First off,a little about me. I'm 27, have horribly long and extremely heavy periods. A long time ago when I was 15 , i was diagnosed with pmdd. I was given zoloft to help with my pmdd, it didnt seem to help and it also raised my bp. I was also given birth control to help with it, but my body can not tolerate any birth control. Went from having 2 1/2 week periods to 1 1/2 month periods. I havent been on any since november. My pms is so bad that i start bawling for no reason, or become very agitated over the smallest things, also I hurt extremely bad(cramping, bloating , migraines , extreme lower back aches, it hurts my breasts for my bra to touch them, also i get diarrhea )The symptoms start up to 2 or 3 wks before my menstrual cycle. I'm thinking about having my dr put me back on cymbalta, cause my mood swings are insane. Is this normal?Does anyone else have pms this bad?
Your story sounds oh so familiar!! Just know, it gets better in your thirties!!
Ask your doc about Prozac for PMDD, also if you get incredibly irritable, ask for Xanax or another Benzodiazapine to control it. The benzo's are addictive so please be very careful with them!!
As far as the cramping goes, ask for Motrin, prescription strength, not over the counter! It works quite well. I really feel for you, and know how it feels!!
You are so not alone, hang in there gurl, someone who is suffering like you will answer your query soon!
There are natural supplements you can take as well as prescription meds, yet I am drawing a total blank on them, perhaps tis black cohosh that helps, google it, and see if tis the one.
Best wishes to you Adrien,
i too was diagnosed with PMDD and tried prozac to no avail and also yaz birth control, which was just intolerable (as also you experienced--made me sicker than a dog). I am now verrrrryyyy satisfied on effexor xr 75mg twice a day... i weaned myself off of double the dose. but i've been on almost every anti-depressant and have finally found one that i'm completely stable on. Pristiq is the new improved effexor, just for information purposes. I'd say, take sweetlemon's suggestion of prozac and my suggestion of effexor xr and talk with your physician about them. see the pros and cons of both, as effexor is in the SNRI group and prozac is in the SSRI group. i did however find high doses of prozac beneficial for a long period of time (80mg and above). it just depends on what works for you. hope this is helpful!
Is there any chance endo runs in your family?Did you tell me before that your sister was diagnosed?? I was told i had pms and pmdd since i was 16,i'm now 25 and found out from gyne i went to privately some mths back that it was indeed endometriosis,i was suffering like you are now for years-the bad cramping,unbelievable pains,mood swings,irritated,etc etc, anyway main point been my own doc along with previous docs over the years fobbed me off with saying it was pms and pmdd,but the gyne i went to see said i was suffering badly from endo for a longtime and if caught back years ago,i would'nt suffer like i do now..
Could it be possible you might be the same??Would you get scan done to see??It would be worth it if it is what you have,then again you could be like the other girls suffering from pms,
Just a thought,said would share,hope you find root of your problem soon,its horrible to suffer like that,i know all about it,my heart goes out to you!!
Take care my friend
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