When the gyn isn't enough

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It's been a year since I had exams and surgery with a new gyn.  I have an annual exam with her next week.  I like her okay, but when I tried to talk with her about my peri symptoms last year, it was like talking to a wall.  Over the last year, I've gradually realized that I don't want to discuss peri with my gyn.  It seems like somebody else, a counselor, a naturopath, someone who could help in a broader way would make a difference.  Does anyone else struggle to discuss peri with your gyn?  How do you find other specialists, practitioners, etc. to help??

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    Yep. I just dont discuss any of my symptoms with my Dr. or Obgyn. It is like talking to a wall. 2 years ago I thought I had cancer or some horrific disease, cause I had so many symptoms including major weight loss, IBS issues, sweating, sleepless nights, and major doom/gloom anxiety. They just thought I was crazy, and needed to be put on anti-anxiety meds., which didn't help at all. Also, my Obgyn. told me weightloss was not a symptom of Peri. only weightgain was. That may be the case now, but two years ago, when I found this forum and asked about the weightliss amongst my other symptoms, a lot of women had the same things. So it was good to know I was not crazy or alone in all this. Everyones symptons are different though, but many are similar too. Some just have it worse than others.

    Overtime, I got all my weight back and then some, along with other symptoms subsiding now that I'm in officially menopause. No more periods. I still have some of the symptoms like the night sweats a bit, and weight gain now, but just taking vitamibs, and trying to eat a little healthier and workout more. Keeping busy helps ease the mind. Eventually, it does get better.

    So as a wrap up. Ask these women on here about your symptoms, cause drs. or most don't know how best to treat peri, and think you are just crazy and want to put you on anxiety meds. or other meds. that don't usually work.

    Good luck and hang in there. There is light at the end of this very long tunnel.

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      Yep. That is exactly what happened with me. Weight loss, awful doom and gloom... I have put my weight back on and some now. I am still having periods, but some of the symptoms are getting better. Except apparently I'm not supposed to sleep between 2 and 5!!

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      The sleep thing is strange, isn't it?  Every Saturday afternoon, the one day of the week I want to enjoy, I fall asleep... never used to nap.  Just that one afternoon.  I haven't lost weight, only gained... not fun.

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    Hi I went to a new lady gynae last year she was brilliant explained I'm in peri I'm 49 nw and gave me a natural supplement and a calcium with k2 and vit D to use if symptoms get worse we'll consider hrt only after 50..... ..whereas the male gynae I was with for years just brushed off my symptoms.....

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    I know what you mean.  I feel that the only thing gynecologists are good for is deliviering babies.  Mine shows no sympathy for my plight.  I am having headaches galore with my  perimenopause and was told she could not help me with  my migraine meds. 

    I am really happy I found this site.  It's helped me a lot knowing my symptoms are more common than not.

    ?Thanks to all.

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      That's sad about the headaches... she probably could help... but yes, at least we can come here to help each other.  It is a relief to know we are not alone with these crazy symptoms.

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    I am switching over to a nurse practitioner in the same office instead of the male gyn. She is a little easier to talk to. I will keep looking though if I'm not happy. It is not easy finding someone who listens

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      Good idea!  Unfortunately, I've already had to switch a couple of times for different reasons... this gyn was a referral from a GP.  She's friendly but seems to go cross-eyed at the mention of peri.  

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