This is enough to start one on a crazy feminist rant!
Why does being female s*ck so much??
This is some what of an old thread but I am experiencing many of these symptoms and I have been ignored by my doctor. I am 39 and have 2 young boys.
I have been thinking something is off for a few months and went to have blood work done but my dr didn't check hormones because she said I was too young to go through any changes.
Anyway the blood draw sent me in to a tizzy freak out, I just got so nervous and anxiety set in thinking maybe the lab tech used a dirty needle with hiv or hepatitis!
Anyway my anxiety got fueled by my numbness and tingling fingers, feet, and lips, tongue that would shortly follow the blood draw. It's been 7 weeks after the blood draw I am over 10 days late for
My period and super sore breasts, cramps, fatigue, etc. I'm freaking out and drs are no help! Am I in peri- menopause or just anxiety!
I just found this site and am relieved. I have terrible numbness in my feet. Crazy symptoms started about 4 years ago when my period stopped. The last 6 months have brought on numbness and tingling. It's driving me crazy. Had anyone had any success in eliminating the numbness. What works? Thanks.
Hi I just read this - did you get your problems resolved? I have been experiencing these issues for 10 weeks and am pertified - my doctor tells me I have depression. I have just finished a Master in Ed with a first class honours, I have a job I love and a great family - I am NOT depressed? Can you tell me if you are better and what helped - I am having a brain scan on Monday :(
Yes,it could be due to tissue swelling pressing on the nerves. Also thyroid functioning will often go low when entering menopause and can contribute to joint pain/swelling. Would be prudent to get a thyroid panel done.
It's PeriMenopause. I am diabetic and I thought it was neuropathy but it's not, it's a symptom of Perimenopause. You need to see a specialist about it as you may have low estrogen and need it addressed.
It may not be, it still may be menopause related. I'd get a 2nd opinion on that pronto before your doc starts to prescribe drugs for the nerve pain. You may not have it - and some of those drugs are downright scary! Eg. Lyrica
You are likely in menopause since it usually happens earlier after hysterectomy plus the average age is 51 for women who have all their parts. There is a blood test to check. As far as the "tiny spots of blood" it could be a sign of vaginal atrophy or maybe even vaginal vault prolapse.
I am not sure if it is menopause or not but I have the same symptoms you all are talking about. I just hate not knowing. Is there a test for menopause. I am the same as many here. Hysterectomy when I was in my 20's now 52 with ovaries. Has anyone ever seen tiny spots of blood?
Hi Teado I am currently trying MACA from Best Naturals this is day 3. Have you tried Macafem? Would be interested if it works. Saw your post was from Dec 2014, has anything worked for you yet? Hope to all Dee
Hi Blue thanks for your feed back. I am currently trying Maca 500 mg 2 to 3 times a day. Day 2 had only 3 hot flashes in 24 hours, today is day 3, no change in the odd sensations or swelling yet, also walking 3 to 4 times a week about 3 miles each time will watch the diet too. Will update if there are changes. Have contacted Bodylogics just started to check that out.Hope to all Dee
Note on my previous post:
I didn't realize that this board would bleep half the title of the book I mentioned.
So I'll put it a different way: the book is called "Moody [B-word that rhymes with DITCHES and refers to female dogs]"
Hope this clarifies somewhat!
Here are some suggestions from someone who is finally beginning to feel better after years of suffering with all kinds of symptoms, and who became very frustrated with the inadequacy—and apathy!— I experienced from doctors attempting to treat women's health issues:
1. Buy a copy of the book "Moody *******" by Julie Holland, MD. You'll feel better and saner as soon as you start to read it.
2. Find a doctor who can treat hormonal issues, and ask if they prescribe bioidentical hormones via a compounding pharmacy. Some of them can be found under the term "Bodylogics."You can also search under "compounding pharmacy" in your area. Don't panic if you can't find one near you, as many of them will ship. They can often help you find doctors and are very knowledgeable on these issues.
I am in my fifties, have been in menopause for years, but continued to have debilitating symptoms which my hormone patch didn't help. Plus I learned that the "bioidentical" patch I was on was half-synthetic, increasing my cancer risk!
