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Hi, I'm 49 and have been having peri menopausal symptoms for past few years.
Night sweats; flushing; lethargy; lack of interest; insomnia; mood swings; loss of concentration; poor hair & skin quality. To be fair my actual periods were getting less heavy and less painful. They were more or less regular give or take a week.
Last year after trying anti depressants (which did nothing) GP agreed to put me on HRT.
The first one I tried was 1mg Ellestra Duet which eased most symptoms but not quite the night sweats so it was upped to the 2mg dose. I felt like a new woman! Really positive, sleeping well, energy enough to exercise. Felt like I'd been given a wonder drug. Half way through the first packet the problems starts. Stomach cramps and urgency to open bowels... OK I'll cope with this. Then it started to get really bad. Within 20/30 mins of eating I would have to go irrespective of where I was and it was virtually liquid - not great when your out hiking!!!
Returned to GP and was swapped to Femiston. Some bowel disruption but ended up with 3 week period.
Returned to GP and asked to try patches - have had patch on one week. This morning within 20mins of having cereal for breakfast, got agonising cramps, fainted, then had liquid diarrhoea & vomiting.
Im thinking the only way forward is HRT and dairy free diet. Any suggestions?
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