Really looking for experience of others and probably not just the menopause
On 27th August my last period started - it still hadn't stopped ... in fact it still hadn't really happened by 8th September meaning that I usually have one light day, one-two heavy days and then some spotting ... where as I'd have about 5 light days followed by continuous spotting - not enough to make me think anaemia was a problem - in fact quite the opposite as bleed would probably have been heavier if I was anaemic. Anyway, I was feeling very drawn and was a bit concerned that something else might be going on in the womb (at back of mind as mum has recently been diagnosed with cancer of the womb after an unexplained bleed - but she was well past menopause so thought it unlikely as I wasn't the right age for that particular form of cancer ... but nevertheless it was at the back of the mind).
So went to see doctor yesterday - gave me a pelvic exam which was useful as it didn't show up anything untoward so made menopause most likely explanation for the extended bleed. As I was feeling drawn really didn't want to just leave it another couple of weeks so accepted the alternative of some 'progesterone' type hormone to put me back in a different part of the menstral cycle - noresthisterone ... which having looked at today has some suspected interactions with lowering B12, but that is another story. Thought as I was cycling back that I was probably going to have migraine - which I did - but wasn't expecting to have hot-flush, and feel so damned awful today - nauseus and head/migraine that needed a lot more treatment than normal (use a triptan but at very low doses). Also been more difficult to move and I've been wheezing a bit/stuggling for breath.
I had my NHS maintenance shot at lunch time and felt even more dreadful after that ... and had several incidents of just standing there being unable to move this afternoon - when I was trying to play a game of bowls - got kicked up the backside by a friend because I couldn't move away from the mat and was stopping them bowl :).
Anyway, decided to not have lunch time dosage - still feeling very warm but not as hot and head is a lot better.
Probably means going back to bleeding in a few days so need to figure out some way of managing that - which may mean trying cutting the tablets into fractions and seeing what that does (nothing like a bit of experimental medicine :))
a) wondering what others have experienced of B12 and the menopause
b) wondering what others have experienced in terms of norethisterone and other progesterone replacements.
c) wondering how generally people find changes in hormone levels affect their need for/reaction to B12.
I have this theory that hormones really impact on how my body uses B12 and just wanted to know what experiences others have ... though I don't think that is just related to the menopause.