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what to do if i know bloating is a symptom of pms but is weight gain?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
No - nor is bloating: Officially pms diagnosis is only about the emotional symptoms - irritability, tension, or unhappiness. These appear predictably before the period, reduce or disappear predictably just before or during and remain absent until the next cycle. Physical symptoms like bloating, abdominal cramps, constipation, breast swelling/tenderness, cyclic acne, joint/muscle pain can be awful, but are not pms.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Actually, the Mass General Center for Women's Mental Health includes these physical symptoms in PMS diagnosis: http://www.womensmentalhealth.org/specialty-clinics/pms-and-pmdd/?gclid=CJ3unJyww7cCFWlo7AodcxoABA Also they are included in DSM IV TR criteria for PMDD: http://currentpsychiatry.com/pdf/1104/1104cp_meltzer-brody.pdf I checked DSM 5 -- it also contains breast tenderness or swelling, joint or muscle pain, a sensation of "bloating," or weight gain for PMDD also.
Jun 1, 2013
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Yes, can be: The mass general center for women's mental health includes several physical symptoms in pms diagnosis, including breast tenderness/swelling, joint pains, headaches, bloating, etc -- weight gain is also part of the dsm iv-tr & dsm 5 criteria for pmdd (a more severe form of pms). For diagnosis one needs emotional symptoms also: http://currentpsychiatry.Com/pdf/1104/1104cp_meltzer-brody.Pdf.

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