As you know I am afflicted with fairly serious depression and anxiety, I have been pretty clear and honest about that. Unfortunately my lack of serotonin isn’t my only pressing issue.
The passing of the years has started to ravage my hormones, which were never in the best of shape to begin with. I am undeniably in the throws of perimenopause. Ya’ll this is NOT a pretty thing!
So far my perimenopause is….
-Irregular heart beat
-Mood swings, sudden tears
-Trouble sleeping through the night (with or without night sweats) -Fatigue
-Anxiety, feeling ill at ease
-Feelings of dread, apprehension, doom
-Difficulty concentrating, disorientation, mental confusion
-Incontinence, especially when sneezing, laughing
-Itchy, crawly skin
-Aching, sore joints, muscles and tendons
-Increased tension in muscles
-Gastrointestinal distress, indigestion, flatulence, gas pain, nausea
-Sudden bouts of bloat
-Increase in allergies
-Hair loss or thinning, head, pubic, or whole body BUT ironically increase in facial hair (gaddammit!)
When you add the symptoms of the depression to the symptoms of perimeopause I think you can see it is one giant, horrid soup. But I have hope. I march on, because what other choice do I have? You can’t give in to the terrorists, even the ones in your own body. So this coming week I am going to talk about the ways I combat the bad guys. Stay tuned!