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Advice for PMS

Posted by Gemma on May 13, 2002 at 17:32:49:

Hi all. I am a 38 year old woman who has developed
the following symptoms in the past two years and I'm
looking for any advice you might have to help me ease
or eliminate them.

I should say up front that I am very healthy. I have seen
my gyn and regular doctor about this and they have
ruled out any problems like thryoid or hormone
imbalance type stuff. I even had my heart monitored for
a day and an echo doppler which were normal. Both
doctors concluded that I was in excellent health. In fact
many of my tests show that I am physically much
younger than my age. HOWEVER...

In the past two years I have noticed that every single
month from day 25 of my cycle until my period starts on
day 28 I experience these things:

heart that pounds very heavily and sometime rapidly

weakness that overcomes me and I have to sit down
because I feel faint

cold hands that are clammy and sometimes pinkish in
color instead of flesh colored

woozy lightheaded feelings that come on suddenly

feeling like there is a lump in my throat or something is
putting pressure in the center right above my collar
bone (this only lasts a few minutes at a time)

overall feeling sick, just sort of yucky, mildly nauseated
or blah. sometimes I have very short lived feelings of
despair, but it literally lasts about 10-30 seconds at the
most but is quite severe.

I have none of these symptoms at any other time of
month. The only other thing I have noticed is
sometimes I get a heartburn like feeling in the few days
after my period is over. I have never had this before, and
it doesn't happen every month like the other stuff does.

I have had regular menses my entire adult life. I would
say that I had mild to moderate PMS (mostly crankiness
and tender breasts) every month all my life as well. In
the past two years since these bothersome symptoms
started I have noticed a decrease in the crankiness and
irritability. In fact my mood is very good. But I feel
physcially bad now.

No obvious change in cycle other than this. Period lasts
5 days and comes on time.

I do eat extremely well and get moderate exercise. And I
take some vitamins including Evening Primrose Oil,
b-complex, vitamin e (800 iu per day) calcium and
magnesium, and D.I.M.

I had my hormones levels tested by blood and saliva
several times on day 21-23 of my cycle. everything on
thise days looks fine. Of course, I don't feel lousy until
day 25, so I asked my doctor to check my levels on
those days which he did with a saliva test every day
from day 23 to day 28. The only thing strange was that
my estrogen took a rise on day 26 to 28 and then
dropped suddenly. He said normally it would be
steadily dropping in that time, not going up. He could
not attribute this to anything though.

After much time and expense I have concluded that
there is nothing wrong with me that I should be
concerned about and I must be going through some
kind of transition hormonally that is whacking me out. I
am getting a little impatient after two years though to
start feeling a little better. Does anyone here have
things like this and found a way to relieve it. I hear all
this stuff about progesterone creams and soy, but my
hormones are really not low at all according to my
doctor, in fact he said if he didn't know my age, he
would guess me to be in my 20s based on the
numbers. It seems like those things are for women
who are showing obvious signs of dropping hormones.

Should I just grin and bear it until menopause? is there
something I am overlooking? Thank you for any
suggestions. I am so frustrated with this (of course
today is day 26, so I am extra motivated to get to the
bottom of this!). Thanks.



Re: Advice for PMS (More than!) Archive in dysautonomia.

Posted by Walt Stoll on May 14, 2002 at 09:15:41:

In Reply to: Advice for PMS posted by Gemma on May 13, 2002 at 17:32:49:

Hi, Gemma.

These are ALL early signs of developing dysautonomia. The solution is serious SR.

See the glossary for any unfamiliar terms and then spend enough time in the archives to understand the process.

Let us know how you do.

