a hormone test came back normal my doctor says I am in perimenopause. All I previously knew about menopause was night sweats and hot flushes , but it isn't...
    lisawagstaff22 lisawagstaff22 46-50, F 2 Responses Nov 16, 2014

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    Hi ladies. I am 42 and have been going through

    peri for quite some time. It started with head tingling, dizzyness, disorientation and progressed to depression, insomnia, exhaustion. Doctor said it was depression - I don't think so as I was happy just something not right. This went on for 3 years then last April my periods...
    foundthisway foundthisway 41-45, F 4 Responses Jan 13

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    Hi, I have started spotting 5 days

    after finishing period and been for 6 days now just a slight spot but is this perimenopause starting to worry now I'm 47
    vansxxx vansxxx 46-50, F 1 Response Feb 22

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    It has really helped reading all these stories.

    I haven't been offiicially diagnosed, but after reading all your stories and reading about it on WebMD, I'm pretty sure that is what is going on. At first I thought the problems had to do with all the stress I was going through. Then I noticed that in the few days leading up to...
    Kimmie9182000 Kimmie9182000 41-45 Apr 28, 2014

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    I have been bleeding

    for 2 weeks and a half as of now. I wake up groggy every morning and it takes about 2 to 3 hours to be able to do anything. My skin looks like the moon surface. I have put on 10 lbs in the past month. I am a boxer and I have crashing fatigue during boxing sessions and bad cramps...
    rockycurls rockycurls 41-45, F 2 Responses Apr 24, 2014

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    Hold onto your hat

    and let's hope it's not one of those silly red ones that older women wear to tea parties. I mean, it's cute, but I'm just not READY YET. I am at that age; you know, the one where a woman becomes "a woman of a certain age" and men buy new red sports cars. Or...
    sonrisaj sonrisaj 46-50, F 9 Responses Jan 2, 2008

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    I want to share some resources

    that have helped me. My main symptoms are hot flashes, severe depression, weight gain, and missed periods. I am 47 now, but started having spotting between periods at 42. Natural progesterone cream helped to regulate this after about 2 months of taking it. Then about 2 years...
    vermiliontwo vermiliontwo 41-45, F 1 Response Oct 20, 2014

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    I have a question. Does anyone experience

    higher blood pressure during specific points in their cycle?
    coob coob 51-55, F 1 Response Feb 9

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    VERY Angry

    I AM 37 YET I FEEL LIKE I AM PREIMENOPAUSING, I DONT KNOW WHAT ELSE IT CAN BE. MY MOOD SWINGS ARE HORRIBLE AND I HAVE FALLEN DEPRESSED, THIS IS NOT ME! MY PERSIODS ARE SO LIGHT, MORE OF A PINKISH THAT I DONT EVEN HAVE TO BREAK OUT THE TAMPOONS. THE WORST THING, MY SEX DRIVE IS...
    TxenProud TxenProud 36-40, F 2 Responses Jan 14, 2009

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    I am 49, closing in on 50.

    The last two years have been very taxing. Highly irregular menstrual cycles, mood swings, lowered libido, night sweats, joint pain, etc. But the most disturbing symptoms are the anxiety attacks, chest pain, and difficulty breathing. I have gone to the ER three times this past...
    dinalee65 dinalee65 46-50, F 1 Response Sep 30, 2014

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    I'm 48 and have been tracking my periods

    for about two years or so with an app. About every 3-5 months I have a shorter cycle...anywhere from 11-19 days. Then I resume a normal schedule for several months. I've always been super regular. This last period was normal, but then 11 days later I started again...only...
    WHATTHEHECK66 WHATTHEHECK66 46-50, F Aug 14, 2014

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    So interested to read about all the crazy

    symptoms. For me I had a marina coil fitted so rarely had periods but developed constant cramps for 6 weeks so asked my dr to remove the coil. I felt instant relief but 3 months later the cramps started again. I've had no periods since taking the coil out 4 months ago, but the...
    traceymactell traceymactell 46-50, F Jun 21, 2014

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    Comforting Resource For Us....

    I have spent the last few weeks scouring the internet trying to make sense of what is happening to me. I, like most of you, am sometimes convinced that I've just lost my mind literally....become insane. A lot of the physical signs of perimenopause have been subtle for me, but...
    wackymom wackymom 36-40, F 2 Responses Oct 17, 2013

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    Has anyone had any luck with otc natural

    remedies or progesterone cream? I use AM and PM pills that have black cohosh and valerian root (and some other stuff), but they only do so much. I also take b12 vitamins and I just started otc progesterone cream yesterday. My hot flashes have improved some, but I struggle...
    mlcampbell mlcampbell 46-50, F 1 Response Jan 22

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    Has anyone also experienced restless/cramping

    legs and feet? In the evenings my legs begin to hurt and feel stiff. It takes me hours to fall asleep! Also, my toes start to cramp when I'm trying to get into shoes or flip flops. This is a new symptom I could really do without.
    dinalee65 dinalee65 46-50, F 1 Response Feb 20

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    I'm 47, and I think I'm in full blown menopause.

    I wouldn't know for sure because I had a hysterectomy five years ago, and only have one ovary left. But your stories sound exactly like mine. I am hypothyroid, but have been treated with Armour for the last 14 years, no problems there. But the last couple years I have been...
    nygirl67 nygirl67 46-50, F 1 Response Feb 2

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    Yikes! What Happend To My Life?

    As I think back over the last year or so, I realized that this process of perimenopause started before I even knew it started.  It really came into full swing this past March.  The symptoms were like I was having a heart attack and with my family history of heart problems, I...
    arquette arquette 46-50, F 6 Responses Aug 14, 2011

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    I am in perimenopause.

