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    I started, at about 47 or 48 with the light/heavy periods, miss a month, have two in a month, for about 2 years. The times that I would skip a month, would be when I had hot flashes, when the HF would go away, I would have a period. It has been 4 years since a period (yay!) and there were times I would wake up in the middle of the night in a panic, I knew my bed was on fire!! I was in a store once, talking to the owner about a product, and had a HF and my glasses fogged up, that was rather embarassing!! In the last year, I think, they have become more like "warm" flashes, so I am hoping I'm on the downhill slope of all this. The worst part, I think, is being so scatterbrained. I was never, ever described as scatterbrained before. I can't cook, or bake, and visit with someone at the same time, there is no telling what might happen with the recipe! I can't remember if I did something just an hour ago! Please someone tell me that this will also get better.

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    I went through instant menopause when I was 44 (maybe 43?) Anyway, total hystorectomy including ovaries. OMG!!! I was not prepared for that! Hot flashes like you wouldn't believe for at least a year! I swear a person could see steam coming off me. It was very embarrassing at work... in a meeting and suddenly my face is running with sweat.

    It was heck trying to sleep. One moment cold, the next so hot I couldn't stand it. I had to have a fan blowing right on me. When I wasn't having a hot flash I was bundled up in the covers, then the next moment throwing them off and cooling down in the fan that a minute before was freezing me.

    It passes, though it doesn't seem like it will. It's been a few years since surgery and things are settled down now. :D

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    Don't take hormones they may do more harm than good. Consult you doctor.
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    You know what Premarin was, don't you? I don't know if it is even on the market anymore, but I'm deeply suspicious of all they have except the herbal ones. I took Premarin because I stupidly trusted my doctor to research any drug he prescribed to me. Found that it was made from the urine from a pregnant mare, which had never been seen in human females. That little mistake made me lose a breast. I now get up in the mornings, stuff half my bra with a bosom buddy and go on with my life. But now I don't trust our corrupt FDA or any of the drug companies much. Like one of the previous writers said "This too shall pass."



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    Ladies do NOT assume that irregular periods are the norm pre-menopause. They can also mean something is wrong. In my case it was ovarian cancer. Even tho I told my doc he blew it off as pre-menopause too. Back pain, bloating, cramps, spotting, bad periods, mini periods, etc, are all possible symptoms of ovarian cancer. Age 49-50 I had periods all over the map. Age 51 I went 9 months with no periods & then had the worst period in my life. Took me 3 trips to the doc, many Urine tests, internals, a CT scan & cancer tests to finally show I had what they called a "Cyst". 3 docs told me they didn't think I had cancer. July of 2009 I had a Total Hysterectomy, plus lymph glands removed & that "Cyst" turned out to be a softball sized tumor on left ovary, that leaked cancer cells into abdominal fluid. Ended up doing chemo. My gyn/oncologist said he thinks I had this tumor for at least 2.5 years! So don't let your docs blow you off if you feel something is not right. Push for testing to make sure. You'll be glad you did if it is cancer. The sooner you find it the better your chances of survival. Most, who are diagnosed with OC wait too long & by the time they get a diagnosis it has spread. Docs often miss it, as they assume it's just menopause. OC is called the "Silent killer" do to the lack of symptoms. Also your chances of getting any of the female cancers increase during or right after menopause. So please get tested.

    As for hot flashes...I had them for years before this happened & have been soaking the sheets, clothing hair, etc ever since. My winter coat has been a fleece shirt & I only wear spaghetti strap summer tops year around. I swear if I could find a market for heat & sweat I'd be rich! Sleep is a joke. 4 hours max is all I can sleep at any given time. I have 2 fans blowing on me in bed. I sweat, then freeze, because I'm wet. I told my docs you could use me as a salt lick at any given moment, LOL.

    My docs all tell me NO estrogen period. No OTC or alternative stuff either, as it also has estrogens in it. I'm not even supposed to eat plant estrogens. Not possible, as most all veggies & fruits contain estrogens.

    I remember my Grandmother, who had a hysterectomy in her mid 40's, was on estrogen into her 80's, had hot flashes all the time. They never stopped for her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feather3
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    I remember my Grandmother, who had a hysterectomy in her mid 40's, was on estrogen into her 80's, had hot flashes all the time. They never stopped for her.
    My mother had a hysterectomy in her mid 40's also, she is now in her late 80's and always keeps a small fan near her in the kitchen and next to her bed.

