Menopause maybe?

Last weekend for me was awful and I had some lovely replies to my 'bad weekend' post. I have moments when I get incredibly down, don't want to go out, not even to work, not want to see anyone or do anything - except eat and eat badly!! I know I have some personal issues (on a debt management plan, sleep on a 2 seat sofa as hubby has heart condition and sleep apnoea, stressy job etc - would be boring without problems right?) but these things are ongoing and kind of under control so there is no reason for me to be so down. Yesterday I was reading an article about a woman who got depression caused by the menopause. I'm 47 and periods sort of stopped when I first had a coil fitted a few years ago. Think I need to start keeping a diary of when I get this 'cloud of doom'.

Could this be the onset of menopause and has anyone else experienced anything similar?


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  • Oh dear I feel for you as I have the same problem I can suddenly go from being happy to sad and feeling like what's the point in anything this I know for me is issues like children no longer needing me, problems with poorly parents, husband with MS and sleep apnoea, self employed and work being slack. You have identified the issues and say they are under control but I guess it's still massively worrying for you and even when we think we are not stressing we are.

    Keeping a diary is a good idea but I would definitely see your GP a blood test will show if it's the menopause I can't offer an opinion on this as I had an early Hysterectomy. Usually what age your mum started hers can be a guideline for you. You could be short of some vitamins etc again a blood test will show this.

    Hope others can give some more in depth advise but I would say GP to rule out anything also.

    Best wishes Bev💐

  • I do think that this is something that you need to take up with your GP, Suzie, as we are not qualified to help you.

    These symptoms that you describe, may be menopause related, but to my untrained eye, they are classic signs of depression and need to be addressed sooner, rather than later.

    I also don't think lack of sleep can be helping your cause either. There are very few adults that could sleep comfortably on a 2-seater settee!

    Please seek professional help now, as the sooner treatment starts, the sooner you'll be feeling better :)

  • You have all sorts of things going on my lovely so it's hardly surprising you have periods of feeling so low. I can feel okay only to have a big black cloud descend over me - rather disconcerting to say the least! I had a artificial early menopause so can't comment specifically but as Babs has said a blood test can show what's going on. GP visit is definitely a must regardless. Hope you get some answers soon and some help with it all. Take care and sending big hugs ☺

  • You have had some good comments suziepb and i would go and see your gp. I have had all these signs aswell and i think i might be starting my menopause as i have experienced many of the things you have described. I am due to see my doctor in a week and a half to see if mine is the menopause, as mine has been going on for about 6 weeks now. I thought it might have been my depression but i have also been experiencing hot and cold spells and sweating at night. I was diagnosed with depression 3 years ago now and i know that has alot to do with the way i feel aswell, but it is best to get it checked out. Best wishes :)

  • Thank you all so much for the comments. I wasn't sure about going to the GP as I didn't feel that this was an illness as such. Think I need to though to get some answers.

    Thanks again, have a good weekend everyone.

  • Hi there. I would definitely go and see your doctor. Although you feel you are managing the situation and your lifestyle has become the norm you could well be stressed and depressed. I am 47 too and have had depression in the past. Yesterday after a blood test at the doctor I was told I am in the menopause. I've had no real symptoms but my periods were almost non existent. I would go for a chat at very least to rule things out. Menopause can also go hand in hand with depression.

    I always feel that at least if you know what the issue is you can understand why you are feeling that way.

    Hope you feel better.

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