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I Am In Perimenopause

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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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 38 Responses Apr 9, 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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    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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    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 1 Response Nov 16

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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 2 Responses Jul 28, 2013

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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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    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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    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 4 days ago

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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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    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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    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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    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 2 Responses Jul 3

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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'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

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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

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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 6 days ago

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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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    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 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

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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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    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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    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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    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 3 Responses Jan 20

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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

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    Has anyone else had HRT pellet implants I was

    suffering horribly with everything from 3 week long periods to foggy brain and fits of rage that seemingly came out of nowhere. After much research and numerous testimonials from women whom I know have had the procedure, I decided to have the implants in August of this year...
    Loverofpeace Loverofpeace 36-40, F 1 Response Nov 1

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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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    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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    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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    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

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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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    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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    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

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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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    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

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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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    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

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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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    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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    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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    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

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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

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