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How long does menopause last
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How long does menopause last

I find the rather sudden onset of perimenopausal symptoms overwhelming and difficult to live with. When I look up information about menopause, I read it can last for 10 to 15 years. I dont think I could survive that long with these symptoms.  Are all these symptoms down to the menopause? At least I never had them before

My head feels like it stuffed with cotton wool and hurts quite often on one side; the back of my neck aches often and my ears feel hot. I have a constant headache and joint paints.  I have chronic anxiety and panic all the time, and cry a lot.  I have a raised blood pressure - cant remember the high one but the lower one was 110, however the doctor takes my blood pressure when Im very anxious so its never low, I am getting hot flushes about every 15 minutes and emotionally I feel like I have been possessed by aliens. My doctor said "well its just one of those things you have to live with".  I'm not normally a winger but I think would rather die than live with these symptoms indefinitely.

Dr has given me HRT patches reluctantly. I havent got them out of the chemist yet, but he said they could make my blood pressure worse. I dont know what to do for the best.

Can someone tell me how to cope with all this
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Hi,
I'm sorry to hear of your problems. They sound overwhelming.

Menopause lasts on average 1 to 3 years with some women having symptoms up to 10 years. Rarely it lasts longer.

If your lower blood pressure number is 110 measured on several occasions, it needs to be treated. If your doctor isn't treating it, ask for a second opinion or see a cardiologist. High blood pressure can make a person have headaches and feel anxious. It might also make it difficult to sleep. Get the high blood pressure treated soon as you can.  Wait on the estrogen until you have the blood pressure under control. Your symptoms of menopause might improve and if you need estrogen still, the dose might be less. Also, you might have less anxiety and/or benefit for a different treatment for that problem.
Machelle Seibel, MD
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HI, I did have the last two blood pressure readings taken when I was virtually struggling with a panic attack. a subsequent reading was much lower, high(ish) but within the normal range. I did use the patches (before I saw your response) however maybe its a placebo effect, Im not sure, but I did start to feel a lot better emotionally within a few days ... hence my blood pressure lowering I think.

I am still having hot flushes several times in an hour. I have added some natural remedies, black cohosh, something called Menosan (contains sage and you drink it ... vile stuff!) I'm also taking Q10 and have a hypnotherapy CD called "lower your blood pressure" I also eat sensible and go to the gym 4 times a week (always have)

I'm beginning to wonder if sudden onset of symptoms were about 70 percent of an anxiety state. I was and still am to a degree, very anxious about my health. Telling me I had high blood pressure in the middle of a panic was catastrophic I was convinced I was about to die!

I dont doubt the anxiety, headaches, hot flushes and generally feeling awful were generated by oestregen defficiency, but just wanted to come back and say that I am coping a little better and having my BP checked every week.

Just wanted to come back and thank you for your response ... I had no idea that the menopause was going to hit me like a ton of bricks!
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Don't believe 2-3 years!  I wish! .At the age of 53 my Gynecologist told me it can go on into your 70's.  I was a bit sceptical of this but she assured me she had patients in that age range that still had hot flashes, etc.  I now believe her because at 68 I still have intense hot flashes,  The only thing tht helped was estrogen for 10 years then I was taken off because of the risk factor.  It was worse after that.  Probably better never to have started it.
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I am 44 and in March of 2006 was diagnosed with breast cancer. I have been through chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. and now herceptin treatments. I found out that I am in menopause, I have all of the symptoms of menopause . I have been having irregular periods for about 7 years or more. I hadn't had a period from September-March and then it came back on. How long will menopause last, I have been through a lot and have so much more to go through.
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I am 51 years old and thought I was done with the periods--and overall have been feeling pretty good.  Then I had my period after nearly 1-1/2 years without.  My breasts started throbbing about a week ago, then my left side started to ache...I said to my husband, it feels like I'm going to have a period...but that can't be.  Well, it came with a bang...I have been cramped over, sat in hot tubs, taken an extraordinary amount of Advil and am finally starting to feel better after nearly 4 days...is this normal.  I am making an appointment to see the doctor in October.  Should I rush that appointment?  I had ablasion surgery about 6 years ago--which I blame fully for my extremely painful, bend over in agony cramping, and can't stand the thought of this happening again and again.  Any suggestions?
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Every month i cry and cry about 3 days b4 up until 2 days into my period i am 39 my mum says its early menopause, she finished hers by the age of 45, is there anything my doc can do other than hrt? Cant cope with this been like this for 2 years now!
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