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I saw a new GP today because I felt like my previous one who was much younger could not identify with my symptoms. So the new doctor who is much older and is a female saw me today. She said that she didn't think that the symptoms were peri menopause related. The only one that she did mention that was hormonal was of course the heat flashes. She indicated that my anxiety and panic attacks are not medical but rather circumstancial as if by some external stimuli. I told her that some of my symptoms I felt could have been side effects to my blood pressure medication (Amlodipine). She in essence discounted that claim but said that my digestive upsets were probably a result of the medication. But the other symptoms aside from the hot flushes were not hormonal in her opinion. She did do an EKG which was normal. But it is so frustrating and exausting trying to get these doctors to see that these symptoms are hormonal. If you're still seeing your periods normally and your bloods are in the normal range, they don't think you're in peri. It's a never ending story.

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    Hi, would you mind elaborating on the digestive upsets you are experiencing. I too am on high BP medication and have started the menopause. I have lately got an irritable bowel and sometimes stomach ache as if I am about to get a period. Thanks.
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      Sometimes it's heartburn, and then it can be indigestion. It can be constipation, nervous stomach. This is not all the time and it can be random. But I noticed that the digestive symptoms started around the same time that I started taking blood pressure meds. But my GP did say that constipation is a side effect of Amlodipine.
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    Hugs. I feel your frustration - am 46 years old and have been nauseous, dizzy, and horrible reflux/burning for 9 months. Drs have said it is definitely not hormonal as my blood tests are within normal limits sad. So yes, so disheartening.

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    I hate to say but there are very few GP's out there that are going to say it's hormone related. Bloods aren't reliable unless you are in full menopause due to hormones fluctuating so much. If you have been thoroughly checked for any medical conditions and been cleared, trust it's your hormones. No one knows our bodies better than we do. The only thing you can do is take care of yourself best you can. The only way to really get a meno diagnosis is to see a doc who specializes in meno, an endo specialist, naturopath, or a psych therapist that can listen and tell if your anxiety is hormonally related. Some OB's will diagnose from symptoms but there is a lot that will still dismiss it .
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      That's why I just try to treat my symptoms with herbs instead. Itry to only go to the doctor if I absolutely must. I started to not mention my peri symptoms to my GP and only relay hormonal issues to my GYN. I think I will stick to just discussing these things with the GYN although they don't always know which direction to steer us in either. We're really on our own during this time.
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      That's how I feel. I was so tired of leaving the docs office in tears, angry, and frustrated that I just stopped. Like you, I try to treat the peri symptoms, and leave the other stuff to the GP. It makes me wonder if other women are hush about their hormonal symptoms. Ifl find it hard to believe that docs have never heard this before.
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    Hi hun I went thro the same my gp did blood test for hormines 3 times and said they in normal range which I disagreed with.whey I went to see gyny I asked her to do a test and they came back I was menopause I asked why gp said they were normal.she then said gp just look at over all one figure where gny looked at all the diffrent hormines in the blood.so I would advice u to ask to see menopause nurse
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      Yes unless that particular doctor specializes in hormones, I guess they are looking at our numbers in a different way than a rtegular doctor who may not know how to interpret the numbers. They're not going to let us know they don't know what they are doin because that would discredit them as a doctor.
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      Hi Sharcerv. I totally agree with what Jamie & Beverley said. Blood tests are so unreliable for measuring hormones as they fluctuate even hour to hour!! The best thing is to see a doc or nurse that specialises in gynae or meno. I am lucky - my gp specialises in both gynae & meno - she's very "gen'd up" on peri & meno - been on all the courses etc - she's even on the same hrt regimen as me! Make a list of all your symptoms before you see a specialist doc or nurse. You know you're own body & when things are starting to go "haywire" which is such a good description for peri/meno symptoms. The most obvious difference I found (pre hrt) was the mental symptoms. I have had bouts of clinical depression & anxiety since my 20's. clinical depression & anxiety is different to the low erratic moods & anxiety/anger/panic that came with peri in that its not constant - its erratic!!!! can come out of blue in same hour, day,week. whats erratic? - hormones!!! it definately felt different, & right enough - the hrt has helped this so much for me. Many ladies have had to follow their instincts & keep pushing or seeing other gp's/try & see meno specialist until they get proper acknowledgment/help. Another lady on here suggested a really useful site to look at too - very factual, not opinionated google "34 most common menopause symptoms" worth a look. Hope this helps hun. xx
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    Hii

    I changed my doctors bcos bith were men and would not have that I was peri menapaisle even though my periods were becoming less and less and I was having hot flushes night sweats and moodswings.

    They did do the blood tests bur said they were normal 😒😒😒😒

    Anways I changed docs told this woman and finally someone willing to take it all in board.

    She did blood tests and yes it showed strsight away I was I was sent to menapuse clinic and they told me if your free from a period fir 1 year then your classed as menapausle which I have been.

    Anways they also told me in the clinic that all my other symptoms were nor typical of the change 😒😒😒😒

    But I went back to my doc and saw a young man told him all my symptoms and he said everything your telling me is typical of the change.

    When I told him that the clinic had said they wasn't he told me he sees so many woman that have exactly the same as me and to look online and reaf forums which I did and found that I'm not alone and these nasty little hormones really do mess about with your whole being.

    Anyways I get

    Head aches

    My musckes and bones are constantly aching and sore lowe moods hot sweats easily agitated.

    I also have acid indexes toon and irratanke bowel 😒😒😒😒😒😒😒😒

    The list is endless

    So us woman can't all be that Ill that we are dying now can we πŸ˜‰

    Thank god for this site ☺☺we are not mad we are simply going through a massive change

    Xxx chin up xx

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