Originally Posted by Catch
I've suffered with PMS, PMDD, and major depression all my life. I've been perimenopausal for over 10 years, living with hot flashes and night sweats that soak the sheets, and the continued PMDD issues, though I was much improved, until last year.
Last year my hormones notched it up some and are continuing to wreak havoc in my life. I also have MS which also is affected by hormone levels. During PMS my MS sx increase.
I just turned 50 and menopause is shifting into high gear now. I have a deepening of major depression which coincides somewhat with my cycle, as the moodiness takes huge leaps all month long, but is significantly worse pre period.
My GP says the years between 50-52 are some of the roughest years of for women going through The Change. I can vouch for that
The thing is all I can do is continue to add more meds to my routine until this horror ride is over! My moods are so out of control, I'm crying at work when I make a mistake. Last month I couldn't even go to work 3 of the five days! Just because I could not stop crying...until I got home. No stress, no tears.
I have two years of this to look forward to??
There has got to be a better way. I've been waiting for menopause since I was 16. I've been anticipating it for more than 10, and now its going to be the worst part of my life??? I haven't been suicidal in 5 years, and now that feeling is back...I can't look at this continuing for another 2 years--minimum! I'm going to have to lock myself up somewhere. What can I do??
I'm new here so I don't know if I'm telling you something you've already heard, but a good quality magnesium supplement, along with some good vitamin D3 could really really help.
All those symptoms you describe can be alleviated by both of these supplements, but in particular by magnesium. If you want to know more, just reply to this post.
I have been reading about magnesium for over two years now and have recommended it to a lot of people. The ones who tried the particular kind of magnesium I recommended reported very good results very soon in some cases. Depending on how bad your deficiency is, it might take a while for you to notice the difference, but I am sure you would.
In my own case, I have noticed that the weepy feelings I would get on the day before the TOM arrived practically never ever happen any more!!!.
Your post caught my eye because you write that you live in "Sherwood Forest". I grew up near Nottingham, are you really from that part of the world, too, or is there another Sherwood Forest that I don't know about somewhere else on the planet?
Oh, and by the way, I'm 47 and also perimenopausal, but so far - maybe thanks to aggressively supplementing with magnesium - not suffering too much!!! I always wake up once a night between about 2-4am to go to the loo, but apart from that, and my periods have become rather irregular, but, mentally, I am fine, in fact, happier than ever before!!!
Hope this helps.
I would be very glad to provide more information so just let me know if you're interested.
All the best,