I was diagnosed as being prematurely menopausal at age 37
|I had a period
for about 6 months; my GYN at that time didn't recognize me as being
I was diagnosed as being right in the middle of menopause at the age
of 37! I've had very erratic periods my whole life but the signs of menopause
began 4 years ago at age 35 with a period that wouldn't stop. I had a
period for about 6 months; my GYN at that time didn't recognize me as
being menopausal. She gave me something to thin my uterus out so that
my period would stop. That worked so I didn't think anything more about
it until the weight gain and hot flashes began a couple of years later.
It seemed to happen overnight. One day I began having hot flashes about
every 15 minutes and realized I had gained 10 pounds. Then my period started
skipping months and I began feeling strange. I just didn't feel like myself
for lack of a better way to describe it.
I finally went to a new gynecologist to discuss my symptoms but I had
no idea that I was menopausal. I thought that I was too young for that.
My doctor had me take a blood test and found that I was right in the middle
of menopause. I started taking Prempro and the hot flashes stopped almost
immediately. I stayed on Prempro for a few months but stopped taking it
because my breasts hurt and I was spotting all the time.
I just turned 39 and my symptoms have become so pronounced that I am
starting back on Prempro. I'm very thankful for this website because I
have about 85% of the symptoms listed here. Until I researched menopausal
symptoms I was beginning to think that maybe I was dying of some horrible
illness. The extreme hot flashes, numbness in my fingers, the ringing
in my ears, the dizziness, thoughts of death and general feelings of dread.
As I said, I was diagnosed as being prematurely menopausal at 37 but
at that time the vast array of possible symptoms hadn't happened so I
didn't make the connection. I'm going to see some more doctors and do
some more research; I'll post what I find out.
Take care everyone and hang in there!
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