Perimenopause and hypothyroidism

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Do any of you ladies know if one of these can trigger the other? Diagnosed with a low thyroid a couple of years ago around the same time I started experiencing perimenopausal symptoms. I know I am in perimenopause because I have every symptom even though when my doctor did my bloodwork she said everything was "fine." But from what I've read bloodwork testing for perimenopause is extremely unreliable. Any input would be appreciated :-)

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    I feel it can and did for me also. My doctor also did the blood work and my levels were fine. But we know our bodies and the blood work does not show everything. I also had many of the symptoms, some more extreme than others. Over time I changed my diet, lifestyle, stress eat..and little by little it started getting better. I hope this helps you. smile 
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    Hi Klm... I just had bloods done as throughout the night I felt I needed something with sugar and I had to keep drinking water as I had a terrible thurst I could not quench also racing heart rate. The GP said all was fine but during menapause, the symptoms are like thyroid issues or low sugar levels... It's awful... At 3am I had to have to have bowl of porrige.. I also kept wanting to go to loo about 5 times in the night... Also drinking didn't help.... This has calmed down but hormones dropping or falling off have been a nightmare... Messes with your whole system... Hope you feel better soon. CK

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    Hi klm,

    Yes, I do believe there is a connection.  I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in my mid 40’s...around the time my peri menopause symptoms started.  I think that when one hormone system gets out of whack the other hormone systems in our body try to compensate in order to maintain some kind of balance.  I have heard from numerous ladies who have suffered some kind of unbalance with their other hormones while going through menopause.....thyroid or adrenals the most commonly affected.  

    That being said, not every lady will have issues.  

    My theory...and it’s just a theory is that some of the issues my body had when I was pregnant are the same issues I’m having or have had during menopause.  I suffered from post partum hypothyroidism which was triggered by shifts in hormone function after pregnancy and was lucky to not have to be on thyroid medication for long.  But when those hormone levels shifted again and more permanently during menopause...here I am with hypothyroidism!

    I hope you get to feeling better soon.

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    My hypothyroidism started at 30 after the birth of my first. I’ve taken rx  for thyroid for 21 years.  I’m in the 25% that doesn’t start perimenopause til after 50 and still it’s not severe. Fatigue, depression, emotional and some neck/back pain are the main issues.  I’ve had a partial hysterectomy because of fibroids and none of that caused early onset menopause.  I seem to have the same experience as my mom.   A lot of my issues my even be to a mirad of unfortunate circumstances that caused the depression.  I have made diet changes for general health and gut issues that may have eliminated so me symptoms that would be worse without those changes.  Gluten was making me miserable. I dropped the bloating, 10 lbs, and migraines.  As we age, years of damage has accurred.  I wish I had made healthier choices and listened to my body. My issues genetic as one daughter has tested positive for same food allergies and more. My mom has tested positive for numerous food allergies, also.  Yup, it sucks but it is what it is.  Anything to make the pain go away and life better.  Kale and poppyseed dressing is my new go to.  Good luck. 
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    My hypothyroidism started at 30 after the birth of my first. I’ve taken rx  for thyroid for 21 years.  I’m in the 25% that doesn’t start perimenopause til after 50 and still it’s not severe. Fatigue, depression, emotional and some neck/back pain are the main issues.  I’ve had a partial hysterectomy because of fibroids and none of that caused early onset menopause.  I seem to have the same experience as my mom.   A lot of my issues my even be to a mirad of unfortunate circumstances that caused the depression.  I have made diet changes for general health and gut issues that may have eliminated so me symptoms that would be worse without those changes.  Gluten was making me miserable. I dropped the bloating, 10 lbs, and migraines.  As we age, years of damage has accurred.  I wish I had made healthier choices and listened to my body. My issues genetic as one daughter has tested positive for same food allergies and more. My mom has tested positive for numerous food allergies, also.  Yup, it sucks but it is what it is.  Anything to make the pain go away and life better.  Kale and poppyseed dressing is my new go to.  Good luck. 
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