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maudie006
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   Posted 7/18/2007 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
devil  Where to begin.  I am 57 years old, started my menstrual cycle at the age of 12.  Had normal, every month periods from then on, stopping only to have children.  By the age of 35 my periods were becoming erratic.  It stayed like that for many years.  I still get a menstrual cycle and since May 1st of this year, I have been bleeding non-stop, with the exception of maybe an hour or two when I thought, AT LAST! only to discover it was back with a vengeance mad   I've been to the gyn doctor who did a biopsy which came back negative and i'm now taking Progesterone 12 days out of the past two months, and it seems to me, that it's making it worse.  I stopped again the other day, and actually went several hours with nothing, and then it showed its ugly  head again.  I don't know whether to figure this is a period, or part of whatever is going on.  I think I may need a D&C, but here is my question tongue   FINALLY, I feel like I have PMS right now, to the point that I am shreiking at my  husband who walked out just now, and I'm crying over everything.  I feel miserable and it's a feeling of churning inside as though my body is growling (but not auditorily).  I feel like I have a tiger inside me that just can't wait to pounce.  Does ANYONE ever feel like this?  Do  you think it is normal (as in menstrual normal), or should I go see a psychiatrist?  i am very serious about this.  I can  use some guidance.  Maudie

stkitt
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   Posted 7/18/2007 4:52 PM (GMT -7)   

Maudie,

Welcome to Healing Well.  Are you feeling like a pitbull with lipstick? :)

I don't think it is mental, IMHO, I think you need a trip back to the GYN and tell he/she that this appears to be abnormal and you need some help here.

May was a long time ago already and your right, you may need a D & C or some kind of procedure.

Advocate for yourself, Maudie, and remember patients have rights.

If this physician won't listen to you, then perhaps you need to find a new one.

Good Luck and I am sure this whole business is contributing to the tears and anxiety.

Gentle Hugs


Respectfully
Kitt
 
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Jonny
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   Posted 7/18/2007 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
OH HONEY!!!! I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL GIRL!!!!!!!!! I had that  but unfortunately had to have a hysterectomy at age 38 now Im in my "50"'s but Im still on estrogen and trying to balance that along with thyroid /lupus oh fun!NOT!!!!!!!!!!  anyways I would find another doc if they DONT listen to YOU then find another one man oh man Iv been thru 7 docs specialist and all and finally after 7 long yrs found one that "LISTENED" to ME!  Mine is a mixture of ailments but we are trying Im just starting a antdepressant which Im not happy about but I had total hormonal swings like you for many yrs its a balancing act believe me hopefully you dont have any other medical issues gosh menopause alone is HECK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! believe me!!!!! Im sorta new here but hey you got to talk talk to us there a LOT of great people here and Iv only been here a few times.  hang in there Jonny

maudie006
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   Posted 7/18/2007 7:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh I'm  heading back to the doctor's office, but she's a really good gyn.  I've got to be the one to make the next move, which will be the D&C.  She also talked about putting me on the birth control pill, which I will ABSOLUTELY not take.  We have a history of strokes and heart attacks in the family.  Short of a hysterectomy, I'm not sure where this will end.  I was mostly concerned about the 'feelings' I've been getting.  I'm not a very  nice person to live with right now and of course, the hubby is taking the brunt of this, but others  have seen my 'horns'..LOL devil    I  just want to feel myself again.  I didn't tell you, but I'm on 225mg. of Effexor too, so I think I should be calm and smiling, don't you? yeah maudie

Honey Bee
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   Posted 7/18/2007 10:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Maudie

Just wanted to comment on one point about the 225mg of Effexor. My experience (or should I say my hubbies) is not to be sure of how the Effexor is working and what effect it is having on you. He has been taking this drug for 2 years now and recently went up to 300mg per day. However, he has felt the worst depression, anxiety etc. ever in his whole life in the past few weeks and been depressed for the past 7 months so I would check out whether this is actually working for you. I did read somewhere recently that if you change your dose it can actually make you more depressed and anxious not less depending on what is happening with the chemicals in your brain. Plus that if you have been taking them for a while your body gets used to them and their effectiveness wears off after time. Not sure how long you have been taking it but it SHOULD be making you feel less depressed so it you are not feeling better with it something is not quite right.

