Sorry that no one answered your question. Try not to tale it personally, sometimes people just don't know what to say.
Your doctor is right. What you are going through is "normal", if there is such a thing with menopause. Some of us get lucky and suffer only a few mild symptoms, while others can have them go on for decades after their last period. My sister asked her doctor how long the hot flashes and night sweats were going to keep coming, and she said "probably for the rest of your life". She was 62 or 63 at the time, and hadn't had a period in over ten years. But on the bright side, they say the average length of time is two to three years.
Have you talked to your doctor about options for relief? HRT is controversial, but a lot of women swear by it. The same goes for bioidentical hormones. There are also several antidepressants that are said to help some women, so you might want to talk to your doctor about that option.
There are also several herbal and OTC products that work wonders a lot of us. I use Wisdom Menopause Formula, a liquid that has Peruvian Pepper Tree, Fennel, Fenugreek and several other herbs. I've been taking it for almost 18 months now, and I absolutely love it.
I couldn't tolerate HRT, and when I quit, the hot flashes, sweats and mood swings were unbearable. I was amazed at how well and how fast Wisdom worked. I feel so much better in general I'd probably keep taking it even if I never had another hot flash! It helps with my moods, anxiety, my worries, everything. I've told many other women about it. I sent my sister a bottle a year ago, and it all but eliminated her hot flashes. She swears by it.
Other natural products you might want to ask your doctor about are Soy Isoflavones, Red Clover, and Black Cohosh. I've also heard good things about Maca, Magnesium, Vitamin D and B12, Evening Primrose Oil and L-theanie, which is an amino acid made from green tea.
The crazy thing about menopause is that we are all different, so sometimes you have to experiment a bit to find what works for you. But be sure to talk to your doctor before make a decision.
I don't know if this is the kind of answer you were looking for, but I sure hope that you're feeling better soon!
I too am wondering how long...... can't this be over soon?? I am on bioidentical hormones and it has helped somewhat. But I still wish I could wave the wand and this to gone-POOF!!
If I find the answer I will definitely share it with everyone here.
Take care, let us know how you are doing.
I dont know what to tell you really because i,m going through the same things and trying to find answers I sometimes wish i could go 10 years into the future and wish it was all over..But it wold scare the heck out of me if i still felt the same way.I,m not sure how to get through a day anymore. Ive searched the internet so much my mind boggles. Sick and tired did give me a Recomendation for a Doc who deals in Bio Identicals so thats something i need to do..Just got an APP next Tuesday with my Doc to see what he says and if i get no joy i,m calling this other Doc.
Dont you all often wonder if it really is meno and not some undiagnosed terrible illness that nobody can figure out? That goes through my mind everyday.I just wait to fall over or pass out so i can be wheeled off to the ER and they will have to find out what the heck it is.
One more thing gran. I went 3 months wihout a period..then had one that lasted a month..ive had nothing now since December 09.I dont feel like i'll get another one but who knows..I may very well....but i have to say that all my sympoms did start around January so maybe thats it for me
Not someone who would ever dip into the bio or HRT route, far too many problems with that and I read and am written to daily by women who actually feel worse once they start and can't come off them. I'm also not at all supportive of antidepressants to treat peri and memo symptoms as I feel they are a quick fix from unconcerned and uneducated doctors. The best healer for your peri and meno nightmares is YOU. DO teh reading, do teh research, try any and all supplements and herbs to find what works, exercise aggressively for AT LEAST 60 minutes everyday ( no quick fix here, you actually have to sweat alot, feel crappy at fit but jut do it) and stay off of refined sugar, fats and anything processed. Be super careful with soy products as each women as you've read is completely different than the other (symptoms and reactions are as unique as a fingerprint) because for me, soy actually worsens my memo stuff dramatically.
There's no universal remedy, no one stop shop answer for this nasty, debilitating and overwhelming conditions we all find ourselves in, and when I think I might have to experience all of what I go through personally for another 5-10 years, its depressing as hell. I do know though, there isn't anyone that knows me and my body better than I do, so I prefer to be the one in control and deciding what I will and will not do or take to feel some relief. Be empowered to find out for yourself what works and do not be lead into the uncharted areas of hormone therapies or addicting drugs if you can at all help it.