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What causes perimenopausal mood disorders?

What causes perimenopausal mood disorders?

Not exactly known: But probably changes in estrogen and Progesterone which have effects on the functioning of serotonin and norepinephrine. This is probably how replacing estrogen and using antidepressants cause an improvement in mood, but like all mood disorders, the exact process in which mood is produced and controlled is not really known. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Lyons
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Perimenopause (Definition)

Period of time when your estrogen levels start to decline, your periods become irregular, symptoms such as hot flashes may begin, along with mood swings and other ...Read more


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Hot flashes, sweating, weight gain, insomnia, fatique, no libido, vaginal dryness, anxiety, irritability, gas and blothing. Lab tests normal.

Hot flashes, sweating, weight gain, insomnia, fatique, no libido, vaginal dryness, anxiety, irritability, gas and blothing. Lab tests normal.

Medication effects?: When you say lab tests normal; WHICH lab tests were done? In men Effexor (venlafaxine) & medications like Effexor (venlafaxine) can trash libido & erectile function. I've seen similar problems in women though they tend not to recognize it as often...wonder why..maybe men just see it another moody day? Can cause other symptoms as well. Anyways, you may consider that angle. Try to avoid MORE medications if possible. CBT? ...Read more

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Does a FSH level of 45.7 perimenopause or menopause? severe flashes, sweating and breast tenderness

Does a FSH level of 45.7 perimenopause or menopause? severe flashes, sweating and breast tenderness

Suggests menopause: That level suggests menopause. Since you are above tha average age (51), it's likely you've gone through menopause. ...Read more

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Period always late by 5-10 days. Terrible PMS - hot flashes, nausea, feverish feeling, increased appetite, weakness, irritability, depression. Advice?

Period always late by 5-10 days. Terrible PMS - hot flashes, nausea, feverish feeling, increased appetite, weakness, irritability, depression. Advice?

Options: Nsaid’s, ssri’s, hormone meds, otc meds containing diuretics, warm bath, heating pad, exercise ; acupuncture are excellent for pms / period. Avoid caffeine, chocolate, alcohol ; salt. Get gyn eval to r/o underlying pathology. Consider omega- 3 fatty acids, magnesium (supplementation or through diet) or black cohosh with dr ok. Sipping chamomile ; green tea can dissipate pain. Ginger helps w nausea. ...Read more

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Perimenopause cause shorter periods. True?

Perimenopause cause shorter periods. True?

Possibly: Sometimes, it can also be longer ones as well. Most importantly the periods should spread out. If not, consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Extreme cramps, flatulence, tiredness. Are these perimenopausal symptoms?

Extreme cramps, flatulence, tiredness. Are these perimenopausal symptoms?

It's possible: I'd recommend you following up with your primary care dr & gyn for possible uterine, intestinal and thyroid conditions. Hope you feel better! ...Read more

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What causes irritability, nausea, waves of hot flashes, and lightheadedness before onset of menstrual cycle?

What causes irritability, nausea, waves of hot flashes, and lightheadedness before onset of menstrual cycle?

Pieces of PMS: The coming and going and variation of amounts of hormones can have impacts in all sorts of body systems - especially in some. Also, some are more aware of and sensitive to the feelings. When you think about it, the process of preparation for, duration of and elimination of fertility is a pretty big deal. It's the "miracle" of life! (even if you are not pregnant). ...Read more

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Can menopause cause aches pains weepiness severe anxiety depression?

Can menopause cause aches pains weepiness severe anxiety depression?

Yes: Menopause and the "peri-menopausal" time frame can cause many issues due to changing hormonal levels. Some medications like sarafem (prozac) can be used with good success to treat these symptoms. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Headache Bloated High temp Mood swings Memory loss Fatigue Lack of appetite Help??

Headache
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Memory loss
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Lack of appetite 
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High temp: If you are running a high fever and you have significant symptoms it is a good idea to see a doctor in person to examine you and diagnose. Once this is accomplished, your doctor can give you antipyretic and analgesic medicine to treat your fever and pain respectively. There may be anti infective treatment your physician will suggest. Remember to bring your medicine if any and know your allergies. ...Read more

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Short temper/mood swings, frequent urination as a result of unquenchable thirst, fatigue, irritability?

Best to see doctor: You could have diabetes insipidus and it could be central in origin. It is best that you see your doctor for evaluation, look at your blood and urine osmolality, and some tests and even look at the brain if needed. I had one with same symptoms and had intracranial process which when treated did very well, and is normal now for the past 10 years or so with no problems. ...Read more

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Does menopause symptoms cause fatigue?

Does menopause symptoms cause fatigue?

Yes: In menopause the ovaries are no longer producing both estrogen (estradiol) and progesterone, which are potent female hormones. Every cell in a woman's body has estrogen and Progesterone receptors, not just the reproductive system, so the entire body suffers once in the body is in menopause. Fatigue is a common symptom that can be remedied with bioidentical hormones. ...Read more

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Late period very emotional increased appetite?

Pregnant?: Have you checked a pregnancy test?? That's where I would start! ...Read more

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Is mild depression associated with menopause or menopause associated with mild depression?

Is mild depression associated with menopause or menopause associated with mild depression?

Menopause/depression: The timeframe around menopause is associated changes in hormone functioning, and depression is not an uncommon. Typically the relationship between these two elements is that depressive symptoms are associated with menopause, or can be an outcome of other health issues directly related to menopause (I.e., significant sleep disturbance that increases symptoms of depression). Be well. ...Read more

Dr. James Mirabile
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Irritability (Definition)

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