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crazytired
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   Posted 3/22/2012 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm new to this but needed some support and thought maybe I could find it here. I have had clinical depression and anxiety for years and it had been under control with medication until last year. The dr. changed my antidepressant and had to try a couple before one seemed to work and then everything got worse. The dr. said it is perimenopause (I'm 50) and that hormones are causing my problems. I am on Celexa 20 mgs per day and taking clonzipam for my anxiety. I'm getting about 5 hours of sleep a night, having some anxiety attacks with prickles all over my body (dr. says the prickles are hormones) I'm dizzy (hormones) I cry a lot, overwhelmed, scared, and feel hopeless. I am seeing a therapist twice a month and my medical dr. once a month. Has anyone out there had this reaction to perimenopause. I've had the depression before and the meds have always helped and the anxiety meds have always worked...I suppose they are helping just not taking care of it the way they used to. Once again both the dr and therapist says this is normal. But they can't tell me how long it is going to last and I am really struggling. Money's tight and the drs. visits are expensive. I don't like taking so much clonzipam (.5 mg in am and 1.5 mg at night) at least I get some sleep. I am exercising around 40 minutes 5 days a week, drinking plenty of water, I don't have much appetite and nothing tastes very good, but I am trying to make myself eat healthy. I've been keeping a journal hoping it will help me be more accountable and writing down how I feel. Plus I have had added responsibilities at work which in a way is good because it keeps me busier and will make a little more money for the next 4 months. Then I go back to my regular hours. My husband applied for a different job that would require a move. I am scared he will get it and scared he won't. I guess I just want someone to tell me they are going through the same thing so I won't feel alone and someone to tell me they have been through it and got through to the other side and it does get better. That's what the drs. keep saying. Thanks for listening.

getting by
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   Posted 3/22/2012 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Crazytired,

Welcome to the forum. I am sorry that you are going through this. I am not going through the same, I had perimenopause for years, but had hot flashes, night sweats and mood changes. I took hormones to help me. Has the doctor said anything about hormone replacement therapy? I know some women don't want it because it can make you a cancer risk. My doctor took me off of them when I had to have surgery for microcalcification on my left breast. But I started taking effexor and xanax and that helped me. My mood swings had a pattern to them though. I had bad pms. So they were right before my cycle would start.

It will get better. I can assure you of that. Just talking about it helps. I am glad that you posted. At least here you do have people that understand the depression. I am now taking a mood stabilizer called abilify. Has your doc ever said anything about that? Have you ever seen a psychiatrist for your medications? That is something you might want to think about.

I am glad that you are seeing a therapist. That is a good thing. It really does help. And you are being healthy with what you do and eat. That really makes a difference. Keep the water in you. That is really important. My psychiatrist makes sure I take fish oil. He says that it is really important for the brain. But I also have fibromyalgia, and maybe he is taking that into consideration.

Keep doing what you are doing. I had a lot of perimenopausal symptoms, but the actual menopause has been easy for me. I have only had one cycle in the last two years. So I am happy for that. I am figuring I got through it. Unless there is more to come, but I don't think so.

The forum has been a little slow. I think everybody is trying to get out in the nicer weather. So don't be bummed if you don't get a lot of replies. It goes in streaks. And there are a lot of wonderful and understanding members here. I am really glad that you have joined us. Keep posting. It is good for you to get things out. And many people read but don't post, and it helps them to know that they aren't alone.

Hugs, Karen
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bayoub2
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   Posted 3/22/2012 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Crazytired
 
I am 59 now, and have been in menopause 50 3-4 years. I DO remember perimenopause being very difficult for me and I kept asking the doc when it would end-lol-like he had a clue!!!
 
I remember volatile moods, irritation, depression, and physical symptoms too. So you are not alone. Some women will sail thru this and some of us will struggle. My periods were always very painful and heavy so I think stopping was harder too.
 
You sound like yuou are doing all the right things, perhaps med changes. I take 1-2 mg klonopin at night too...that is not really high. Have you tried ambien/lunesta?
 
I cannot recommend anything for you as I am in the middle of a med change(again!!), but many times an anti-depressant and a mood stabilizer can help.
 
Keep posting and welcome
 
Maggie

crazytired
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   Posted 3/22/2012 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for both replies. I did try sleeping pills and they did nothing. Dr. doesn't want to do HRT due to health risks. I asked about a multivatimin for menopause so I'm going to try it. We'll see if it helps.

getting by
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   Posted 3/22/2012 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
There may be some herbal remedies that could help you. Don Quai I think I took, and evening primrose. Not positive about that though. Melatonin can help with sleep. It is another herbal. I think the multivitamin will help you too. It seems like the B vitamins are good for stress and stuff.

I hope that you feel better soon. Take care,

Hugs, Karen
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