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Asher

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Head pressure, lightheaded, jittery
« on: May 03, 2024, 07:30:10 PM »

Hi I’m new to this forum but not new to menopause, I’m 50 and have been going through this hell for 10 years now , been on hrt for 7 years at varying doses , it helps the night sweats but not a great deal more , what I struggle the most with is head pressure like a vague headache, heavy fuzzy feeling, and lightheaded hard to describe, almost like I’m drunk it comes in phases and can last months just horrible, debilitating and stops me enjoying anything.
Anybody else have similar and found anything to help ?
Had every test going all is normal, no dose of hrt makes a difference, actually thinking of just quitting hrt and see if that’s making it worse after 7 years I’m not really feeling any benefits.
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CLKD

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Re: Head pressure, lightheaded, jittery
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2024, 07:35:18 PM »

 :welcomemm:  my head feels fuzzy a lot and I don't take HRT.  Why did you begin HRT initially?

A drop in oestrogen may cause a feeling of light headedness. 
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Asher

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Re: Head pressure, lightheaded, jittery
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2024, 07:54:57 PM »

Hi CLKD, thank you so much for your reply, I guess I could have this annoying symptom without hrt it may not be side effects.
I initially started hrt due to an early menopause my gp referred me to a gynaecologist and he said due to my young age ( under 45 ) I was post menopause at age 43 ,hrt was vital for my wellbeing under the normal age of menopause he said I was at risk of osteoporosis, and should take hrt at least until the so called average age of menopause at 50/52 but he said I could stay on it forever if it suits.
My first symptoms were hot flushes and severe anxiety, but I’ve had a million other symptoms even on hrt , I know it’s not a cure all but thought I’d feel better than this .
This drunk feeling is just horrible ☹️
 
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CLKD

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Re: Head pressure, lightheaded, jittery
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2024, 08:01:20 PM »

I believe that some ladies use 'stugeron' from the GP to ease those woozy feelings . 

MayB list your symptoms, I am sure that many will be familiar to Forum members.  It mayB that you require a hike or a different regime.
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CrispyChick

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Re: Head pressure, lightheaded, jittery
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2024, 08:02:30 PM »

Hey, I think I share this same symptom.

I'd describe if as a woozy wooshing feeling in my head. It's horrible. Often I get motion sickness and a poisioned feeling. I'm still peri and I think it's the estrogen spikes for me.

But the woozy vile head feeling can be separate. It's horrid.

Sounds quite similar to what you describe.

That's interesting that you're post meno and on hrt. Maybe try reducing rather than stopping???
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Asher

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Re: Head pressure, lightheaded, jittery
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2024, 08:39:15 PM »

Thanks CLKD , will ask my GP about the sturgeon tablets.

Hi crispychick, thank you so much for your reply although I wish no one else had to suffer this symptom it is a comfort that someone else understands it , yes you describe it so much better than me it is a woozy whooshing type feeling and I can feel so sick at times with it, absolutely horrible, sometimes I just have to lie down.
I honestly thought being post meno my symptoms would calm down and the hrt would just give me a steady dose , but all my symptoms come in phases one calms down another comes back again, so sick of the rollercoaster, literally feel like I’m stuck in a perimenopause type state could this be the hrt causing it .
I think I’m going to reduce my dose and see what happens, thanks for your reply I feel less alone with this weird head symptom. X
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AngelaH

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Re: Head pressure, lightheaded, jittery
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2024, 10:19:08 PM »

I honestly thought being post meno my symptoms would calm down and the hrt would just give me a steady dose , but all my symptoms come in phases one calms down another comes back again, so sick of the rollercoaster, literally feel like I’m stuck in a perimenopause type state could this be the hrt causing it .

I thought the same, but in reality one symptom goes and another comes. I developed horrible nausea and fatigue during post meno and it happened after my hot flashes and night sweats stopped. Such a relief! I had my night sleep back. But I didn’t enjoy it for long, then nausea with fatigue came, I wasn’t able to get out of bed in the morning. Post meno is really full of surprises.

