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Fri 26-Aug-11
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JoannaS
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I haven't started off a thread for a while so I thought I would go for a little light-hearted topic whistle. I was just wondering for those of you who are old enough to know, what was your experience of heading into menopause? I can understand if you have no wish to talk about such things, but I was wondering, as I rather suspect that time is beginning to arrive and I am wiped out today. It is possible to find lots of info on symptoms and such like, but what is it like to go through? cheersrunaway

Fri 26-Aug-11
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Hattie
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Ah.....memories !!!!

Mine are of having to stop on a walk in the middle of a freezing cold day on the Yorkshire moors to empty my new wellington boots of about a mugful of sweaty liquid (each boot).

Of having to throw away a very expensive mattress because it grew mould on my side of the bed...!! 

Of the car windows steaming up only on my side. I had to travel with a crate of water in the boot.

Of a very embarrassing costume fitting when the famous actor I was designing for sent his personal assistant out to buy me a drink because he was so concerned I was going to pass out.....!!

Oh, it was really an experience & it went on for years in my case. SUCH FUN !!aargh ...not.

 

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Fri 26-Aug-11
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OOOerrr! So note 1 take lots of water. I am getting the occasional hot flush but nothing like that. Can I ask when you started with all that and when you finished then? If you don't mind me asking that is. what_the_heckwhat_the_heck

Fri 26-Aug-11
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(Men fold...shut your ears.)

Mine was very early, very quick and not much to write home about.....All over for me at 45 and couldn't have come soon enough....distant memories...

We used to have a motorbike in those days and when we took off to Europe for holidays I would insist on stuffing one pannier with 'ladies goodies' just in case.  And came back with the same pannier fully intact.  

Another little funny was that I had the coil...OK Zeberdee..not joke time.... and I went to see my doctor because I wanted it changed...and the conversation went like this...

 

Dr: How long since?

 

Me: About two years!!frown

 

Dr:  And you want a new coil?confused

 

Me: Yes....cry

 

Dr: Do you think you really need one or is it like a security blanket????....roll_eyes

 

Me: Probably....confused

 

Dr: I think you're fine Ms Peters....and I was.... wink

 

May you sail through it Joanna.....

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Fri 26-Aug-11
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wave  Joanna, I seemingly sailed through it.  I had a couple of night sweats, but that was about it.  I was really lucky.  Mind you some good friends said they wouldn't  have noticed any mood swings because I was a grumpy old so and so anyway.  big_laugh  

But we can't choose how our bodies will react and we just have to live through whatever they throw at us.  I wish you luck Joanna and hope yours is as kind to you as mine was.  It does happen honestly.  big_hug

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Fri 26-Aug-11
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Ugh! I remember trying to climb into the freezer and feeling like the top of my head was blowing off.

Then I did some reading, gave up caffeine and discovered things like red clover, black cohosh and sage. Got very into herbs and healthy living. It helped immensely.

Good luck!

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Fri 26-Aug-11
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I'm in the same boat as you Joanna, it's threating, but not full on. Occasional hot sweats and dizzy spells, often (quite often) a foul temper for no specific reason, intolerance of anything and everyone at times..stuff like that, then I'm fine again for ages. Been to the doc, HE was absolutely useless, gave me blood tests and allsorts but all showed as 'normal'

Sat 27-Aug-11
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JoannaS said:

OOOerrr! So note 1 take lots of water. I am getting the occasional hot flush but nothing like that. Can I ask when you started with all that and when you finished then? If you don't mind me asking that is. what_the_heckwhat_the_heck

 

Hi Joanna,

It lasted from when I was about 42 yrs old till I eventually went onto HRT when I was 52, after having tried all the homeopathic remedies. I stayed on HRT for about 10years¦.trying several times to come off it for safety reasons. 

Oh dear! It was a terrible hot & sweaty period of my life¦I hated running round the world, working very hard looking like a steaming beetroot¦..steam steam steam 

I used to radiate heat¦.. eeek

 

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Sat 27-Aug-11
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Thanks for being open ladies, and thanks for some the personal messages too. It does help because even though the internet is full of information, it doesn't actually tell you what it feels like. It is all very well knowing what the symptoms are but how you cope with them and how those around you cope with them is different. what_the_heck

In some ways I shall be glad to get through it as I also have heavy periods that wipe me out and that will finish. I hate hormone treatments, been on a few and it is like the colour and light is sucked out of life and leaves me flat, so don't want to do that.

Glad you are now through it Hattie.big_hug

Sat 27-Aug-11
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Homeopathy. 

I'll try that again!

Sat 27-Aug-11
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Natural Alternatives to HRT, Marilyn Glenville (link here) was brilliant. A friend recommended it, and I found it very useful. It covers nutrition, alternative therapies, exercise, risk factors, has recipes--highly recommended, you can dip in and out as you want.

Not too bad an experience overall, but occasional minor overheating went on for about 20 years from time to time. Vitamin E helped me a lot with that, but I didn't always bother, and didn't bother to do anything for about 10 years. doh

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As I am now 71 all this happened rather a long time ago & there wasn't too much information & advice out there. Thank goodness things have changed nowadays. I was in a desperate state at the time & had a very busy life (mostly working in other countries far from home) so it was hard for me. I was lucky in one way in that I had very few other symptoms other than sweating profusely & going bright red in the face, neck & chest....mind you that was more than enough. I think doing a job that I loved made a huge difference. I don't think I had huge mood swings....they seemed to start once I came off HRT......!!!  ponder  whistle

 

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Sat 27-Aug-11
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Thanks for that Barbara, think I might just order that now. It helps to be well informed if I was to go to a doctor here and although I have a degree in Pharmacology I don't necessarily have the access to the up-to-date information anyway. I do like well researched information which is why I also like this site, he gives the pros and cons and the research up to date and then leaves you to make your own choices.cheers

I must admit up till now I thought that menopause usually started in your 50s but certainly over the last year and I suspect since I had an ovarian cyst removed about 4 years ago that I was sliding in that direction and thought I was on the younger side to be starting. I can see that isn't necessarily the case, so thanks for that ladies. doh

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I still recall the night I was sitting on the window cill of an open window in my nightie, snow on the ground outside,swinging my legs in the air,desperately trying to get COLD.

I had hot flushes for years, got so used to them, thought they would never end.Every menopause is different- I still got the period cycle mood swings and to an extent I sometimes still do if I'm burning the candle at both ends, even though all the rest of the womanly palaver is long gone.

Watch out for those heavy periods Joanna- mine got even more stupidly heavy during the menopause and I thought it was just the menopause-but it was cysts and it all got rather unpleasant and I was ridiculously anaemic...not a year I would care to repeat the final death-throes of my periods, they went out with a bang!But when it stopped...oh joy!

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