I thought I was loosing my mind!
I'm 48 and have always been basically fine. At 47 I had an endometrial ablation due to heavy long periods and spotting in between. They were always heavy coming every 23 days lasting 7-days and now spotting. ( The black underware club)
I was a little afraid that this would mess up my health somehow but went ahead. It went fine and I have no more bleeding. At the time, my Mother was dying of endometrial cancer and had a stroke which left her unable to speak or swallow, she passed away in May. In August I started having a burning sensation with numb feeling in my right arm and then in both arms. Went to chiropracter, maybe a pinched nerve. Went to family doc, tried prednisone. ( unable to sleep, not hungry) Then all the muscles in my neck,chest, armes legs were burning, I didn't know what was happening to me. ( I was having panic attacks but didn't know that's what they were) Went to the hospital, nothing wrong with my heart. 0 calcium in my arteries. Went to Endo, thyroid fine, vitamin D low, b6 one of the best he's ever seen. Had MRI, went to another Doc, sent me home with Lyrica. Only took one pill, made me feel really drunk. I was not diagnosed with fybromyalgia but that's what I think this Doc decided. Did physcial therapy, tried acupucture, hypnosis, and massage.
During this time I was under extreme emotional stress, I had a "series of unfortunate events" some normal emotional things like deaths and some not so normal things that just don't befall the ordinary person. I quit asking myself what else could happen, I could take no more.
It was time to go back to the Gyno, did a blood test. Not in menopause yet, gave me lexapro. At this point I was ready to be comfortably numb. I do not like taking any prescription meds. I am terrified of them. Did it anyway.
Went out to lunch with friends who brought their Mother. I was having a panic attack and could not eat. ( I had been unable to eat much for an entire year) My friend's Mom told me that I was not going crazy, that it was just peri menopause. I had read Dr. Lee's books and thought I was prepared, boy was I wrong! I had no idea what this could do to women. I thought so, you get a hotflash ( I'm always cold) You can't sleep ( I could sleep 24/7) and you gain weight ( I have never been over weight)
At this point I was in over my head, so tired, forcing myself to eat, anxious, and in pain all of the time.
I found this site and have spent hours reading other stories, I found it very comforting that I was not alone and that women were having success. I have hope that I can quit taking the lexapro and have my life back.