I wasn’t on HRT that time, so in my case it was definitely my body made the changes. You can always stop HRT to check if it causes the symptoms.
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merrygoround

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Re: Head pressure, lightheaded, jittery
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2024, 09:49:41 AM »

That is a familiar sounding symptom. I used to think my blood pressure being high caused it, then I got a machine and my BP can be normal when it happens.

There's the woozy whooshy feeling/sound in the head and when I turn my head it's as if I missed a bit of the view on the way around, like my vision cut out for a split second as I turned, but so quickly I never quite catch it doing it. Hard to explain all in all.

I'll get it during opiate withdrawal too, which is surprisingly similar to oestrogen withdrawal, to such an extent that I've helped a friend see what his wife is dealing with by describing it in terms he's familiar with. She's getting much more sympathy now he compares it to being without his gear,  ::)
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Kathleen

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Re: Head pressure, lightheaded, jittery
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2024, 08:01:28 AM »

Hello Asher and welcome to the forum

I can't help you with your question but I understand how you are feeling.
My last period was in 2010 and I have been struggling with meno ever since. I tried to push through for three years but after six months of intense anxiety I decided to try HRT. Like you it has never really helped with all the symptoms and about a year ago a consultant said that I was definitely experiencing all the emotional and psychological symptoms of the menopause. Of course it's all very well him saying that but it doesn't really help my situation and he had no awareness of how debilitating this rollercoaster can be.

I weaned myself off all HRT a few years ago and the physical symptoms came back which just added to my problems.

I am currently on a low/medium dose of Sandrena gel and Utrogestan orally. I plan to stick with this for a while and hopefully my mood issues will sort themselves out.
It's a hard row to hoe and you have my sympathy.

Wishing you well.

K.
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Asher

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Re: Head pressure, lightheaded, jittery
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2024, 07:17:39 PM »

Hi Kathleen,

Thank you so much for your warm welcome , I’m comforted to know I’m not the only one who hasn’t had the success I’d hoped for on hrt , like you I also suffer with ongoing anxiety it’s not severe like when it first started but I’ve never really been free off anxiety it’s like a background thing always there sometimes worse sometimes not so much I do take an AD , I’m still suffering the headache pressure and spacey lightheaded feeling which eventually leads to heightened anxiety.
I made the decision to reduce my dose in hope it will maybe improve that symptom I’m 2 weeks into the reduced dose and not feeling any improvement yet , I know I need to give it longer, you are so right it’s a hard row to hoe .
Thank you for your kind reply , I hope you get some improvement on your low/medium dose I’m hoping the lower dose works for me .
Take care  and wishing you well.
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JoannFran

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Re: Head pressure, lightheaded, jittery
« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2024, 07:13:19 PM »

Hi - I've had exactly this.  Not like a headache that you could take pain killers for but a horrible head sensation.  Like a fullness/wooziness and I often feel it behind my eye and in my ear.  Weirdly mine is always on the left side of my head.  I also sometimes feel a popping sensation in my head/behind my eyes (very hard to explain and dr looks at me like I've lost it).  I've been on HRT for 18 months but definitely had this before I was on it and it went for a while when I had a few months of feeling 'ok' last year.  It's come back recently along with a load of other symptoms and I'm trying to figure out if I need less or more estrogen (although I think it could be the drop in estrogen rather than the actual levels).  Anyway, sorry you are experiencing this and I haven't got any advice except to say that you're not alone. Keep up updated with how the reduction goes xxx
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Asher

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Re: Head pressure, lightheaded, jittery
« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2024, 08:26:29 PM »

Thank you joannfran for your reply,
It’s definitely nice to know I’m not alone with the strange head symptoms.
These symptoms are very difficult to describe and put into words, menopause is a very long and difficult journey with so many weird symptoms think I’ve had every single one of them on and off hrt .
Wishing you well and hope you find the right balance on hrt to make you feel well and happy, here’s hoping all of us struggling find that happy place we long to be in .

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