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Symptoms of Premenopause

Posted Aug 24 2008 2:49pm 6 Comments
What is wrong with me?"


"Am I losing my mind?"


Perimenopause signs & symptoms — early menopause symptoms experienced in pre-menopause women — can be very confusing and unnerving.


These early perimenopause symptoms (pre menopause symptoms) are a completely new experience and often begin years before menopause. These perimenopause symptoms can sneak up mildly and infrequently, when pre menopause women least expect them.


Pre-menopause women at the beginning of the perimenopause phase feel uncomfortable and out of sorts, without yet correlating their symptoms to perimenopause


Perimenopause, often referred to as pre-menopause, is the time before menopause actually takes place.

Perimenopause and its early menopause symptoms typically begin between 35 and 45.


The first perimenopause symptoms women typically experience are changes in their monthly cycle. Menstrual cycles in perimenopause might shorten or lengthen by a couple days. Periods might be lighter or heavier. Women might skip their periods for a month or more.


Hot flashes are another of the most common early menopause symptoms and can begin before women notice changes in their monthly cycle.


Each month can bring on a new set of premenopause symptoms. One month women might feel like jumping out of their skin. Another month they find themselves in bed crying half the morning. Muscles and joints might ache for no apparent reason. Some days the mental "fog" hangs.


These mild changes increase as women enter their 40s, with women typically entering menopause in their mid-40s and early 50s.


These early menopause symptoms occur as the body’s estrogen and progestin producing abilities wane to bring women out of their childbearing years. The declining and fluctuating hormone levels are the culprit of most of the perimenopause symptoms, as well as menopause symptoms
 

Here are some of the typical symptoms women experience:


Hot flashes, flushes, night sweats and/or cold flashes, clammy feeling

Bouts of rapid heart beat

Irritability

Mood swings, sudden tears

Trouble sleeping through the night

Irregular periods; shorter, lighter periods; heavier periods, flooding; phantom periods, shorter cycles, longer cycles

Loss of libido

Dry vagina

Crashing fatigue

Anxiety, feeling ill at ease

Feelings of dread, apprehension, doom

Difficulty concentrating, disorientation, mental confusion

Disturbing memory lapses

Incontinence, especially upon sneezing, laughing; urge incontinence

Itchy, crawly skin

Aching, sore joints, muscles and tendons

Increased tension in muscles

Breast tenderness

Headache change: increase or decrease

Gastrointestinal distress, indigestion, flatulence, gas pain, nausea

Sudden bouts of bloat

Depression

Exacerbation of existing conditions

Increase in allergies

Weight gain

Hair loss or thinning, head, pubic, or whole body; increase in facial hair

Dizziness, light-headedness, episodes of loss of balance

Changes in body odor

Electric shock sensation under the skin and in the head

Tingling in the extremities

Gum problems, increased bleeding

Burning tongue, burning roof of mouth, bad taste in mouth, change in breath odor

Osteoporosis (after several years)

Changes in fingernails: softer, crack or break easier

Tinnitus: ringing in ears, bells,buzzing
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Well, this would explain what I had already suspected - ringing in my ears, increased facial hair, virtually uncontrollable mood changes - I do wonder.....in the past few days I have just had areas - like quarter sized - on the back of my calf and outside of my knee that are just SORE.......there is no bruising, no redness, no swelling? I am guessing this may be related to peri-menopause. I have never had any problem - at all - until the past 3 or 4 months. Any suggestions for the areas of soreness and the facial hair? Not attractive. Thank you - Terry J. Missouri
Kim
I am 34 and have been experiencing terrible abdominal pain, my periods have changed completely, I have tender and enlarged breasts most of the time, muscle ache and joint ache and severe constipation. Tired alot and groin area sore with my right hip sore to walk on at times.  Also I am constantly needing to urinate as if I am pregnant (but I am not!)  I am undergoing tests at the moment and ultrasound appears normal -  I am wondering if I am starting menopause?  Anybody shed any light?

It is important that you eat right, exercise and work towards maintaining an active lifestyle.

There are creams and  that can be used to slow the growth of  facial hair, and soreness  but they do have there side effects. Many women begin to take estrogen but I personally have opted to take vitamins and main a healthy life. I use Women's One a Day

There are may symptoms that seems to suggest menopause but they can also be signs of other medical conditions. I would suggest that you do some futher testing.

You need to consume more water to help with your constipation problem.

 

I am 40 and for the last 3 years have had some symptoms of Pre menopause.  I was 25 weeks without a period and my doctor who I felt didn't support my ? why just threw some pills at me and said your not "Ovulating" 12 days later I had a period.  She then put me on Birth control pills that I HATE and 7 months ago I took myself off of the Birth Control and have had regular periods every month until this month...I am 3 weeks late and I try not to stress but it is stressful trying to be prepared just in case ect.  I am frustrated with doctors that say you are to young to be doing this... I ask for blood work and they tell me that there is nothing revealing that would come of a blood test. I just wish I could and that it wasn't such a taboo to talk about and to get a better path of where I should go from here.
I too am only 40, however for 2 years have had crawly skin, 1 year abou have quick spasms in my upper thighs and my temple a lot.  It just feels like a quick lightning pain, sometimes go over and over again for a mintute or two. In the past 2 years I have had several yeast infections.  I am struffling now with a burning feeling in my cervix or uterus.  it drives me crazy. It feels like i litterally burned myself in there. I have no yeast, no uti, no Bacteria infection. No swelling, redness, nothing. I have been tested for all STD's, nothing.  My mood in the past two years went crazy, I have been on Zoloft for  year, and now on Wellbutrin for 1.5 years to keep my mood level. I have the tingling in my legs /mostly at night, sometimes it affects my whole body, and wakes me up in the middle of the night, and i just cannot sit still.  All mydoctors say, nope, your too young to go through Medipause, whatever, I know I am.  does anyone know what to do aout this burning.  It is fine in the moring,but as my day goes on, it gets worse and worse, bynigth sometimes it is unbareable,and I cannot sleap.  I would love some help, but I don't ant to take estregen.  Any ideas
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