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Menopause Or Dr Jeckyll And Mr Hyde

Menopause, there I said it. Menopause, no one likes to talk about it. Why? It's spoken in hushed tones like maybe it catchy.

Menopause symptoms affect all women to some degree. It is just another phase of life. I admit it is not a pleasant one. But it has to be dealt with and we women have to choose how. I am about 8 years in and most of my symptoms have faded. I still get hot flashes, but not as often. I still have PMS symptoms, bloating, irritability,cramps, but I use Midol or off-brand medication and that helps. After a couple of years of heavy menstrual cycles, I haven't had a menstrual cycle in almost a year. Yaa.

The most common symptoms of menopause are hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings

And as if that isn't enough to deal with, there are changes to your body. You will find yourself more fatigued, you may have hair loss, sleeping more than 2 hours at a time will be a miracle. If you thought you were forgetful, just wait. Retaining water, leaking, body odor, oh, the fun of it all.

Just as with PMS, you may have increased anxiety, depression, and irritability. Aches and pains will get worse also. Joint pain, breast pain, headaches, itchy skin, (Benadryll spray will help with this) There could also be tummy upsets, tingling in your hands and feet.

But don't panic, you may or may not have all these symptoms. And hopefully not at the same time. I try to keep a positive attitude. It's a little hard, I admit, after spending twenty minutes hunting for my lost car keys, and then I find them attached to my purse. Which I toted around the house, while looking for my keys. Have you done something similar?

In my opinion, the hot flashes, have been the hardest to deal with. I have used Black cohosh, Estogen(over the counter),travel-size moist towelettes to ease my discomfort. Mood swing are not so much fun, either. They sneek up on you just like the hot flashes. I have been lucky that my mood swings have been fairly mild. All I can say is, be prepared to apologize to friends, family and co-workers, because there is no controlling when and where mood swings happen.

Things you can do to have with the symptoms:

1. Get plenty of sleep.

2. If you smoke, quit. It aggravates the symptoms.

3. Wear lighter material clothes.

4. Avoid spicy foods,caffeine,and alcohol.

5. Use a fan at bedtime.

6. Regular exercise.

7. HRT- Hormone Replacement Therapy(talk to your doctor about this).

And always remember, menopause doesn't last forever. Talk with your family members about menopause and its symptoms, so we you have a Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde moment, they will be prepared somewhat. Talking to other women going thru the same thing will help (the no one understands) feelings.

Make sure to discuss all symptoms with your doctor, so they can let you know your options for dealing with them.


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