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    I am 51 and had a hysterectomy leaving my ovaries in place, I am now experiencing hot flushes, night flushes, headaches, irritability, mood swings - could it be menopause, I did have a blood test a few months back but my GP said I wasnt, I am convinced I am now, I dont want HRT are there any other tests that can tell me if I am or not





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    Hi all, I'm 32 and for as long as I can remember I have had problems with my emotions which really started to become a problem when my periods properly kicked in. I was a late starter with my period, however as I have got older I have noticed that sometime before and after my period my irritability levels, and my emotions rationale completely changes making me very angry/anxious. I can find the smallest thing extremely irritating or upsetting .ir I can find myself becoming low and fed up for no apparent reason. I'm on the contraceptive pill and citilopram for anxiety however, although my anxiety isn't so bad my irritability is bad and I have a short fuse. I'm not aggressive but my behaviour can annoy people because I nag and moan or speak in a unfriendly tone almost very put out or short. I know I have annoyed ny family and partner but at the time I'm so overwhelmed my body and mind go into overdrive and it's my loved ones who get the brunt of it. I also find I have no energy and although I sleep early I feel it's never enough. I just wanna be a happy go.lucky person again :'(





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    Oh my god Kelly! You have just described exactly me!! Im so desperiate to find something to get me out of this awful cycle which not only effects me but my family too. I figured I was just having a problem with depression. I had councilling last year which helpped a lot and got rid of a load of baggage. however im still having depression problems although they are not long lasting, maybe 10day - 2 weeks. I have been monitoring my moods for the last few months and i really believe it is linked with my menstral cycle, but not just your everyday pms, its so much more highteded than that. I can be in the best mood and within minuites i can be really angry and snappy! i have read it helps to control your periods or use hormones to stop the cycle but im on the marena coil and as great as it is my pshycological well being is uneffected if not worse. I really understand just where you are coming from. How bizzare you have posted this 2 days before me with exactly what im going through. I hope you get the support you need. (Im very sorry about my spellings!)

    Hi Danni it was great to hear from you, as horrible as it is to experience this it's good to know your not alone. I think a lot of the time you fund yourself questioning whether or not it is me that is the problem, am I hormonal or is there something psychologically wrong. It's not until you read the post on a forum like this that you learn and think oh my god I'm not alone, this is real and not all in my head. I have found that since finding this site and reading all the experiences from either women who are or have gone through the same thing as myself I have began thinking, hmm so this is real, I'm not imagining it I'm not chemically imbalance, there's a few common strong links here. And from this I have found just learning about it has in effect made me feel more relaxed and in control because I feel I finally have answers and I'm not alone. I believe half ny problems was searching for an answer to what was happening and when people use to put it down to me being an irritated person with a short fuse I felt that made things worse because , I knew that something was causing this once happy go lucky girl to become this nagging miserably moody wreck. I feel now that I have found a ?? Answer that this has helped ne realise I wast and I was angry because I never had the answers to why I had changed. I feel now that I have something to explain this to me I feel in control and that has made me a happier person x

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    Hi I suffer from crohns disease and an underactive thyroid out of the m onth I only have 2 good weeks the final 2 weeks out of every month im stuck in bed with headaches nausea anxiety,irritability and painful joints would this be pmmd or events leading up to the menopause im 48 this year.





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    The most common side effects are.. Restlessness A sense of dread Feeling constantly "on edge" Difficulty concentrating Irritability Your symptoms may cause you to withdraw from social contact (seeing your family and friends) to avoid feelings of worry and dread. You may also find going to work difficult and stressful and may take time off sick. These actions can make you worry even more about yourself and increase your lack of self-esteem. See your Doctor.

