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I became a frequent flier at multiple doctors' offices

My journey into insanity began in April 2006. I woke up and knew something was just not right.

First I would like to say that this website has been such a tremendous help. Reading the similar stories and experiences that I have been trying to cope with daily has been very helpful.

My journey into insanity began in April 2006. I woke up and knew something was just not right. I started having most of the symptoms listed on your symptoms list. The worst symptoms are the never ending and multiple periods, the uneasy feelings, plus the tinnitus.

I have been very fortunate I have never had any medical problems, and up until last year went to the doctor for routine physicals and the other basics women must do, I have been very healthy and very physically active.

Last year I became a frequent flier at multiple doctors' offices looking for answers. I tried to talk about the possibilities of this being menopause and was repeatedly told it was not. I tried discussing my research (the best medical book I have found that lists my symptoms is the Merck Manual). I tried explaining this to the doctors but it didn't matter. Their recommendations for me were that maybe I should start taking an antidepressant, or maybe I should start seeing a psych doctor, or maybe I need to relax. The hardest part was these were all female nurse practitioners and doctors.

I started keeping a journal of how I was feeling on a daily basis, the relationship to my menstrual cycle is amazing. It also makes me feel much better knowing my good days are better than the bad, even when it doesn't seem like it.

There is a new commercial that I have been noticing for the birth control Yaz, its also used to help with the symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder. The web page is very helpful. It states the symptoms associated with PMDD are disruptive enough to significantly impact relationships, social life, work, etc. Maybe someone’s finally on the right course.

One last thought, my mother had some of the same problems as I do which started when she was in her forties including tinnitus.

I would love to know if anyone out there is having neck and shoulder pain. You can click on my name to reach me by email.

Karen

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Updated  05/15/2010