Still not sure if I'm in peri but does this sound familiar?

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Wondering if this sounds at all familiar to anyone, I am about to turn 39, had a 'nervous breakdown' 6 months ago with no trigger or reason, I have suffered anxiety for years but never been this bad.

Anyway my most recent symptoms have been waking in the night but not always with a panic attack, instead I have a feeling of absolute impending doom.

I started my period 4 days ago, just 19 days after the last one and have noticed my anxiety heightens from day 4 until a few days after it ends now, it used to worsen before my period but now it's shifted to day 4 and beyond.

I don't have sweats but I do have facial flushing a lot especially on my period and I have itchy skin a lot.

My periods have been heavy for years but now on day 4 it will seem to be slowing down then I will have a very heavy gush, last month I thought I had forgotten to put a tampon in, thanked my lucky stars that I had backed myself up with a pad then got home and realised I had not forgotten and had gone through a super plus tampon and a pad in less than an hour.

They have been coming 3 weeks apart for about a year now, I had one or two 26 days apart but as I said this time it was just 19 days.

My gp said it might not be reliable to do a blood test because hormones fluctuate so much in the early stages of peri that it might not even show, I may get a second opinion though.

Sorry for all the TMI but this is horrible and I am reall trying to work out if the hell I have been in for the past 6 months could be related to it all.

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    Sorry I also meant to add bladder problems, I am needing to go very frequently, like when I was pregnant and if I need to go it will be sudden and urgent, absolutely no holding it.

    I had some minor stress incontinence after having children which improved after I lost weight but now if I can't get to the loo I will definitely wet myself, the other day I decided to grab the post before I went into the loo and those few seconds ended with me wetting myself before I could undo my trousers, that has never happened to me and I couldn't stop it sad

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    Sounds like peri to me. Your story sounds very similar to mines and I will be 39 in a few months. Never had anxiety but I do now and its worse during The doc is rite about the hormones testing. They are not really reliable as hormones fluctuate daily even hourly so docs usually go off symptoms. You may have to get tested several times before it shows up. Cycles coming close together,l and heightened anxiety certainly are signs of peri.
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      Thank you, I did have anxiety prior to this but was very familiar with it and could deal with the symptoms, now it's like it's all new symptoms that I need to learn how to manage and things are worse than ever, there seems little point in pushing for a blood test then if it's unlikely to confirm anything but I will raise it with my GP again, she was dismissive about the whole idea of peri before but even if a blood test is not a viable way to assess things she should still have an idea of the symptoms and if they add up.
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      My GP and GYN are the same way. The whole idea was dismissed as they say I'm so young, cycles and I'm still having cycles. I've had a ton of tests and all come back clear and my cycles are still regular but have changed so I'm certain its hormones. I've been going through some changes for the past 5 months and it's been a rough ride. I'm thankful that I found this forum and the lovely ladies here. They have been a wealth of knowledge and an abundance of support. You are in the rite place.
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