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Is menopause an illness???

Posted by Beth on August 30, 2001 at 13:54:17:

Ok, I am thoroughly confused about what is happening
with my body in the past year. I have written my
symtoms previously on this BB so I won't repeat them,
but Dr. Stoll, you said it sounded like dysautonomia.

I have been to many doctors to figure this out. The only
thing I have been diagnosed with is that I going through
an early menopause. My estrogen reading is
consistently lower than it should be (although tests
show that I am still ovulating and I still have regular
periods).

My question is this - Can menopause/changing
hormone levels that happen with age mimick
dysautonomia? Does it actually cause it? And will it go
away once my hormones have readjusted to the new
low levels?

I can't imagine that the normal change of life can cause
a person to feel (and look) this utterly awful every single
day. My life is a thin veil of what it used to be. Between
the nausea, dizziness, and pounding heart I can barely
function at all. My hair is almost all gone, and I cry all
the time. I can't play tennis or jog anymore because it
makes me nauseous and brings on the heart
palpitations. Ordinary smells cause waves of nausea,
and I feel faint all the time. I have an almost constant
feeling of being spaced out or lightheaded (kind of like
the feeling most adults experieince in their second
round of cocktails. Except without the rush of well
being!).

I just don't understand it! I take very good care of myself!
A year ago I was glowing with health. People would
often ask me things like "what do you do to keep your
skin so healthy?" or they would express surprise when
they found out my age, because I looked so much
younger. I was active, slim, happy, and looked forward
to many things in life. I ate well, had a wonderful
partner, and slept like a baby.

Yesterday I found a picture of myself that was taken
exactly one year ago. I am giving my horse a hug and
smiling away. My hair is full and shiny, and my skin
looks glowing. I am obviously relaxed and happy.
Seeing this picture made me cry for hours. In one year, I
have aged so much, and that spark of happiness is
long gone.

Can ordinary menopause cause such physical and
emotional devastation in such a short period of time? I
was prepared for dryer skin, a few wrinkles, and some
loss of stamina, but not this!!!

I have read the posts of dysautonomia, and I definitely
have the symptoms, but all of those symptoms can
also be found in any book on perimenopause. Many of
them also indicate a sluggish thyroid (mine appears
fine as of last round of tests). I am so confused I don't
know what to do!!!

Please help me figure this out!





Re: Is menopause an illness???

Posted by Joanie on August 31, 2001 at 07:37:33:

In Reply to: Is menopause an illness??? posted by Beth on August 30, 2001 at 13:54:17:

Hi Beth,

How old are you? Menopause can wreak havoc on you and cause a host of debilitating symptoms. I began having hot flashes and irregular periods when I was 44 (I'm now 50 and post menopausal). I progressed to night sweats, palpitations, depression, weird stomach secretions during a hot flash, and just an overall feeling of disharmony. I began using a natural estrogen compound coupled with progesterone cream, and have since had to increase my dosage as my hot flashes started in again. I feel like a new person.

I'm confused as to why you still have regular periods if your estrogen level is low. Have they changed at all? Have they become lighter or heavier? Are they shorter in duration?

If you are indeed going through early menopause, I would highly recommend reading "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause" by Dr. John Lee. Perhaps a little progesterone cream might be beneficial.

I know what you're going through. It's not fun. Hope this helps a little.

Namaste`

Joanie



Re: Is menopause an illness???To Joanie.

Posted by Beth on August 31, 2001 at 15:18:53:

In Reply to: Re: Is menopause an illness??? posted by Joanie on August 31, 2001 at 07:37:33:

Hi, thanks for your input. I am 36 and these symptoms
have been around in a very sporadic sense since about
age 31. I never made the connection that it might be
hormones until about 6 months ago when I started
feeling lousy every single day. It is a nightmare, as I
rarely have more than a few hours each day where I
can say I feel relatively normal.

