Hello. I am 50 years old. I have had PMDD for most of my adult life. My PMDD started in my early 20's about 12-14 days after my period and continued until I bled again. I spoke to many doctors about my symptoms through the years. Mood swings, anger, uncontrollable eating, blurry vision and this expanding and contracting in my right ovary. Like a little balloon that was being blown up and then released. I was put on birth control pills, loestrin. It never worked. I could still feel that right ovary every month and the mood swings. I tried a place that specialize in PMS in their ad in the newspaper. A female doctor. The first thing I told her was I didn't want the pill because it didn't work for me. Also that there is a history of cancer in my family. She was arrogant and said the only way to help me was to stop my ovulation and I should take Yasmin a new pill on which you only get 4 periods a year. I said I didn't want it because of the cancer risk and because I only feel good for the few days that I have my period. She said it wouldn't cause cancer. The possible risk was heart disease or stroke. When I refused the pill she told me I should look into a holistic doctor. I left her office feeling let down and crying I eventually went back to my original Doctor, who at least tried to help me with anti anxiety anti depressants and birth control. I never had a name for my symptoms in the 1980's and 90's they only called it PMS. I always felt it was something else. About 5 years ago I found a site on the web about PMDD and when I read it, I was over whelmed and relieved. I couldn't believe it! I finally found out what I had. I kept a PMDD symptom journal for months. Although the doctor never looked at it, it helped me to keep track of my symptoms. I found it on the Zoloft web site. When I asked my doctor if he knew about PMDD and the symptoms he said yes. He then diagnosed me with PMDD and suggested several anti depressants. They did not work either. I even tried to take them only on the 12 day to my period. The worst was Sara-fem (Prozac) I was in so much pain when I tried that one I thought I had to go to the hospital. When I told the doctor he told said it was because I didn't give it a chance, and to keep taking it...NO WAY! Now I am going through Peri-menopause this is the first month I have skipped my period. I still had the symptoms but worse and then no period. Usually the symptoms are relieved with the blood but this month cramps and low back pain all month I am on the 54th day no period. On day 50 I couldn't remember simple things that I do at my job and forgot to do several parts of my work! That only lasted a few days thank God. I have been doing that job for 30 years. Now I don't know what to expect. Period, no period, cramps and backache and memory loss and the new one not being able to sleep? I asked my doctor if I could try natural progesterone cream. He agreed. After a saliva test to find out where my hormone levels are I got 2 creams. Progestrone and estrogen. They seem to help the cramps and sleeping but still no period. The backache is still there. I have been doing Yoga to help relieve stress and stiffness in my body.Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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