Post Menopause

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I am 65 and post menopausal, and have been quite normal about 4 months ago after a dose of salmonella I have started to be really anxious, nervous, shaky, going dizzy, saying the wrong words, sometimes doing silly things, I hold a 3 full day job as an office manager, have a good family life although my husband does suffer with SAD, please does anyone else have these problems, they are driving me mad, I have started taking St. John's wort, which has helped a little.

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    Hi Elizabeth what I must say the joys of Menopause, I had all that and still from time to time get it looks like all this crap becoming apart of our lives...try not to let it spoil your joy at least your working and like me thinking of everything I experience what else to come...I don't take nothing just let come over me do what it like can't kill me 

    will hope not try not to upset yourself with this beast and do what you think is best until it pass you will be ok.

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    There is a lot of research going on at Harvard right now about the relationship between gut bacteria and mental health. For example, most of the seratonin in our brains that helps us feel good and calm is produced in our intestines.

    I wonder if your bout of Salmonella disturbed the gut biome to the point where it has affected your mood and caused anxiety? (Using the wrong words, shaking and acting in silly, unpredictable ways can be signs of anxiety--certainly mine!)

    In addition to going through peri- I have an ulcer in my rectum caused by a disturbance in the gut bacteria. I started taking a good probiotic and it has really helped my mood and my anxiety as well as the gastric symptoms. 

    Do you take a probiotic? The St. John's wort is a great idea too. 

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      It might be worth talking to the chemist about a recommendation for the types and strains of bacterias in the probiotic that would help after Salmonella. I find that since chemists work retail they often have more 'people skills' than doctors and know as much as doctors about medicines and supplements. biggrin 

      You are not going mad! But it is maddening when the medical community does not treat us like a whole person, but mentally breaks us up into constituent parts! 

      XXOO

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    Hi, Ellizabeth,

    Taking St. John's Wort is a good idea.  I would also try taking a good probiotic.  Your gut flora might need to be rebalanced.  

    Best of luck to you and let me know how you do!

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      You're welcome.  There are all sorts on the market, but make sure that you get one that reaches your gut...lots of probiotics on the market don't do that--they're destroyed by the acid in your stomach!

      Doctors rarely know anything about nutrition, I find!  sad 

      I hope you start feeling better soon!  xx

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    Hi, yes I'm 50 and I have all the symptoms and have, they are awful. I still have two young children still at home and I'm a carer for my disabled daughter. It's a nightmare. I'm on HRT patches but still get the symptoms x

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    Hi Elizabeth. You seem to have a great deal on your hands at present and sound quite stressed. Stress, when it gets out of control, can cause anxiety, dizziness etc as you describe. Its you bodys way of telling to you stop and slow down and give it and your mind a break. I know you mention that you have been to the doctor but, at 65 and post-menopausal, any new symptoms might be best discussed with a gyneacologist. I believe that for a specific issue - like monopause - its best to go to someone who specialises in that area. GP's know a little about a lot of things but specialists know alot about one thing. That's just my opinion and, if you're suffering and its impacting on your quality of life, you ow it to yourself to get the best possible help. Best of luck and hugs to you. X

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