Terrible menopause symptoms

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I'm 47 and started menopause at 39. It was OK for 2 years just no periods and hot flushes. Then the migraines depression anxiety breast pain all kicked on at once. Now I have constant chest pain and gerd. I feel like I'm going mad or going to die. Has anyone else suffered like this while menopausal. All thoughts be greatly appreciated. Thanks feeling desperate like this is never going to end.

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    Yes, it's awful. I have felt like you on and off for 1.5 years. I have had terrible bouts with chest pain and gerd and a bunch of other weird symptoms. Currently having joint and muscle pain. Have to keep focused on the good Lord Jesus cause many times I have felt like I'm going to lose it

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      Amen to this, Edell. If it were not for the Lord I do not know how I would have made it these last few months!

      Sandra - I have had a lot of the symptoms you are describing. I do not have the migraines but I have experienced the others. I started a monthly journal sheet for each month and list the symptoms by the day each month - I printed off these sheets for free online (you can find them easily). I have charted many of the symptoms I get that are all NEW at 49 when periods have really started to change etc. 

      I noticed that I get a lot of congestion/ear plugging/post nasal in Week 4 of what would be a normal cycle.

      I get GERD, chest pain, reflux in what looks like Week 2 and into Week 3 of my cycle for the last 3 months. Sometimes my symptoms can be all over the board. But I am noticing with many - they are cyclical. I hate these things - but when I start noticing a pattern I am able to tell myself over and over that most likely it will end like it did last month. 

      I've done a LOT of research that describes the functions in our bodies that shut down when our Estrogen drops or our Progesterone drops. These hormones drive our esophagus sphincter, fluid to our joints, our moods - everything! I'm hoping I continue to have success with a natural progesterone cream I bought online and I've also seen at my local organic grocery store. Take care! 

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    Yes absolutely and I am frustrated and I don’t what to do. I had horrible migraines lately and the chest pain is too much. I am 55 and this going on for 5years . I went to a cardiologist had ever test possible and it’s all due to menopause and I don’t have the answer except I know it helps to know I am not crazy and others have the same thing.
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    Cutting out preservative seemed to help mine. GERD , Migraines and digestive issues have decreased. Stopped several Rx.  Better but I know going forward will be challenging so I’m trying to do damage control now. I wish I had started in my 40’s. 
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    The only thing it helps me is  hrt, our bodies cannot survive without estrogen. I diagnosed with early meno at 41. Hrt gave my life back.
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      It's taken my doctor a year to come to the conclusion I'm at the beginning of the menopause, after lots of tests for various symptoms and me mentioning "could it be the menopause?" he's finally agreed with me.  This started just after my 43rd birthday and I've suffered for a year with various symptoms.  My doctor hasn't once mentioned the possibility of HRT to me, is this something they don't do now on the NHS?  I can't handle feeling like this for several more years and the only help they offered me is Anti Depressants.

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      No! Your doc isn’t well informed! 43 is considered early and we absolutely need estrogen for our bones, heart, skin and future health. I was feeling that I was dying a year ago and my gyn gave me almost immediately hrt. Try to find a specialist who knows how to treat meno. 
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    I've been going mad with all the above, saw a young male doctor who was not helpful at all, sent me of with leaflet so had a good read went back to see my doctor of 30yrs who checked me over and agreed that HRT might help and since last Thursday I feel like my old self, I have got my life back and feel wonderful, my husband family and friends can't believe the change, but more importantly I can't believe it , I know it's not for everyone but giving it a go has made me live again, I hope you find the help you need and deserve.

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      Angela52830, could you please tell me what hrt you are taking . And did you have night sweats or sadness . Mostly id love to know what you were given and how much. Thank you for any info. I have started into peri at 46 and i was told a little over a year ago it looked like i was beginning to go through it. Boy was my doctor right. But it took about a year to really hit hard.The past few months have been horrid for me and everyone around me sad
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      Hi Tam,

      I’m 46 also, and my Hormones are making my life difficult, I was put on an antidepressant that has helped, but after 5 months I seem back to square one, terrible anxiety, negative thoughts & overwhelmed I won’t feel better

