Sunday, November 11, 2007

Is it Perimenopause?

I have been experiencing dizziness in the past few days and it has been a little scary. It's weird because I have never had a problem with dizziness before. My hair also has been falling out too and I am afraid I could be bald in a few years. I have been experiencing heart palpitations which I suspect is related to perimenopause. I was surprised to see how many symptoms can be caused by it:

  • Changes in pattern of periods
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats often followed by a chill
  • Trouble sleeping through the night
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Mood changes, feeling crabby (probably because of lack of sleep)
  • Trouble focusing, feeling mixed-up or confused
  • Hair loss or thinning on your head, more hair growth on your face
Not only that but you can have urinary incontinence, lack of libido and dizziness are other symptoms too. Fun stuff! Guess I will have to get checked out to see if that is what is going on with me.


BetteJo said...

The best part? It can start as early as 10 years before actual menopause! Woo hoo!! Aint we got fun?
I've been lucky so far, a little hair loss, a little on my chin, and a night sweat here or there. Nothing I can't deal with. Oh - erratic periods too I guess. Had to have a D&C. Eh. Stuff happens and we keep going, right? Always best to check with the doc tho, especially if dizzy spells have come on suddenly. Hope all is well and you're just being .. uh .. female. :)

palette48 said...

Bette Jo,

Yes, I do hope that is what it is. The dizziness has not been fun, although I haven't been nauseous and I am thankful for that.

Catherine said...

Oh crumbs! That's why my hair's a bit thin and I'm growing a few hairs on my chin! Aaaaaagh! Mind you, at least at the end of it all I won't have to put up with all the stomach cramps and the total nuisance of it all.

Seriously though, I hope you are okay and that nothing more sinister is going on.