Having stopped taking the contraceptive pill around 2 months ago due to being diagnosed as menopausal, I have been expecting one or two menopausal symptoms to turn up.
And boy, have they ever. Was I expecting menopausal dizziness? No, I was not!
Every time you turn on the TV or scroll through Social Media at the moment you’ll find women talking about their menopause. The silence shrouding what can be a pretty miserable experience is finally being lifted making it OK to discuss what our mothers and grandmothers could not.
So, to share my experience so far, here are just some of the delightful symptoms I am experiencing and which, in this blog, I will be addressing in the future, together with suggested lifestyle changes and ways to manage them.
You may be younger, or older than me, of course, and experiencing similar symptoms. We need to all start talking and support one another.
So far I have experienced:-
- Brain fog
- Racing heart
- Higher blood pressure
- Vaginal atrophy
- Pelvic pain
- Aching joints and bones
- Weight gain
- Increased Tinnitus
- Insomnia (and increased nightly trips to the bathroom)
The pill I was taking was Noriday, the progesterone only pill, and my GP did tell me that it was possible that it had been masking menopausal symptoms. I think that is a definite.
I’m not sure if I have been experiencing full-on hot flushes yet but I do feel my temperature rise dramatically from time to time.
The worst thing is the dizziness that has hit me. I feel like I’ve been on a boat! I have a blood test on Monday (the works) to discover whether this is a menopause symptom or something else – I’m really hoping it’s the menopause!
I think the worst thing is that you no longer feel in control of your body. I find myself experiencing a new twinge or random ailment brewing and uttering “what NOW???”. There seems to be something new at least every week.
When I was younger, I would have the energy to cope with this; to take the bull by the horns and start exercising or dieting or something.
At the moment I’m so bloody knackered I just want to go to bed and stay there. The tiredness is really draining.
The kids are in the middle of full-on ‘tweendom’ which brings its own challenges and because the Husband is away a lot I am spending a lot of time on my own (whilst walking like a drunk on a cruise ship).
I know I’m not alone by, bloody hell, menopause and menopausal dizziness is no joke.
Are you going through anything similar? What lifestyle changes have worked for you?