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Signs of Perimenopause 25 Jan 2009 15:55 #751

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So what are the signs of Peri-menopause and menopause?

This list of the 34 signs of Peri-menopause and menopause was developed by women on the Internet Menopause mailing list, based at Hershey Medical Center/Penn State University Hospital, Hershey PA. The electronic mailing list has approximately 475 subscribers, with about 230 participating actively at the time the list of menopause signs was developed in January 1996. I've also added known symptoms of food sensitivity and/or a delayed food allergy as well as symptoms of common vitamins/minerals.

Signs 1-14 are the major, most common signs of peri-menopause and menopause; the signs that a woman most often consults a physician or other health care provider about. Signs 1-16 are the most responsive to estrogen replacement therapy, progesterone or testosterone. These signs are not simply a matter of aging. They are also seen in young women after the ovaries are removed.
  1. Hot flashes, flushes, night sweats and/or cold flashes, clammy feeling (see note)
  2. Bouts of rapid heart beat  (also a sign of food sensitivity, delayed food allergy and vitamin and mineral deficiency)
  3. Irritability  (also a sign of food sensitivity, delayed food allergy and vit & min deficiency)
  4. Mood swings, sudden tears  (also a sign of food sensitivity, delayed food allergy and vit & min deficiency)
  5. Trouble sleeping through the night (with or without night sweats)  (also a sign of food sensitivity, delayed food allergy and serotonin or melatonin deficiency)
  6. Irregular periods; shorter, lighter periods; heavier periods, flooding; phantom periods
  7. Loss of libido
  8. Dry vagina :See note
  9. Crashing fatigue  (also a sign of food sensitivity, delayed food allergy and vit & min deficiency)
  10. Anxiety, feeling ill at ease  (also a sign of food sensitivity, delayed food allergy and vit and min deficiency)
  11. Feelings of dread, apprehension, doom:See note  (also a sign of food sensitivity, delayed food allergy)
  12. Difficulty concentrating, disorientation, mental confusion  (also a sign of food sensitivity, delayed food allergy)
  13. Disturbing memory lapses
  14. Incontinence, especially upon sneezing, laughing; urge incontinence :See note
  15. Itchy, crawly skin :See note  (also a sign of food sensitivity, delayed food allergy)
  16. Aching, sore joints, muscles and tendons :See note  (also a sign of food sensitivity, delayed food allergy)
  17. Increased tension in muscles
  18. Breast tenderness
  19. Headache change: increase or decrease
  20. Gastrointestinal distress, indigestion, flatulence, gas pain, nausea  (also a sign of food sensitivity, delayed food allergy)
  21. Sudden bouts of bloat  (also a sign of food sensitivity, delayed food allergy)
  22. Depression :See note  (also a sign of food sensitivity, delayed food allergy)
  23. Exacerbation of existing conditions
  24. Increase in allergies
  25. Weight gain :See note
  26. Hair loss or thinning, head, pubic, or whole body; increase in facial hair
  27. Dizziness, light-headedness, episodes of loss of balance
  28. Changes in body odor
  29. Electric shock sensation under the skin and in the head :See note
  30. Tingling in the extremities :See note  (also a sign of food sensitivity, delayed food allergy)
  31. Gum problems, increased bleeding  (also a sign of food sensitivity, delayed food allergy, vitamin C deficiency)
  32. Burning tongue, burning roof of mouth, bad taste in mouth  (also a sign of food sensitivity, delayed food allergy, vitamin C and Zinc deficiency)
  33. Osteoporosis (after several years)  (also a sign of food sensitivity, delayed food allergy)
  34. Changes in fingernails: softer, crack or break easier  (also a sign of food sensitivity, delayed food allergy and iron, calcium, magnesium deficiency)
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Symptom 1 (flashes) Hot flashes are due to the hypothalamus response to declining ovarian estrogen production. The declining estrogen state induces hypophysiotropic neurons in the arcuate nucleas of the hypothalamus to release gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) in a pulsating fashion, which in turn stimulates release of luteinizing hormone (LH). Extremely high pulses of LH occur during the period of declining estrogen production. The LH has vasodilatory effects, which leads to flushing.

Symptom 8 (dry vagina) results in painful intercourse

Symptom 11 (doom thoughts) includes thoughts of death, picturing one's own death

Symptom 14 (incontinence) reflects a general loss of smooth muscle tone

Symptom 15 (itchy, crawly skin) feeling of ants crawling under the skin, not just dry itchy skin

Symptom 16 (aching sore joints) may include such problems as carpal tunnel syndrome

Symptom 22 (depression) different from other depression, the inability to cope is overwhelming. There is a feeling of loss of self. Hormone therapy ameliorates the depression dramatically.

Symptom 25 (weight gain) often around the waist and thighs, resulting in the disappearing waistline

Symptom 29 (shock sensation) the feeling of a rubber band snapping in the layer of tissue between skin and muscle. It is a precursor to a hot flash

Symptom 30 (tingling in extremities) can also be a symptom of B-12 deficiency, diabetes, alterations in the flexibility of blood vessels, or a depletion of potassium or calcium

Some of these signs may be symptoms of medical conditions that should be checked such as hypothyroidism, diabetes or depression with another etiology.
 

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