    I am 49 year old female and devastated I deal with this , no cure no help . I have tried all these and maybe they can help someone but did nothing for me . I brush 2 times a day , gargle and floss before bed , I brush with baking soda, it helps temporarily. I take probiotics, I ingest coconut oil, I chew gum to the point of irritability in my stomach. I chew parsley , I've done the nasal cleanse, I've tried expensive thera breath products. I drink lots of water and I drink every night hot water and lemon, is that enough, ?, I am now clueless to what else to do, although I am now trying to detox, and doctors and dentist who I see every 4 months are no help.





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    Try oil pulling! Look it up on the internet. Its a cure for bad breath !

    Try oil pulling twice a day for 20 mins at a time or at least once with coconut oil. And also Acidophilus probiotic. Get the capsules and empty into water and gargle and swish for 5 mins. Cures bad tongue and bad breath

    I am having treatment at the moment for chronic IC, I had bowel instills but that made me worse, i produced mast cells and histamine, I take antihistamines daily as mu bladder thinks its under attack. A cystoscopy is needed and a biopsy to understand what treatment is needed and its very hit and miss. There are things they can do, im an extreme case and am awaiting new tablets and a different instill. Ask your gp about instills, its a catheter in your bladder for 4 weeks, once a week to coat the bladder wall so infections cant take hold and its really did help irritability of the bladder





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    I have suffered for years with the feeling of a red mist a week before my period. I get severe anger,moods irritability and short tempered. I have agreed to go and speak to my doctor as it is affecting my marriage. I have no control when the mist desends but im suremy husband thinks i chose to be like that. I feel terrible as my children are now feeling the brunt of it. When its happening i know its unacceptable and horrible but i honestly have no control over it. For a week before my peroid i feel i am a puppet being controlled by someone else. I hope my doctor takes me seriously as i am miserable.





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    Hi Fran, I have the same experience, I'm sure my husband and children think I'm mental, It's getting worse with age as I'm now 45 with regular periods, this month I honestly can say I thought I was having a breakdown. I am normally happy, bubbly and friendly, but I am a proper nutter around that dreaded time, my latest thing is kicking and chucking things at walls and getting really angry! This is very scary as its really not like me! I've been on Ssri anti depressants for it, I've just weaned myself off them as it didn't help with pmdd, and it killed my sex drive for the rest of the month. Starflower oil made me dizzy and headachy. I have scoured the Internet and I'm going to give 30 mins fast walking a day , Patrick holford chill food from holland and Barrett, 18 pounds for 60 capsules, vitamin b complex not high strength, 1000mg cod liver oil 1 a day. Hope this helps, I will report back, but it will be after Christmas as I'm going to give it a while to kick in Sarah xxx

    I have been the doctors today and i have been given Fluoxetine 20mg to take for a month to see if it helps. My doctor was very understanding, even when i burst into tears. He is going to try out everything he can and even talked about a chemical induced menopause as i am only 30 and too young for a hysterectamy. Fingers crossed it does not come to that. Im so gald i went though as i thought i was going mad :0) xx

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    They can be. The small white worms are called pinworms and are airborne as eggs and inhaled or transferred from fingernails ( usually from scratching) and ingested by mouth accidentally. They are sticky little buggers that are fairly hard to get rid of. One if the signs are incontinence, irritability, itchy anus, loss of appetite and worms in the stools. Contact the doctor and they can prescribe a pinworm treatment (it is usually best to treat the entire family as reinfection is very easy and spreading is VERY easy. Short nails for a time and frequent hand washing will aid in stopping reinfestatipn. Hope this helps!

    We have been through add related problems for the last two years with significant behavioural issues at school. The most significant change for us has been from the adoption of the Royal Prince AlfredHospital Elimination Diet ( nsw Australia) to discover the food related behavioural triggers eg. Eating high salicylates causes my 5yr old to be hyperactive and loose concentration and foods such as yoghurt with natural colouring. 160B annatto causes irritability and aggression. We have been through behavioural therapy, music therapy, Brain Gym and medication (which did help). But the biggest gain was cutting out all food adduced (Failsafe Diet).





