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Hi this is my first time of posting and I'm a bit nervous but I need your advice x been suffering from the menopause for a while now but because I have mental health issues eg borderline personality disorder ..bipolar and an eating disorder my doctor won't take me seriously and poo poos my symptoms of the menopause x any advice anyone of what I can say to him on Friday when I go and get my blood test results xx sorry for asking but I don't know who else to ask x

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    Leanne, find a new doctor.  He’s not the right doctor for you. Find a menapause specialist.  Good luck to you!
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    Hi, I’m sure your preexisting mental health presents a special challenge, I’m sorry for your anxiety & stress. Just my opinion, but...ANY DR that poo poos your expressed concerns should be ashamed & is not doing their job well.  I hope the blood work u mentioned is for hormones? If not, get to an Endocrinologist asap for a fair and qualified measure of your possible hormone/menopause issues. Good luck and remember, you must be your own advocate & speak up!!

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    Hi Leanne,

    any doctor that does not take menopausal issues seriously is definitely not worth your time and money. Do consider getting another doctor. Irrespective of your mental health issues, few women deal with the vagaries of menopause well. It is a genuine problem, and as a doctor one shd know it. 

    Do visit here often as this is one of the best support / discussion groups on the net. 

    Take care!

    xxx

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    Firstly what country are you in. In UK everyone is entitled tobe referred to a specialist if they are not happy with what dr has said. You need to see an endocrinologist who will run his own tests and tell you what is going on and if there are any suitable treatments for you. Dont take no for an answer. Just because you have mental health problems does not give any dr the right to stamp all over you and ignore your feelings. If necessary see someone else in your medical practice as you obviously need some help. Always here if you need me hun XXX
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    It is challenging when we have an existing mental illness and then perimenopause. I would definatly ask around and see if you can find a doctor who understands the complexities of the two things. I also have bipolar disorder, anxiety and PTSD and I have found that the intensity of the lows or hypomanic moments has been really hard. I joke that I feel like I am going crazy.....but, I already am. Anyhow, hang in there. My pdoc put me on progesterone cream right away and that helped quite a lot. Calmed down the moods quite a bit. I started on 40 mg of cream a day and now I take 90mg. Hang in there. 
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