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SWIMOM Posts: 366
4/14/13 10:00 A

Anyone else using Black Cohosh and Wild Yam Root? This has been the trick for me for 20 years. I had a radical hysterectomy at 33 after years of failed attempts to treat endometriosis.
Gotta say, it was the best thing I ever did for mysefl except for the early menopause part.
I tried patches, oral HRT, creams, even a spray and ended up with joint swelling. Biodenticals were the better of the many things I had tried. Even that caused joints to flare up some.

Being an athlete, joint issues I could avoid just wasn't going to work. The last thing I tried was something the homeopath thought might not work. I tried black cohosh and wild yam root. Voila'...been using them ever since. As long as I buy a good brand and take them everyday, menopause is managable.

BABYBIRD2013 Posts: 40
4/14/13 9:22 A

My problem is managing the emotions. I am having a period every 8 months so I am almost menopausal. My doctor says I am there. He put me on birth control to help control the emotions. I am like Sybil or someone with an evil twin lurking about. Since I have been taking the birth control, the emotions are better.

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4/12/13 7:12 A

I have started taking MenoSleep and MenoSmart - - 2 wonderful medications that help you get a good night sleep and reduce the night sweats/hot flashes.

They work for me and I would highly recommend.

Have a good day everyone!

4/12/13 12:34 A

I am definitely still going through it. Night sweats were my first symptom but they eased up significantly when I cut back on coffee. I was about 50 at the time. My periods slowed and finally stopped at 53 for eight months then 3 in a row and a bonus one 2 months later. Nearly 2 years later I was sure it was over and I got another period that was the same intensity and duration as in my twenties. It's been 5 months and I'll be 56 in May. I sure hope it's over.

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4/12/13 12:19 A

I quit taking the premarin pill because it cost too much. I don't feel any different now than I did when I was taking it. I have hot flashes most days, but I just ignore it. I still use the cream because it's helping me & I don't need to refill it as often.

RRAYNER Posts: 1,063
4/11/13 10:33 A

emoticon Sometimes you just have to "grin" and bear it. Enjoy SP... emoticon

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4/24/12 9:14 A

I saw Menopause the Musical a few years ago - I don't think I've EVER laughed so hard at a live production!! Truly hysterical!! There was one poor man in the audience - just one - I felt so sorry for him. The actors had a field day with him...If you ever have a chance to go, I HIGHLY recommend it!!

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4/23/12 11:28 P

Been there done that. I consider myself pretty lucky in that things went pretty well for me. No HRT, just let nature take it course. Did have some temperature issues, hot when others were cold. The first time I was close, I got a period one week before my year was up. Who says God doesn't have a sense of humor emoticon
Yes I loved not having to buy pads, but now at 60 I'm thinking about Poise pads. emoticon My hair has been gray since I was in my 30's so that wasn't an issue, but I shave everyday and if I didn't would have a better mustache than some of the young pups I work with.
All in all it is a fact of life. Hang in there and this too shall pass.
By the way if any of you get a chance go see the play Menopause, The Musical. It was a hoot. I laughed from the opening scene all the way through because I could relate so well.

Take care, it does get better.

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4/17/12 10:47 A

I had a hysterectomy at 49 (big mistake, but another story for another time). I was immediately placed on a hormone replacement patch, but my body didn't like it. I would have a raised red welt wherever the patch was, I would get odd rashes on my body, my skin was breaking out like I was a teenager, I had become sensitive to things I'd never been sensitive to before, etc. Research revealed that a lot of synthetic hormone replacements are derived from equine urine (yep, horse urine!). I decided I did not want that stuff in my body any longer so I stopped using the patch. Unfortunately almost immediately I began having hot flashes and horrible night sweats. I was miserable! I had become acquainted with a functional medicine specialist who was treating my husband for heavy metal toxicity, so I asked him about my menopausal issues. He tried a number of different over-the-counter supplements, creams, etc., but nothing helped. He finally had a very detailed hormone test done and discovered my hormones were so out of whack that the only thing that would help me was a prescription for bioidentical hormones. I've been on bioidenticals for several years now and feel awesome. If I slip off my normal healthy diet and eat a lot of wheat products or sweets, I will have some night sweats and joint aches and pains, but as long as I avoid wheat (especially white flour) and refined sugary foods, I'm fine. Bioidentical HRT is the only way to go in my opinion!

