I'm happy to see there is a support group for this because I need to vent to people that actually understand what I have been going through. I have been suffering with this for YEARS! The older I get the worse it gets. I think I have maybe 1 good week a month. It has gotten much worse since I had my babies. They are 4 and 5 years old. Let me go down the list of my symptoms: 1) Migraine - like clockwork, every month, over my left eye - lasts up to 7 days, pure misery. 2) Exhausted - completely depleted of any drop of energy, lethargic, sleepy, lazy, good for nothing. 3) Allergies - When I am PMS-ing my allergies kick in, sneezing, runny nose, etc. 4) Vaginal itching - like a yeast infection, need to use Vagisil, itchy, irritated, burning, makes wearing a pad or tampon a living Hell. 5) Depression - Crying, despair, overwhelmed by life, can't deal with anything. 6) Heavy bleeding - need to wear a tampon + 2 pads, get up & the blood just gushes out. 7) Aches & pains - everything hurts, every sore part of my body that I can usually deal with becomes magnified by 500 times making it unbearably painful, take lots of pills, pamprin, ibuprofen, excedrin, aleve, etc. 8) Difficulty sleeping which includes night sweats and frequent trips to the bathroom which adds to the fact that I am completely exhausted & fatigued. 9) Add to this all a 4-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl with Down Syndrome plus a husband that just doesn't get it, not to mention no family of my own, no help, & it is a recipe for the sanest person to go over the edge. I have tried many things. Serafim (another name for Prozac) was really helpful for a few years, it really helped a lot, but then it just stopped being effective. The heavy bleeding started after I had my 2nd baby. I've gotten lots of relief by having a Mirena (IUD) put in. The Mirena has helped with the heavy bleeding and it has cut my migraines from 7 days to 3 days so I am grateful for that. But all the other symptoms prevail. I am to the point where I just want to get through menopause & get rid of it because I am so tired of the suffering. I am 45. I must confess that I have even thought of asking for a hysterectomy to just be done with it all. I am so sick and tired of PMS. I'm too old for birth control pills which is why I opted for the Mirena. I LOVE my Mirena!!!!!!!! It has made life bearable for me over the past year. But I am still miserable with this PMS. Is there anything new out there? Any advice from my sister sufferers?
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