The two weeks leading up to my monthly menstrual cycle are pure h-e-l-l for me and for my family. I have acquired quite a lengthy list of health conditions and PMDD and the perimenopause symptoms are probably the hardest out of all of my health problems for my husband and son. I wrote a post the other week, Symptoms of Perimenopause vs. CFS, where I describe the similarities in many of the symptoms between the two. So if you are dealing with both, it’s like being hit with a double whammy.
…a condition associated with severe emotional and physical problems that are linked closely to the menstrual cycle. Symptoms occur regularly in the second half of the cycle and end when menstruation begins or shortly thereafter. PMDD is not just a new name for premenstrual syndrome (PMS), a condition that affects as many as 75% of menstruating women. It is, however, considered to be a very severe form of PMS that affects about 5% of menstruating women. Both PMDD and PMS share symptoms in common that include depression, anxiety, tension, irritability and moodiness. What sets PMDD apart is its severity. Women with PMDD find that it has a very disruptive effect on their lives.
It is now about three days before my cycle is to begin (if it comes on time) and I am feeling more and more exhausted and agitated as the week continues. I take my Prozac as prescribed, and my symptoms aren’t quite as severe, but they are still bad enough to disrupt my daily living. Add Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS along with it and I am totally and completely miserable.
While the symptoms are hard enough to deal with, how it affects my family bothers me the most. Last month my husband said I was pretty hard to take. He said I was really grouchy and mean and was flying off the handle for no reason. I also was really grouchy and impatient with my parents and family when we were together and I was a total mess the day after. I was crying, and depressed – I felt like I did right after I gave birth to my son. I called my mother, crying, apologizing for being difficult and she understood.
This month has been better than last butI still feel horrible. I’m going to go back to bed now! Wake me up when the next week is over!