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08/16/2009 09:27 PM

Menopause and Bipolar don't mix

Judith53
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I have been playing yoyo for a yr. now between family doc and pdoc. I am in peri-menopause or so they say. I really think it is further than that down the road. I needed something because hormones were changing the smooth road I had for past few years with just bumps of up and downs. Family doc says go to pdoc and vice versa. Finally got someone to let me try hormones and very bad reaction with progesterone. Anyone else go thru this and have their bipolar I flair up royal? This is like a double whammy and now it has my diabetes out of whack and high blood sugars to where I had to double that med recently. I don't like taking so many meds. Plus, this is the week my last child moves out of the house!Sad Judith 53
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08/17/2009 01:15 PM
1cewaswild

Damned kids...I think I am going to find Tupperware big enough to stick mine in to keep them fresh and young!! HAHAHA!!

08/17/2009 01:25 PM
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My sister used a soy (progesterone) cream that you rubin just inside of your elbow. It worked for her.

08/17/2009 01:27 PM
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I went to my gp recently and mentioned that menopause symptoms are very similar to having bipolar (thats what i've read). And he agreed and said by the time i am in menopause, i will probably just breeze right thru it...not too sure what he means. I still get my menstrations monthly so i'm not quite there in menopause yet.

08/17/2009 01:27 PM
Judith53
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My friend told me about that but said it had to be Mexican yam cream and rub on the back of your calves. She said it really helped her but if you get any other kind it doesn't. I haven't tried any yet.

08/17/2009 01:32 PM
Judith53
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I don't know of anyone of my friends that breezed thru it but that would make my life complete right now. I saw my surgeon today and I have to go back to 12 day treatment this month and next month of progesterone to wash out any blood left. The progesterone makes my depression go nuts, mood swings, and gave me flu like symptoms where I stay in bed sleeping with zero energy. I have too much to do this week and don't want to worry about bleeding. I have to attend my son's orientation to grad school Wed. which will be a two hr. trip each way and have to be there at 7 a.m. Gads! I have had nothing but problems with menopause. I had 7 months and thought this is easy just sailing along and then bam...nothing but problems.

08/17/2009 01:36 PM
Judith53
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Don't quote me as I am on my last week with a child at home but I think it will calm down nicely and I can explore who I am and get a life. I have been someone's mom or husband for 37 yrs. Kind of exciting plus I'm not quite dead yet. I'm 55, okay 56 this Christmas! Who knows what is out there for me to do?

08/17/2009 01:45 PM
mehlisue
 
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this is a very good thought line. I have argued this myself with my doctor, husband and myself. LOl

I am 53 this december and according to testing, I am on the down side of the change. But I will be darned if I can tell the difference in the symptoms myself. I also have been told I am Bipolar now, I am Fibromyalgia, I am nuropathic pain from a accident a few years ago, and not to boot, They are treating me f,or a thyroid problem that blood test say I do not have. If I believe every word that each "specialist" had to say and not it a cycle of my life that will get better with time, then I think I shall check myself into a nice country side clinic and just give up.

I am not old enough yet to give up, nor am I willing to say that all the physical and mental things that are going on with me right now are not connected to the change of life. so for now, I am who I am and I guess another ten years will prove out the theory cause menapause can not go on forever. LOL

Post edited by: mehlisue, at: 08/17/2009 01:46 PM


08/17/2009 01:56 PM
Judith53
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I begged the surgeon to do a hysterectomy and get it over with but they have been doing 4 ultrasounds, cat scan, blood work, and progesterone which kills me having bipolar and depression. Makes it so much worse. They are doing it for next two months. It is giving everything else fits including my blood sugars out of whack now as I am diabetic too. Seems like everything gets tied into it. I am strong willed and will get thru it but don't like experiementing with more meds. Just creates more problems. Why do women get all the crap?

08/17/2009 02:54 PM
mehlisue
 
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To be honest, because many of us are not educated enough to know how to fight back for our own health. The majority of medical practioners are men who can read a book and find knowledge, but that does not give them understanding.

There is a larger and growing medical practice that is starting to replace the standard western medical practice and that threatens them as well because it is all income you they lose when it is proven that much more simple and not expensive treatments can be sought.

I am not against the medical practice, I am against the practice of common sense when it comes to the health of everyone and especially women.

We for all time of humanity have gotten threw life and our changes and even child birth without the aid and support of physicans. It can be argued that the death rate is lower because of current medications, but I must ask, what is the quality of life as we spend the years in total bondage to medications and to the finacial ruin of our working lives to support the western medical society?

I am learning myself about how to care for this body I have been given and how to feed it, and care for it without the first treatment being medications.

There is a time and a place for action, give me the blood tranfusion if I am bleeding, get the paddles out if my heart stops, where is the Chemo when the diet and all other treatments are now working, I will take them all, but to take them as a first choice, I am willing to look at the second and with knowledge make a choice how I want to live my life.

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