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Premature Menopause (Perimenopause)

Q: I know I am going through premature menopause. I have almost every single symptom as well as severe anger and sadness in rapidly fluctuating mood swings. My periods are totally abnormal. I can go for months and not have one, and then when I do it is like Niagara Falls. I have hot flashes, severe anxiety, and there are times when I cry all too easily over the smallest things. I become exhausted but cannot sleep at night. I am also diabetic and have hypothyroidism, and these seem to be exacerbating the symptoms. What advice can you give me?
   
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Your problem is, unfortunately, more the rule than the exception. Women are offered precious little help when going through serious problems that require a more appropriate response than "Premarin and Provera" for hormone replacement, and lab work to evaluate thyroid function.

Fortunately, in my experience, your problems are very solvable. A good physician who is knowledgeable about women's hormones, the perimenopause, and thyroid would very likely be able to turn around your current problems.

A prayer that you get what you need to recover.

Don Michael, MD

 

 

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Updated 09/29/2010