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HI, All, I wanted to share some things that have actually HELPED my perimenopausal symptoms. When I am having a particularly bad day with anxiety, thoughts of doom/gloom, heart palpitations, waking up at night or waking up super early, and occasional panic attacks, I am equally saddened and relieved to find these discussion groups. Saddened that so many have to go through this and are being misinformed about treatment options and also relieved that I am not alone and I am not crazy. Just going through the hormone HELL! Anyway, I found some GREAT resources that are legit (forget hormone/coritsol testing, adrenal fatigue and all of that stuff, unless it is giving you a placebo effect, which you could just as easily get from any so-called remedy) and TRUST objective and well-researched resources. Visit ... for valid and relialbe information. After seeing my PCP, neurologist, allergist, GI doc, and a holistic doctor who put me on about 10 different "natural supplements" (all of which did NO GOOD), I found a NAMS-approved (see webiste above for for info. on this) nurse practitioner who prescribed Levora, a mix of estrogen and progesterone. It is "the pill," but in order to keep my hormone levels stable, I take it constantly with no off days unless I have 4 days of bleeding. I have had a dramatic decrease in severity and frequency in all of my symptoms. While they still present their ugly heads at times, I haven't had a crying meltdown AT ALL and thoughts of doom are rare. PLEASE, MOST IMPORTANT, there is SO MUCH mis-information about treatment for perimenopause symptoms, use research-based, valid treatment options. YOU DESERVE IT. And, other things that have helped: mindfulness relaxation, massages (yeah!), sharing MY STORY and getting support from family, and knowing I am not alone and am NOT crazy! I wish all of you the greatest strength and love as we go through this trying time in our lives. Cherish the peaceful moments and don't listen to the bad moments-they are NOT REAL and are merely symptoms. Take care!
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