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I Am In Perimenopause

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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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    why my periods are coming far too often:

    fibroids, apparently. also, getting an endometrial biopsy is really not fun. I suppose I should feel glad that my fibroids are not too large and not too menacing. and eventually i will be post-menopausal. hurray! blech.
    ariadneofnaxos ariadneofnaxos 41-45, F 2 Responses Dec 7, 2015

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    I'm reading the posts through a haze of mild

    nausea, a headache and painful ankles. So I'm not the only one who feels like I'm walking through water? Fatigue. Anxiety. Hot flashes. Nausea. Migraines.
    beebee482 beebee482 46-50, F 1 Response Nov 20, 2015

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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 3 Responses Jan 23, 2015

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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 2 Responses Feb 9, 2015

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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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    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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    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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    I am wondering if there is anyone like me in

    this group. I have researched it, but not thoroughly, so I am taking a shortcut by just asking. I am crazy, emotional & I over react to everything....but the symptom no one prepared me for is my sex drive is almost out of control. Is this what if feels like to be a 16 year...
    sciencegoddess sciencegoddess 46-50, F 1 Response Dec 5, 2015

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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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    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 19 Responses Mar 21, 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, 2015

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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 2 Responses Mar 25, 2014

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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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    I'm in Perimenopause

    and most of the time I really don't like my husband. He annoys me. He is a workaholic and he refuses to talk about issues. He gets extremely defensive. I've also become more critical. I used to be able to get over my resentment and anger but in the last year I can't seem to...
    mfyfe mfyfe 46-50, F 1 Response Jul 21, 2015

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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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    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 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 46-50, F 2 Responses Mar 5, 2015

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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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    It really does feel like you're losing your

    mind sometimes. Hot...HOT flashes (rivers of pouring sweat, nausea and dizziness) followed by shivers when the air is at all cool. Melancholy and exhaustion rule more of my life than I admit. And what on earth is up with the palpitations thing??? I had nearly convinced...
    ImpishToad ImpishToad 41-45, F 2 Responses Dec 1, 2015

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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, 2015

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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 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 1 Response May 12, 2015

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    ARGH! I think my period might be coming this

    week -- i expect it in a few days, but my BREASTS are so enormously swollen and incredibly painful (i've been sleeping a bra for several nights) that I have half convinced myself that i am pregnant. There is part of me that kind of would like to be pregnant. so either way, i...
    ariadneofnaxos ariadneofnaxos 41-45, F Oct 26, 2015

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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 1 Response May 15, 2015

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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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    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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    Lately when I'm menstruating,

    I'm so incredibly sleepy. My moods are much more intense. I feel overwhelmed, anxious, and foggy headed. Last year I started experiencing doom, which was completely new to me, and completely frightening. I'm a few days away from turning 41 and it just occurred to me I'm in...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jan 8

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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, 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, 2015

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    after reading some of the stories on here I am

    glad I am not alone! I began experiencing peri symptoms when I was around 36 ( same age as my mom had). My Dr at the time dismissed it as anxiety and pretty much told me to get on with my life. I suffered for a couple years until I was 38 and began to experience anxiety and...
    joann67 joann67 46-50, F 2 Responses Oct 14, 2015

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    Hi - I am a month away from my 45th Birthday

    and have been experiencing funny cycles for a few months now, the latest one being only 18 days... and am on day 8 without any sign of let up 😟 Has anyone else had this?
    rach1407 rach1407 41-45, F 1 Response Jul 5, 2015

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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 3 Responses Nov 29, 2009

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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 14 Responses Apr 4, 2015

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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 am 50 years old. For the past year

    or two, have been an awful emotional wreck. It seems like a day has not gone by that I haven't cried over something. I feel like I have reached a tipping point and I need to do something to help myself with this issue. I am going to make an effort to clean up my diet, exercise...
    katiedid64 katiedid64 51-55 Jul 31, 2015

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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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    This past 18 months have been the worst.

    ...feel like I'm losing my marbles! All started with being diagnosed with anxiety and depression which seemed to come from nowhere, I'd had quite a stressful few months so accepted what the doctors said but now over 1 year on, I'm convinced that it must be perimenopause and...
    Straykat41 Straykat41 41-45, F 2 Responses Sep 4, 2015

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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 3 Responses May 27, 2015

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    I'm 44 and as of tomorrow I'm 45.

    I have always been a regular 28 day cycle with my period up until this summer (and my 13 year old starting her period) and all of a sudden I was going 30 days. Just in sept I went 40days no period then I got it for 12 then it stopped for 10 then I got it again for 7 then...
    luvireland10 luvireland10 41-45 1 Response Dec 17, 2015

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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 4 Responses May 12, 2015

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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, 2015

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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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    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 55 Responses Apr 9, 2010

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