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4/17/12 9:23 A

So glad I found this thread.....I had a hysterectomy at 39 so I was "put" into menopause. I had hot flashes so severe but decided for health reasons to go at it natural. So, here I am at 54 still having hot flashes.....I have tried all over the counter remedies but now I have just accepted that they are a fact of life. My poor family wears a lot of sweaters in the winter as our heat temp is never over 65....they also have to wear those sweaters in the summer because the air is never above 65!!!! I sure don't miss the periods but these flashes are a force to be reckoned children just smile when they see the red appearing on my son calls it built in sun burn!

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4/17/12 6:12 A

Here's a really scary thing.....
If your still ovulating you can still have a baby. OMG. I love my children and grand children but the thought of having anymore sends me to the loony bin.
I'm a nana now. How bad would that be to be a mother of a child that's younger than your grand children.
OMG I'm scaring myself...

PATHFINDER52 Posts: 752
4/16/12 9:36 A

Okay, so figure this one out. . .
I had my "last" period in July of 2007. That would make me "completely menopausal" by July of 2008. Fine with me -- I was happy to be "done!"

Then, an odd thing happened, on vacation with family, I had a period -- it was October 2011!!
I freaked out and had an endometrial biopsy the next week -- the doctor's findings? Yep, I'd ovulated and hence, had a period!

Really?? Ovulated at 59?

So I'm thinking this was just a one-time wierd event and then, it happened again -- in March, 2012.

Where are all these ancient eggs coming from -- and why now??

I hate surprises.



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4/16/12 8:52 A

2 years ago I went 7 months, then had to start over...everything I've heard is you have to go an entire year with nothing before you can call it finished. I'm now at a year and a half so I'm DONE!!!

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4/14/12 6:51 P

You sound like me. I have always had a bit of a weight issue but since I hit menopause everything has gotten worse. And like you, I can't drink anymore. I used to enjoy a few drinks with friends on the weekend or a glass of wine in the evening. Now the headache starts practically before I finish the glass. And the mood my doctors encouragement I finally tried hormone patches. That got rid of the hot flashes and as long as I remember to change it according to the directions my mood has stabilized but the weight just won't budge. I have started working out more frequently but that seems to cause me to have restless legs at night so I don't sleep well. I am not giving up though. I am determined that eventually I will find the right mix of diet and exercise to get rid of it.

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4/13/12 8:17 P

Happy Birthday ... and everyone needs to have birthday cake ...especially if their hubby made it !

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4/13/12 3:48 P

Oh and another thing. Alcohol totally does me in. I've never really bean a drinker but the odd glass of wine has always been enjoyable at special occassions. Not any more. One drink and the hot flashes hit. Then the next day I have headaches and am so tired its like I had 2 bottles. Anyone else like this. I was reading about thyroid issues that some of my menopausal girls are experiencing. I've had mine checked a couple of times (not recently) and they have come back ok. But... why do I have such a hard time losing weight. Always have!!! And its not because I'm lazy with my eating or exercise???

4/13/12 3:07 P

Last year i was 'thrown' into menopause because i had a mass and had a complete hysterectomy - from day 1 i went on an estrogen patch and it has been my saving grace - except for the occasional phantom pain, i haven't had hot flashes or moodiness - i have more energy than i have had in years and feel 35 despite my age (51)

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4/13/12 2:47 P

AMY: I've been threatening to let my hair go "natural" for a few years now. I started going grey in my late 20s, which is why I started dying it to begin with - if it hadn't gone grey until now, I would have just let it go. Its such a pain (I am - or was, I guess) a brunette, so I get the Pepe LePew look every TWO weeks. I just can't visualize myself with all silver hair, though. Neither can my husband or my daughter (I asked). My hairdresser said "the only good grey hair is dyed grey hair" - no help there. Wasn't it awfully traumatic? And how did you do it? Its an awful long time to go around half and half. Scary...

