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I don't know if there is a thread where we can share what helps with some of the symptoms or what gets us through, but I'm hoping we can pool any tips. I'm 43, mother of 1 with primary ovarian failure diagnosed since 16.....basically menopausal forever. I've been on bhrt for 3 months. These are some things which I think have helped:
- taking the bhrt is now starting to get results. I'm still anxious but it's not crippling as it was.
- walking. I walk a few km every day, usually in the morning to help with the anxiety.
- cycling. I got a new bike, so getting out on that really has made a difference. Its so much effort and concentration to stay on the flipping thing, that I forget for a while that I'm sometimes unhinged!
- any kind of short cardio. I'll try anything, and a burst of effort raises my heart rate and even if I'm then face down in the sofa, I feel I tried!
- GP. I spent such a long time trying not to be a pain in the butt at my local surgery, but now I don't care. If I'm not happy with meds, I phone them. If I need to see them, I phone them.... I've given up on worrying about being an inconvenience, now I'm getting my moneys worth!
- homeopathy. I've been seeing one for years, but the combination of counselling and natural therapies works for me even if I spend the hour crying and wallowing!
- mindfulness. I have the Headspace app on my phone, and every day even if for just 10 mins I create a bit of space in my mind which isn't plagued by insecurity
- Internet. I try to use it to support my own research and not for taking quizzes to establish how bonkers I am or whether the pain in my neck is menopause or a thrombosis
- menopause society. The organisation has a patient arm with an advisory service. So I can access a specialist nurse who helps.
- forcing myself upright. Like everyone else , sometimes I'd like to set up home in a small cave until I feel better but it ain't gonna happen. So if I'm asked to go out... I go. I hardly ever want to and would rather stay in and watch judge judy, but the longer I do that I think the longer I'll suffer.
Have you get any top tips ladies?
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