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    Faith47 Guest

    Premenopause

    Ok ladies,
    I need a woman's input that has gone or is going through premenopause.
    As I am aging (now 47) I found myself getting really tired (I mean REALLY), like totally wiped out, difficulty concentrating sometimes, forgetful, depressed.
    Someone told me about hormones but I am afraid of synthetic hormones (side effects, specially cancer).
    Anyhow, anyone can relate to my symptoms? I kind of feel alone on a deserted island right now
    Any tips that could help me?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trish
    Have you had your thyroid checked, Faith? Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) can cause all of the symptoms you mentioned. I have it, and I take a low dose of Synthroid. I'm 52, and I was diagnosed with it quite a few years ago....in my 40's. It doesn't have anything to do with perimenopause or menopause.

    Your doctor can diagnose it with a blood test.
    Yep...me too Trish..have taken synthroid for years for an under active thyroid...and yes, the symptoms are very simular. Faith, the Doctor has to order specific test(s) to check for hypothyroidism...I don't remember the name of the test..maybe Trish does??

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    Faith47 Guest
    Thanks Trish and Kathy.
    Thats one thing my therapist told me to do. Getting my thyorid checked. Also getting checked for anemia, and hormones as well. Yuck, hate this
    3 years ago I was checked for it and it was fine than. But 3 years is a long time!
    Hope that is all it is.
    Kind of scary.

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    Faith47 Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by Trish
    I think it's called a TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) test.....My doctor does one periodically. I know they check T3 and T4 levels. I've always thought my medication dose needs to be higher because I'm still symptomatic. Doctors and labs vary on what they consider a normal range. I've done alot of reading, and there's quite a bit of controversy about treating thyroid conditions.

    If you want to read some interesting information, Google a woman named Mary Shomon. She has hypothyroidism and she's done alot of research and written several books. I bought her book "The Thyroid Diet".

    Thanks Trish!
    (((hug)))
    I just want to know what the heck is wrong with me. Like I said, its scary.

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    Faith47 Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by Trish
    Well, the underactive thyroid can definitely cause fatigue and depression which I know are awful to live with. I've experienced both. Very often I've said "I'm sick and tired of feeling sick and tired!"

    I hope you get some answers soon, and get to feeling better.

    Hugs!
    Thanks Trish ((hug))
    I'll let you know when I do the tests and get the results.
    And I am also saying to myself often 'I am tired of being tired'
    Cross your fingers for me

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    Faith47 Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by Trish
    Sending lots of prayers and good thoughts your way, Faith. If it is your thyroid there's medication that will help. Try not to worry too much.....I know that's easier said than done. Just don't stop until you get the answers, so you can be feeling better.

    ((hug))

    Thanks Trish
    ((hug))

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    I wanted to add Faith, that my gyn gives me Testred to take 2 or 3 times a week. When our body produces less estrogen, it also produces less testosterone. That hormone not only gives us our sexual desire but gives us energy too. It really does help me. Ask your gyn about it. Good luck.

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    irparis Guest

    I'm also on Synthyroid...75mcg

    And yes, it can make you so tired...and now with my anemia, there are days that I can barely get out of bed.

    Another sympton of Hypothyroidism is hair lost and dry skin. I've lost just about all the hair on my legs...perfect don't need to shave, and on my arms... but my face can be dry especially in the winter and my hair would break off alot, but thank goodness I have very thick hair and its better now. I'm also dealing with some facial hair which when I get back to work will be laser removed.

    So yes, check that out.

    Mary Shomon. She has hypothyroidism and she's done alot of research and written several books. I bought her book "The Thyroid Diet".
    Hey Trish, I've seen her book, how is it.

    paris

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    I too have underactive thyroid and take levoxyl each day. I've said the exact same phrase many times, "I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired."

    Trish, I had two pregnancies back to back in which my thyroid went totally berserk and it was already low and I had been diagnosed with Hashimotos Disease prior to that. What bothers me is the hair loss....does she suggest anything to make it grow back??

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    Faith, I too have overwhelming fatigue, but it's not related to menopause because I've been feeling this way for years, although it's gotten worse lately.

    I did go through surgical menopause 5 yrs ago when they removed my uterus and ovaries. But, I know that's not the problem for me.

    My thyroid has been tested many times and it's always fine.

    I do have arthritis which is probably the biggest contributing factor to my fatigue and I also have obstructive sleep apnea (am on cpap).