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    Hi there, i was wondering if you could help me. I have suffered with thrush for approx. 4 years now on and off. I am constantly worrying about smelling down there of bad odour, can't have regular sex as the pain and fire sensation is far too much to handle. I have been prescribed a few different treatments and have tried a frew over he counter pessaries and thing's like that, i don't now where to head now. One of my friends have been diagnosed with Candida Overgrowth, And have noticed that alot of our symptoms are the same, I.e. frequent stomach pain and digestive problems, skin problems, like exczema and psoriasis(which i have on my scalp and face), foggy brain (trouble concentrating), being tired all the time, irritability, headaches,cravings for sugary foods. When i was younger i have had re-occurring ear infections and thing's like that and was alway's prescribed anti-biotics, which i've heard can make Thrush worse. So i need to know, what i need to do next, whether anyone else think's that i could have the same as my friend or what?? I would be very grateful if anyone has a clue and can help me..





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    i had suffered with thrush for many yrs, with no over the counter remedies helping, i pleaded with the nurse at my surgery to help. she asked if i would try a new drug that was out, it is called fluconazole, you take it every 21 days, it has been a wonder drug i am now free :)

    I had the same symptoms for well over 10 years, and doctors just kept prescribing fluconazone tablets and of course it just kept coming back. Not one doctor ever asked about my diet. I went to see a Dietitian a couple of years ago, and went through the process of an exclusion diet with gradual reintroduction of foods which could be causing me a problem. Well, it came time to test yeast, by taking yeast tablets and the results were awful. Bloating, stomach pain, diarrhoea, thrush, mood swings, craving sweet foods - all within 24 hours of taking the yeast capsules. So, I don't eat bread and don't drink wine, beer or other drinks with yeast in them, and now I only get thrush maybe twice per year. Doctors NEVER mention diet, but trot out the old "cotton pants and don't wear tight jeans" lines, which in my experience have nothing to do with it! Change your diet and you'll see a huge difference.

    Hi Vanessa...I'm so sorry you are going through this firstly & secondly I am totally with you.. I am 38 & have suffered all my life with dodgy hormones but the PMDD only really went to town after I had my son 10 years ago, post natel depression badly suicidel etc & now I am over that I too spend at least 50% of my time unable to interact with life, cancelling stuff, letting people down, unable to hold down jobs/careers etc, look after my son, everything.. My symptoms are usually around ovulation time so from day 5-15 I get pain in my joints, muscle exhaustion, no energy, migraine, anxiety & panic about having to do stuff, i don't feel like eating, irrationality & irritability, depression & despair & just all round frustration & sadness. I have tried antidepressants, HRT, coil, pill, acupuncture & Chinese medicine is my latest thing which has worked the best but I'm still suffering too much than not.. I'm now considering the specialist treatment again & will be returning to my GP to be referred on Monday to look at all my options as I just can't go on like this.. I feel for you & want you to know that you are not alone, I feel alone all the time as I have no partner at present & realise from past relationships exactly what your experiencing because I used to behave like it too.. I have taken to my bed for the last 2 half days too & I hate it, I want to be out there living my life with my son & I just feel so powerless..

    Hi I have had similar symptoms as you have mentioned.for four years I struggled with it ,I got tests done at the gp for allergies but all come back clear.then I mentioned some other symptoms like mood swings not feeling happy not getting on with people and sleep problems.if this sounds like you .,you may have mild to severe depression.there is a lot of things that cause these symptoms lasts why it was so hard for me to pinpoint .one other one is chronic fatigue syndrome .which I read about on the Internet .this American guy had a weird syndrome similar to mine he would wake up at exactly 3 am some nights .but I think I have symptoms that are similar to yours .and it is distressing .and can cause fatigue due to dehydration .like depressing and sleeplessness.i hope this helps you .i am on anti depressant at the moment and my life has been transformed .im sleeping well and feeling really good .the ibs symptoms are still very occasional but I still think my system is repairing itself to my former self however gradual . Good luck .my many symptoms were irritability chronic diarreaa wind rumbling aches and pains sleeplessness waking at exactly 3am ,no energy fatigue .tearfull easily ,eating problems neglect of my healt ,hope this is of use to you .

