All the symptoms I've experienced!!!!!
Where do I begin to tell you of all the symptoms I've experienced during the menopause??!! (By the way, what's the difference between perimenopause and menopause? Is peri the period leading up to menopause?) It's been an eye opener, I must say, reading everyone's comments on this site, that so many of the symptoms are down to the menopause and not just me.
I'm 54 and about 18 months-2 years ago I noticed a very definite mood change. I felt very "low" - now realise this was actually depression. Then anxiety/panic followed. Also, insomnia (not like me at all, never had any problems sleeping), also needing to pee loads during the night. Hot flushes (though, thankfully, no sweats/night sweats!). My periods had stopped by now. Then just began to feel "strange" - hard to explain really, also feelings that I was not in the real world, was sort of outside it, looking in at the rest of the world. Then (this is great isn't it?) began to feel very physically ill, also mentally ill, like I was going mad, strange thoughts, extreme tiredness, internal shaking! Doc ran tests (I was convinced by this time that I must have luekaemia or something I felt so bad!). Tests came back, thyroid okay, also nothing else wrong. WHAT??!! That can't be right! But, yes, sorry, you are just in the "change"!
I am now trying hrt (decided to run the risks, preferring if so be it to live a shorter, happier life than possibly a longer miserable one!) and anti-depressants. I think I am beginning to feel a little better, at least I sleep well now due to the sedative effect of the anti-depressants at night, but each day can still be a struggle. Doc asked was there anything else he could do for me, I said "not unless you can turn me into a man!"
Not at all keen on being on my own at home, like to be out in company and occupied, but at the same time pretty scared to take on too much/new job. I do relief care work, but can get panicky at work too.
Well, I think that's just about listed everything that's gone wrong with me during this lovely(!) time of life. Anyone else had any (or all??) of these symptoms. Boy, I pity you if you have!!!!