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What is wrong with me? 54 years old and enjoyed a life of good health - until I had my daughter I had never been in hospital - was even born at home.
3 months ago, at the end of a period I started getting period pains - never happened before. This progressed into bowel cramping for a few weeks and a general feeling of being unwell. Got so bad that I went to a doctor who referred me to a gastroenterologist. Appointment’s tomorrow, but that has gone now. It has been replaced by breathlessness - a feeling that my airways are narrower than they should be. I’m trying to cough up phlegm but there’s nothing there. Is this perimenopause? If I could be sure it was it would really help because with each symptom I fear the worse - bowel cancer with the cramping and lung cancer with the breathlessness. Feel like I’m going crazy - feel like I’m dying. I wasn’t aware of these symptoms. I feel very negative each morning when I wake up - I thought of death this morning - I’ve never been so frightened of it. I lost my mum last year and all this is not helping with the grief. I’m tempted to go on HRT - I need some relief from all this but can I go on it if I’m still having periods?
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