Wednesday, July 30, 2008

My body is possessed!

I am convinced that my body was possessed by these Seven Dwarves. I started this last year(2007) having irregular periods. I usually had them like clock work. I was 46 years old.(I had a tubal when I was 26, after having my children, a boy and a girl, my family was complete.) Then last August I had what I think was my last real period. Then the hot flashes started. I didn't really know what it was, I just know I immediately was hot, and thought everyone else should be too. I was constantly asking, is it hot in here, or aren't you hot? After people looking at me like I was crazy, I started thinking it was just me. Then in the middle of winter and I was freezing my husband out, it just hit me, it's a hot flash. I took some advice from another menopausal woman, that taking black cohash and vitamin E helps, and it really did!

I kind of stopped having hot flashes, but other things were happening, (See above). I didn't sleep much at night, my sex drive was all but gone, I retained water, and yes, I felt possessed. My body was no longer my own. Plus I have gained about 10 pounds and cannot lose it! That really pissed me off.

Then in May I got a sore throat, the soreness went away, but I felt like something was in my lower throat, like when you swallow a pill and it gets stuck. Not all the time, but it comes and goes. I decided end of June to go to the doctor. Man, did I unload on him. After telling him all my symptoms, he asked if I ever had my Thyroid checked, which I said no. He said my Thyroid was a little enlarged, thus my throat thing. And all the symptoms of menopause are alot like thyroid issues, which can be brought on by menopause. I had a blood test, and my thyroid which should be between 0 and 3.5 was 35.

So now I am on Thyroid medicine. Hot flashes are gone, and in August will be a year since my last period, so I hope I am on my way. Now those pesky 10 pounds. I will hopefully get to work on that and taking control of my body again. Bye, Bye, seven dwarfs! (I hope)


dkuroiwa said...

**black cohash and
vitamin E..CHECK!
Have made a note of that one because I'm not taking any chances!!!
I'm already pretty bitchy/psycho enough, I don't need the hot flashes to top it off!!!

I'm glad you found out what the problem was and you could get it fixed...Linda has had that throat thing going on too and canNOT find out what hers is!!
Isn't it fun what our bodies put us through...and since the men in our lives can't experience it or anything like it themselves, thank goodness they can share OUR experience!!! :-D

Hey...have a great weekend! (I'm so homesick right now!!!)

The Girl Next Door said...

I have read everything on the internet about fighting hotflashes and refuse to do the move obvious (give up cafefine and give up alcohol!). So black cohash and vitamin E here I come!!!

thanks for stopping by - love the blog

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I can't count how many women I know who had all sorts of problems that ended up being thyroid. I'm definitely having mine checked this year. Thanks for reminding me to make an appt.