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      Hi chrissy, I am on an AD too...3 months. I am feeling weird and overwhelmed the last couple days.  Questioning is it’s even worth being on anymore.  Just a bump in the road I hope!  
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    I'm 43 years old and all throughout the day on and off my face flushes. I have a pale face, my stomach bloats all the time.I never had allergies before and all of a sudden they came out of now where!!! They got so bad that I cant breathe the outside air without wearing nose filters, a N99 face mask and being on the highest dose of Allegra and nasil steroids!!! I have insomnia every night and I have hot flashes throughout the day!!! I am going through a UTI as we speak. My Dr. is running tests for cysts and for tumors. I really don't believe that I have those!!! I think the Dr. is missing something!!!! My Blood Pressure was never high!!! I have always had awesome blood pressure...I also have bad headaches and bad anxiety!!!!.I have 34 symptoms of Menopause and no one is saying this!!! Its driving me crazy!!!! Can someone please tell me if they have experienced these symptoms????

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      Hi Shana, I feel for you.I also experienced many, many horrific peri symptoms. The worst by far were the depression, mood swings, anxiety, insomnia, migraines and almost continuous uti's. I dealt with them (unsuccessfully} from the age of 40 by taking supplements, exercise and clean eating. Finally, I couldn't take it anymore, (nor justify putting my husband and kids through it) and went on bhrt in January 2017. I wish I had done it years and years ago. I realize not everyone can take it....my mother died from breast cancer, so I was so afraid of all hrt. Now I realize it was her unhealthy lifestyle, (even her oncologist said it was) that probably caused her cancer. She was on the synthetic hrt for a few years in the 1980's. The big, scary WHI research results, (which we now know were inaccurate as well based on the synthetic hrt) convinced many women that all hrt was basically a death sentence. However, speaking for myself, I don't EVER intend to stop taking it as it has improved my quality of life so much that I (most of the time) feel, (and many say, look like I'm in my late 30's and I'm 51 years old.) I do exercise, don't smoke, and avoid tanning as well as take vitamins and supplements, so it's a combination of lifestyle as well as the bhrt. I hope you can find some relief soon. Again, I'm speaking for myself and I don't condemn women for using or not using bhrt. We all are unique and this is a very turbulent time of life for many of us. Good luck! biggrin

       

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      Moody - your post gives me so much hope! I've read so many posts about the BHRT like yours that say "I wish I would've tried this years ago". 

      I have a wonderful doctor who is 60. She has been on BHRT since aged 50 along with Prozac. AS of now, I am trying a non-prescription over the counter progesterone cream and I am seeing marked improvements. I told my doctor that I'd like to start with this cream first and see how I do and then consider the BHRT if needed when I turn 50 (in November).

      Can I ask what BHRT you are using? Or can you private message me when time permits? Thanks so much!!!

      It's great to read a success story!

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      Hi Shana.. .you are going through the change and many doctors in the dark and have no real clue....ive had the same and just come out of a nite from hell..i had three days of chronic migraine and last night it all went to pot with awful neasuea and anxiety....adreneline surges that are so overwhelming...

      I went to bed in the afternoon to sleep and my headaches have subsides.....i know what you are going through so hang tight. You aint alone xxx

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      When you get the balance right I believe it works and some women just have good luck right away . Personally I’ve tried creams and 2 types of patches .... felt weird on the patch so now I’m back on the creams at a higher dose .  So it’s not as easy as it sounds and can take months years to get it right as not everybody takes to them . but definitely give it a go and if it makes your life better then do it ! 
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      Carol - I am curious how you experience adrenaline surges. I am having these off and on and it's short and I connected them to my hot flash. But then today, for almost 3 hours, I felt like I had 15 cups of coffee - that's the only way I know how to describe it. I checked my blood pressure and heart rate and that was totally fine - but I felt beyond wired. I went for a walk thinking maybe it would settle and then finally went to lie down and watch a movie to see if it would calm me and thankfully it went away. I guess now I have to add that to another new symptom. I am also starting twice now to experience nausea/intestinal cramps with a hot flash. I'm glad we all have each other to talk about these experiences. So thankful for this group!

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      Lori - yes it's amazing how so women can react quickly and positively to the hormones. I'm trying 20mg in morning and 20 mg at night of the otc progesterone - so a loading dose. I had started with 10mg morning and 10mg at night and then increased it. Are you noticing some improvements with your current plan after taking the patch off? I hope so! I want to hear another success story - that gives a lot of us hope!! 

