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I Am In Perimenopause

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    I'd Like to Say the End Is Near, But......

    I'm only 36 and I'm sure these perimenopausal symptoms will go on for quite a few years yet. About 3-4 years ago, I went for blood tests because of pain in the side of my lower abdomen. The results came back, they didn't help diagnose the pain, but they told me I was in...
    DietIcedTea DietIcedTea 36-40, F 1 Response Feb 16, 2009

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    Power Surge Website And Great Book

    I am a true believer in "Knowledge is Power".  I read constantly, usually many books at once.  Therefore, when I started getting perimenopause symptoms, I hit the book store and the websites.  One website that has been mentioned many times is Power Surge.  If you type in www...
    KatLehmkuhl KatLehmkuhl 41-45, F Aug 23, 2011

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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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    Perimenopause And Marriage

    I posted a while back about my perimenopause, I am still taking my supplements and functioning better than I was, my periods are still a bit out of whack but not as unbearable as they had been before supplements. I know I have a much shorter fuse than I used to and I get angry...
    perimenopausesucks perimenopausesucks 41-45 4 Responses Sep 29, 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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    Hi, I think my wife is in perimenopause,

    she is showing a lot of the symptoms, she left the house three weeks ago when she came home from work and seemed agitated, we had been getting along okay , she has a very stressful job and our 2 children have recently left the family home , she said if she stayed we would end up...
    nr3385 nr3385 41-45, M Dec 27, 2013

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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 9 Responses Sep 20, 2009

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    This Is Whack!

        Hey Crazzy Ladies...( and I say that with love!) I am going to be 44 in a couple of months and for the past 4 months I have been experiencing symptoms that have been identified as perimenopausal . Here they are: Baaaad short term memory loss...as in walking into a room and...
    UglyBitr UglyBitr 41-45, F Nov 15, 2013

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    Evil Hot Flashes

    Ok so I am new to this board but felt the need to share a success story on my evil hot flashes. Started getting them about 2 months ago and started to do a lot of research as well as going to doctors. I would get severe hot flashes around the clock every 20 minutes. I started off...
    Magic1002 Magic1002 46-50, F 1 Response Aug 29, 2013

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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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    This Crazy Or Am I?

    I am so happy to see other women having the same crazy symptoms I am having. I am not happy they are having them because I don't want to suffer through this either but I am glad to see other women sharing their experiences. I've been feeling off for awhile but dealing with...
    dreamingkitty dreamingkitty 36-40, F Aug 26, 2013

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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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    Evil Panic Attacks Abd Heart Palpitations

    HELLO LADIES WELL IM GOING CRAZY ONE MINUTE IM GOOD THE NEXT IM BAD IVE SEEN NEUMEROUS DRS AND NO ANSWER DEAL WITH IT THEY SAY IT WILL PASS BUT ITS DRIVING ME CRAZY Anybody got any little answer's
    nikoleta1964 nikoleta1964 46-50, F 1 Response Sep 15, 2013

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    I haven't been officially diagnosed with

    peri-menopause but I know that is what is happening with me. When I read a few of the posts I just wanted to cry. My biggest complaint is the tiredness and lack of energy. I barely clean my house since I need all my energy for work. I am overweight so I tend to blame that...
    notme0606 notme0606 46-50, F 1 Response Jan 14

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    Perimenopause

    I have been having bad mood swings, every lil thing ticks me off, my nerves feel on edge, my periods are crazy, just had one a week ago and now I am spotting as if I may start again stomach cramps, my nipples have these white pimples on them on the tips, my skin, scalp itches, I...
    Lulu1971 Lulu1971 41-45, F Sep 22, 2013

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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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    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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    Book I Have Read On The Subject

    I really should say I have devoured this book. Maybe it is the honesty of the stories that I can relate to or it more hope but I have to say this book is amazing!! I feel like there is hope now. The books is "The Female Brain Gone Insane" . Yeah I know great title. I went to...
    dreamingkitty dreamingkitty 36-40, F 6 Responses Oct 14, 2013

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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 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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    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 Mar 25

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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 17 Responses Mar 21, 2011

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    Perimenopause?????

    Hey Everyone I am 52 years old and up until about 3 years ago was normal with my periods. I started having hot flashes about this time. Then there was a lot of stress that entered my life. I went for about 3 months with no period and then they started back normal, I chalked all...
    crazy52 crazy52 51-55, F 4 Responses Aug 16, 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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    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 28 Responses Apr 9, 2010

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    I Am Too Young For This, And Have Nobody To Relate To!

    I am 29 and recently found out that I am infertile due to low AMH and estrogen levels, on top of not having viable or enough eggs. Although that initially was hard enough news to bear, the added bonus of being kicked into early perimenopause (and eventually early menopause) has...
    cshuff cshuff 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 27, 2013

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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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    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 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

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    Confused About If I Am Really In Perimenopause

    Hi Everyone, About a month ago I completely freaked out after a stressful event I was working on. Panic attacks on a daily basis, can't be near my boyfriend, noises irritate me, not sleeping, swetting during the night, screwed up thinking like I'm going crazy...burning arms and...
    carey16 carey16 46-50, F 2 Responses Sep 9, 2013

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    Misery And Perimenapuse!