    Just like some feed back of others experiencing this madness!! Beth
    Beth6460 Beth6460 51-55, F 1 Response Oct 8, 2014

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    This Sucks!

    I have heard that a tubal ligation can make peri menopause start early. I hope that's what the hell of the last three years has been. I'm in my early 40's but have felt "psycho" for about 3 1/2 years now and it seems to only be getting worse. I take progesterone and that helps...
    bundi8u bundi8u 41-45, F 6 Responses Apr 23, 2012

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    The Beginning of the End?

    My doctor "thinks" I am perimenopausal, and he expects me to know what all that means.  Oh, I understand that I will stop having periods, that I need to consider HRTs, that I will have hot flashes and be *itchier than usual.  But is this also why I am having...
    alisarosenbaum alisarosenbaum 46-50, F 10 Responses Oct 25, 2007

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    I feel as though I am in a waking nightmare at

    almost 48 years old. Last week, I did not sleep for 48 hours, and now I have to drink beer to be able to sleep at all, to calm myself down. The anxiety is ruining all of the fun of life, and when I wake up, my hot flashes and racing heart scare me so much that I can barely...
    perijenn perijenn 46-50, F Dec 14, 2014

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    I Thought I Was Going Crazy....

    I actually spent days wondering if I was going insane. After a breakup of my 18 year marriage, I was on my own for the first time in a long time. I thought I was ok but quickly realized I wasn't. First it was panic attacks (which I havent had since I was a teenager). Weird...
    annieperson annieperson 36-40 2 Responses Apr 4, 2011

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    Hi Ladies, I defiantly know what you are all

    going through. I am 47 and I had the exact same symptoms, had all test done from head to toes. I was given so many different medications from so many different Doctors and Specialist. Spend so much time and money, but I didn’t care I just wanted to know what was wrong with me...
    unitedhope unitedhope 46-50, F 1 Response Oct 15, 2014

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    Where Did I Go? I Am In Perimenopause

    I am 42 yrs. old and am in perimenopause. I feel like I lost myself a few years ago. My outlook is different, I get aggrivated easier than I used to, I have anxiety and some depression. I also wake up just about the same time every  night and can't go back to sleep for a few...
    lynn0468 lynn0468 41-45, F 4 Responses Jan 15, 2011

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    Freaked Out Over Wacky Monthies

    Always been regular as clockwork and suddenly everything is crazy.  Late period that stopped and started.  Now one a week early--or is it just weird bleeding before the next time? Anyone else with this going on...I'm a little freaked out.  Gyn just said watch it...
    madmen47 madmen47 46-50 1 Response Apr 23, 2009

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    I just started researching the perimenopausal

    rage solution. It hit me baaad, really really bad. Today in the morning I locked myself in the bathroom, so I didn't have to look at my husband. I would probably hit him with a heavy object otherwise. Just because he didn't put his coffee mug to a dishwasher. Just like that...
    Lilith66 Lilith66 46-50, F 2 Responses Jan 23

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    I purchased a high powered fan

    that blows on me when I'm in bed, and another one that's next to my favorite chair. I take lots of cool showers, and wash my linens often. Oh my favorite pj's are this fabric that feels like you're not wearing anything, it's so thin, drapes perfectly and it's soft. I love that...
    SanitySister SanitySister 41-45, F Mar 25, 2014

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    I Helped Someone Today.

    I happened to run into a neighbor friend of mine that I haven't spoken to for a while.  She turned 40 today.  I remarked at how horrific 40 was for me that my heart was beating out of my chest on most days and that the heat was ready to kill me.  She looked shocked and stated...
    KatLehmkuhl KatLehmkuhl 41-45, F 2 Responses Sep 13, 2011

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    "god Givith...god Takith Away,please!

    HELLO COMRADS, JUST WHEN I THOUGHT I HAD BECOME A HORRIBLE WOMAN....IT HELPS TO KNOW I'M NOT ALONE. ALMOST COMFORTING! i'M SUFFERING. EVERYDAY. I THOUGHT I WAS LOSING MY MIND OR BIPOLAR. NOT. MY SYMPTOMS BEGAN VERY EARLY IN LIFE, AGE36. I THEN FOUND OUT ALL...
    honeybush honeybush 41-45, F 4 Responses Apr 3, 2010

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    I am 47. Going to my OB/GYN

    after being at allergist, MRI, countless bloodwork over the past year. Im always beyond exhausted now. Never a good sleeper. Im lucky if Ambiern helps. Now I get hideous headaches daily for months now. Almost a year. Dry mouth, tingly itchy feeling on face and in my mouth...
    calbred calbred 46-50, F 1 Response Nov 10, 2014

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    Out Of Control

    I turned 40 last December.  I was a good girl and accepted it with grace and vigor.  My family was very proud of me and told me I took it much better than anyone else they knew.  Then came June.  June was HELL!!!!  I went to the doctor for a typical checkup and found out...
    KatLehmkuhl KatLehmkuhl 41-45, F 4 Responses Aug 19, 2011

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    I had blood work done recently to find out

    if I'm experiencing perimenopause. I have the tell tale symptoms for well over a year, night sweats, mood swings, dizzy, confused, severe pms, irregular periods and periods in between my periods. What made things worse for me is that I have PVC's and palpitations, had them since...
    ksbonneau ksbonneau 31-35, F 3 Responses Jul 3, 2014

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    OMG! Thank you all for sharing your experience

    and stories. I was laughing half way down the page. I was 38 and have been expereience pre & menapause for the last 6 years now. You are all right, it STINKS! I can say that the one thing that has helped me tremondously is the power of sharing where