    Feather3, I'm really sorry about your OC. My aunt had that also. Luckily they caught it in time.

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    I am a bit on the *itchy side, moody, anxious. I am 56 and my lmp was 7 years ago. I smoked at the time, my Dr. told me that makes you go through menopause earlier. I took bio-identical hormones for awhile, they did not do that much for me. I felt like another poster here why postpone the inevivitible (sp)
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    I too am wondering about menopause as I think "Mother Nature" has me permanently on her list. I will be 58 in March and continue to have regular periods and haven't missed one yet. When I ask my doctor he says "Oh that should happen at 52 so I guess you are a little slow" which wasn't too helpful. I'd like a different doctor but in good old rural Ontario, doctors are in very short supply and many people don't even have a family doctor so changing mine is practically impossible.

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    hysterectomy at 40 at now at 45 in the middle of it. Herbal supplements have worked wonders. I kept both my ovaries but they seemed to just "quit" afterwards. I've been thru the "hot" spell too. One summer I don' think I left the house cause it was so hot outside that the minute I walked out the door I was dripping wet even though everyone else was comfortable. Then one year I froze to death, walked around in long john, 2 prs socks all winter. I'm more comfortable now thank goodness. Just kick the covers off at night and I'm good. Anxiety though is still about to kill me. I hate that part the worst I think.

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    My Mom still takes Premarin once a week. She used to take it 3 times a week. For many years I could tell if she was cutting back on them just by the way she sounded (hyper, irritable, etc) She felt awful w/o it. I've never had to take them and I'm glad b/c I wouldn't want to. She's done very well on them and is still very healthy.
    This thread makes it so obvious that "one size doesn't fit all" in regards to menopause.

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    I also wanted to add , don't forget to right down the date of your last period. They always ask for this date at the doctors office.
    Like you can actually remember.

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    I'm pausing while dd is starting. The mood swings in this house make it look like a busy school yard. I'm no help at all.

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    I went for 7 months once without a cycle and started and went for two weeks. I stopped and I have not seen anything since 17 months. I take no hormones or andy supplements. No one in my family has ever gone through menopause except me because they all have to have hysterotomies. I thought I would go crazy some days and some days I knew I was already there.

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    Donna, Having a hysterectomy puts you into what they call "surgical menopause" if they take the ovaries. Nobody escapes if they are female!! LOL :D

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    It can be a pain, but at 55 and not had a period for 7 years. I had the flashes & sweats for a few years, moods was my biggest problem, would cry at a drop of a pin, but that got better too ( unless you move in by "problem people ") :-)
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    I LOVINGLY REFER TO MY HOT FLASHES AS "POWERSURGES" FOR SOME OF US THEY NEVER STOP. GRANNY WAS IN HER LATE 80'S AND SHE WAS STILL HAVING HER POWERSURGES. DAILY DOSES OF VITAMIN E HELPED A LOT FOR ME. HRT WAS NOT FOR ME, AND IF YOU SMOKE, HRT SHOULD NOT BE USED AT ALL. JOIN THE RANKS OF US PRIME TIME GALS AND ENJOY THE RIDE. THIS TOO SHALL PASS AS WAS MENTIONED EARLIER.

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    THIS IS GRAPHIC........15 days that's a piece of cake. About 2 years ago I started with problems I had mine for 3 months. You read that right 3 months non stop. It would stop for a week or 2 then start again for the next 3 months. Some days the bleeding was so bad I had clots the size of my hand. I would stand in the tub and gush for 20-40 minutes at a time. I was passing out. One day a board member called me I was so out of it she was going to call 911. I told her she had better not as I wouldn't go with them. I have no medical insurance and was NOT going to the ER. Actually I didn't care if i would have died, I would have welcomed it. I had to piggy back 2 tampons and they would projectile shoot out of me. That was with wearing a overnight maxipad. This was every 5 minutes for hours. I would stand up and pools of blood would be in my slippers and the bottom 1/2 of me looked like I was diped in red paint. As I walked down the hall the walls were splattered with blood just from walking, Think of how it would be if you had a wet towel in you hands, the water would splash so did the blood. I am not a dramatic person however 1 night it was so bad I wrote letters to both of my children and taped them to the bathroom mirror. I truely believed I was dying. My moms cousin hemorrhaged to death and was found on the couch by her son. I could not go for surgery besides no medical insurance I was taking care of my DD who I knew was having more surgery. There was no one to take care of me if I had surgery. I have been spotting for 2 weeks now I am hopng this is the end. I will be 56 in March.

