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Unread 06-28-2012, 09:36 PM
Menopause and Paranoia

Just need to know I'm not the only one who is dealing with feeling a little extra crazy with menopause. I'm nearly a year in to menopause (due to surgery) am 41, single, no kids.

I have suffered from clinical depression since I was around 12 years old and am already on medication for that. The last few months though I've really been feeling just horrible (I told my mom that there should be a law against having depression & menopause!)

One of the worst things I've been having that I've never had before is some extreme paranoia--it's stressing me out. My brain will be logically telling me that what I'm thinking isn't true (like feeling my best friend hates me & feeling this way about a week after she just gave me a fabulous gift for my birthday) and I'll rationally tell myself that I know it's not true but I can't stop feeling/thinking it.

I am not currently on hormone replacement but am wondering if this would help? I have an appointment scheduled with my gyno on Tuesday and have been keeping a detailed list of things I've been feeling and going through to discuss with him. But would like to hear from others out there if they've experienced paranoia symptoms with menopause.

Any help or support would be most welcome.
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Unread 06-28-2012, 10:01 PM
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I am on HRT. I get the paranoia when my hormones from my thyroid are off. Right after surgery I had a bit of it and I think that was from a hormone dump from surgery. I was on the patch immediately and had it increased 2 weeks later. I found that it does help. Check into it and maybe have your thyroid levels checked. They should be checked every year after 40.
Unread 06-28-2012, 10:56 PM
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I am also trated for depression and have found in the past few years that I have irrational extreme depression. I am not too sure about paranoia since I think that is all relative. It can also be interpreted as being really aware or sensitive to things people say or do.

When I was going through the diagnostic process for my female troubles I was told that I wasn't in the throws of menopause yet as that I guess is determinrd by how thin your uterine wall is. That doesn't mean that a person doesn't experience hormone fluctuations as they age. I am lucky my husband is patient and that we have great communication because I get really crabby and crazy around my period. I always know that how I feel makes no sense whatsoever. I hate it!! I think it is great that you can step back and see what is rational or not, that is half the battle.

take care and don't worry we actually are normal for our age.
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Unread 06-29-2012, 08:15 PM
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Thanks for the replies. It's just good to know I'm not the only one in the world dealing with this stuff. It's really hard sometimes as my closest friends can't relate to what I'm going through since they aren't even thinking about menopause.

Imaready-thanks for the tip about thyroid too, I've been on thyroid medication since I was about 35 so your reply was a great reminder that I should have that checked again too in case my medication needs to be changed.

fbrown-I know what you mean about really crabby and crazy around your period, even though I don't have them any more I know that my symptoms seem to get 3x worse around the week of the month I would be having one!

Ah, the joys of being a girl!
Unread 06-30-2012, 10:11 PM
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So are you post hysto or are you HRP?

I am really looking forward to no more periods after surgery but I have been told if you keep your ovaries which I am you still have PMS.

Do you know about this?
Unread 07-01-2012, 10:18 AM
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Have not had full hysterectomy but have had both ovaries removed which is what ceased my periods and caused the menopause. Am not currently on any hormone replacement.

But even with no ovaries I still have horrible PMS and symptoms the week that I would have a period. It sucks big time. My mom even warned me this would happen as she had the same issues when she had her hysto w/ ovaries out. So I can't really advice about whether you'll get PMS by keeping your ovaries as I get it w/out having them.

I am hoping that my doctor will put me on hormones when I see him on Tuesday and that that will help alleviate some of the PMS stuff (and other menopause symptoms). I had pretty bad PMS prior to surgery but was on the pill to help with that and my awful periods and I think the pill did more then I realized as my PMS stuff is so much worse now then when I was still having periods!!

I'll let you know if things improve after I get on some hormone replacement.
Unread 07-01-2012, 05:37 PM
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I hope you get something to harness your hormone problrms. My heart really goes out to you. I hate so much when I can't get hold of my emotions when i know thay don't make sense. I forgot to ask, are you taking anything for depression, etc?

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