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Hormones or antidepressants for intolerable Perimeno symptoms????

Posted by amberdiva (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 9, 08 at 18:12

Everyone's stories have helped me a lot, so I'll share mine and ask advice at the same time. I'll try to include detail, because I've found that helpful in these discussions. I am the last person to reach for pills, and believe the body usually knows best when it comes to healing. However the past 6 months have been a living hell. It started innocently enough with some irregular periods until they were coming only once every 8 -10 weeks or so. Then I started to get a peculiar throbbing sensation in my head that kept me awake most nights. OK, I'm 47, I could live with that. Then came 2 days of nausea preceding a period, followed by 2 weeks of severe nausea and anxiety every morning, sometimes lasting all day. This has happened twice so far. It's gotten so I dread the next period. I've driven my doctors nuts trying to figure out what is wrong with me, but perimenopause seems to be the most logical explanation. My FSH level has been rising for the past year (to 38). I asked my Dr. about hormone pills, but he put me on Effexor because of the dangers of hormones. The Effexor at only 37 mg/day for the first week lowered my heart rate to 52, increased nausea and gave me crushing headaches. I stopped it after 6 days with no withdrawal side effects and my heart rate returned to normal (73) within 2 days. I would have stuck with it if it hadn't been for the heart rate thing, that is a rare side effect. Also, I've never had a hot flash and I think Effexor is primarily prescribed for hot flashes. Clearly it has some effect on the vascular system, which could explain how it improves hot flash symptoms. I've made an appointment in Ob-Gyn to beg for hormones. Some people have trash-talked hormones and antidepressants on this board, but they clearly haven't experienced the debilitating symptoms that some of us are dealing with. I have cancelled all my summer travel plans and may have to quit my job. My family is also showing signs of stress wondering if mommy is going to have a "good" day or a "bad" day. I haven't used any medications in years, but there was a time when Ambien and Xanax probably saved my life. If anyone has had success with Zoloft or low-dose birth control pills for perimenopause symptoms I would love to hear about your experience. Thanks for listening!


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RE: Hormones or antidepressants for intolerable Perimeno symptoms

I have a similar story. My gyn told me in my 30s that I had started perimenopause, but since I had very few symptoms except for some long periods, I thought nothing of it. About eight months ago, I woke to ringing in my ears, vertigo, and depression. Just one morning out of the blue. I'm now 47. I couldn't drive, go to the store, and had lost all interest in just about everything. I developed TMJ and back and neck pain. After many doctors and ents, I finally stuck with one doctor who put me on a low does valium and told me I would get better. I also have a physical therapist that works with me once a week. I took the valium for three months, then quit. And even though all my symptoms are all still here, I'm now managing. If you go down the list of peri symptoms, I have most of them. The doctor told me that depression will make symptoms worse, and if I needed to go on Xanax or valium, I would again. I understand where you are coming from and sometimes no matter how strong we think we are, we all need alittle help.


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RE: Hormones or antidepressants for intolerable Perimeno symptoms

Very interesting, I also have a ringing ear and mild vertigo. I've had it for years, but it's gotten much worse since the start of perimenopause. One doctor speculated that body fluid levels are influenced by the changing hormones, which in turn can influence ear fluids. I think the "list" of perimenopause symptoms needs to be expanded....


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RE: Hormones or antidepressants for intolerable Perimeno symptoms

If Ambien and Xanax helped you previously, why not try them again? Don't worry about what others say - your biological makeup is unique to you. It seems your symptoms are really affecting your life and medication that has worked in the past seems like a good place to start.


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RE: Hormones or antidepressants for intolerable Perimeno symptoms

amberdiva- I KNOW HOW BAD SOME OF TEH SYMPOMS CAN BE .I HAVE BEEN OUT OF WOEK SINCE MARCH . STARTED WITH BAD NAUSEA IN NOVEMBER THE CAME THE FLUSHING ,SWEATS , THEN THE TOPPER IN MARCH BAD DIZZINESS. I COULD NOT WALK DOWN THE STREET ALONE . I HAD TO GO OUT ON MEDICAL DISABILTY.
THE NAUSEA AND OTHER STUFF HAS BEEN HELL . I WAS SENT TO SPECIALIST WHO DID TONS OF TEST ON ME AND NOTHING ,GYN BLEW ME OFF ALSO EVEN THOGH ME ESTROGEN LEVELS CAME BACK LOW THE SYMPTOMS DID NOT FIT WHAT SHE KNEW. I AM GLAD I CAME TO THIS WEB SITE TODAY AFTER READY MANY OF THE MENOPAUSE POSTING I FOUND PEOPLE DO HAVE MY SYMPTOMS NOT ALL OF US GET THE EXACT SAME BUT WE ALL HAVE A FEW IN COMMON . TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR AGAIN AND ASK ABOUT THE MEDS YOU USED BEFORE .
I AM FINDING MY SELF A GYN THAT MOSTLY DEALS WITH MENOPAUSE . I WIESH YOU WELL


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