I'm 58 and my last period was about 4 years ago. I thought I was sailing through menopause with just some anxiety and night sweats once in a while.
About 8 weeks ago I began having hot flashes many times a day and night, night sweats several times a night, anxiety and horrible gastric distress. All at once!
I've never in my life had heartburn or any intestinal problems but now my stomach seems to fill with gas for no reason, it rolls around my intestines causing sharp pains. I burp and feel sick to my stomach (think morning sickness) and the rumbling and gas are quite embarrassing. Now I have had diarrhea two mornings in a row.
There's no mucus or blood and I've had an occasional day or two with almost no tummy complaints then BAM!
What ever can I do? I cannot stand the thought of living like this for 2 - 5 - 10 years! Hot Flashes and night sweats can be endured, but the other problems are too much for me.