I would also say you are spot on about not taking the birth control pill and cannot actually believe that your doc would want to put you on this at your age with the history you have. I recently stopped taking it after 20 years and was constantly worrying about the stroke/heart attacks issue as my immediate family has a history of these as well so stick to your guns and try and pursue every other avenue. I know it is hard to stick up for your own rights as stkitt said very well but YOU are the patient and the one that has to live with the results. I often worry that with docs it is just trial and error a lot of the time so please continue to stick up for yourself! :-)

maudie006
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   Posted 7/19/2007 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I just recently went from 150mg. of Effexor to 225mg. which I understood was the highest this particular med can go.  But, anyway, I haven't been on it very long (this higher dose, I mean) for it to take.  I think it has to be in your system about a week before you feel the full affects.  I'm hoping it doesn't work in reverse sad , I actually like this med.  I was on Zoloft, Paxil, and a few others but every side affect they used to show on tv with Paxil, I had.  My sister was on it at the same time (and we didn't know each of us was on it!) and I began to tell her about my chattering teeth, biting my tongue, shakes, etc. and she had every side affect also confused   so it  just goes to show you, that its wonderful that they make other brands.  Now if I need a higher dose of Effexor, I was told by my primary that she would have to change meds since it doesn't go any higher.  Is your  hubby using 150 with 25's?  Thanks for sharing your story with me.  I really think I could use a good group or counselor along with the meds.  My rage is scaring me at times.  My husband thinks I should be able to "control  myself", but I told him to get on the computer and educate himself with  menopause and women.  He is clueless and seems angry that I'm  having my "friend" constantly.  Poor boy! tongue    I told him I would gladly give him the friend and the pads and let him have at it!! tongue    How come some men are so enlightened, and then there are still the 'cavemen'??? LOL  maudie

stkitt
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   Posted 7/19/2007 5:28 PM (GMT -7)   

Maudie,

Darn it girl, you have a great sense of humor, hang on to that. I have always said I am thankful that I have a sense of humor as I can laugh at myself.

My husband wants to hustle me back to therapy everytime I am a bit down even thow I tell him I will have times that are not so good and then I will be fine.

You made the right choice in saying no to the Birth Control pills.

Keep posting and know we support you.


Respectfully
Kitt
 
Moderator Anxiety ~ Panic Disorders
*~* Not a mental health professional at all *~*

Dx: Anxiety/Panic, Depression 
______________________________________________________
"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” 
~Rosalyn Carter


Honey Bee
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   Posted 7/19/2007 7:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi again Maudie

My husband was taking 2 150mg pills of Effexor a day and his psych said that this was perfectly acceptable. She has told him that she has other patients on a higher dosage than this as well.

I am glad that it is working for you. Of course they all affect people differently. The side effects for him were not too bad until recently when suddenly his insomnia started to get unmanageable plus he was suffering from muscle twitches, I know people that have much worse. The problem with us is that it is just not working anymore for him.

Hang in there

Honey Bee :-)

maudie006
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   Posted 7/21/2007 9:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Honey Bee, I didn't know it gave people insomnia!  I have a terrible time sleeping, even as I type this right now it is 12:41 AM sunday morning!  I also have muscle twitches, but I've had them all of my life actually.  It's like the twitch you get in your eye?  Some of mine last for YEARS!!  Others disappear after a week or two but they come back.  It doesn't hurt, but it can be annoying.  I guess my doctor doesn't want me going any higher on the Effexor, so she told me about it only going to 225mg.  That's okay, this seems to be okay for now :-)    I think I'm going to try and get some sleep tongue    Yeah, right!!!  Maudie
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