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ShynSassy
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   Posted 2/24/2006 6:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I am sure it is common,but I hate that I can be somewhat ok,and then the pms starts 2 weeks before and blam the depression hits hard with it. That is so not fair,we women are getting hit by a double whammy every month!
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els
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   Posted 2/24/2006 7:55 AM (GMT -7)   

ShynSassy, 

How true that is!  I probably wont admit to having PMS and will just say that a few day before hand I start to get crabby then I know it is almost time........


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   Posted 2/24/2006 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Ladies - I hear you on that! Recently, the depression from the PMS got so bad that I finally had to talk to the doctor about it. I guess there are a few different options, but he prescribed the birth control pill to help regulate the whole thing. It has been a complete 180 ever since. I still notice a small change, but its not at all like the monsterous darkness that would overtake me before. I have bipolar, so I'm pretty sensitive to any swings, but I would suggest that it is completely something worth talking to your doctor about if the depression lasts more than a day or two. It was too hard on me not to - the last time, I was in bed for five days, despite doing all the things that you're supposed to (diet, exercise, etc.). I'm not a big fan of throwing pills at problems, but when you've done all the other things right, its too hard on a person to let it all slide. I guess there are also some options for hormone "supplements" (prescription form) that you would take just before you expect the PMS to kick in, and I would think that type of option might be useful for someone who didn't want to use the pill. And I'm told that Vitamin B (B12 maybe?) can be helpful, although I've only had limited success with supplements. I've read that too much salt and not enough water will also add to the PMS mess by upsetting the balance (darn those salt cravings) so if you can moderate the mix, it can help by not adding to the issue.
 
Take care all and hope that it eases a little,
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   Posted 2/24/2006 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Putter makes a interesting point.  Which reminded me of the year that I was on the Ortho Evra Patch.  My mood swings were monstrous and I am not normally like that.  Now that I think of it I was kind of like that on any BC but the patch was worse I think for me. 

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   Posted 2/24/2006 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I always know it's coming... I cry at stupid tv commercials.

Kari

ShynSassy
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   Posted 2/24/2006 1:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I do the same thing Kari,or will cry if I break something.And it is amazing how fast and long the tears last!
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punky
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   Posted 2/24/2006 3:41 PM (GMT -7)   

I am totally in agreement with all of you. Darn that PMS. It messes up a good month.  HOWEVER, I don't get depressed, I get invigorated. Seriously! I can't wait until IT hits me. My house is the cleanest. Clothes are all put away. Take me to a club-I'll dance the night away...just kidding on that one. But I do get like a boost of energy right before my period.

The salt craving is equal to the chocolate craving.  My favorite is popcorn and M&Ms or at the Mall where I walk is a nut stand that has the sweet and salty mix with nuts and M&Ms. So right now I am enjoying nonPMS by napping and my house is a mess.  Just wait afew more days and I'll be up early running the vaccuum. devil


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   Posted 2/24/2006 4:55 PM (GMT -7)   

Talking about the salt cravings,,,,,,Is anyone a Trekkie?!

One TV series had an alien that posed as a woman but would change and become a SALT MONSTER.  She would attack her prey and suck the salt out of their bodies. They would be left with suction cup marks all over them..... devil    Saw this episode for about the 10th time when I was in my 30s and finally made the connections.  ROFLMAO tongue


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   Posted 2/24/2006 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Punky said:
Did I mention I like M&Ms nono   tongue
 
I like the peanut ones the best. I don't get feeling as guilty because the peanut has some protein value.... tongue tongue tongue tongue tongue

Punky, I edited your post and moved it here.  I kept my eyes closed while doing this so I didn't infringe on your girl talk.  tongue


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   Posted 2/24/2006 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Shynsassy,

I am usually int he chronic pain forum, but since I suffer from anxiety and depression, I thought I would check it out.  Then I saw your post - it is like that for me with PMS too! I get so sad and anxious - like the world is coming to an end - then PMS is over and everything is right again. I try to remind myself that its just PMS, but that doesn't seem to help much.  It was better when I was on the BCP, but I can't take it right now due to other meds I am taking for pain.  At least M&Ms - peanut especially - are available 24/7!! tongue

Anyway, hang in there!

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punky
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   Posted 2/24/2006 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks FamilyGuy

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   Posted 2/24/2006 9:25 PM (GMT -7)   
OK, so I'm like the opposite of most of you. Do you think when I go through menopause that I will be sad and you all will be invigorated? What hormone is it that I must have too much of or too little of?
When I was on BCP, I was a complete ----. I seemed to have more mood swings then.

Is there a doctor in the house? Man, now I'm depressed.

els
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   Posted 2/25/2006 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Punky,  I was like that on the patch too.

~elisha
 


punky
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   Posted 2/26/2006 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
cool  I didn't get a response from my Star Trek mention.....
 
Anyone?!

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   Posted 2/26/2006 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry Punky,  My ex was the one who was into Star Trek, not me.  I always would go into the other room to watch TV when he would change the change to that.  Hopefully someone else has the same interest......

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punky
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   Posted 2/27/2006 6:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Thats ok els, just wanted to know if I could talk Trekkie to anyone. I don't live too far from Riverside, Iowa. The future birthplace of James T. Kirk. Almost named my son James.

ShynSassy
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   Posted 2/28/2006 7:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Punky, I asked my b/f about that episode and then explained to him what it meant on a woman's point of view...he looked at me like I was insane. hehe.
He's been walking on eggshells for the last two days now,and we were talking last night about the menapause and he has decided that he is going to build a bomb shelter in the basement for when it hits.
Smart ----!
Oh,and drinking and pms and depression do not mix! I had 2 glasses of wine with dinner last night and bawled for 3 hours!! UGH
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punky
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   Posted 2/28/2006 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   

oh wow, been there,done that with the drinking and antidepressants......not a good thing to do in public. nono    Have made a fool of myself....I don't want to even go there redface          Now I do it in the privacy of my own basement.

 And now I finally am starting the South Beach diet so liquor is out for a long time. Only red wine is on the plan after about 3 weeks of dieting. confused .

Thats ok about the Star Trek thing.  I know there's got to be someone out there that 'gets' me.


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   Posted 3/2/2006 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   
devil  I turn into the devil.
I am not myself and I hate who I am.  I suffer depression anyway but at this time of the month I am a real ***** and sad, cry easily and very argumentive.
It is like my whole world is falling in and I can't do anything about it so I take it out on all those around me.  It was worse before paxil, but still bad.
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