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    Super Member mountain deb's Avatar
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    I am going through it right now, actually been there, wish it would stop already. Started on herbal supplements years ago for mood swings and regularity, I was irregular with the cycle, which by the way does help! Now I am on day 15 of my cycle. Has anyone else had this trouble or other problems associated with menopause???? Would appreciate some encouragement right about now, THANKS.

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    And I quote, "this too shall pass." I thought I might lose my mind, (come to think about it, I did) but nobody even noticed. Hang in there. We're cheering you on.

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    I was REALLY crabby. My DH is a saint. He says he never wants to take another wife through that. I am sorry to everyone I was awful to.

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    I had terrible anxiety with menopause. Hang in there it does pass, of course it takes time. Remember that you are not in menopause untill you have not had a period for a complete year. I also found that walking daily helps also don"t be afraid to speak with your medical professional. Don't take hormones they may do more harm than good. Consult you doctor. Try going to the mayo clinic on the web for more information. There are good books that can help.

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    i am not moody..at least no one has the guts to tell me here at house! ;)
    i just have the hot flashes and night sweats..i am 54, been going through this for about 4 years now..
    hang in there...

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    I agree with Diane about not taking hormone replacements. I was told by a Dr that it just postpones the inevitable. If I have to go through menopause anyway I may as well do it the natural way.

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    I'm sorry. Please know that you are not alone. Besides all the rest, I got hot about 4 years and I'm still waiting for the flash. I drive my family and co-workers nuts because I wear sandals until there is snow on the ground, can't stand long sleeves and don't want the temp. past 65. During the summer I turn the air cond. so low I get it to be around 64 in the basement and go down there to quilt. There's a good book, "The Wisdom of Menopause" (auth. Northrup). If you need sympathy, somebody to yell at or just a good talk you can PM me. It doesn't last forever! Lots of luck. Laurel

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    You are in Peri-menopause. That is the period (no pun intended :roll: ) "before" your periods stop. Since I have been in menopause for several years I have to say the hot flashes gave me the most problems. I didn't realize that you aren't supposed to have 20+ hot flashes a day. My GYN prescribed Zoloft for the hot flashes and it helped with the anxiety, also. Now I just have to deal with 'brain fog'. Maybe someone on here has a remedy for that.

    There is a web site called "minniepauz"

    http://www.minniepauz.com/

    It's a pretty good site if you want to laugh about it. Good luck. I can say, for sure, I don't miss that monthly visit from Auntie Flo....hahahah!

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    Laugh hard and long! I seem to get my power surges while I'm in Target. Good grief! I start sweating and before I can get out of there my hair is wet. To somebody else seeing it, it must be a sight. Of course, I feel like I could slide in between the cracks, but whatever. Best part is although I love children, I don't have any little ones. Everything has it's season.

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    i forgot to add, this month,december, is 12 months without a period. the doctor would not check my hormone level until i missed 12 months in a row..
    what a guy..
    and husband told me..no it hasn't been 12 months? has it? ..i didn't realize he was paying that much attention to me..ROFL

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    I had Hystorectomy at 46, now i'm 72, still have night sweats, Doc says its normal because they left one ovary for harmonal purposes. Good luck!

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    I had my last period when I was one month past my 45th birthday. Poof. Never got one again. Hadn't been irregular. Didn't have the pre-menopausal symptoms. Except, I started with horrendous (Horrendous! I tell you!) hot flashes about 2 months prior. Those awful things came constantly and lasted for several years. Now, at 59, I still have flashes, but they are Minor - mostly in bed at night and with my coffee in the early morning, and much weaker than those first years. I had no personality changes. Remained my sweet self throughout. My daughter, however, would beg to differ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mary quite contrary
    I was REALLY crabby. My DH is a saint. He says he never wants to take another wife through that. I am sorry to everyone I was awful to.
    I'm 32 and just informed my DH that one day I'll be even moodier than I already am. He said, "I'm in trouble..."

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    I am 54 and WAITING for my periods to stop or get irregular. Started having mild hot flashes a while back, added ground flaxseed to my diet and they are almost gone.

    If you have gone 12 mos. without a period, you are officially in menopause. Your certificate will be coming in the mail any day now.

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    I had a ovary removed in 2005. It has been downhill every since. I have had so many things happen it has been horrible. ocular migraines, heachaches, sweats, Blah Blah Blah. lol.. went with period for 8 months... TWICE NOW!!!!! Grrrrrr. They keep telling me it will get better. just not ast enough.. lol hang in there.

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    I had my last period at the age of 47, and now, just having turned 60, I am starting to feel cold again. It literally has been 13 years since I needed a sweater or lap quilt during the evening. What a blessing to feel chilled again!

    I am finding that life 'on the other side' is not a bad thing.

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    try black cohash, power ssurges so bad i thought i d spontaneously cumbust! LOL. seriously, they do subside some with time, hang in there.

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    Sorry that you are going through it, just remember you are not alone. I went through it all at once six years ago after having surgery, I was only 39. The after effects are worse, hair in places there shouldn't be, and I know what someone said about the AC-they used to ask who had it cold enough to hang meat in the office.

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    Had total hysterectomy at age 43 - took both ovaries, the uterus, fallopian tubes, lymph nodes, and seems like he took my memory, my patience, and my good nature too! Hot flashes started 3 days after the surgery...and like most others, the heat is not allowed to be turned up in my house, I don't wear a coat in the winter, and would never think of wearing long sleeves. I take a low dose of estrogen (.5mg) which does control the hot flashes, so I no longer have them...the temperature of my entire body has been dialed down, so that I just don't want the feeling of being warm anymore...I can't sit by fireplaces, or heat registers without feeling uncomfortable really quick.

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    I can only attribute my lack of a lot of what the others are saying as being on anti-depressants during menopause. I had only minor hot flashes, and a problem with early morning waking for about 2 years. That was it. My mother had a horrible menopause and I was bracing for a similar one but it never happened. Everyone is different but I do believe for me it was the anti-depressant Paxil.
    On the other hand, my sister is over 60 and STILL getting hot flashes!!!! She's always warm, I'm always cold!
    Good luck honey!! You'll get through it!! :D

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    Oh, one other thing....I use to always dream at night, and after the menopause, I no longer have any dreams. According to one of the other posts, that means that my IQ has dropped off significantly....lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frugalfabrics
    Oh, one other thing....I use to always dream at night, and after the menopause, I no longer have any dreams. According to one of the other posts, that means that my IQ has dropped off significantly....lol.
    Well then I must be EINSTEIN b/c I have multiple dreams every nite!! lol :D:D

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    I went through it for the past 7 years. I guess I was one of the lucky ones. No hot flashes!! My cycles were irregular at times. But other than that no real issues.

    My GYN told me I went through it early to due a major shock to my system. I was in a car wreck and had major surgery on my spine.

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    It's been over 10 years since my last period. As I remember I had two years of irregular periods and the last year was like clockwork. 28 days exactly.

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    Reading these posts have been a trip down memory lane:) Memory? I can't remember the last period-maybe 6 years. This has been the first Winter in quite some time I have actually considered buying a coat. I got cold and it feels great-finally! At a routine doc visit lately, a hormone cream was suggested and before doc could get the sentence out, DH says, "This won't put her BACK in menopause, will it!" We had a great laugh! and the answer was "no". I must have been a bear!

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