Please can anyone help I feel so desperate. I am trying all sorts of self help as I have always been full of joy and cannot get past the chemical slump and obsessive negative feelings about everything. My doctor has only given me cymbals an anti depressant to also help with pain from disc bulges too. I had a partial histerectamy when I was 36 and am post menopausal now at 47. The sleep deprivation is also debilitating and dr has given me zolpiderm sleeping pills. I am taking menopace and evening primrose. I am so afraid at times as I do not feel like myself at all and as a single mum nobody understands what you are suffering behind your closed door whilst trying to keep everything going when sometimes you just want to disappear. I would prefer a more natural remedy but is there anything that would really help? Thank you andrea
I have used aromatherapy essential oils for the past twenty years and in times of stress/menstrual problems/sleep deprivation they help. Lavender is a wonderful relaxant, use in your bathing water before bedtime with a few drops of clary sage. There are oils to relax and oils to uplift and sometimes it is nice just to burn them (I always find good smells so evocative). Try also to massage the back of the neck and shoulders where tension can build into a knot. Black cohosh is also recommended as a homeopathic aid at this time of menopausal crisis and of course B6 and B12 are important. Drinking camomile tea, or an infusion of valerian and passionflower which are very effective relacant although the valerian smells absolutely vile.
Have you tried yoga, if you don't want to do go to a class, there are apps available, just 20 mins of private "you time" doing some simple techniques. I also do meditation and although this takes time and practice it can be started simply to stop a racing mind. Overall what has helped me, is thinking and staying positive and that means being around people who make me feel good, are encouraging and supportive and make me laugh rather than those that drain me. It is amazing how a positive attitude attracts positive things into your life.
The most important thing for you now Andrea is to realise that you have been thing your body has been prematurely put through a great physical/hormonal and emotional trauma. A friend of mine who also had a partial hysterectomy in her late 30s told me that even in her 50s menopausal symptoms occured so check this out with your doctor for confirmation. I would suggest you speak to your doctor no matter what.
Keep posting as sharing always help and this is a very supportive community.
Blessings to you, Aud
Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet, & ask your doctor for a low dose hormone replacement to get you thru the menopausal symtoms. They can be miserable. I had a complete hysterectomy at the age of 22, & had to do this to keep my sanity. It really does help. Aud gave you a lot of good ideas to try too, but if it were me I would talk to your doctor & explain what this is doing to you. A lot of women have to take a replacement hormone for a period of time. This isn't a life sentence, but with all your other problems it sure cant hurt to take it for awhile. Just my thoughts... Mary
I have had a severe problem with insomnia. I've finally hit on a combination that works: Melatonin, three 3 mg tablets, Amitriptyline 50 mg, Remeron 15 mg, Vistaril 50 mg. Good News! I don't have a "hangover" in the morning like I did with Trazadone. I don't take them until I am ready to go to sleep. I sometimes have to stay up until 1 a.m. to feel tired enough to sleep. I'm retired, so I can do this. You may work, and may have to get to bed at a certain time. I get myself real tired by not napping during the day, exercising, and doing other activities that excite me. For example, I'm reading the Bible with a friend. I am Bipolar. If I can't sleep I go manic and end up in the hospital. I had a hysterectomy in my 40s and had everything removed. I took Premarin for a few years. When I stopped taking it, there were no postmenopausal symptoms. Hope this helps.
Andrea, I am sorry to hear about your situation. I must be difficult going through menopause so early. I am post menopausal so I know some of the symptoms that women can experience during that time of their life. It is important that you seek out support from family, friends( drugs.com), and any support group that is offered in your area. Has your doctor recommended any therapy to address your depression and other emotional symptoms? I know that therapy can help some people, but not everyone. As far as medications that are prescribed for your mental health are concerned, I suggest you be followed by a mental health clinic instead of a primary physician. Mental health is their expertice and they offer many other services which would be helpful yo you and your child. Alot of people are unaware of all the services a community mental center can offer the public.
In most community mental health clinics you are given a case manager. They will meet with you and get an appt. to see a psychiatrist in the clinic. Together you both come up with a treatment plan that will address all of your needs. This case manager will work with you throughout your treament there. Please think about this option. I wish you the best! Sweetie Pie
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