OK, so I would like to ask all of you who have gone through this and experienced the well-known problems...how did it all start for you???
I am asking because, for the past four or so months, I have had the impression a lot of things have changed and I have completely lost control.
Since May, I am sweating terribly. It happens all of a sudden; I feel fine one minute and, the next, sweat is pouring down my spine, my face (worst of all), my legs...most nights, I wake up several times (despite taking melatonin), drenched in sweat, and need to change my bed sheets almost daily.
I had a normal period in June, then nothing happened in July and I thought "Good riddance", but now it's back...I am 48. I have been on bio-identical progesterone (Utrogestan, 200 mg) and Estrogel since 2012...not because I was peri-menopausal, but because I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue.
I realise some problems could be thyroid-related as well...I have been stable and well on Thyroid-S (5 grains) for the last couple of years. Last year, my doctor said my FTs looked lowish but that I should not change anything if I felt well. In fact, my FT4 levels were close to the lower normal limit and my FT3 levels midrange 24 hours after taking NDT (so ca 20% higher the previous day). This year, on the same dose, my FT4 levels were above midrange and my FT3 levels through the roof...
My FSH levels in August 2016 were 1.3 IU/L (day 14 of cycle; ref 0.2-4.0). This year, they were 10.4 on the same day of cycle...when they are >22, you are considered menopausal in Belgium. Until then, peri-menopausal.
I have decreased Thyroid-S by one grain daily and already feel improvement after 48 hours, but I am still sweating profusely from time to time. When I say improvement I mean = not sweating all the time, just sometimes.
But I don't like the idea of decreasing NDT if that is not really what I need...however, I doubt peri-menopause would mess with my free Ts...?!
This has all happened so fast that my head is spinning...and that is the reason I'd like to hear from others who have gone through peri-menopause. Did you notice symptoms like these which were or were not thyroid-related? I am not sure why all of a sudden I seem to require considerably lower doses of Thyroid-S than before, just when I thought I had found the right dose for me that I would stay on for at least another 20 years...but I realise there is an intricate interaction between hormones at play here, which I just cannot figure out, and that is why I'd be very interested in other members' experiences.
I hate this sweating. It's really beginning to affect my quality of life. I feel like I have just come out of a sauna most of the time...I have learned how to dress, and bring along a change of clothes and even a towel if necessary, but how can you ignore sweat pouring down your face or even dripping into your eyes...?! Not possible.
Most conventional doctors would say I brought this on myself by taking T3 (NDT), so causing drug induced hyperthyroidism, but I was fine until about four months ago when something changed drastically...and I am still trying to figure out what. That is another reason why hearing about other people's experiences would be invaluable to me at this point in time.