I am finally experiencing relief on true bioidenticals from a compounding pharmacy. I was worried that they'd be expensive, but they're actually not that much more than my patch was. (and so worth it!)
Am also taking Vitamin D and iron—very important! I've found that avoiding wheat, dairy, and refined sugars can make a difference (though I love them, dammit). Also eating fresh dark green leafy vegetables...steamed, in salads, or with olive oil & garlic...just cram them down your gullet!
Trying to walk a bit more, and it's easier now that I'm getting some stamina back.
I'm not out of the woods yet, but I am feeling a lot better. Hope this helps, and best of luck to you all!
Dear Michelle I also have swelling of both hands every night sometimes one or both hands are numbish when I wake up that goes away as soon as I start moving around. I also have prickly tingling and numbish feelings that move around feet legs body front and back arms and hands, face and scalp and tongue ,all lab test and MRI normal. The swelling is less during the day but not gone. Tried Climara patch for 7 weeks no change in symptoms so stopped due to cancer risk. This has been going on for 2 years. I am 57. Hope for all. Dee
I am so relieved to have found this forum. I have been unwell for 2.5 years and very debilitated by many of the same symptoms I have read about here. I am 46. I was always a healthy person who ate well, exercised a lot (ran marathons as an example), and had a great job in media as a VP. The symptoms I deal with have taken my life away and I spend most if my time in bed. Here is a list of the major symptoms:
Extreme swelling especially in the morning (my fingers look like sausages and my face like a puff fish)
Tendon pain all over but particularly bad in my hands and elbows (it migrates around my body)
Horrible fatigue (I can sleep anywhere at anytime and never feel rested)
Muscle cramping that comes out of the blue and happens in my hands, arms, legs and feet (sometimes I have to drop my purse and one time I had to pull off the road as my hands cramped on the steering wheel)
If a body part is bent for a period of time, for instance my elbow, it hurts to straighten it
Large breasts for my size and they have gotten much bigger in the past 5 years (not fun...I'm a size 6 but am now wearing size 10 to fit my chest)
Recently I am getting hot flashes accompanied by anxiety.
I was tested for everything ( MS , Lyme, EMGs for carpal tunnel, Rheumatoid, Lupus, Thyroid, minerals, etc.). Everything is normal except my Thyroid is off. My functional medicine doctor put me on dessicated thyroid a few months ago but nothing has improved. Many doctors I have seen dismiss me as a crazy woman which frustrates the heck out of me. I've tried bringing in a written list of symptoms to my latest appointments and this doesn't help either.
Like a lot of you, I obsess about what this is and do I have a horrible disease. The closest illness I resemble is Fibromyalgia but I don't have tender muscles or tender points so I dont think it is this. My functional medicine doctor doesn't think it is Fibro either (thank goodness and prayers to those who have it).
I have removed gluten with no benefit but I am only on day 12 so I will give it longer.
I see a hormone doctor in three days and I am going to try to get on Progesterone.
To those on this forum, do you also get swelling? Do the symptoms eventually subside after menopause?
It would be nice to know there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Have you read about Fibromyalgia? Some of your symptoms sound similar.
I just got my brain and spine Mir results. Neurologist ruled out MS. (What a relief). He suspects its migraine giving me all these weird sensation. Which kind of make sense. Anyone get migraines or extreme headaches?
It can cause parethesia.
I have all of the symptoms above but I also experience shivering from time to time. My whole body trembles and my teeth chatter. This comes usually at night after all the head tingling, heart pounding, cold feet and hands, nasal congestion and vertigo. I feel ill after I eat but I have had an endoscopy and even though I have a small hiatus hernia and slight redness of the stomach lining and throat and been prescribed Zantac I still feel awful. I am anemic due to heavy periods and I take Trihemic. Any thoughts? I hope so cause I feel as if I am dying sometimes.
