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I'm so happy to have found this discussion board. Each time I read a new post, it lets me know I'm not alone in what I'm going through. I can't talk to anyone in the family, as my grandmother was the only one who went through meonpause, as the other women in my family had hysterectomies before menopause.
I had an andometrial ablation 6 years ago and it worked up until the past 7 months, with the last two being periods for 2 weeks with heavy clotting and flooding. I actually ended up in the ER two weeks ago as I was bleeding so heavy. I was advised to call my GYN on the Monday following and they worked me in within a few days. My doctor told me he was shocked that I'm still having my periods as I'm 53 and will be 54 in Oct. He gave me 4 options, another ablation in which he didn't advise, an IUD, Depo shot or hysterectomy. I can't use birth control pills due to high blood pressure. So, I elected to go with the Depo shot. I'm keeping my fingers crossed as since having the shot on Tuesday I have read horrible things about the shot, one being how it makes you bleed more. I have been bleeding nonstop for over two months now, so we went with the Depo in hopes it would stop the bleeding. I'm curious to know if anyone else has used the Depo shot to help stop the bleeding and if so what has your experience been like? So, like I said I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Depo shot works for me.
In the past two months I have started going through things that made me think I was loosing my mind. I'm usually a heavy sleeper and barely hear my alarm clock in the morning. Now, I'm waking several times during the night, up about an hour or two before my alarm goes off. Not getting much sleep at all needless to say. I'm so jittery, with hands shaking, jump at the slighest of sounds and high anxiety. I have no energy, in fact after work I have things I want to get done around the house when I get home. However, by the time I get home all I want to do is take a nap. One thing I don't seem to suffer from is night sweats or hot flashes. I do have a weird thing though, my upper lip gets cold and a light sweat on it at times, and it doesn't even have to be hot out when this happens.
So, I guess I can say I'm in perimenopause, and maybe finally heading into menopause. I sure would like to get my life back to some sort of normal, where I'm not afraid to leave the house for long periods of time or go to far from home in fear that I will suddenly start bleeding heavy again.
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