Posted 3/31/2007 5:44 PM (GMT -7)
If anyone has information or advice regarding perimenopause, premature ovarian failure, or early menopause, I would love to hear from you.
Ever since the start of tapering off that seizure med I was on, I have uncovered a plethora of weird and wacky symptoms that ALL look like I'm in the early or mid stages of perimenopause or something of the like. My doctors think that the medication, which is a tranquilizer and anti anxiety med, has been masking my anxiety, depression etc. Plus, the symptoms of perimenopause.....
My periods have been wacky long before the medication was tapered down. So that has been an issue for about 2 years now. But I didn't have the other symptoms, or at least I didn't know I had them because of the tranquilizer.... I might well have been into the "change of all changes" for about 4 years now. We just don't know.
My symptoms can also mimic thyroid disease. We've checked that and I'm fine. I'm not diabetic either. My female hormones were checked last week and all came back normal, but that's very normal for someone in perimenopause of POF (premature ovarian failure). Hormones during these phases change by the minute sometimes! I just have to keep checking my hormones on a regular basis to see if they change dramatically, or if I caught the blood draw at a really good time.
According to my doctor, POF is very common in women with lupus. Lupus will attack the ovaries and therefore, cause them to stop working. So that is being looked into. I see my rheumy on Monday. Another culprit might be my seizures. Any weird "firing" of neurons near the pituitary gland or hypothalmus can cause an irregularity with ovulation etc. So I need to see my neurologist too.
Needless to say, the symptoms are horrible. Hot flashes, insomnia, very bad mood swings, I cry at the drop of a hat and then 2 minutes later I'm laughing about it.... I have the anxiety, depression, heart palpitations, headaches, skin changes, dizziness, increased facial hair, memory loss (bad!), and the list goes on....
I know it's not my lupus. This feels very different. It's not my fibro either. I know what those flares are like, and this isn't it!!
If anyone has experience with even their own menopause experience, or anything like that, PLEASE talk to me. I feel so weird and not myself at all. I hope this ends soon. I feel like I'm going crazy. By the way, I'm only 33. But it's not too soon for these things to start apparently..
Thank goodness I have God in my life. He gets me through the hard days. I really need Him!
Thanks gals. Love you all,
"Thank you God for the storms that blow me right into your arms!"
Diagnosed with lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, anti-phospholipid syndrome(stroke),Sjogren's, Raynaud's, seizure disorder, libman sach's endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, Neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, food allergies
Prednisone, Imuran, Coumidin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, micronor, didrocal, monopril, calcium, Cykolokapron, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Acidophilus