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    Default Perimenopause

    So I'm 40 with 3 kids under 7 . The last year or so I've been really anxious , anger easily , panic over stupid things , I'm bloated , my hair on my head looks like pubes, I'm tierd to the point of exhaustion , my muscles feel heavy , I'm emotional , I cannot sleep . My periods have become so heavy that I have to avoid some outings because I have to change every half hour. I think I've stumbled across what is wrong and I think it's the dreaded perimenopause !! I actually was being to think something was seriously wrong . My boobs sometimes feel like I've been kicked in the chest by an angry donkey ... I'm in bed today with muscle spasms .... Last week I had a tempreture and body aches .....
    Does anyone else have this ? I don't feel like I have an illness because everything is so random and seperate from each other , but the more I research the more it points to perimenopause . Isn't it fun being a woman .

    I'm grateful for my body and how it pulled me through three pregnancys and how it continues to battle on but I'm joining the dots and they seem to be pointing to perimenopause .

    What do you older mums do to cope with this ? Do you take any supplements ? Would be grateful for any advice . 🌺

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    Subbing. I have only had irregular periods until my last one, but that was heavy and went on for 14 days! But I've been anything from the "normal" 28 days to 45 day cycles for about a year. I spoke to my Dr and she said that alone wasn't enough to consider peri menopause (I'm 43) but I've booked in to ask to get some Bloods done to check my hormonal levels after that last one. Something is going on. What my body is doing is not normal!!

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    I'm not personally at that stage, but do know of ladies who have been through it and they have taken biodentical hormones replacement. You apparently don't have to put up with all the symptoms and the hormones can work wonders at eradicating the symptoms. There are also synthetic hormones, man made, which is usally what your everyday gp will prescribe, they may be ok for you, but the women i know all prefer the biodentical ones and say they work much better for them without side effects. I guess its different for everyone though.

    I would suggest going to the Dr and getting tests done so they can either confirm or deny if it is perimenopause and if it is they can see what hormones you may need and dont need.
    Thyroid testing would be another area to get tested in as thyroid symptoms are very similar to going through menopause symptoms. The muscle aches, muscle lethargy, sweats, weight loss/weight gain, irregular or missing cycles, the exhaustion, feeling tired even after sleeping, hair loss, so tired but get into bed and so awake that you can't sleep, bloating, constpation, dry skin and so on. Some people will get only some of these symptoms then later on a few more may appear and so on.

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    Thanks , I hadn't really thought about thyroid testing . I'm hopeless at going to the Drs .

    My mum had a hysterectomy aged 43 because she was suffering so much . I remember her being an absolute nightmare but now I'm realizing how bad she must of been feeling and having three teenagers to cope with too. She went on to have HRT but years later in her 60's her knees became so bad she had to have two ops . She was in so much pain . She often questions if it was due to the patches. I think for now I'll see how it goes and talk to my natropath about thyroid testing . Thanks for the advice xxx

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    That's ok.
    The biodentical hormones are the natural hormones, the synthetic ones would be like the hrt your mum was on that a lot of women do have trouble with and side effects from.
    I think with the biodentical ones you would get them through a naturapath and compounding pharmacy. Although i have come across a few clinics with female gps now specialising only in womens hormonal issues, such as menopause and thyroid, so you may be able to go to one of them and see what they test for and say.
    Sounds like a good plan to see your naturapath, good luck, hope it's all sorted for you soon :thumbup:

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    Thank you Monroe78 ! You have been very lovely taking the time to reply and offer help . Hope you have a lovely afternoon xx

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    That's normal!


 

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