    Do make sure your doctor thinks of various reasons why you may be fatigued. In the meantime, be sure and take vitamins and drink loads of water. One reason people are often fatigued is a bit of dehydration from not drinking enough water.

    Good luck to you. I hope you're feeling better soon!

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    Faith47 Guest
    Thanks Yellowrose. It might be my thyroid but first I dont have a weight problem, i dont lose hair and dont have dry skin. Its really the tiredness that bothers me the most. Also the sex drive. ...down the drain!!! And believe I, I used to have a very high sex drive lol
    Again, like i said in my first post, being forgetful, difficulty concentrating sometimes, anxiety and sometimes depressed.
    yuck eh?
    I think its premenopause but I might be wrong. Hard to say to this point. Thats why I need to check all those points (thyroid, anemia and hormones level).
    I have an appointment with a specialist but its in January! But he specialised in premenopause and menopause. And I really want someone who is an expert because I truly dont want to be misdiagnosed.
    I want to feel like I'm 30 again!!!

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    The only thing is Faith if they focus on it being menopausal/premenopausal, they may overlook other reasons. Example, you mentioned depression. All the symptoms you're describing are actually symptoms of depression period. So, it's possible that your are clinically depressed and may find that treatment of that will make you feel better.

    So, I hope you won't wait until January to seek medical advice. Because that's a long time to have to feel bad.

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    Faith47 Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by whiterose
    The only thing is Faith if they focus on it being menopausal/premenopausal, they may overlook other reasons. Example, you mentioned depression. All the symptoms you're describing are actually symptoms of depression period. So, it's possible that your are clinically depressed and may find that treatment of that will make you feel better.

    So, I hope you won't wait until January to seek medical advice. Because that's a long time to have to feel bad.

    Thats a downer

    I already am seeing a therapist. She is the one who told me to seek medical attenton (thyroid, anemia, hormones) so as to rule out what causes me those symptoms.
    Well, I know that premenopause can cause depression.
    Gosh, it can be confusing.

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    Faith47 Guest
    I want to add something. I am seeing a therapist for anxiety. Anxiety not depression.
    I dont believe I have depression. Well, I sure hope not.
    I was mainly asking if some women that are going through premenopause have similar symptoms as I do. So I can somehow relate. We all go through that phase but dont have all the same symptoms but some are similar. I know one person where I work who is in her 50s now and had the same symptoms as I have. She was treated with hormones and lke she told me "I felt like I was 30 agan".
    But I still wanted to see if there is more women going through that.
    Maybe its depression. I am not ruling it out but I also know that premenopause can cause depression because of the hormones imbalance it brings.
    I was told by a therapist that they do treat premenopause symptoms with anti-depressants while women go through that phase! And I DONT agree with that.
    But thats my personal opinion.
    I mean anti-depressants have side effects and getting off them is very difficult. There has to be alternatives.

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    Faith I know the tired feeling....it can be overwhelming sometimes...and I think I am perimenopausak as well coz this has only been happening for the last six months. Now I have just turned 46 and it is getting worse. I have resisted a diagnosis because I not entirely convinced either that it is medical or menopausal...

    I think just carrying the daily demands of a very busy life have finally caught up with me, and this is not how I want to continue, working 9-5 five days a week, with lots of responsibility, getting up early just to fit in exercise so i don't put on too much weight, going shopping after work coz i sometimes can't fit in alunch break, which would then be spent doing the grocery shopping. Last week it took me five days to find time to buy new undies for god sake!!

    Then coming home, doing kid things, going to the gym for some mental health relief, cooking dinner, cleaning up, washing and folding, trying to read something vaguely academic...it goes on...

    I thought life would slow down but the pace is blowing me away and while I can have the energy by the end of the day/night I am knackered. Also i never get sick, seriously, but three weeks ago I got the flu and then i got a sinus infection and was off work and out of action for two whole weeks..so no wonder the libido is suffering, or at least the energy to get thought into action lol...coz yeah the thoughts still there...

    I wouldn't rush to a diagnosis I actually believe it is not always pathological but can just require a change of pace and some reflection on being a taker instead of always a giver...I feel i should classify as perimenopuasal but don't have any other symptoms besides exhaustion and a growing sense that my life is out of whack and my body wants to do other things...

    everyone is different though...you have to find your own rationale...

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