Is this a part of menopause?

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I haven't had a period in 5 years. 7 months ago I came off Clonazapam and experienced all the normal withdrawal symptoms; however, I continue to have recurrent bouts of insomnia and nausea. Many have suggested to me that it may be hormonal .... thoughts?

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    Most likely the insomnia may be related to low hormones, not sure about the nausea though. Were these symptoms you had while coming off of the Clonzapam? I don't know how you tapered off of them but I doubt at this point the meds have much to do with creating those symptoms, but I know they can alleviate them somewhat, but you are better off without them, and following Jay's recommended supplements.wink
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    Also meant to add, always good to have your doc rule any other issues that may be the cause of these symptoms before moving directly onto the supplements. Highly doubt anything sinister is going on, but always great to double check with doc! Wishing you well.

    Annie xx

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      Hi Deb

      have a good think about HRT as you are 5 years post meno..

      you will replace all the hormones that have naturally declined, boosting them up and then when you stop HRT you will have peri menopause all over again, as the boosted hormones will go through the decline again..

      i had a natural peri for ten years, post meno now .. Age 50

      Vit B 6 has been my saviour, it helps no end .. I take many other supplements too specifically for menopause and i feel good now, get a blip day but overall feel great.

      good luck hun

      jay xx

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      Vit B6 useful info..

      B6 100mg daily .. And a B12 of 5000mcg daily 

       For a woman going through peri menopause / menopause, B-vitamins can be essential for effectively managing symptoms.   

      Adrenal fatigue, for example, is a common secondary condition for many women going through perimenopause.

      B-vitamins support healthy adrenal function, along with calming and maintaining a healthy nervous system.

      Many women also suffer with mood swings during perimenopause.

      Both B12 and B6 vitamins aid in the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, a key brain chemical needed to stabilize moods and promote feelings of wellness and contentment.

      For women who suffer with brain fog, and memory issues in perimenopause, low levels of B6 could be part of the problem.

      Depression, confusion, and an inability to concentrate are all associated with B6 deficiency. Vertigo, dizziness, and heart palpitations are also common complaints from women going through perimenopause.

      All of these symptoms have been associated with (among other things) a B12 deficiency.

      Vitamin B6 can also help with stubborn weight gain in perimenopause. It is key in the breakdown and utilization of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins in our diet, and is necessary for a healthy metabolism - both which can help manage weight.

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      I had someone else here in the office tell me that B vitamin supplements helped her with insomnia. I will definately give it a try as well. I'm all for natural supplements, in no way do I want to go back on a prescription drug.

      Thank you sooooo much for your reply!

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      Jay I am trying to wean off HRT, so I am assuming it would benefit me to start taking these vitamins, any other suggestions?  I am down to 5 pills a week and have some symptoms, anxiety being the most troublesome.  I have been taking the HRT five years now, am age 58.  I started weaning in August.  
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      Hi Loretta 

      Yes B6 as i put on this post benefits menopausal and post menopausal, your peri will begin again after HRT .. It only postpones peri .. 😫

      get a good 100mg B6 as any less isnt worth taking ..

      or a Busy B complex or mega b 100 time release complex from holland and barret or other store ..

      These contain 100 mg of B6 ..plus other vital B's ..

      i take 150mg B6 on its own .. And B12 ..  

      I am post meno though and had a natural peri with supplements ..

      Vit E 400iu very good too ..

      also think about Natecal ( Vit D and Calcium in one ) for bones 

      Solgar Chelated Magnesium ( bisglycinate) 

      i also take other things .. And Maca 5.1 

      jay xx

       

       

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      Thanks Jay,

      I am in the US so I am not familiar with most of the products that are recommended on this blog  ;(

      I am weaning very slowly hoping to ease the fallout!  Anyone out there going through this would love to hear what you did?  Thank you my ladies from across the pond.

      xx Loretta

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      Hi Loretta,

      I'm from the US as well and haven't had any trouble finding the supplements mentioned on this forum either from a big box store or the vitamin specialty shops we have. Amazon even carries the items and many times for less.

      I hope your weaning process goes very well for you, sounds like you are going about it the right way.

      Annie xx

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      Loretta,

      Yes, when things really went bonkers at first this past year, I was prescribed the Combipatch and I lasted 8 days on that one before developing a 3 cm breast cyst. I've been peri roughly 9 yrs, but the past year has been the worst, thought I was getting into menopause as I went without a cycle for 6 mths, then started again. Aside from the 8 days on the HRT, I've gone naturally and now have added supplements, which seem to be helping out much better.  Plus the yoga helps out tremendously!

      Annie xx

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