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      Thank You Carol!!! My Dr. right now is pulling at strings!!!! He now saying I might have Endimitriosis!!! He had me tested for 2 different types of Cyst and I asked him Dr. what do I have he said I don't know then I came to him and told him that I think i have menapause!!! He then ran a Blood test right then and there to see if that is the issue....I went for a PET Scan yesterday and couldn't do it because my doctor and the clinic failed to communicate how to prepare for the test and give me literature on what to expect!!!! If your Claustrophobic you need to be sedated!!!!! I have been going round the mountain with this dr. messing up!!! He's a wonderful Allergist but I think he has too many patients!!!! 

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      Hi Finny.. The surges ...they tend to happen when im in bed. .. My heart begins to palputate and ive a sudden need to go to the loo..sometimes up to 5 to six times.. I can also feel like my blood sugar drops and i have to get up and eat a bowl of porridge...went to the gp to check blood level and thyroid and all fine . i also can feel shaky inside like an internal tremour...with this can often bring the overwhemling thoughts or you put it doom and gloom....the surges can feel like a slight electric shock and my bladder gets a signal to go to the loo...and always when im relaxing in bed....these have subsided alot but were regular before.

      Your last post was very insighful for me about hot flushes... I too get waves of neasea and in my last post had a headache for three days with neasua...i think all sinus related or hot flash as the pain in my head can come in waves.. Very very strange....i developed ibs which for me has been one of the worst for me...the neasea and wind, constipation and burning feeling in my tummy. Had camera down and all fine. Caused me awful worry and ruined my holiday in rome last september...but thank god it has settled...

      This ride is something i and others have not been prepared for and i think in the states you have better knowledge than us in the UK. But im coming out the other side i think....

      Finny keep the posts coming as very insightful. Great we can share and i hope you too feel better soon....lots of love and the grace of god on you. CK

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      Well you are not alone and unless you have experienced this....its hard to understand..i am trying my hardest not to allow the menapause to become me....It is getting easier but the constant self diagnosis is the worst as the GP is also ay a loss...but we have this forum so we know there is more to the change than the medical profession know about. Hang tight. ..your body is transitioning and its like a bug ship turning....it happens with great magnitude but very slowly....big hug...CK
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      Hi carol

      That is such a great description of how you describe menopause.

      A tug ship turning with great magnitude but very slowly.

      Well done you!!!!!

      And i too am yrying very hard not to let menopsuse become me.

      Im post meno now and jad a 10 year peri hell.

      Lets see what post meno has in store x

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      Bhrt is bioidentical hormone replacement. They are manmade hormones derived from plant estrogens that are chemically identical to those the human body produces. I'm so glad, too! biggrin

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      Hi Finny, I use Estrace 2mg.(estradiol) in the morning and Prometrium 200 mg. (progesterone) at night. I had terrible insomnia and when I first started taking Prometrium it acted like a prescription sleeping pill, of course it still helps with the insomnia but not as dramatically as in the beginning...lol Good luck!biggrin
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      Thanks for sharing your experiences, Carol. I was doing such a good job writing down my symptoms each day but lately I've not been doing so well. The benefit for me is that when I write each day, I can look back and see the timing. When my Estrogen "should" be rising in my normal cycle and is NOT - these are my experiences. When Progesterone "should" be rising and is NOT - these are my experiences etc. 

      Last night was odd electrical/tingling in my chest /neck - then some inner trembling in my neck/chest as you described. I'm due for a period today (I've started skipping) and that is when I noticed the inner shakes the last 3 months during this week. With each weird and new symptom I am constantly having to tell myself  - it's PERI!!! I'm having bloating now and gas - been with my hubby going on 20 years and I keep saying to him - isn't this weird??? I've never had this until 49 and the periods started radically changing. I'm belching?? And embarrassing sounds are coming from me on a regular basis. Trips to the bathroom before hot flashes  - all of it is a day to day experience of my body reacting to the changes. 

      Thanks again, Carol. love and Grace of God upon you! HUGS!