My periods are slightly different than they used to be in
that they seem a little heavier, with darker blood.
Nothing major though. I am still ovulating and my
progesterone reading in the luteal phase of my cycle is
normal. My estrogen is only slightly low, so it is strange
that I am reacting so strongly. I have always had bad
PMS, so maybe I am just sensitive to even slight
variations, who knows.

No one will give me estrogen of any kind right now
because my cycle is still regular. I'm taking some
supplements and generally taking very good care of my
health, but that's about it so far.

Thanka again for your input.




Re: Is menopause an illness??? (Archive in dysautonomia.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on September 01, 2001 at 09:24:57:

In Reply to: Is menopause an illness??? posted by Beth on August 30, 2001 at 13:54:17:

Thanks, Beth.

The "early menopause" is but one of the symptoms of your dysautonomia. You will find that dealing with the dysautonomia will also eliminate the early menopause!

Without my having the privilege of examining you and taking charge of your care, My very best advice would be to get really serious about wellness before it is too late for perfect function.

The reason your symptoms are also listed under "perimenopause" is that few MDs will admit to knowing that the brain is connected to the hormones EVEN THOUGH THAT IS ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS WE LEARN IN MEDICAL SCHOOL. They prefer the short and easy path that does nothing about the causes.

Let us know how you do. You will be able to compare pictures in a another year although complete recovery will likely take a couple of years.

Walt

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Re: Is menopause an illness???To Joanie.

Posted by Joanie on September 02, 2001 at 17:19:21:

In Reply to: Re: Is menopause an illness???To Joanie. posted by Beth on August 31, 2001 at 15:18:53:

Hi Beth,

It sounds like you're suffering from estrogen dominance. I'm not the best person to be explaining this to you, so I'm attaching a link for you to browse. Hope it helps you.




Estrogen Dominance???

Posted by Beth on September 03, 2001 at 14:58:41:

In Reply to: Re: Is menopause an illness???To Joanie. posted by Joanie on September 02, 2001 at 17:19:21:

Joanie, I had my hormone levels checked several times
and each time my estrogen came up low, progesterone
normal, and testosterone high end of normal. How can
I be estrogen dominant?

I thought dizziness, heart palpitations, and hot flashes
were symptoms of estrogen loss? I also have that
pregnant like nausea, but I assumed that was because
in the latter part of my cycle I have more progesterone in
relation to estrogen. Maybe I don't understand this
whole thing!!! I feel like my estrogen is disappearing.
My skin is drier, my muscles are more flacid in spite of
no change in exercise, and I generally feel like I've lost
vitality and zest for life. These are all estrogen
deficiency symptoms no?




Re: Estrogen Dominance???

Posted by Raisa on September 03, 2001 at 16:58:34:

In Reply to: Estrogen Dominance??? posted by Beth on September 03, 2001 at 14:58:41:

Hi, Beth - I think you should be glad that your doctors aren't giving you estrogen. Hopefully, they are looking for the cause of your symptoms. I have put the archive below which are different posts concerning estrogen and estrogen replacement therapy. Look at these while you are waiting for Dr. Stoll to answer you. Raisa

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Re: Estrogen Dominance???

Posted by Joanie on September 04, 2001 at 07:52:54:

In Reply to: Estrogen Dominance??? posted by Beth on September 03, 2001 at 14:58:41:

Of course, I'm no doctor, but your symptoms sure seem like they fit the estrogen dominance scenario. Obviously since your blood tests all show low estrogen, that's probably not the case. Did you check out the link I provided? There's a lot of information that might benefit you to read up on. Hope you feel better soon :o)

Namaste`

Joanie

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Re: Estrogen Dominance???

Posted by Walt Stoll on September 04, 2001 at 08:13:03:

In Reply to: Estrogen Dominance??? posted by Beth on September 03, 2001 at 14:58:41:

Hi, Beth.

Have you read the newest advbance in this area? I posted the book you need in the hormone balance archives a few months ago.

Let us know what you learn.

Walt

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