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Hi all, just joined these boards. Please bare with me if this is long and rambly. I am 44 years old and think I have been in perimenopause since early this year. I always had a clockwork cycle of 28 days and then at the beginning of this year, my cycles dropped to almost exactly 21 days with pretty light flow. In the spring, I dealt with heart palpitations that lasted a few weeks (everthing w/heart checked out okay). Then this summer, they started getting longer, out to about 30/32 days. In August, I had crushing tenderness in my right breast, so much that while my GYN didn't think it was anything more than hormonal changes, I went for an U/S just to be sure (came back clear). Around the same time, I started having terrible insomnia and night sweats (no daytime hot flashes though) and saw my PCP. She sent me for some bloodwork and my FSH came back at 57, so she confirmed my suspicion of perimenopause. I didn't get a period at all in September but it did come back late October into the first week of November, at which point I had a few more heart palpitations over a few days. I've also been dealing with some really bad muscle tension in my upper back, to the point where I thought it pinched a nerve when I had some 'dead arm' feeling in my left arm, which I saw my PCP about a couple of weeks ago. She has me going to PT, which is helping a ton, and the PT diagnosed it as Upper Crossed Syndrome. On top of that, starting about a week ago, almost every day at about the same time my feet tingle (almost always starts ~10/10:30 AM and is on and off for a few hours) more in my right foot than my left. It goes away and then no more tingling until the next day around the same time. I've read that tingling in the extremities can be another perimenopause symptom, but my goodness, it's by far my most disconcerting one. It's ratcheting up my anxiety and I almost have myself convinced that I have MS. I asked my physical therapist today if there could be any connection to the stretches and exercises I'm doing for my neck/back/chest and she said no. I made an appoinment to see my PCP this afternoon, even though I fear she's going to think I'm a nutcase/hypochondriac. These symptoms are driving me mad and I hate feeling this way. I hate the anxiety it causes me, I hate that I jump to worse-case scenarios, I hate feeling like my body is falling apart. Has anyone else experienced this? Any words of advice? Things I can do to try to calm myself down? Thank you in advance!
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