I am so glad to have found this site. I am 47 years old and my period started to go beserk September 2014. It's quite all over the place. I started having tingling in my hands in November then in February started in my legs, now my head. I saw GYN was tested for hormone but he said I was not peri menopausal. I find that hard to believe. No hot flashes, lots of anxietyanxirty, headaches, neck pain and this Tingling, I seeing a neurologist this week to rule out MS. I am extremely frightened and this thread is giving me hope that it's peri menopause I'm going thru.
So glad I came across this series of comments! I am 52 years old and I am going through per-menopause. I haven't had my period in four months, so far. I thought I was dying! I've been lightheaded, off balance, achy, fingers and toes tingle all the time, my face looks like I've been in the sun a little too long, have trouble concentrating, and all my blood work is totally fine! Very frustrating and upsetting. Thanks for all these posts, it puts my mind at ease, even though I still feel like crap every day.
Hi there - I am reporting back after a myriad of tests!!! I have posted earlier and can confirm that I thanks to my health insurance I have had brain, back and foot MRI's (twice!) lumbar puncture, nerve conduction tests both in the feet and from the brain downwards! all blood work to include B12 results = ALL CLEAR!!! What a surprise!!! Only thing slightly out is I am at the top end of the range for thyroid and low Vit D (not low enough apparently to warrant medical attention!) Problem is with these ranges you can be borderline, show symptoms and GP writes you off as normal. Good news major tests are clear but still the symptoms remain. I am 47 had last period 9 months ago. My symptoms are numb toes on left foot and now pain in these toes which affects my walking, new symptom: painful joints in hands, hands falling asleep in the night like Ive slept on them - this goes once I get up and flex them but the painful hand and toe joint remain. Skin on hands is very dry. Tingling tongue has subsided as has tingling down legs, arms etc. Thankfully UTI's have not re-occurred. 3 months ago I had terrible anxiety come on - felt like I had had a breakdown. Came out of the blue - never had depression before this was something quite new. I was waking at 4am every morning with racing negative thoughts. Also felt like my emotional part of my body was detached from my physical body - very hard to explain. I felt very agitated and my thoughts were constantly about my symptoms. My GP sent me to see a psychiatrist! I was put on Citalapran antidepressant. Another GP I saw in the same practice felt sure it was anxiety due to a whole host of grotty things that I had experienced in the past year to include multiple bereavements but although I have no doubt this has not helped, my feelings were something quite new and came on completely out of the blue. The antidepressant has stopped the insomnia and taken away the horrible detachment feelings but I now whenever I have a vaguely negative thought I experience a tight knot like feeling in my throat - it comes and goes so definitely anxiety. My numb foot and the huge number of tests Ive had in the past 6 months have not helped my anxiety one bit either. Anyway my blood tests show as well as being "in the menopause" I am vitamin D deficient - how that happens I don't know when I have taken supplements and calcium/Vit D supplements for years. My mum was my age when she went on HRT and although Ive managed without it thus far as coming round to the idea I will have to start it to try and regain some of my life back. As for my numb toes, I have the doctors flumaxed. They want to start me on Gabapentin for long term pain! I tell them I just want to know why my toes are numb and they say 9 times out of 10 the reason is never apparent - great! I am sure the anxiety doesn't help. Next week I am starting back at work after taking a year's career break from a very stressful job so that will be interesting - kill or cure I feel!! I am hoping to work will take my mind off my health. In the meantime one last ditch attempt am going to research bio-identical HRT and see if that gets me anywhere before seeing my GP for standard HRT. Many thanks to all of you for reporting on your experiences - the similarities are startling - don't know where we would be without this forum!! all the best Tracey
Hi, how did you find out about the garlic,
My symptoms are so horrendous, I was so sure there was something doctors was missing to be honest they haven't been any help to me what so ever , only that I find these sites they help to see not only one feeling like this I sometimes just cry not that it helps, just want to feel normal again
I have the same crappy symptoms went through menopause early I'm 41 haven't had a period in years. I'm plagued with weird symptoms don't remember what it's like to feel normal. My hands are so numb that I'm having trouble typing. Good to know I'm not the only one. Good luck to everyone
I went through the same kind of bp fluctuations. My gp started with the bp medicine. May be she shouldn't have.
Eating a clove of raw garlic, empty stomach, with warm water helped me a lot.