Walt

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Re: Advice for PMS

Posted by Jackie on May 14, 2002 at 09:38:27:

In Reply to: Advice for PMS posted by Gemma on May 13, 2002 at 17:32:49:

Hi Gemma,

I feel like we are experiencing the same "deal". I am 37, very healthy too. I eat right and exercise. Last year I started with the PVC's about 5 days before my period. I too have had full cardiac work up and it was fine, just PVC's. I take a magnesium supplement (100 mg. magnesium glycinate) and that does seem to help. Have you tried that? Do you do the SR? I know that my heart palpitations are also triggered by stress. I am actually seeing a homeopath for a check-up later today, so it will be interesting to get his opinion. I will let you know what he has to say. If your heart palpitations are anything like mine, I know you would do anything to get rid of them. Even though I know I am ok, they scare the living daylights out of me everytime and usually keep me up for hours at night. Total drag. I think maybe it is pre-menopause stuff. It was on Oprah several months ago. She went to 5 cardiologists before they figured out what was going on! I did buy the book "The Wisdom of Menopause". It is by Christine Northrup, the same gal that wrote "Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom". Very helpful too.

Jackie



Re: Advice for PMS

Posted by Gemma on May 14, 2002 at 14:46:21:

In Reply to: Re: Advice for PMS posted by Jackie on May 14, 2002 at 09:38:27:

Thanks for your reply Jackie. No I don't do SR, this is all
new to me, but very intriguing. I have been reading the
archives as Doctor Stoll suggested about
dysautonomia. Seems like my symptoms fall in line
with it, except I only have it before my period, so it's hard
for me to imagine that it isn't my hormones causing it.

I do take magnesium, but not the kind you take. Is the
glyncinate kind better for this? Maybe I should switch.

Do you have those strange surges that come over you
where you suddenly don't feel so good, but it's not
anything you can put your finger on? Sometimes right
before my period I feel kind of sick to my stomach or
lightheaded and then my hands get cold and I just feel
off kilter. It lasts a short time and then just disappears.
Strange.

Thanks for responding. I am going to try the meditation
and see if that helps. I do tend to run a wee bit on the
wound up side!

Don't you feel cheated to feel so yucky when you take
care of yourself, exercise etc and have always been
healthy? I am not a sickly type and have always been a
little superior in my attitude towards friends who are
always taking pills or eating poorly, have weight
problems etc. And here I am feeling so bad. My bad
karma for being such a dogmatic B*** all those years!
LOL.



Re: Advice for PMS

Posted by Donna E. on May 14, 2002 at 15:01:25:

In Reply to: Re: Advice for PMS posted by Gemma on May 14, 2002 at 14:46:21:

I get all that stuff and more during that time of the month. I know, after my health coaching session with Walt, that it is not my hormones causing these problems. It is bracing and stress and some other problems from birth that cause other sitations in my body that in turn cause other problems. What I was advised to do was Skilled Relaxation, Alexander Technique or Feldenkrais and Rolfing. That gets to the heart of the problem.

You said:

"I should say up front that I am very healthy. I have seen
my gyn and regular doctor about this and they have
ruled out any problems like thryoid or hormone
imbalance type stuff. I even had my heart monitored for
a day and an echo doppler which were normal. Both
doctors concluded that I was in excellent health. In fact
many of my tests show that I am physically much
younger than my age."

Then you said:
"Seems like my symptoms fall in line with it, except I only have it before my period, so it's hard for me to imagine that it isn't my hormones causing it."

Those two things really contradict each other. Why all of a sudden would it be your hormones CAUSING these problems when you've never had problems before and all your tests come back normal for hormone levels?

Women's bodies are doing a lot during menses and it has been observed that certain conditions are exacerbated during this time. That doesn't mean that the hormones are causing the problems. You're lucky you are just starting to get symptoms now and have found this board. You have a chance to get yourself on track to even greater health and happiness than you have been experiencing.

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Re: Advice for PMS

Posted by Walt Stoll on May 15, 2002 at 07:22:28:

In Reply to: Re: Advice for PMS posted by Gemma on May 14, 2002 at 14:46:21:

Gemma,

OF COURSE your hormones have something to do with it. However, it is pretty hard to stop the hormonal changes associated with a cycle--without adding to your problems.
Whereas it is a lot simpler and healthier to deal with the other things that influence dysautonomia.

Hope this helps.

Walt

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