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4/13/12 1:53 P

Yep, I guess it is what we all go through - the way we go through is what makes the difference I guess. Because I have never been able to be on the pill, it made my blood pressure go UP - I didn't opt for the way of hormone replacement therapies. I did try a cream and vitamins long ago from Woman to Woman which did help some, but the expense not covered by insurance was more than I wanted to spend. I read the books by Dr. Northrup, Suzanne Somers and Robyn McGraw. I liked Robyn McGraw's book the best. Instead of fighting with the Pepe Le Pew look every few weeks, that strip of gray is so noticeable when you have dark hair and a hubby who's taller than you. I let my gray hair grow out and that was the best decision. I actually get compliments on my hair now, never did when I was working so hard to keep it dark. I try to dress up to date and now that my thyroid meds are cooperating - I am back at exercising daily and getting the weight down

4/13/12 1:28 P

Its happening to me at 52.
Had my last period six months ago and occasionally feel like one is coming and nothing.

I don't have any symptoms but the fat from my legs and arms is migrating to my middle and my hair is starting to grey and get thinner and dryer.


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4/13/12 12:51 P

As far as I know my thyroid is OK. The doctor just did tests on me a couple of weeks ago and I haven't heard anything.

I'm just atypical when it comes to medical issues I guess.

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4/13/12 12:46 P

Isn't it amazing how thyroid issues are confused with other medical issues, it almost seems like it is the last resort they do a TSH test and it should be the first.
I'm glad to hear that you have also found cutting back on the carbs, sugar and for me salt curtails the hot flashes. Also processed food does me in. 3 years ago I started making homemade salad dressing when I read the back of the label how many additives are put into the bottled stuff. At Dollar Tree they sell individual canning jars, great for mixing up a batch of salad dressing.

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4/13/12 12:08 P

I started with 'perimenopause' symptoms in my early forties - night sweats, weight gain, ACNE (for God's sake), hair loss, forgetfulness, etc. Turns out I was suffering from Hypothyroidism - probably perimenopause as well. Took a couple years to get the thyroid meds right. Then had the doctor do a menopause blood test (at age 52), the results of which showed I was "no where near menopause". About that time I quit having periods....haven't had one for a year and a half now. YIPPEE!!! I don't miss them one bit. The acne's mostly gone now, too, although I was left with some scars which make me feel quite self-conscious. However....the hot flashes and extremely slow weight loss and arthritis and general malaise are making me a bit crazy (oh, and facial hair!!! sheesh, don't we women suffer enough? we have to pull chin hairs, too?!?!?). I have noticed that when I cut way down on refined carbs, especially sugar, the hot flashes are less severe and less frequent. Can't wait for this part to be over!

Thanks for pointing out the change in thyroid dosage as you lost weight - I hadn't thought about that. I'll have to keep an eye out for that. If I ever lose more than 13 lbs., that is.

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4/13/12 10:21 A

Has your Dr. checked your thyroid for Hypothyroid? I have Graves Disease with is the opposite causing Hyperthyroid and they nuked my thyroid which sent me into being Hypothyroid and I was chilled to the bone until my TSH levels were fixed with replacement hormone.

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4/13/12 9:39 A

CYNTHIACYNTHIA1 Have you had your thyroid checked I get that sort of cold and the only thing that sorts it is a very hot bath!

I am about to have a hystorectomy on the 25th April so I am hoping that my copious hormonal issues will be sorted! People do not understand and the thought that I could have years and years of Menopausal problems ahead would just make me want to end it all! I have suffered very badly for the last 23 yrs with PMS which is getting worse. I think I have some Menopausal symptoms now so I am looking forward to getting it sorted!

I know I am doing the right thing for me!

Really empathise with all of the posts, and when I am bad it knocks me off the diet wagon! So good luck to all!

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4/13/12 8:05 A

Hi, I'm so glad I have somewhere to write this because it's just so weird. I 50 and on the pill for hormonal reasons.

Instead of getting hot flashes I get cold flashes. Cold down to the bone and shivering sometimes. In 72 degree heat in the house.

It all starts right after dinner when the sun goes down. I get increasingly chillier and have to get under the covers at 9:00! This is really putting a cramp in my style for my evenings. Last week my husband cranked the heat up to 74 and it still didn't help. I have to bundle up and try to stay awake till hubby is ready for bed, cuz I don't want to go to sleep too early and wind up waking up at 4:00 in the morning.

I read on the web that cold flashes usually follow hot flashes, but not for me.

Anyone else experience anything like this besides me???