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      Hi finny...the belshing is non stop for me at times...i take an over the counter tab which helps....youd be exsausted trying to monitor everything as for me there is no timing i can pin down...ive no periods as a hysterectomy 10 years ago with ovaries still in so ive no way of tracking ...it really is each day with me but my days are getting better and fewer episodes in between. Im also on a hormone patch 50mg of evoral. Im 48 in december by the way. Ive had all you are getting and still get them but less so there is light at the end of the tunnel....keep posting with more info as it has helped shed some light on this madness ...have a great weekend. CK
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      Thanks so much for sharing this info, Moody! I will make note of it in my Meno book. smile I've been keeping notes on the things we women on this forum are trying/have tried, etc. So thankful for this place!

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      Hi Carol - I read somewhere that it is helpful to keep track of symptoms even if you do not have a period. "They" said you can have these same symptoms into your 60's and 70's and "they" claim that you will notice patterns of when you would've normally ovulated back in the day, when you would've had a period back in the day etc. I find that very interesting. For me to keep track is to "calm" me down, lol. I can put a little check on my chart and then look back into the prior months and see that I had that same thing during the same timeframe and not to worry about it. The anxiety and depression have all but lifted in the last 8 days and that feels like a miracle to me. I'm 49 and will be 50 in November. I'm thankful for this place of refuge. Blessings to you, Carol!

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      Glad to hear your days getting better Carol do you think the patch is helping ? I had the patch on for 2 months and although it has helped with the fatigue it’s not lifted my depression . So I took it off and am now back to the debilitating fatigue again so may have to put it back on . I have no clue if estrogen can make you down ... I thought it was the opposite .
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      Hi lori....to be honest i dont know if the patch helps but leaving on just incase.....i think the passage of time is the only thing that will eleviate the symtoms of im honest as ive tried so much and been to the gp also several time. .i also think it takes time for our bodies and mind to readjustband its horrible at times but the only way is through it and being supported with this group has just been great....i think this has personally been my saving grace. CK x
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      Hi finny....thx for this....i have kept a note of my symtoms for the past month but im confused about how many days i count....would it be from ovulation till the end of periods so that would be about two weeks....catch what i mean as ive no real clue when im ovulating or use to....all i can do is track the timing of the symptoms and see if there is a pattern and ive started to do that....thanks a mill. CK
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      Definitely carol ! The day I found this forum was a Godsend as I was so uneducated . I did go through a crazy time at 41 i could not leave the house completely lost my mind ... had no idea it was Peri but now I’m seeing it was  . I took a long while to get back to normal but the anxiety and panic never left me .  I didn’t have the fatigue then which  I have now  I hate it  ! Plus I had my husband for support which helped .... now I’m fighting this alone . 
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      Lori im so sorry... Is your husband no longer with you? Like you the joy went out of my life....i saw nothing but doom and gloom and yet had a supporting hubby, lovely home ect.. Last year for me was the worst..lost my cousin suddenly and my tom cat of 16 years who we loved so much....i cried for 6 months and my body thought was dying....but i began to notice getting some joy back a couple of months ago...i still get bleek days and last night the same adreleine surges...wanting to go to the loo very quickly and becoming axious and at times i battle awful negative thought. But there is still positive changes....im moving house right now and relocating to a new area as well as my job.

      Myself and my hubby needed a change and I didnt know if id cope well through all the stress of the move but it all has fallen into place and we move to our new home 4 weeks yesterday.

      Im so sorry for all of us that we go through this and im sorry lou if you feel alone, but you are not...ive had to fight this perception with a loving husband and others around. As a practicing Catholic, my rosary has been my greatest weapon and ally.....my faith in god has kept me sane and this forum....during the night especially and id always recieve comfort.

      Lori lovey, hold tight....even in the thick of it as you will come through this very challanging time and when you do, nothing will phase you. Peace and blessings on you today....love & CK hugs. X

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      Yes he divorced me but we’re still friends and we get on very well . He mostly did it because he and the family were hiding assets from me . Sad situation . 

      Can’t believe you’re moving during all this ! I can barely make it to the grocery store and wash the dishes ... hopefully will come out of this dark period soon or now ! Would be great! And yes! Going through this has been awful ... trust me to get it really bad 🙄 

      Hopefully good times are on the horizon 🌞

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