I've been told the same thing too, but like Alex the blood work proved that wasn't the case. It is funny in a way because eventually a blood test will support perimenopause, does that mean that women who are perimenopausal or menopausal can't have a neurological condition like MS, ahhhhh no it just isnt logical.
I pulled this from the about web site, basic stuff but i've looked and i cant find anything that even implies perimenopause or menopause is one of the MS mimics.
The signs and symptoms of perimenopause can occur 10 to 15 years before actual menopause occurs, which is the final cessation of your menstrual cycle. Perimenopause actually is the time you have the notable symptoms of menopause (such as hot flashes, and when a woman might say "I'm menopausal."). Once that has ended, you are considered postmenopausal. Most clinicians will say a woman is postmenopausal once she hasn't had a period for a year.
The age when the signs of perimenopause occur varies among women. Most women notice perimenopausal signs in the 45-55 age range, although it varies, and some women never experience any symptoms. The average age for the final menstrual period is 51.
Women who have had hysterectomies with one or both ovaries removed usually experience immediate surgical menopause. Some hyterectomized women whose ovaries were left intact also experience perimenopause.
The Symptoms of Perimenopause
Hot flashes, night sweats, coldness
Irregular periods that can be heavy, light, shorter or longer cycles
Difficulty sleeping either getting to sleep or staying asleep
Mood changes, anxiety, depression, irritability
Heart palpitations (if you experience any heart disturbances, always consult a physician)
Dry skin and/or hair loss
Loss of or decreased sexual desire
Incontinence -- the inability to hold your urine
There are many other symptoms that women may experience during the perimenopause years. Sometimes the symptoms of perimenopause can be mimicked by other conditions -- commonly thyroid disorders, so it's important anytime you experience symptoms that are different for you that you consult your physician.
I'm sure there are other sx of a similar vien, but as i said earlier nothing that implies that perimenopause is an MS mimic, so if your sx are more Neurological then it shouldn't matter if you are perimenopausal, it wont explain away everything.
Yeah I got the your going through perimenopause when I started out. For me it was easy because my blood work said I was not going through it.
Yeh. mine was called, PMS, then perimenopause the menopause, then post menopause, as well as stress, weight and just about everything else.
Like you my list of symptoms was very similar. My first bout of ON was aged 35 I was 54 when I was dx with MS.
Don't leave this, keep pushing. I asked friends going through the menopause if they had the same sx as me, just like you and I got some very strange looks.
In fact a friend of mine who was dx with MS in her 20's has just reached menopause and commented on how it exacerbated her MS sx but could not cause them.
Please don't let them blame that.
I think any P.A. or phsysian telling you this or even hinting to menopause are being ridiculous. At some point I would 'help' them to understand that menopause does not cause any of the symptoms that you have. It's just prepposturous and infuriating!!
I would recommend re-reading quix's. thread about neurologists and their lies.
What I do is go into an appointment with a page that contains information from that particular thread. Try to remember to always come back with a response like:
Ok, does age answer for the symptoms?
Does menopause typically cause _________list symptoms.
If someone says "everybody has lesions on their brain" be ready to say;
Only 30% of people age 60 have white spots and the probabliity goes down each year.
Remember to counter with "does that accounte for all my symptoms?"
I just want to help you keep pushing and not let doctors neglect you.
Keep fighting, and know that we are all behind you 100%!
And I highly sugg
Here is the thread that I think would be really helpful for you to read. WHat I did was study it and took brief notes. Then when I was in my next appoinment I would be ready. It's so hard while you are in there to remember what to say. Fortunately for me, the next appoinment that I had was my diagnosis.
When you say you had a full hysterectomy, does that mean that your ovaries were removed as well? If so, you might have had signs of menopause shortly after surgery, but not now.
If you did not have your ovaries removed, you could in fact be going through menopause. Based on what I've read, blood tests are not always conclusive, since hormone levels can fluctuate a lot. For Alex, her levels must have been so high as to rule out perimenopause.
There are a couple of sx that you listed that are common with menopause and they are memory problems and concentration.
At this point, I would request to speak to the Dr. instead of the PA with a list of questions in hand once you get your test results and can put together a full package.
Hope others chime in.