    I was having problems with an external candida infection, and decided to give Lady Soma a try. They have the "Lady Soma Candida Advance Cleanse". They did seem to help clear the infection up faster. It's important to attack both the candida inside and outside when you're trying to get rid of an infection. Surprisingly, most people have candida in their systems, but don't notice any symptoms. Even if you don't end up with itching, flaking, redness, or other external systems, candida can be causing your body problems on the inside and contributing to variety of symptoms many people never guess could be from bad intestinal flora (digestive issues, skin problems, trouble concentrating, constant tiredness, anxiety, mood swings, OCD, irritability, headaches, cravings for sweets, difficulty losing weight, etc.). The Lady Soma Candida Pills are an easy way to help your body win the fight against candida and get a healthy balance of good intestinal flora back in its place. Also, for any of you trying to fight it on the outside as well as the inside, I recommend this.





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    It was fantastic to see PMDD being covered on EB last week. I have suffered for 8 yrs,been diagnosed with PMDD for over 4yrs and after trying other options over the years and being on monthly zoladex for the best part of 4 yrs, i am having a laparoscopic hysterectomy and BSO ( both ovaries ) in a weeks time. I am understandably nervous about having major surgery,and have spent 4 years coming to this decision, but now have no second thoughts about losing my womb and ovaries as my jekyll and hyde hormonal irrational irritability,moodswings and physical symptoms have seriously affected all aspects of my quality of life and relationships . I feel I am lucky enough to be able to persue this option, having finished my family with two boys age 7+11. Thank you Leanne for participating in the programme to highlight that 'PMS' isn't always women 'just' being a bit grumpy and having monthly cramps....for some, sadly, suicide and self harming is all too real a possibility. The NAPS website and the fellow sufferers on the forum have been a huge source of my support in a world where sadly even some G.Ps refuse to believe that PMDD exists, preferring to label women as bi-polar, "...just depressed" or as having a 'personality disorder', despite the fact that all symptoms disappear within a few days of menstruation!! Well done channel 4.





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    Thank you so much for posting, I am so glad that I have managed to get through to a few people, it is all I wanted to get out of this!! Me being terrified on TV has just been made worth it :)

    Hi I had my daughter in 2003 and for 4 yrs after suffered every month with heavy, painful periods lasting 15 days. I was diagnosed with adenomyosis in the muscle of the womb and underwent a subtotal hysterectomy, leaving behind fallopian tubes and ovaries. I was told I would be a new woman! 7 months later, I started to get severe pain high in the rectum, pulsating pain similar to contractions in childbirth. The pain made me pass out at its severe peaks and I was hospitalised and given gas and air and morphine. The attacks lasted 3-5 days. This then turned into a monthly 26 day cycle and my life changed. I was prescribed over the next 3 yrs a concoction of morphine, cocodamol, pethidine, codiene and my "attacks" put a huge strain on my family life and my own mental state... After 4 laparoscopies, flexisigmoidoscopies, colonoscopies, body scan and hospital admissions, 10 procedures in total), I finally met a consultant who is amazing and on my last laproscopic procedure found a mass of severe endometreosis, adhesions, as well as two large cysts. I have now been prescribed Zoladex (2 months so far) and apart from hot flushes, headaches and cysts in breasts along with boob increase(!), my attacks have stopped. So, the ovaries will be coming out after six months on Zoladex and to be honest, I cannot wait. 3 yrs of monthly spasmodic rectum pain which feels as though you are giving birth.... along with abdominal swelling which looks like you are heavily pregnant and pelvic pain, its not nice and all down to ENDOM - I can put up with the side effects now, I am happy not to be taking all the prescribed medication and for my daughter not to have to re-heat the wheat bags in the microwave to help her mummy, on my bad days. Its a shame so many woman suffer but don't give up finding a cure.... something will help you.

