Sassparella, I am just wondering, is the fact that a whole bunch of us women your age, and even younger, on this forum, have had the same experience with wacky lengthy crazy periods making any sort of difference to you?
one could only hope it does. but with hypo, often, seeing anything other than what our BEASTIES tell us is devilishly hard. no reassurance or logic or rationality or facts or proof or med tests or competent docs can get through. Anxiety does not relent easily.
But I do agree with you kazoo about not adding iron pills etc without FIRST finding out if you are anemic (as that can cause different kind of issues) AND then following a doc's instructions. Personally, I wouldn't be asking this particular gyno for help in that regard.... THat doc, again seems to be in denial himself OR one that just likes stirring up the pot as much as possible by flinging every possibility no matter how REMOTE. It is frightening to me what this man has told sass.... however I do wonder, sass, how much information you've misunderstood that the doc has given you OR if you described your issues
in such a way that makes a doctor think the worst. This isn't a dig here,,,,,,, BUT we anxious often are not that reliable or are not able to really explain things to doctors in the most coherent ways... it is part of our catastrophic nature. For example, If a person comes into a doc's office in abject fear or describing things in the most sinister of ways (which is how anxious peeps percieve them), it can leave a doc believing the most tragic of possibilities....
If two peeps went into a doc's office describing your exact symptoms, one with an anxiety disorder and one without, I'm wondering WHO ends up walking out of the office with a HUGE list of diagnostic tests and/or dire possiblities and the one being told that those symptoms, due to her age, are attributable to peri-menopause. AND I'm wondering if the non-anxious person would have actually seen a doc about it to begin with? Would the non-anxious woman know that peri-menopause was the cause and not given it much other thought.
I'm not trying to be mean at all but bottom line, sass. which I'm sure you won't really accept any of this at all is this :
you are 48. you have health anxiety. Which is NOT being managed well at all. You have a history of running to docs when not really necessary. You have a history of not believing med tests OR you believe part of what med pros tell you and discount other things that you are told (and, to me, you believe what you shouldn't and don't believe the stuff that you should). you have nightsweats almost certainly caused by peri-menopause BUT your anxious over thinking (that also causes sweating) has taken over and made the sweats worse and kept them going. Now you have a longer than normal period.... which as far as I am concerned is more a nuisance and pretty much a BIG whoop tee do..... and your anxious thinking has, again, turned it into something sinister and caused it last longer.... I am sure your gyno would tell you that that couldn't happen, but, I'm not that impressed with this doc............. at least based on your interpretation of the events. Which, given how your BEASTY is doing much of the decision making here, I see your conclusions about your well-being highly unreliable.
sass---- In the end what you do about your thinking, way of life and everything isn't going to impact anybody's life here at the zone. But what you choose to do will certainly impact not only your life
, but your family and friends. so for your sake (and your family and friends) I hope you are able to get this runaway train under control. What are you willing to do? Anything?