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I feel like I have a terrible disease.

I was told that I was too young to be going through menopause

My story is a lot like the others. I’ve been in and out of the doctor’s office for symptoms of some terrible disease, or depression and anxiety. I too, after all kinds of blood tests, was told that I was too young to be going through menopause. But my body hurt all over, I am dizzy, and have foggy thoughts, panic attacks and bouts of rage. I have 6 children, and I fully believe that I am in perimenopause. I have tried several antidepressants that put me into a complete panic attack where I could not breathe.

This has been going on for a few years now, but now that I actually missed a period (and thought I might be pregnant) I know this to be the case. My doctor didn’t think it was necessary to test hormone levels yet, but my body tells me this is what it is.

I have started to learn meditation and try to cope better with the overwhelming feeling that I am going completely crazy. I tell myself it is just a feeling, and it will too pass. I can only deal with one day at time at this point. My heart goes out to every woman going through this and who has been through it.

Breast cancer runs in our family, so there is no treatment but natural supplements for me. I am going to try some to see if they work. All I can say is, talk to others who have been there, and get good sound advice on how to cope. Learn to relax, and take relaxation classes. It is very, very helpful. Take time for yourself and reassure yourself that this is not forever, even though it seems that way.

Our mothers and grandmothers made it through, and so can we. Lets take better care of ourselves so that we too can be of help to someone else who just may need us for their time of need.

Shelley

 

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Updated  05/15/2010