    Reading this information has made me so relieved that I'm not really going mad for two weeks of the month. I have intense anger and irritability. I shout and swear at my family and feel like the worst person in the world after I do it. I spend a lot of time apologising for my behaviour. I have really disturbed sleep, waking early and struggling to go back to sleep so I constantly feel exhausted. I get paranoid that my partner is cheating on me and that people are looking at me. I feel unloveable and need constant verbal reassurance from my partner. I hate my body and can't stand physical contact and I have no sex drive all month. Everything becomes a huge chore and I have to force myself to do things. Some days I have to lie down in the afternoon because I'm so exhausted. My symptoms seem to stop about 2-3 days before my period starts, but they are quite intense for 7-10 days. Some days I can't face talking to people. During this time I crave sweet foods, especially chocolate which seems to make things even worse.I get back and joint pain, water retention, stomache problems, indigestion and bloating. I often feel like I can't cope and at times I feel as though I'm trapped and want to run away. I hate everything and everyone and feel totally irrational. At times I feel as though I could lash out and really hurt someone. It's very frightening. My symptoms seem to get worse when I over do things or get stressed.I think my symptoms were better during both of my pregancies but as I suffered from stress and anxiety during them and had post natal depression after both it's really difficult to tell. I am 44 and have suffered like this since my periods started, sometimes I have a good month with only 2-3 bad days but generally things are quite bad. My doctor prescribed antidepressants to help with my PMT and I was also told to take the maximum doze of star flower oil. I think the star flower oil helped but I stopped taking it when I had chronic indigestion and never started again. I have never been diagnosed with PDD but it is a relief to know that I'm not just a psychotic mum.





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    Hi Karen! I finally feel like someone knows how I feel! I have had a hard time having my HS diagnosed, after also having an anal fistula and IBS and pilonidal sinus. I thought I would never find any relief, but I have had an allergy test due to breaking out in hives, and I tested positive for allergy to wheat, egg white, milk and corn (maize).This at 27 years of age! Apparently we can develop allergies as adults, and a host of problems followed... After trial and error and many despondent and frustrating, desperate times, I realised it must all be connected, as my HS, IBS, headaches, irritability,brain fog almost disappeared and my skin didnt feel so swollen, red and inflamed if I avoided the above food. Basically, with my knowledge of immunology and physiology, it makes sense to me like this: your body makes antibodies to fight against allergens, which then cross-react with receptors on your own body's cells. Your immune system is activated, and aims to remove the "allergen" it recognises. Inflammation is then present. I began reading up about the paleo diet for inflammation and immune conditions. I noticed an improvement and my IBS, HS, muscle and joint pain, seizures etc etc were all improving once I stopped eating sugar, all processed foods, tomatoes, peppers, potato (veggies called nightshades/ autoflowering), wheat, grains, legumes, dairy, eggs, corn/-starch.These are the foods I have avoided so far, and I plan to discover more and find relief! Also, look out for any product containing high fructose corn syrup(you'll be AMAZED which foods they put this poison in, and why!) I am positive, that I can be healthy, and feel happy continuing on this lifestyle of eating. It's not even hard,because the benefits are amazing!Anyone with HS will do anything to have relief of this debilitating disease. It's weird how an auto immune disease like HS flares up... I can notice new boils a DAY and often HOURS after eating the wrong foods. Nowadays, it is frustrating that so many people suffer from these diseases, and the pathophysiology and the interconnection between our limbic system, gut and organs(on cellular level) in these diseases are so poorly understood. The progression of the disease often happens due to the delay in diagnosis and it's so poorly understood that extensive testing is needed to find out which foods can cause a flare up. I am glad I could share my story, I hope I could help someone as confused, frustrated and desperate as I was, even a little bit ;)

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