I have started experiencing hot flushes with very rapid heart rate before I then get the shivers when it starts to calm down. I'm 30 and I have been ill since I gave birth two years ago.
I had my son in Dec 06, 8 weeks after the birth I was put on Celeste (the pill) to prevent any pregnancies occuring straight after the pregnancy, however I bled constantly so I stopped taking it, when I stopped taking it I had a terrible bleeding for a few days, I lost a lot. After that I began to feel ill, I also experienced severe weight loss (possibly through the anxiety), I began getting mild hot flushes and dizziness, the dizziness was rather like vertigo and I could not hold my baby, my husband had to look after him most of the time. I resulted in having a constantly elevated hr and high bp, I experienced buzzing sensations, shivers up and down my spine, shivers and cold sensations running down my legs. I was put on beta blockers. I was also experiencing irrational health anxiety caused by fear of my physical symptoms, I was in constant fight or flight.
When I'd have a period it would last 7 days and the blood would look fresh, very red. I had many tests, blood tests, cardio tests, the lot, everything showed up normal. Apart from one test which was hormones FSH and LH were both elevated.
A year after all the tests and I am getting ill again, my hot flushes are really bad now with a vast increase in hr when I get them. I am constantly anxious, frequently experiencing panic attacks. I have become afraid of being on my own with this so if someone goes out I'm having a panic attack straight away. I can sit in the living room and my hands will be pouring with sweat, my feet sweating like mad too.
When I have a panic attack I don't hyperventilate or anything, but I feel so severely anxious all the time.
Among tests I had were:
T4 and TSH - 4 tests were done over 4 months in the first yr of the ilness - I was told this was within normal range.
CBC - Normal
Electrolytes - Normal
Kidney & Liver Function - Normal
Blood Sugar/Glucose - Normal
24hr Urine - Normal
Holter monitor and ECG - Showed sinus tachy
bp - high
FSH & LH - Increased
This year, I started experiencing a very high libido, then more recently (past 2 months) I have no libido at all. Mood swings are very erratic. I actually turned on a friend and had a huge go at him before experiencing a massive hot flush with a very rapid hr. It was suggested by a friend who has had similar symptoms after having her child that it is a hormone imbalance similar to menopause, that my hormones might be fluctuating badly.
I have noticed that these hot flushes occur a week before and during my period, but that has been for the past two months, that might change
It has been 3 weeks between both periods (I came on a week early this time), one period I had lasted 2 days. During the past year my periods have been on and off. Bleeding heavy one day then stopping the next then starting again. This past month I have also noticed puffiness down there too and discharge. (sorry for the detail)
My grandmother had early menopause. I also have started growing hair in places I shouldn't which is embarrassing.
Is this at all possible that the cause of my symptoms including the anxiety is ALL hormone related?
I remember just before I started my periods as an adolesant that I experienced such severe anxiety the year before I got my periods that I was receiving medical treatment in the form of Anafranil for the anxiety attacks as I was in constant fight or flight then.
I am also under a lot of stress too.