How long does this go on?
is some light at the end of this rather murky and depressing tunnel
Hello to all fellow menopausers! I have been having nearly 99% of the
standard symptoms of the monster menopause for quite some time now. The
flashes and flushes come and go so rapidly that they seem to always be
present, as is my electric portable fan which I lug around with me from
room to room in my home… most helpful in cooling me down.
The swelling of my tummy is another matter. One moment my jeans fit fine,
then I can feel my waistband tightening as I swell up like a balloon.
Then, oh joy, there is the fuzzy forget-what-it-was-I-was-going-to-do-now thing as I stand with my head in the fridge wondering
what my shoes are doing stuck on top of the lettuce.
Let me also tell of the tiredness, the all-enveloping fatigue that stops
me from working in my garden. I LOVE my garden. I am not that green fingered,
and don't really have a lot of horticultural knowledge, but just digging
in the soil and watching things that I have planted come to life is so
So, to have this taken from me by a lassitude so all-consuming that it
takes me all my time just to get out of the chair… is heartbreakingly
depressing, and is also a sign of this wondrous menopause....which brings
me to my title ”How long does this go on?”
Each one of us is different, but surely someone out there has researched
this a little. I just want some kind of end-in-sight scenario, just so
that I can have a bit of hope that this is not going to be IT for the
rest of my days.
I have been prescribed estrogen cream for extreme vaginal dryness, and
have to attend hospital in the next week because of recurring urinary
tract infections. I’m also having to undergo an endoscopy for my
stomach. I keep getting acid rising into my gullet and feel full most
of the time, even though I haven't eaten much, another symptom,
I presume. I have also gained quite a bit of weight over the last couple
of years due to not being able to exercise properly, as both my knees
have severe osteoarthritis and need replacing. Happy Days!!!
Surely there is some light at the end of this rather murky and depressing
tunnel for me? I truly hope so. What makes it bearable is knowing I am
most definitely not alone.
Thank you for reading this. Lots of hopeful thoughts to you all,
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