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i am not sleeping, hot flushes, crying spells, feels overwhelm and sometimes i feel like i am going to burst
Sounds like menopause, all right! I’m on the other side. I’d like to let you know it gets better. Have you talked to your doctor or read some articles? It helps to know what’s happening and what can be done about it.
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Hi Tilly do you have any links to good info on the net that explains all that is involved. I have Stiff Person Syndrome and have started going through menopause on top of it all. I’m finding it hard as the body is rejecting the meds, or else causing the meds to have exagerated side effects. I didn’t know about feeling overwhelmed or like I was going to burst – I had just put that down to anxiety and SPS. How long does it go for?? Arghhhhh – NOT what I need just now (LOL).
Thanks for any feedback you can give me. Judiff
Hi Judiff. I like the website realage.com. If you visit the site, scroll all the way to the bottom. Under the category “Health” is a link called “Signs of Menopause.” You can take a menopause assessment there. The Real Age site is loaded with health information that’s been helpful to me.
Thanks Tilly 🙂
the attack has been intense for about a week now. i have this feeling of doom hot sweat.
When I eliminated caffeine, alcohol and salt my symptoms improved greatly. Also increasing my exercise helped. I still had some bad nights but much less frequent.
There is hope!!! I can relate, wow this menopause thing is really tough. I just want to say that I’m doing much much better. I found a physician that recommended saliva testing (she also ran some blood tests), the testing was done thru a pharmacy. Once the test results were in, they worked together to compile the supplements I needed. There is hope!!!!!!! Hang in there, be persistent in finding a physician that can help you! I’m serious!!! It took 2 weeks to see improvement, however I’m now taking supplements confidently and I’m amazed at the results.
When I started menopause five years ago, I began having severe heart palpitations, insomnia, memory loss, fatigue, and back pain. I had my thyroid removed in my 20’s, so I thought that might have made my menopause worse. I went to several different doctors trying to find relief. I was told to reduce stress, drink less coffee, take more calcium, get more exercise–all the standard menopause advice. I continued to get worse. I kept changing doctors trying to get another answer.. They kept running the same tests and saying the same things. FINALLY a doctor tested my calcium level and then ran more tests based on that result and discovered that I had hyperparathyroidism!!!! I can’t believe so many doctors missed that. I can’t believe no one tested my calcium levels, especially when most women are told to take 1200mg of calcium daily as they approach menopause!!! All the women on my mother’s side died before reaching 60 because of heart disease. I can’t help but think they may have all died from undiagnosed hyperparathyroidism.
I am going thru a similar time with episodes at least every month for weeks at a time of severe palpitations. my cardiologist did the whole workup…stress test, ekg holter monitor and everything with my heart is ok. I just bought calcium with magnesium and vitamin D3 and will see if that helps. After reading your story from july 18 i may get bloodwork done first to check my labs to check my thyroid. Did your palpitations go away and what did the MD prescribe for the hyperparathyroidism?
What did your MD prescribe and what did thew saliva tests show? What were your symptoms?
Hot flashes around the clock, all day and all night which caused no sleep! I had no energy, felt depleted. I Had all I could do to get through a day! Saliva tests showed that my energy levels (not sure if that’s the right term) were shooting upwards at night. They should’ve been going up in the morning, not at night! The pharmacist/physician together prescribed the following: 1000 IU of Vitamin D (blood test showed I was low), Vitamin B-Complex, Calcium 600, Adren-All (Ortho molecular products), C-progesterone 150 mg (this is something they compound for me at the pharmacy), also, I put a scoop of this chocolate drink mix (otho molecular products Glycemic Foundation) in my oatmeal each am. It took about 2 weeks, wow and then I began to recover. They talked about my adrenal glands being messed up from enduring long periods of stress. My son has miraculously recovered from severe head injuries from a mva a few years ago. He had cranial surgery etc. Yes, l’d experienced some stress alright. My adrenals needed to be brought back into alignment. The combination of the things I’ve listed sure have turned my life around. $200 for saliva testing, but it was the best $200 I’ve ever spent!!!!! Hang in there, find that MD you can connect with, it’s worth it!!
One more thing, I asked “How long will I need to take these supplements?” They both agreed 6 months would be long enough. We’ll reassess in 6 months and adjust as needed. I was relieved! I felt pulled in so many directions before this experience. I’d gone to the Health Food store and I was taking different things for menopause, however I didn’t feel confident that any ot it would help. I was wasting money there because I wasn’t sure the recommendations there would help. So now I take my little pile of pills with my oatmeal in the am, and the next little pile before I go to bed with an evening snack, it’s all good!! 🙂
My palpitations went away and my blood pressure went from a high of 140/95 back down to 110/75. But the disease did damage my bones–I now have osteopenia. I just wonder if I would have escaped the bone disease had I been diagnosed correctly three years ago. Have them check your pth and calcium levels. Hyperparathroidism makes your calcium levels too high by pulling calcium from your bones and putting it in your blood. It’s very hard on your body. My memory has definitely improved as well.
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