Hi i'm new here and don't know what to do or where to go next.
I had my last son in November 1983 and had to have a hysterectomy in March 1984, at the age of 30, as I had had heavy and prolonged periods for a while, even before my last son was born. I thought that having another baby would help; although that wasn’t the only reason we had him, in fact they only became worse.
It was soon after this that I began to have the first signs of hot flushes and mood swings, although I had had mood swings every month when my period was due. My G.P. gave me a tablet (the name of which escapes me) and it helped for a while but then had to be increased until I was on the highest dose and it wasn’t working anymore. It was at this time that she put me on HRT.
I had to come off of it [HRT] in 2007 when I was diagnosed with angina and the pharmacist at the hospital said that I shouldn’t take it anymore.
Since then my hot flushes have been continuous and I have tried many herbal remedies, including Evening Primrose Oil and Menoleve and although they work to start with they seem to stop after a while.
My husband always knows when one is coming on because he can see the redness start on my neck and spread up to my face and then the fan goes on. I call it my tropical events and I say that I have my own central heating if people comment on the redness. It used to cause great amusement when I was at work and I used to be dripping with sweat, I used to wash my face and neck with lavender wet wipes to cool me down.
I did ask my G.P. if there was anything else that she could prescribe for me but the only thing she could suggest was drugs for depression and anxiety which might help but they may make me feel worse. She also said that losing weight might help but that is easier said than done. I am now 62 and I am still getting the hot flushes and mood swings, I get palpitations which don’t help with the angina and the blood pressure.
I have now been getting joint pain and memory lapses and my concentration has become slow. I also get dry itchy skin, my GP says use moisturiser! and my hair is falling out. I am also pre diabetic.
I get plenty of exercise as I go swimming 3-4 times a week and I also do aqua aerobics as well but the weight is stubbornly staying put.