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anxiety and hormones - ladies
« on: August 27, 2013, 08:08:48 AM »
Any ladies out there experience anxiety fluctuations with their cycles (like higher anxiety midway through or right before your period)?  What do you do to help it?
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Re: anxiety and hormones - ladies
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2013, 10:17:37 AM »
My anxiety gets way worse around the time of my period.  I have no idea what can be done to help it because I take meds  anyway.  I feel crazy most of the time but get a whole lot crazier around my period
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Re: anxiety and hormones - ladies
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2013, 11:37:26 AM »
My depression/anxiety gets 10x worse during pms and changing my dosage didn't help.  Now, I just try to remember that there is a reason I am feeling this way and that it will pass.  I wish I had a better answer for you. 
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Re: anxiety and hormones - ladies
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2013, 12:08:48 PM »
I don't have advice but i can tell you that you are not alone. before my period is an awful time for my anxiety also during my pregnancy was very hard for me but since childbirth its getting a little better each day. I have less full on attacks.
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Re: anxiety and hormones - ladies
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2013, 12:23:06 PM »
Definitely. I feel like I'm even more aware of my heartbeat before and during that time. This happens to me a lot normally, but it's even worse around my period. I always feel extra stressed out, I get moody, I even find that I get clumsier.
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Re: anxiety and hormones - ladies
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2013, 12:53:25 PM »
Totally!  I feel so much more anxiety and heart palpitations before my cycle.  In the two weeks before I get cramps, feel bloated, and achy.  All of this triggers my anxiety!  You'd think after all of these years I wouldn't freak out about it. 
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Re: anxiety and hormones - ladies
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2013, 12:53:51 PM »
Thank you for all the responses.  Is there anything you take or do to help?  like my anxiety has been getting better, but my husband says he can see it flaring certain parts of the month thus he thinks it is hormonal too. I exercise to help my anxiety but he doesn't feel that helps during those times.  So I am now wanting to tackle that part of it.  I am not on any meds so I wanted to get a feel for how others handle it - or maybe if a med really does help.

Hangingbasket - you said you take meds anyway - they don't really help with that?
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Re: anxiety and hormones - ladies
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2013, 12:56:08 PM »
I have taken Ativan in the past and it has helped.  I stopped just because I want a more homeopathic approach to recovery.  Now I meditate and do yoga.    It does take the edge off.  There's a great meditation app called Headspace if you are interested. 
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Re: anxiety and hormones - ladies
« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2013, 03:00:29 PM »
The only thing that seems to help me is lorezapam (ativan) but it's just a short term temporary fix. It wears off after a few hours and it's not something I want to take every day that I'm on my period so it's not the best solution.
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Re: anxiety and hormones - ladies
« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2013, 04:12:50 PM »
I take citalopram for my anxiety.. but it doesnt stop it, it just dulls it. I still get times when I behave like a crazy person and feel the meds arent working. Overall, I know they control things an awful lot.. I just get worse around my period. So I think I worded my earlier response wrong... meds do help, but I still get very obsessive and panicky around my period.
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Re: anxiety and hormones - ladies
« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2013, 06:27:04 PM »
It used to be right before but now with perimenopause coming on it is anytime.
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Re: anxiety and hormones - ladies
« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2013, 06:29:22 PM »
Thank you everyone.  I think I am going to talk to my Dr .about this when I go on Thursday. I really wanted to get opinions from those who deal with it.
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Re: anxiety and hormones - ladies
« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2014, 11:52:44 AM »
I know this is a super old thread but I suffer from it also.  It just started less then a year ago after turning 35.  The week or so before and during are horrendous for me.  Headaches, anxiety, dizzy, moodiness, chest pains, can't sleep, etc.  Then I'll have a good week, maybe two before it starts all over again.   It sucks.  I am thinking of going to my GYN and possibly getting a referral to endocrinologist or hormone specialist.  Not really sure who to see.
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Re: anxiety and hormones - ladies
« Reply #13 on: August 22, 2014, 02:58:32 PM »
Hi there BamaErin,

I am experiencing the same thing! I recently stopped taking my birth control after being on it for 9 years straight. Once I stopped, I had the biggest panic attack of my life (I'd NEVER had a panic attack before) and was taken to the ER. They thought I had a stroke. Had every test done under the sun and all came back normal. That was 4 months ago. Ever since then I haven't been the same. I am constantly anxious, dizzy, shaky, sweaty/clammy, nauseous. I've noticed that the symptoms are worse during different parts of my cycle. But really, I only have about 1 good week a month. I am tired of living like this.....I feel like I am trapped in my own body!
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