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My friend was diagnosed yesterday with stage III cancer which was discovered almost by accident. She was virtually asymptomatic. It was devastating news for her and her family. I, on the other hand, have been trying to cope with numerous symptoms associated with menopause - all of which I’m told are ‘normal’ yet are leaving me feeling unable to get through my day. Anxiety and panic attacks, heart palpitations, dizziness, lightheaded, constant ear & sinus pressure (no ear infection), body aches, plus the usual hot flashes. So menopause just makes us feel like we’re dying I suppose? I feel guilty for feeling this way over a normal human right of passage. My doctor wants me to take Lexapro but something keeps telling me not to do it. The worst symptom has to be the panic attacks. I feel like I should be able to get through these episodes on my own or maybe take medication that would help in the moment...rather than an antidepressant that I’d take daily. Feels like using a chain saw to cut butter so to speak! Just venting!
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