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I Am In Perimenopause

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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'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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    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 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 2 Responses May 28, 2014

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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 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 1 Response Apr 30, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Why are not more doctors -

    even OB GYNS - more aware of this issue. I am 44 years old and have experienced almost every symptom related to perimenopause that I have read on the internet...not by being informed from my doctors. I have severe anxiety (and I have always been an easy-going/ laid back person...
    Suzannatexas Suzannatexas 41-45, F 4 Responses Jan 20, 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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    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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    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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    Tired Of Perimenopause

    Hi all: I just joined this group today.  I really need some support as perimenopause can be a really tough ride. I think I'm about 5 or 6 years into this thing - I now call it 'the hostage taking' as there seem to be occasions when I feel that I am being held hostage by my...
    Ellen1111 Ellen1111 46-50, F 2 Responses Nov 29, 2009

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Wow, am I glad I found this site.

    I feel like I am going crazy. I am 48. In the past year or 18 months, I have transitioned from an energetic, happy, slender working mother to an anxious, exhausted, frazzled working mother who put on 5-10 pounds right around my middle. I used to be pretty youthful feeling. Now...
    lynninny lynninny 46-50 2 Responses Apr 23, 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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    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 10 Responses Jun 27, 2008

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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 2 days ago

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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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    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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    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 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 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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    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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    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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    Didn't Expect This At All!!

    I am 45 years old and for the past year I've been experiencing irregular periods.  My skin is horrible and the anxiety is through the roof.  I'm told that you can skip periods for up to 6 months and still not be in menopause.  Like many of you I have had my Thyroid checked as...
    lmjjwilson lmjjwilson 41-45, F 8 Responses Aug 3, 2011

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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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    There Is Hope!

    I just got a call from my OB/Gyn office.  I was not able to get in to see him until 9/27.  That seemed like a world away.  Now, though, they have an opening on Friday morning of this week and I am off that day!!!!!  YEAH!!!!!OK... sorry.  Anywho, I spoke with the...
    KatLehmkuhl KatLehmkuhl 41-45, F 1 Response Sep 6, 2011

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 7 Responses Sep 20, 2009

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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...