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I am so happy to find you guys. I feel like you're my people! I am dying from menopause, or at least I think I am. Here's my story, as brief as I can manage. Six months ago I had my neurotransmitters checked because I was having increasing insomnia and the Bhrt I tried seemed to make my anxiety skyrocket. Five months ago,I went from New Year's Day until the 11th sleeping an average of 2-3 hours a night. Some nights not at all. It was an absolute nightmare. The weirdest thing was, I wasn't tired even during the day. I was revved up constantly. My neurotransmitter testing showed I was super high in adrenaline and low in GABA and Serotonin (among others things,but those are the main ones) After 11 days, I told my dh I couldn't do anohter night. I either had to get to the doctor or I'd be going to the ER that night. No way could I stay awake another night, I was melting down. Finally got to the doctor and got prescriptions for Remeron and Ativan (both of which I've taken successfully several years ago) That night, I slept 7 hours. I was absolutely *terrified* to take them, but I did and it worked fine. The weird thing is, instead of being exhausted the next day (which is common after starting Remeron) I was fine. Like nothing was happening. Clearly I was burning that stuff off with ease. As the weeks passed I got good, reliable sleep, but I didn't wnat to be on anything. Got sent to the therapist to learn some new behaviors (has really worked, imo), went off the Remeron after 3 months. Take the Ativan every third day or so. Everything was working fine, but the anxiety started back up for real last weekend. I have done a ton of research on this and I completely believe it's reactive hypoglycemia. Asked my ARNP and she scoffed that menopause would cause hypoglycemia (really? Cuz the Mayo clinic on their website says otherwise) and that hypoglycemia would cause anxiety as bad as I was having it. Really? Then how come I get anxiety whenever I eat?
I tried keto, to correct it,but my gallbladder went crazy. Spent a month with that being on the brink of trying to kill me, it has finally settled down to almost normal, praise God. Let's see, what else. Insomnia, anxiety, gallbladder, stiff neck and shoulders, sore tongue... God, it never ends. I read the sore tongue is related to gallbladder.
So, what have I tried that I can pass on? Well, first, I have to say, I'm taking Remeron tonight as the insomnia is creeping back to the point where I fall instantly asleep, wake up in 2 hours, am awake for 2 hours, then fall back asleep for about 3 hours. Don't get me wrong, I'm utterly grateful for that broken 5 or 6 hours, given where I came from. But I am not a person who can go without sleep. Someone's going to get hurt and it's probably not going to be me.
Okay, here's what I've had good results with. I am slowly, carefully, with great apprehension trying to work my way up to a full dose of otc progesterone cream. I'm not even at a quarter of a dose. I can't tell if it's causing any problems, but I'm so scared of everything that I won't go any faster than I am. Up until last night I did think it was working, at least on calming me down a little. Now, I'm just not sure, so am in a holding pattern on my dosing. For the insomnia I have the Remeron, and the Ativan, which I will try to rotate around. HOnestly, they both work terrific for me (fingers crossed this holds) but I dont' want to take anything. (sorry I'm rambling, just trying to get everything down) Meditation, which I didn't think would work but it honestly does. The blood sugar issue... berberine. I honestly believe this is working. I still get anxiety when I eat, but it goes away pretty quickly. I also only eat once or twice a day because the more i eat the worse it gets. Gallbladder. I kid you not, beets. I was *shocked* when the very first time I tried them my stomach was so happy it wasn't even funny. A couple bites of beets, or a small glass of beet juice, twice a day and everything is lovely. Problem is, while I like beets, I do not love them, and I jsut can't eat them twice a day. Just ordered some Standard Process BetaFood, which is beets in vitamin form. Digestion in general. Digestive enzymes, Betaine with pepsin (which is capsule hydrochloric acid), and a little gem I found called Dr Berg's gallbladder formula. Worked really well, but now I just use the beets. Will still use the formula though, if I eat a big meal, for instance. I have found nothing that works on the hot flashes. Inferno flashes more like it. How can a person get that hot and not burst into flames?
Stiff neck and shoulders. I have recently started working out (an optimistic term for what I do) I have started walking/running on the treadmill (mostly walking, only a mile), I have a short yt video I do for aerobic stuff, and then I do stretching (lots of it), both on a bolster and on a yoga wheel. I have tendinitis in my shoulder (out of the blue), which makes it difficult to sleep since I'm a side sleeper. Started to be both shoulders (those were miserable nights) but the stretching and working out freed up one shoulder so I at least have the one side to sleep on. Again, praise God.
Oh, here's a nice bonus. My cholesterol is so high that my ARNP is freaking out. Suggested statins, I declined, so she put me on the berberine (same stuff for blood sugar). Berberine works as good or better as Metformin on blood sugar (in clinical trials) and lowers cholesterol. Bingo! Two for one shopping. I'm sure there are other things that I'm attributing to menopause, but honestly I can only take so much.
Now,some questions that I'm sure you've all answered a million times, but cut the new girl a break First off, I'm 56, I'm almost 2 years post-menopausal (in September) and my symptoms are not only not getting better,t hey're getting worse. WHEN will they start to taper off? I'm dying here. How long after your last period does this crap end? No one I know is having what I'm having. I have one friend who doesn't even have hot flashes. I want to kill her, but i like her so I don't. I can do just about anything if I know how long I hvae to do it. Does anyone know the answer to this? I've looked and looked and I can't even find a ballpark. Everything starts from peri-post... and that's great, but how about from post-forward? Not everyone is in peri at this moment in time, medical people. Also, what happens next? Do I have to live like this forever? Is it going to level off? Am I going to improve? Seriously, what does my life look like from here? When I finally get beyond it, what does that even mean? I obviously know people past it, but no one talks about it, they all act like they barely even remember it, and while they're living their lives I can't tell if they hvae residual problems or what the story is. I'm not sure how much you all can help me with this great mystery because clearly people who don't have this problem aren't posting here. But, dude, like everyone else, if I could just get some real, solid information, some ballpark numbers. I don't need to be 35 again, I just want to feel good. Not even great, I'll settle for good.
Anyway, pleased to meet you all. I appreciate your tolerance.
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