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Post-menopause question

Can you tell me if all symptoms stop post-menopause?  My doctor says I should have no symptoms and i'm three years without a period.  I'm having palpitations on and off but she says they are not menopause related.  Have had all kinds of cardiac tests which show nothing abnormal.  No one seems to be able to answer my one question:  do all symptoms of menopause pass once you are in post-menopause?  Thanks for any info you can provide.
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Hi Mare,
I am post menopausal and was having all sorts of problems.  At my insistence the doctor check everything, he included thyroid and found that my TSH level was off the charts which meant the thyroid wasn't working and thyroid replacement therapy could get me back on the path to health.
You may want to ask your doctor to check your thyroid since I think it's 20 times more likely there will be a thyroid disorder among post menopausal women than anyone else.
Also, I was having some heart problems (not structural, but arrhythmias) which resolved once my thyroid was addressed with Synthroid.
I am feeling much better now almost four weeks after starting Synthroid therapy.
Judy
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Hi judyeve,
Thanks for your post.  Yes, i did have tests run for thyroid and everything was normal there.  I just was trying to determine if women's hormones are still fluctuating post-menopause or is everything related to hormones calm once you're in the post-menopause stage.  No one seems to have the answer to that question - or if they do, they're not responding here.

Thanks!
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Hi mare
I am also post meno.for about a year and a half now....and i suffer from many many problems such as....anxiety/depression/nausea/feeling like I am going to faint/just feeling ill every day like I am getting over the flu or have the flu....I have also been told its probably fibro but I just dont know for sure...I have alot of painin my neck and back of my head...had MRI...ekg...stress test....cbc....eyes examined....thyroids checked...I have been sick like this for 5 years now and had to quit my job and now I am on disability because I cannot work...

Everyday I just feel so scared and sick and when I stand up and walk around I feel like I will pass out....I cannot take anti-depressants cause they make me sick and feel worse than I normally do but lately I just feel like I am falling to pieces and no one seems to understand me and the way I feel....Is this menopause?   I dont know but most women just have the hot flashes and night sweats and mood changes but I just feel ill all over like I have been in bed for years....it frightens me so much and I just pray alot that God will help me thru the day but I have become a homebound person because of all of this...I stay so dizzy and my vision is blurred so bad but I have had everything checked out and all shows ok....so I dont know what to think.....I hope you get to feeling better but I can relate to how you feel....My anxiety is off the roof....I just pray to make it thru each day but I want my life back but after 5 years I feel so hopeless about it.....I am usually a very positive person but lately with things going down hill so much and doctors just dont have answers I am just hanging on by a thread.....sorry if I brought you down....I didnt mean to....just wanted you to know you are not alone in your symptoms and feeling....

God bless and I will keep you in my prayers
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Thank you both for your posts, I really appreciate hearing from others going through similar issues.  I've had alot of issues that most women I've talked to don't seem to have.  Dizziness for about 10 years that i've learned to live with and ignore after having all kinds of tests done.  I'm still getting this off-balance feeling even three years post-menopause - it still unnerves me after all this time but I can cope.  I still have been able to go to work, although at times, I felt like I couldn't even walk b/c i was so off-balance and felt so lightheaded - it's an awful feeling, especially when you have to look like everything is normal (in work).  The latest bout of palps have me scared sometimes b/c i just keep thinking there must be something wrong with me.  Tests show there is not.  I guess i have to just learn to live with the palps too and pray these symptoms will eventually leave.  Good luck to you both and thank you again for posting!
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Hi Mare!  I am new to this forum but thought I'd respond as a few things sound familiar. The dizziness, feeling off balance even feeling foggy or hungover are all symptoms of Vertigo. Do a little research and see what you think. When I found a list of symptoms related to Vertigo I was amazed because so many were familiar to me.  It made me understand that I wasn't crazy with these odd symptoms.

More later!  Have a good day!
Lisa
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I forgot to respond to your menopause question!
I'm 52 and menopausal. Haven't had a period for over a year and recently began taking bioidentical estrogen and progesterone (the vivelle dot patch and prometrium) because these hormone levels were extremely low.  So far it seems to be helping.

Anyway I mainly wanted to tell you that my understanding from my doctor and others is that menopause symptoms do not stop after menopause. You can continue to have some "symptoms" ( not exactly the right word) for years. Lovely right!

Hope that helps a little!
Lisa
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Thanks everyone for the posts!  It helps to know others are going through similar issues.  Also helps to know that there are doctors out there who say that menopause symptoms can go on even post-menopause (although my gyn says no).  I still can't believe there are so many in the medical profession (especially gyns) who are so ill-informed.  There are so many women suffering needlessly if only they had doctors who were "in the know."  It would be so helpful and lessen my anxiety if my symptoms were confirmed as "just menopause."  At least I would know there is a reason for what I'm feeling and I'm not dying.  Thanks again to everyone who posted!
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Im post menopause by 6 years and Ive gone from being extremely fit to totally doing nothing exercise wise.  I catch every virus going. When I start to exercise I end up with a virus and so go back to square one.   I dont seem to feel healthy any more and am sick and tired of being sick and tired.  Ive got no sex drive whatsoever. My orgasm power is ziltch. I dont feel like sex and if I was a man Im sure my GP would be trying everything in his power to get me back to normal with various erection drugs but because Im a woman I get patted on the head there there a blank look or told this is the way it is for menopausal women and thats that. It makes me so angry the lack of help out there. Am I too far along to take HRT?  I want ME back.  Im still having hot flashes at 6 years down the line from my last period.  Im still boiling at night throwing off the covers. Ive had all the tests going and they are normal.  Im cheesed off being like this so I am wondering if HRT might help or is it too late to start? Anything to feel normal again!  Oh yes I forgot to mention the cracking headaches I get up with ever other day.  The dry skin materialising and just generally feeling old fat and ugly.  
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I am  post menopause by 3 years. Thyroid got all out of whack a year ago, had thyroidectomy when I was 11, been on synthroid, levoxyl ever since. thyroid levels finally fixed after a year of adjusting. I have had problems sleeping for years, night sweats, anxiety, just not feeling quite right. I am 50 years old in good shape. Finally I went to an ob/gyn i heard great things about. I have just recently started the bio identical cream, estriol, estradiol, and progesterone. It's never to late. I am anxious to see what becomes of it. All my levels were zilch, in my hormone panel.  I too am getting headaches.I have narrowed it down to Hormones, as my family doctor has tested everything all comes back normal.
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