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4/13/12 1:18 A

I'm just loving this thread. I don't want to even talk about the weight issue. I've battled with weight issues all my life. I have decided the only way is slowly and without beating myself up all the time.
Anyway... it's my birthday today and I'm 51. I'm active and vivacious. I have amazing red hair, 3 children, 4 grand children and a great new job. I am happy. To add icing to the cake I got home from work today and my husband who can't cook baked me a cake. I know for some that that is a little thing but I am coeliac and he baked a gluten free cake. That is no easy feat I can tell you. I'vehad two pieces and I'm not in the least bit guilty. I haven't had birthday cake in years because noone ever bothers to try and make a gluten free one for me. My husband rocks!!! Oh and the house was clean. I'm in heaven!

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4/12/12 8:54 P

I just entered perimenopause last year... at age 56!

Just getting hot flashes now, no grouchiness, etc yet.

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4/12/12 4:11 P

Oh what a topic - count me in! I started going through peri-menopause in my early 40's and by the time I was 47 that's when it hit the ridiculous stage. Sweat would literally drip off my elbow, insomina so bad (at least my house was clean - I'd be up at 3:30 am cleaning) and the weight gain. In 2009 I went to my GYN and he was literally jumping up and down saying my weight gain was not acceptable, I needed to get a handle on my eating and exercise and stop making excuses - (I was so sad to see him retire - he was a so sweet, but so truthful always) he said he wanted me to go somewhere - anywhere and SWEAT for at least 30 minutes 3 times a week. It was what I needed to get me kick started. I am 4 foot 11 inches weighed 131 pounds on Wednesday April 22, 2009 on Saturday April 25th I started using the Wii Fit to workout, then added the EA Sport Active for the Wii, watched and wrote down everything I ate. I started in a size 12 jeans. On my 51st birthday September 3rd, I weighed 104.6 pounds and in a size 4 jeans. I felt terrific and was loving wearing new clothes. THEN..... by losing the body mass, my thyroid medication dose was too high, the dose I was on for years needed to be adjusted and for the last 3 years I have been struggling to get back to where I was. So Monday was the day I got serious again about this - I weighed myself 129 and got on the Wii Fit Plus and EA Sports Active - started a food journal and yesterday joined Sparkpeople. Today I am 126.1. I did it once I can do it again.
I also noticed that the less salt I eat in foods and cut back on the carbs my hot flashes are so much less intense.

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4/12/12 3:47 P

I stopped at 53 years old. Have not had all the bad symptoms with hot flashes. I do get them once in a while. I have had the sleep problems and the aches and pains. Seems like everything is going at once....The biggest problem has been WEIGHT....I am losing so slow.
Have been counting calories and have given up the white bread, rice and pasta and have only lost 5 lbs. in almost 6 weeks. I am so frustrated and disgusted. I would rather still have my

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4/12/12 3:06 P

I stopped at 48 and 8 months, i will be 51 in 9 days. I didn't have any of those horrible issues i read about online. But it seems that i can't remember words for normal stuff lol I do and did get hot, but never where i had to change clothes or the bedding from sweating. I didn't take anything either. I am not a pill person. I do eat soy though and i read that helps. I've ate soy for years.

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4/12/12 1:40 P

I am so with you on the lack of peiods. Wahoo!!!! Saving money and all the ickiness that comes at that time of the month.

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4/11/12 6:57 A

I menopaused 11 years ago at age 44. It was horrible with the hot flashes and night sweats. Oh, and the grouchiness. (just ask my husband) :) That was out of character for me.

I still have an occational hot flash after all this time. I'm happy it's all in the past for the most part now.

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4/11/12 5:14 A

Not being able to sleep at night has been the worst part! I started working the night shift again after all I was already up and that shift paid a lot more money. I find that I dont have as much problem sleeping in the daytime. I was just so happy when the menstrual cycle stopped that I kinda wrote off the rest of the symptoms.

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4/11/12 4:22 A

Hi to all the menopausal women out there. OMG I've just started going through in the last 7 months. I've suddenly started gettin all sort of aches and pains. I've lost most of my flexibility and I was never very flexible to start off with and this is frustrating. Anyone else had this happen and has anyone succesfully dealt with it. HRT out of the question and no yoga classes around here that I can get to.

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