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Author:  Hopeful [ Fri Sep 27, 2013 11:05 am ]
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Hi everyone. I am new to the forum, and just wanted to come on and introduce myself. I can see it is fairly quiet on here, but I would really welcome talking to any of you guys and hearing your experiences!
I had a bit of a lightbulb moment recently, when I realised that a lot of the problems I've been having mood wise over the past few years are due to my menstrual cycle. I always knew I suffered with PMS, but - stupid as it sounds - I didn't twig that the anxiety, depression, mood swings, despair could be due to my cycle as well. I am in my late 30's (no children) and it has got especially worse over the past 2 years. I have been taking the supplment "Magnesium OK" for about 3 months and initially it helped, but I have just gone through the cycle from hell! No control over emotions or thoughts, SO many tears, acting irrationally, despair, plus physical symptoms too (sore breasts, bloating etc) After reading up on it I believe I could be suffering from PMDD. I know I need to see my GP, but I want to go feeling prepared. I have only just started my symptoms diary. I am also going to try to cut back on caffiene and alcohol. Is it worth me going to the GP straightaway? I'm a bit worried that they won't take it seriously.
Many Thanks

Author:  Hopeful [ Sat Sep 28, 2013 7:57 am ]
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I've decided I'm going to give Agnus Castus a try and have ordered some. Wonder if I should stop the Magnesium OK or keep taking it?

Author:  pmddsurvivor [ Sat Sep 28, 2013 9:16 am ]
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Apologies for late reply, I missed your post. AC is worth a try but my experience of it is that it made my symptoms much worse. (We're all different though so it may work for you). I'd be tempted (if they allow) to take them together as if you stop one and immediately start the other, you may not know whether it's stopping or starting that's helping or not helping. Either that or stop the Mag OK for maybe a week before trying the AC. Probably worth keeping your diary for a few months before seeing your GP so that they can see the definite pattern of symptoms. All the best with the AC, really hope it helps you. x

Author:  Hopeful [ Tue Oct 01, 2013 11:16 am ]
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Thanks for your reply :-) I'm still waiting for my Agnus Castus to be delivered.
I'm not sure what's going on with me at the moment though, because it's only 3 days after my period finished, but today I have sore breasts and some abdominal pain (I'm definitely not pregnant) and am really mood-swingy still.
I know this probably means that I need to go to and see my GP, but I really don't know how to start to explain it.I get flummouxed at the best of times when I go to the docs, let alone trying to explain something that befuddles me anyway!

Author:  pmddsurvivor [ Tue Oct 01, 2013 12:12 pm ]
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Hi,

Some women find that their symptoms aren't relieved at the onset of their period and last through out it too :( Is it possible that you're heading towards ovulation early? How long is your normal cycle? if short, it could be that this is what's happening. Write it all in your diary and see what GP says when you go. Have you stopped the Magnesium OK? Could it be that? Hope you find your answers soon. All the best. x

Author:  Hopeful [ Thu Mar 12, 2015 3:20 pm ]
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Hi
So here I am again..
October 2013 I was prescribed Fluoxetine for PMS. It helped initially,I was dealing with life a lot better. However, the cycle of terrible mood swings and hopelessness for 2 weeks before my periodgot worse. This coupled with external stress meant I was feeling bad all the time. I was In December the GP doubled my dosage and said I should self-refer for counselling.
I've just convinced the GP to reduce my dosage again, as I was feeling zombied, and can now see a clear pattern again of feeling worse in the week - 2 weeks before my period. Sometimes it flicks like a switch.
I'm 40 with no kids. I wonder if I will ever have the chance to have any kids(I am single). But yesterday I found myself seriously wondering if a hysterectomy would be the answer.
I don't know what to do next really. GP has said I could try another SSRI, but I'm not convinced this one is really helping. I convinced the GP to do a full blood test finally but that has just come back as normal for everything, just a slight Iron deficiency.
My cycle is getting longer and I get pain around ovulation.

Author:  pmddsurvivor [ Sun Mar 15, 2015 8:41 am ]
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Hi again Hopeful,

It might be worth asking your GP for a referral to a gynaecologist to see what your other treatment options are. There are various treatments available which are best managed by a gynae. If you've tried SSRIs with limited success, it could be time to try something else. There's a long way to go yet before considering surgery. x

Author:  Hopeful [ Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:26 pm ]
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Thanks for your reply. Is a gynae referral something I can ask for? My GP surgery hasn't been that great so far. I see someone different each time I go.

Author:  pmddsurvivor [ Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:51 am ]
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Absolutely. If you feel you need more help than you're getting from your GP surgery, you're well with in your rights to ask for a referral to gynae. NAPS has a list of specialists you can access if you become a paid member which might help you find the name of a specific person to ask to be referred to which can be useful as not all gynaes take an interest in hormonal issues believe it or not. Good luck. Jx

Author:  Landy44 [ Sat Mar 21, 2015 7:03 pm ]
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Hi Hopeful

I have just been reading this thread and wanted to mention that you can ask your GP to refer you anywhere in the country if you find someone you would rather see out of your area.

The having children situation is so hard and I really feel for you. I am married but went through miscarriage and IVF without success. I am now on the list for a hysterectomy and although it is really hard not to have had children which I always thought I would, I now consider my quality of life without this pms to be my goal.

If you haven't already tried it, you could try oestrogen hrt to suppress your cycle and after that GnRH injections to see if you can suppress your cycle.

For me personally, I also take a low dose anti-depressant but have now realised that I possibly don't need it if my hormones are balanced/supressed. Once I have the op I will try and come off them.

Good luck and I hope you find something that works.

Lou

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