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Hi, I've been going through the menopause since my partner died in Dec 2015. His sudden death put me into an early menopause aged 44. I'm now 48, and whilst the symptoms have eased a little, I've had to take a month off work due to the lack of sleep and hot flushes. My doctor will not prescribe me HRT as she says I'm too young, but the anxiety, lack of sleep and generally feeling a little crazy is driving me to distraction. I've had counselling, exercise regularly, eat healthily etc., etc., but having no medical help is making me feel very emotional. She's referred me to the local menopause clinic. With being off work, I'm feeling more relaxed, as I find my stressful lifestyle made the symptoms much worse. I sleep 1 night in 3 properly, so am constantly tired during the day. I've become an insomniac after sleeping well most of my life. My partner's death obviously hasn't helped, and I'm struggling as to what is grief, and what is menopause. The worse symptoms for me are lack of sleep and the panic feeling in the night, urgh, I feel like something awful will happen. I've had other symptoms too; dizziness when I'm walking, cold chills, and horrendous brain fog; I'm working full time and doing a degree so it's really hampering me. Does anyone have any good advice? I've not taken any natural supplements as they are so expensive and I don't believe them to work, if I'm honest. But I am now reaching breaking point, especially with the anxiety, to the point I'm thinking of totally re-thinking my future career path/life.
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