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After getting my period at 12 and having it for nearly 40 years (I am 51), my last one was about a year and a half ago. Since then I've only spotted from super light pink to brown and only about every three months for one day at the most. At 43, I was sterilized by my choice, having had no children.
In the prior two to three years I had heavy and frequent periods and then virtually none at all; light hot flashes, weight loss of 20+ lbs in the last year, and a bit of drying of the vagina.
But for the past two months I've had what felt like flu. I was actually diagnosed with walking pneumonia, had multiple tests, came out clear just a few weeks ago, and yet the following symptoms remain: head fullness, watery or sticky ears that pop, swollen sinuses, tonsillitis-like symptoms, shortness of breath, wheezing, panic attacks, constant anxiety, super-hot flashes followed by chills, mild nausea that comes and quickly disappears, lethargy, fatigue, and depression.
No medicines seem to take these symptoms away, even after they clear up anything that was coincidentally there. And yes, I've had that POP that happens in my head, twice, and only while driving, that is so scary I have to pull over. Everything goes black for a few seconds, then stars, and then I'm normal again. Again, doctors can't find anything abnormal.
So, each day I get worse and feel more isolated. I am single, childless, and live 25 miles from my family, which consists of two people now. I look and used to feel very young and vibrant. Now, I can't mow my own lawn, take walks, or do heavy household chores, and all this in the span of two or three months! Sometimes I feel so helpless. I've taken every natural menopause supplement I know about (soy isoflavones, black cohosh, vitex, dong quai, evening primrose, etc.) for over two years now. They no longer work.
I am being pushed by a co-worker who has a naturopath friend to take BHRT, but I have been resistant because I heard the source was porcine hormones. I'm not interested in that nor Botox nor anything else from an animal, not that I am a vegan. It just seems sketchy to me. I find that valerian and skullcap and other remedies are also not working to calm my anxiety. Does anyone have suggestions for this and for the other horrible symptoms?
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