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Posted by Terry [1914.1351] on April 15, 2006 at 20:56:05:

My young friend's are telling me I need a hysterectomy. People my age and older say what I'm dealing with is normal for my age. So let me share this with you all and Dr. Stoll and let me know what you think. Might be a little long.....
Brief history, 52 yrs. old, am in good health, so far always have been. Two perfect pregnancies, period started at 13 years old, same as my mom, came every month like clockwork along with cramps every few months. Other than an occasional cold or sore throat, headache and some constipation problems, I have been in very good health all my life, don't smoke anymore (quit 23 years ago) never in my entire life have I drank.
Ok...started in July 2004 with a period 39 days late, Aug., I had it 17 days, was worried, went to the doc, by that time I had almost stopped, he found no abnormalties. If it continued, he wanted me to have an ultrasound I believe he said. From then on periods came every month, sometimes early, sometimes late, and a few sessions of hot flushes and minor dizziness/lightheadedness and one HUGE mood swing last July.I have never had one before and boy do they suck, I was giving my husband such a hard time last summer one day, non~stop bitching all day when eventually my soft spoken, non~swearing wonderful son said, 'Mom will you shut the hell up!!!!!'That's how bad I was. LOL
Dec. 2005 had a normal period, Jan. had none, Feb had 2 periods. The first one started normal ended fast without tapering, 1 week later got another period of normal length. March, normal period on the 5th, this month, started on the 4th, ended on the 10th, heavy period, some cramping. Woke up yesterday the 14th and it started again and is continuing as a normal but light. Is this normal of perimenopause!!?? I am SOOO frustrated . This is the 2nd time I've had 2 in a month. My mom ended at 53 and my sister ended at 53, could this be the pattern for me? I am worried I may become anemic, is this possible? All advice will be considered for my decision to see the doc. So maybe some of you ladies who have gone the gamut with this stuff can help me. Thank you and Happy Easter to everyone!



Re: Perimenopause concerns

Posted by maryb [4724.2562] on April 15, 2006 at 21:45:46:

In Reply to: Perimenopause concerns posted by Terry [1914.1351] on April 15, 2006 at 20:56:05:

Hi Terry, welcome to my world!! I've been experiencing exactly what
you've described, and more, for the past couple of years. And while it
often is annoying, unsettling, inconvenient, etc., I don't view it as
abnormal, and certainly not worth having a hysterectomy! It's what
happens at this time of life. Once I stopped expecting the old
regularity & predictability, and accepted the fact that this is the
transition, and transitions are usually not very comfortable, I started
doing a lot better. I still get surprised by periods out of nowhere,
periods that last way too long, or very brief, nearly non-existent
periods, occasional headaches, some weight gain, etc, but you've read
the same stuff I have, and this is all within the normal range of events
during perimenopause.

If you haven't tried ProGest or a similar progesterone cream product,
it might be well worth giving it a go. Also, the herb vitex has made a
difference for me. Without these things, my cycles are pretty wild, but
with them, well, still wacky but not nearly as bad. And equally
important is daily cardio exercise. Keeps my mood stable & I think it's
also keeping hot flashes at bay. I've only had a couple and they were
very mild. Who knows what's up ahead, of course.

People have a tendency to pathologize perimenopause & menopause,
and view its symptoms as signs that something is wrong. I'm not
saying you should blithely ignore any changes that really seem
radically different or are painful. And of course you should see your
doc if you're concerned about anemia, that's simple enough to check.
Other than that, though, you're right on course. Your body will stop
its periods when it's good & ready. Check out the website power-
surge.com, where you will discover the very wide range of 'normal'
when it comes to this time of life, and you won't feel as worried.

mary

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Re: Perimenopause concerns

Posted by Walt Stoll [93.1889] on April 16, 2006 at 08:12:00:

In Reply to: Perimenopause concerns posted by Terry [1914.1351] on April 15, 2006 at 20:56:05:

Hi, Terry.

Listen to Mary.

A hysterectomy will resolve your bleeding problems but not anything else. Your doc should help you make that decision.

Walt



Re: Perimenopause concerns

Posted by Sharon [15.452] on April 16, 2006 at 09:33:05:

In Reply to: Perimenopause concerns posted by Terry [1914.1351] on April 15, 2006 at 20:56:05:

Go to power-surge.com You will find it to be the best site and group of support that you can find during this phase of your life. Someone on this board posted it a while back and I was thrilled to have found it. What a life saver it has been for me.

Check it out.
Sharon

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Re: Perimenopause concerns

Posted by Terry [266.10] on April 16, 2006 at 09:42:15:

In Reply to: Perimenopause concerns posted by Terry [1914.1351] on April 15, 2006 at 20:56:05:

To add to what the others have said, I found a lot of relief following the whole food diet, cutting out sugar and caffiene.Holding to it perfectly my hot flashes quit intirely. I would sure give it a try before I let them go cutting out whole sections of my body!
Hope you find your answers.



Re: Perimenopause concerns

Posted by Terry [1914.1351] on April 16, 2006 at 12:12:55:

In Reply to: Re: Perimenopause concerns posted by Walt Stoll [93.1889] on April 16, 2006 at 08:12:00:

Thank you Walt, I hate the fact of having one of those done, but if I have to I will. :(

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Re: Perimenopause concerns TESTIMONIAL

Posted by Walt Stoll [93.1889] on April 17, 2006 at 06:43:11:

In Reply to: Re: Perimenopause concerns posted by Terry [266.10] on April 16, 2006 at 09:42:15:

Thanks, Terry.

Now, if we could get everyone to just try this for 6 months, the GYNs could go on welfare!

Walt

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