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    Yikes, Peach!! You must have gotten very anemic!!! My Mom had terrible bleeding and before she had a hysterectomy they had to transfuse her. When I look back it scares me b/c it was right before HIV exploded in this country. I'm so thankful she didn't get bad blood back then.

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    I began menopause and the hot flashes at 37..I was on chemo at the time..The "power surges are still here...but not as bad...[I am in my 50's]...The herbals helped me a lot..I couldn't take the hormones due to history of blood clots...and I think I am the better for it...The st.johns wort will help with the depression..and black kohash will help the other symptoms...But go to a health food store or an Herbalist for the best info...

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    Vitamin World has a herbal supplement that I have used for years, it is called Flash Fighters. It helps with hot flashes, night sweats and mild mood changes. Have not experienced hot flashes or night sweats, so it must work. But boy oh boy let me run out of the stuff and just ask my family how nice and sweet I am (NOT). It has calcium, soy, black cohosh, dong quai, licorice and vitex in it. Nope, will not do the HRT. I see now that it could be a whole lot worse. So I will remember THIS TO SHALL PASS. But at times I feel like I am one tear away from crying. We are messed up aren't we. I am sure God has two angels around each of us, one to watch us and the second to warn everyone else.

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    Oh I forgeot to say I eat lentils a few days a week. Google health benefits of lentils, they have the highest estrogen in food.

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    This has been such a useful thread....thanks for sharing all your experiences and tips. Trupeach1 I can relate (it's not as severe, but three weeks now and driving me nuts). It's amazing, but despite my friends and family sharing every detail of other parts of their lives...(whether you want them to or not!) menopause seems "taboo"...maybe because it's birthday related. Anyway, wishing everyone a more pleasant menopause journey.

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    OK I know this will get me in trouble, but I'm 50 and oldest daughter is a nurse and she gripes at me. Last year got so i started having p. every 3 months so daughter said I had to go to the doctor and get checked and get boobie flatted. That the first time I've been to the doctor in 25 years tell him this he tells me im crazy. HATE doctors so sorry. Daughter tells him do every test he can I might not come back she could be right. He says everythings fine nothing really wrong little artie from where I had broken fingers. I've not had hotflashes are sweats. This year three Periods. The only thing that I really notice is that I dont need as much sleep. And mood swings I'm not sure about work with only men are I'm on the farm by myself noone aroung to know I'm throwing a fit

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    I refer to hot flashes as power surges.....

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    went thru the hot flashes even thinking about them brought them on, found if you watch sugar and flour (every time I dieted and limited those food groups barely had the flashes, this too shall pass, everyone is right tough it out if you can.

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    TruPeach1, I understand. Been there done that. I am blessed that my DH has insurance. After having a monthly last SIX months I went to gyn. Was put on the pill and would have relief for a whole 3-4 days. This went on for 6 more months Was made to have a colonoscopy to determine why my iron level was 9. DUH!!! Hemorrhaging and Fainting, Night Terrors, Restless Leg Syndrome and Anxiety attacks, depression, insomnia, sleep apnea, Inner Ear problems and Migraines. With medication for all. I could hav opened my own pharmacy. Ended up with hysterectomy and I told them to take it all!!! DGM on fathers side had ovarian cancer, sister had breast cancer. Mother with Parkinson's, Heart Disease and degenerative osteoporosis. Surgeon said I had at least 100 fibroid tumors one of which was on my cervix and it had ruptured, hence the constant period. I felt better the day after major surgery than I had in 4 years. I have used Estrogel since the surgery because I could not function mentally or physically, I was a zombie I could get up and send DGS to school and not move from the chair until he got home that afternoon. I have not needed any meds for any of the other illness' since I was put on it. I have been off med for about 3 weeks now and I am already headed down hill, Deprsssion is getting pretty bad. I have tried soy and black cohosh (sp) and end up standing in the freezer within a week. Balancing the side effects of all the meds I was on to the possible side effects of the Estrogel. No contest!!! I am going back to the Dr for another prescription.

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