    Hi my name is Effie and have been going through perimenapause for quite some time! I have a 17 month old that I am breastfeeding as well! My symptoms are the following: night and day sweats, extreme panic attacks out of nowhere that includes nausea! I also have burping episodes...
    TeddyJulian TeddyJulian 41-45, F Sep 11, 2013

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    Lets Share

    What are ur top 5 worse symptoms to perio-menopause? Mine have been: 1. Anxiety 2. Acid reflux 3. Feeling like I cant breath right at times 4. Hot flashes, though it starts out with freezing cold spells, then warm 5. Tired, out of energy There are so many more that I'm goin...
    Jewels5716 Jewels5716 46-50, F 4 Responses Jul 21, 2013

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    How is everyone doing?

    Did everyone do ok during the holiday season? So much stress and rushing around. I am sure that just adds to the whole crazy feeling we already are going through. I am doing a little better. Did finally cave and started the bio-identical progesterone cream. My GYN wanted to...
    dreamingkitty dreamingkitty 36-40, F Jan 6

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    What Is Goin On????

    I too have been told that I am in perimenopause ... but no explanation for the syptoms I am experiencing almost on a daily basis ... I call them "spells" ... they first started 13 yrs ago, with my Graves Disease ... was told soooo many things, that after all these yrs, I still...
    Shell5716 Shell5716 46-50, F 4 Responses Feb 29, 2012

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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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    What Is Happening?

    Someone please tell me if Permenopause is what is wrong with me.   I cry all the time for no reason.  I don't take any pleasure in anything anymore.  I am 46 and I do get strange flushes from time to time but not hot flashes like people talk...
    GoodTxGirl GoodTxGirl 46-50 3 Responses Jun 24, 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 46-50, F 3 Responses Feb 11

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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 3 Responses Apr 3, 2010

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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 1 Response Apr 4, 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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    Scary Powerful Symptoms!!!

    I'm 46 y/o and what I've been experiencing in the past year or two....WOW! This has truly been mind blowing (not exaggerating). Many of the stories I read here are so familiar and in a way comforting because I don't feel alone anymore. I didn't have anyone to reference with...
    mamacoocoo mamacoocoo 46-50, F 1 Response Nov 2, 2013

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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 1 Response Jan 20

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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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    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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    Stressed And Scared In Perimanopause

    I had surgery for endometrial hyperplasia in Feb. of this year. I have been having intense sweats since I was pregnant with my second child at 27 years of age. The Dr. that performed the surgery had me using the nuva-ring which I chose to stop taking after 3 months its now Oct...
    HeatWave1 HeatWave1 41-45 Oct 8, 2013

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    Omg...so I'm Not Going Mad...yaaay!

    I guess you could call me a late bloomer, I met my husband when I was 36 and became a mum at 38. Finally I was happy and everything in my life was going great. I had a man I adored who loved me back and a beautiful little boy who delighted me every day and suddenly just...
    heavenisaplaceonearth heavenisaplaceonearth 41-45, F 3 Responses Aug 15, 2013

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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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    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 1 Response Jan 2, 2013

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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 46-50, F 1 Response Jul 28, 2013

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    38 Years Old And Perimenopause

    Within the last two months I've had these symptoms: tingling hands and feet panic attacks (out of nowhere) high anxiety most of the time scary, gloomy thoughts mild hot flashes (right before and at the beginning of menses) night sweats (right before and at the beginning of...
    wackymom wackymom 36-40, F 1 Response Oct 14, 2013

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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 41-45 2 Responses Jun 2, 2013

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    My Story Started A Few Years Ago, And That Was Nothing!

    About 5 years ago my cycles started getting erratic, (I had just turned 40). I was having it every other week for several months. I started doing research and took an online test for Perimenopause. I had something like 37 out of 42 symptoms. I went to the doctor and told her...
    dmh68 dmh68 41-45, F 3 Responses Aug 20, 2013

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    Homeopathy Has Helped

    Hi ladies, Your posts are a tremendous help to me in what has probably been the loneliest period of my life. I wanted to share a little bit of "better" news. A few weeks ago I went to a homeopath who went through the full questionnaire they do with me. She prescribed...
    mlambert mlambert 41-45 1 Response Nov 29, 2013

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    Iam Incredibly Miserable!!

    Hi all! Iam 46 years old, little by little the last few years I have many changes going in! First my moods are crazy! Brain fog and memory loss. Married 3 Times and believe it is because on premenapause. This last few months it finally hit me! I havent slept 8 hrs straight in a...
    sweetyt46 sweetyt46 46-50, F 1 Response Aug 30, 2013

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    Hi.

    I've never been on any kind of thing like this. But I'm really struggling. I was "diagnosed" as going through perimenopause last summer at age 39. I'm having every symptom that there is and to top it off I already deal with chronic depression. I'm also REALLY struggling because I...
    MissyL23 MissyL23 41-45, F Sep 2, 2013

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    Don't Give Up

    I wrote here a while back because I felt like I was literally going crazy. Hot flashes and chin hairs were the pleasant part. My moods were up and down, my periods very heavy and painful. Perimenopause. Since I am only 42 nobody was really listening to me. I did not give up. I...
    SerenitySeeking SerenitySeeking 41-45, F Aug 25, 2013

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