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I Am In Perimenopause

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 481 People

    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 33 without children

    and have history of depression, but otherwise healthy/healthy weight etc. A year and half ago my right ovary started hurting all the time. I went to my doctor and for whatever reason was tested for kidney stones. Negative. Then a pelvic ultrasound revealed a cyst on my ovary. A...
    Youngntough Youngntough 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 30, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 47 Responses Apr 9, 2010

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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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    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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    2years Into Perimenopause And I Want To Have A Baby

    i was 42 when i started with the hot flashes,irregular periods and insomnia....mainly caused by being woken up by hot flashes closely followed by cold shivers and then needing the loo,sometimes up to 8 times a night.this in turn made me very intolerant,snappy and moody,sluggish...
    wildhorsey wildhorsey 41-45, F 3 Responses Jan 28, 2010

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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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    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 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 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 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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    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 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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    Started Perimenpause, Symptoms Now Getting Worse

    I am 43 years old and started this journey about 18 months ago I guess. My periods sometimes occur more often and then they just go away for ages and then sometimes they are normal.  The bleeding hasn't been any heavier (I read about that here, didn't realise that would...
    Mags1965 Mags1965 41-45, F 11 Responses Jun 27, 2008

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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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    Perimenopause And Pregnancy Symptoms

    Hi, I am 44 years old and some strange things have been happening over the past 5 weeks. I have had normal very regular cycles up until the end of April. Around the 1st week of May I had some cramping like I was going to start my cycle again and then really horrible low back pain...
    krma krma 46-50 2 Responses Jun 2, 2013

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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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    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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    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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    Blurred Vision And Super Tired

    I went to the emergency two nights ago complaining of extreme fatigue and blurred vision.. I was currently on the tail end of my 14 day cycle ( used to be 28 days ). I sat there explaining to this young doctor my symptoms and he had me stick out my tongue and then he checked my...
    Butters420 Butters420 41-45, F 2 Responses Jan 2, 2013

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    I am 42 years old. My symptoms came out of

    nowhere when I turned 41 last year. Anxiety, depression, fear, brain fog, lack of concentration, disorientation, heart palpitations, doom/gloom, fear of dying, oh i forgot to mention, woke up about 2 months ago and really felt like I've lost my mind. Like I've literally gone...
    momluvmimi momluvmimi 41-45, F 2 Responses May 12

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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 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 am 52 and 1/2 years old.

    I have skipped my last 2 periods. For the past several weeks I have generally felt like sh!t. I would never have believed something natural like menopause would cause someone to actually feel like self-harming and suicidal at times, that is how bad it has gotten for me. I...
    BlueIris1962 BlueIris1962 51-55 13 Responses Apr 4

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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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    Oh Crap!

    Yep...been here in Perimenopause for like 3 years now.... So let me get this straight....I still get the bloating, bleeding and crazy mood swings, and in addition....I get even wilder mood swings, hot flashes and granny hairs. Hmmmmmm- kinda thinkin this sucks!
    trixiegirl trixiegirl 46-50, F 6 Responses Sep 20, 2009

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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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    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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    Someone Please Tell Me This Is Normal!

    So from everything I've read lately, I'm driving head-on into perimenopause and I have my head hanging out the window and I'm screaming 'HELP!' LOLI'm on a rollercoaster and I really don't like it.I hate this emotional up & down! I fear sharing this with my husband for fear that...
    robono robono 46-50 5 Responses Aug 17, 2011

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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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    I'm 43 and have had several weird periods in a

    row. I went to my doctor who did a pap smear and said things change when you're over 40. She didn't seem interested in my fears. My mom has also tried to tell me it's fine, and that she had a period of two weeks at about my age. When she went to her doctor, his response was...
    MegaMeg MegaMeg 41-45, F May 15

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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 I am at with other women...
    dianewjersey dianewjersey 41-45, F 1 Response Mar 25, 2014

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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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    I am so scared. I feel like I am not me anymore.

    The dizziness and nausea and anxiety are so bad. I have terrible health anxiety and it has gotten worse over the last couple of years. I am terrified of Doctors and have a panic attack when I even think about going. I did a hormone saliva test which showed low progesterone. I am...
    daneen63 daneen63 51-55, F May 27

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    I am 42 years old. My symptoms came out of

    nowhere when I turned 41 last year. Anxiety, depression, fear, brain fog, lack of concentration, disorientation, heart palpitations, doom/gloom, fear of dying, oh i forgot to mention, woke up about 2 months ago and really felt like I've lost my mind. Like I've literally gone...
    momluvmimi momluvmimi 41-45, F May 12

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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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    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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    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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