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Ade

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New here
« on: September 04, 2012, 09:57:30 PM »

Hi everyone,new to forums never been on one before.Im hopeing this posts, think you start new topic to post,soon find out lol.Found this website looking for answers on HRT.Im undecided on weather to take it or not.Been menopauseal for about 3 to 4 years im 47 started off with night sweats and hot flushes, mood swings.been on all kinds off AD.Took one kind of hrt last year but was giving me headaches so doctor took me off.Been giving Climagest 1mg, i dont see anyone else on these. has anyone tried them?. Things have gotten real bad of late the anxiety and depression is the worst i feel like i can not breath ive a constant lump in my chest, hot flushes i could manage but this anxiety is making me feel like im going mad. :-\ Also i have all ready gained nearly a stone in weight got the belly and mufin top might seem petty but dont want to gain anymore. :(
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CLKD

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Re: New here
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2012, 10:02:12 PM »

 :welcomemm:  I've done a search in response to your query and if you put in the name of the medication in the search box - top left side of screen - you will see it! 

Some anti-depressant medication has been found to help with anxiety too.  How long did you take any of the ADs for?  I take an AD and a beta-blocka which helps me to function better most of the time ........ without either I'm a wreck  :-\
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Bette

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Re: New here
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2012, 07:11:41 AM »

Hi Ade
 :welcomemm:
You sound just like me three years ago. I came here - first time on a forum just after starting HRT in desperation; I was 49 and after a couple of years of night sweats, had developed sleeplessness, tearfulness, crashing fatigue, nausia etc. etc. but worst of all, dreadful anxiety. The good news is that the HRT worked! The physical symptoms improved first, the emotional ones took a bit longer but did go - including the anxiety!  :yipi:
Anxiety is probably the symptom most discussed on here, which shows how common it is - and how misunderstood by the medical profession.  :( Until my HRT kicked in properly, I found that Lemon Balm helped but best of all was the 321 exercise:-
http://www.menopausematters.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,8454.0.html
The weight gain is another common topic; HRT isn't thought to cause it although some do have fluid retention problems; if that happens, you can always try a different HRT. Some ladies have commented on here that once they felt well on HRT, they were more able to tackle the weight issue. You'll find several threads about various dietary and exercise regimes.
It is common to have to try a few HRTs to find the right one and it really is a personal thing as, sadly, one size doesn't fit all. If you have headaches again, it might be worth trying a patch. This is from the menu on the left:-
Migraine is often triggered by hormonal fluctuations and therefore may occur around the time of a period. Such migraine may improve at the time of the menopause. Some women find that migraine may be triggered by the daily hormone fluctuations which can occur with oral (tablet) HRT so the transdermal (patch or gel) route is usually preferred with a history of migraine.
The best thing for me (apart from HRT!) has been finding this place.  :) Lots of support, info and chat. Browse round, join in and don't forget to check out the "Funnies."  ;D
Bette x
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aseamark

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« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2012, 07:38:28 AM »

Welcome Ade.

I have been on MM now for a month or so now. It had been a life saver for me. Nobody else can understand what you are going through unless you are going through it or gone through, especially Drs...

I am still desperately finding my way but have been on HRT now for 5 weeks. The anxiety , as Bette mentions , is definitely the worst symptom for me, until this struck, out of nowhere, I was coping ok. I have just turned 50. I recognise that outside factors, such as work, elderly parents, children etc can play a huge part in anxiety but I believe it is mostly down to those pesky hormones...

I went to the GP armed with the knowledge I got from this site and a list for when I cried, which I did.

Bette - have you or do you take AD or BB for your anxiety or has the HRT alone eventually sorted it?

Anna x
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Bette

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« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2012, 07:49:28 AM »

The HRT has sorted it all for me.  :yipi:  I would have considered ADs if I needed to but I haven't needed to. I was offered ADs instead of HRT but a) was sure it was hormonal and b) had other horrible symptoms which I thought HRT would be more likely to help. I did try BBs while I was dithering about HRT but they affected my IBS badly and as that had already gone into overdrive, that was the last thing I needed.
Bette x
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aseamark

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Re: New here
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2012, 07:51:55 AM »

And what is the best way to take lemon balm?

Sorry, always so many questions. X
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Bette

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« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2012, 08:19:21 AM »

Personally, I take capsules but you can also get it as a tea. I order it online but some specialist health food/herbal shops stock it.
Bette x
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Dyan

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Re: New here
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2012, 09:06:50 AM »

Hi Ade :welcomemm:

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crazydaisy

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« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2012, 01:13:03 PM »

Hello Ade,
I am new here too, so welcome, i think this forum etc. will help us a lot...i am just finding my way around and reading a lot of old posts.
I suffer from horrid anxiety too, its as if i am constantly alert to danger!! not nice. seems normal for meno though.

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Ade

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« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2012, 02:11:04 PM »

Hi thankyou for your replies.im so glad i found this website. ive just taken my first tablet now im really scared!!! i could feel my throat closing and all sorts, im trying to calm down. Been anixous most off the day. I feel i cannot go on like this.keep telling myself its just natural stuff in the tablets, but i get side affects off lots and am worried. :'( I hope im making sense.Im finding it hard to think straight, can not sit still brain foggy finding it hard to spell simple words so bear with the spellings please.!!. Like you bette im going on the hrt out off desperation, not sure how long ive been peri for might be 5 years. Feels like forever.. Ive been on ADs for years tried them all i think, back to basic prozac at the moment not helping the anxiety any. :( I thought i might be near menopause as i never had period for nearly 10 months then out the blue i had three months off them, now stopped again last one in june. Gosh its taken me ages to do this! Had to go to the hospital for checks but all looks normal so they suggested the hrt.
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Ade

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« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2012, 02:20:01 PM »

Hi crazydaisy im the same its as if something dreadful is going to happen.
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Ade

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« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2012, 02:34:15 PM »

Thankyou for replies and welcome.  :)
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aseamark

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« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2012, 03:30:18 PM »

After having a good sleep last night and a really positive morning I now feel anxious this afternoon... Thought I was doing too well!

Ade - I have posted stuff in the past that didn't make any sense.

How long have you been back on Prozac ? I thought it would deal with the anxiety ? I couldnt tolerate it for more than a week - sent me crazier . X
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everyones mum

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« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2012, 06:42:37 PM »

welcome to the forum girls. It will be a godsend to you both and theres always someone here to help which is great
Nelliedee x :)
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Ade

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« Reply #14 on: September 05, 2012, 08:09:42 PM »

Hello everyone me again trying to get used to the forum, thanks for the support it's really good to know there is others going through this, though i wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. Asemark I've been on prozac now for over a month about 6 or so weeks, was anxious before taken them wondering if its worse now since started i do get side affects on tabs was given sertaline ads before these and they made me worse. citalopram before those was on them over a year when they were not helping anymore. Bette like you I've all symtoms crashing fatigue  tearful aches bladder probes you name it I've got it. Its got worse now that's why im trying hrt. I was hoping not to take it as a friend took it and said :'( she wishes she :'( hadn't she is 61 now and since stopping all symtoms have came back she feels she has prolonged it. BUT im at the end of my tether with palpitations panic attacks anxieties, im suffering with agoraphobia, Ibs, oesteoartitis and fibromayalgia which itself causes fatigue brain fog and wide spread pain depression etc im doomed.
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