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I am now around 1 year post meno give or take. I just would like ladies to know there is light at the end of the tunnel, although you may not feel like that at the moment. Just remember that an unlucky few continue symptoms for eternity, and as time passes they become less bothersome and mild in comparison for the rest gradually disappearing for good. From my research this is normally 2-3 years post meno, fingers crossed.
The symptoms I remember are as follows as far as I can recall. 1 year ago/present day
No appetite – Eat nothing for weeks on end, just sipped water and ice chips. / Eating normally again
Weight loss- lost nearly 2 stone/Back to pre existing weight
Nausea- constant day & night for about 10 months/Now none
Belching- awful indigestion despite not eating/ As before
Insomnia- totally unable to fall or stay asleep got maybe 3 hours a night if lucky/ Sleep well most of the time waking mainly to pee, usually fall back to sleep but awake for a couple of hours occasionally
Night sweats- OMG drenched need I say more/ Still get these but sleep through most of them certainly not as bad or as many.
Heat Intolerance- This was weird I felt warm all the time 24/7normally cold because of my thyroid, couldn’t bear even a warm shower it had to be cold, the hair-dryer was an absolute no no./ Showering and using hair dyrer as before still get some feelings of warmth but in between feel normal again
Flushes- Lasted forever just finish one then start another, either with or without the sweats. No triggers only very sensitive to temperature to surroundings /Gone from around 40-50 to maybe 3-4.
Difficulty Swallowing/Eating- Like a lump stuck in throat even taking meds was hard because of gagging but was only actually sick a couple of times/No problems now
Tiredness/Exhaustion- probably mainly due to lack of sleep/This has passed
Emotional/Depressive- moods were down and very weepy. If I didn’t have such wonderful kids not sure I would bothered trying probably just ended it all ( hate to admit that now)/Still have a few down days but overall much better
Confusion/difficulty focusing- very light headed and dazed feeling/ Dizzy now and again memory still poor
IBS like symptoms- obsessed with keeping diary of BM/Odd episodes nothing serious
Palpitations- happened a lot/ Still get 1 or 2 but not as often
Chest tightness- very uncomfortable of course I had angina and heart disease, this was definitely anxiety/ Only get this now and again
Pounding heart – I could feel my heart pounding in my chest and hear it in my ears/ All gone
tremors/shakes- Shaking externally and internally. The external was like a constant shiver, internal was like an inner bouncing very hard to explain/Completely gone
restlessness- couldn’t relax or sit still very jittery/ Can now relax
anxiety- WOW never been an anxious person but this was just awful I was googling every little symptom, this made every other symptom worse and lots of crossover symptoms of anxiety itself./ This has gone thank goodness
Panic Attacks- Again never had one before very scary, got so I was afraid to go out, talk to anyone or make or receive telephone calls/ None at all now
tachycardia (100-140)- due to anxiety/ Back to normal.
headaches- terrible pounding every day and night/ Just an odd one now and then
head zaps- would happen day and night like a shock in head/ Get one now and again
feeling something wrong- convinced I had something terminal, Feeling detached from reality/Feel ok now do not worry about health anymore
Dry mouth-couldn’t quench thirst no matter how much I drank/Still get dry some days
Feeling of insects crawling over skin/ an odd tickle now and then
Muscle tension mainly neck, shoulders & backache, and joints aching especially hips, knees and legs/ Now all fine
Skin and hair changes dryer and older looking/ hmm just age!!
Hope this helps someone
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