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About a year ago i was feeling really low, and was feeling really strange, i went to the docs and has handed anti-depressants, i felt like i was going crazy, little by little strange symptoms started to happen. Firstly headaches and a weird pressure feeling in the head and behind the eyes, my first thought was OMG I've got a brain tumor!
i had other weird symptoms starting all around the same time, dizzyness fatigue, weight gain, red face, hair loss, a buzzing sensation which feels like shivering but you cant see it, which is more noticeable at night, and lots more disturbing symptoms!
I really felt bad and felt alienated as no one could see what i was going through, i was at a loss. I kept going to the doctor and had blood tests for everything i was told, which came back with nothing, like usual i was told it was stress, (yes i was stressed because no one would believe my symptoms)
After that i started to get very depressed thinking i had a terrible illness that had been over looked, as i was just 43 i thought i was too young (as told by my doctor) for perimenopause.
Not long after this we moved down the road and i luckily could change my doctor, and thank god i did, i got a understanding doctor this time who listened to me she took in to mind all of my symptoms and sent me for blood tests, a week later i got my results.... I was perimenopausal.
I read somewhere on this site 66 symptoms of peri and i had nearly all of them! It just goes to show you if you get a second opinion you will get there in the end, my first doctor didn't test me for the one thing that was causing ALL of my symptoms, had they i wouldn't of had nearly a year of worrying myself crazy!
I think there should be more warning of menopause, a leaflet through the door when you hit 40 and not just of the basics but of all the symptoms, it would stop a lot of unneeded time, nhs money and stress on a subject we dont talk about, i mean its a lot worse than puberty and they teach you that!...also doctors should take you seriously if you think thats what it is instead of patting you on the head and giving you anti depressants!
I might have years to come of 'peri' but at least i know now what i have wrong, i have an appointment for HRT, i will keep you posted of what happens and the ups and downs of my journey...
look after yourselves and i hope this post helps you
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