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Hello beautiful ladies! I know all of us are on this sight for a reason...our crazy and at times unbearable symptoms! I kind of wanted to reach out and let you know my symptoms so some of you feel less alone and maybe a bit less crazy (although I think it's too late for me, lol!) Here is my list and I am sure I will be forgetting some!
-Exhaustion! Ladies, I feel like I am walking through mud. Some days even the littlest things make me feel like I climbed Mt. Everest!( I take all my vitamins including iron)
-Insomnia...I sleep maybe 4 hours at the most
-Weight gain..I have gained so much weight, and I haven't changes my eating habits. Exercising is definitely difficult at this stage, but I have been taking walks and am hoping that will help. I feel as long as I am eating right, drinking, and taking my vitamins, at some point the weight will start to come off.
-Anxiety..Oh goodness, this has to be one of my worst symptoms. I have suffered from anxiety and panic most of my life, but it has definitely gone into overdrive. I am constantly jittery, jumpy, overwhelmed, stressed, and all the other lovely symptoms! I honestly want to jump out of my skin most days..
-Dizzy/off balance/vertigo...Yep. Basically I have one of those 24/7. The best part is feeling like you are drunk, but didn't have the pleasure of drinking anything, lol!
-Sinus/ear issues...I feel like my sinuses are constantly acting up and my ears feel plugged/clogged most of the time. So there's that, lol.
-Rib pain/tightness..This is a fun one. It makes you feel like there is a tight banned wrapped around you and you can't breath. Makes for a fun time...
-Head pressure/tightness/cotton head...No explanation needed. This one stinks.
-Dryness...Everywhere...My hair, scalp, skin, eyes, lips, nose, vagina..you name it. There is not enough moisturizer, eyes drops, nose spray, chapstick and conditioner in the world for this..
-Numbness/tingling...I get it on my face, legs, arms, feet, lips. I have been having this for years. I do have fibromyalgia, but I feel this is hormone related since it seems to be worse during different cycles.
-Pelvic heaviness/pain...This seems worse at the end of my period into ovulation. Every month is different, but I get it to some degree. It's almost like the feeling when you are later in your pregnancy and the head is resting on your pelvic area. Yeah.
-Irregular periods..Right now they are anywhere from 19-31 days. Heavy, clotty and run from 4-8 days. I have had only one light period and that was a few months ago. I feel like I am always bleeding. I usually can get two periods in one month. Also fun..
-Depression.. No energy. Crying. Emotional. Want to pull the blanket over my head and hide. I did have a 5 month period last year where I cried all the time. I didn't want to leave my room. My anxiety was at it's highest then. It was horrible. I never thought I would make it through. It's not as bad as then, but it's still there. Definitely worse with hormone changes.
-Vision changes...My eyesight has definitely changed. My vision can also get blurry and foggy at times.
-Dissociation..I feel like I am out of my body and looking at everything through fog (This seems to be anxiety related).
-Weird smells..I smell things that no one else does. Garbage, smoke, etc.
-Housebound...Basically I am housebound right now. A lot of it is from the anxiety and head issues. I fear that one of my symptoms will be magnified when I am out, etc. When I do go out it's at night since I don't feel as overwhelmed. I avoid fluorescent lights and super large places. It's just too much.
-Burning mouth/metallic taste...This one I get on and off. It's such a strange sensation!
-Allergies/colds...I have always had allergies, but they have definitely ramped up! I feel like I always have a cold!
-Flushed face/Hot and cold...I get a flushed face and ears, and the rest of my body gets hot then cold and back and forth. I dress in layers just to make it a bit easier. Being hot makes my anxiety worse, so I am figuring out ways to keep cool. My hands and especially my feet seem always cold, but I can't put anything too warm on my feet because I will get too warm, lol! Can't win!
-Breast changes...They get more painful and tender. I also get the feeling of engorgement and let down and obviously I am not breastfeeding, lol. It happens more mid cycle, but I have had it last for longer periods at different times of the month.
Heartburn/gerd/bloating...This one is just horrible all around. I always feel bloated and have heartburn no matter what I eat. It makes me feel so uncomfortable and I feel like the gas pushes on my diaphragm (I hope that made sense, lol!) This one I will not miss!
I do have many more, but I have written a mini novel....lol! I just want you strong ladies to know that we are in this together! Reach out if you ever have any questions! I am lucky enough to have a very supportive husband and children, but I know there are quite a few on here who aren't. Just know I am here for you! We got this ladies, even though we are in the midst of hell right now! Sending all the strength, hugs, and prayers to you! ❤️
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