Sunday, March 9, 2008

Love The New Doctor

Oh I have been busy! First of all I went to see a new Dr a few weeks ago, and to say he was sensational is an understatement. First of all he listened, just quietly listened, no interruptions, nu hurrying on, just quiet listening. And then he told me I wasn't going crazy (huge bonus right?!?!) I was most certainly suffering from PMDD ( Premenstrual dysphoric disorder )

Now the symptoms of PMDD are:

* feelings of sadness or despair
* feelings of tension or anxiety
* panic attacks
* mood swings, crying
* lasting irritability or anger that affects other people
* disinterest in daily activities and relationships
* trouble thinking or focusing
* tiredness or low energy
* food cravings or binge eating
* having trouble sleeping
* feeling out of control
* physical symptoms, such as bloating, breast tenderness, headaches, and joint or
muscle pain

Well I had nearly ALL of those which increased in intensity over the two week period leading up to my period and then vanished within 24 hours once my period started.

Crazy huh! Who can live like that?

So far this month I feel entirely normal, in fact I feel better than I have in YEARS.

Sure there is probably another 8-10 days or so for the medication to be tested but usually Id be a bit of a nut by now so fingers crossed.

I am taking 1000mg of Evening Primrose Oil three times a day AND 50mg of Zoloft from Day 14 of my cycle up to the start of my period only.

I can tell you the initial start on Zoloft was foul, strange brain crawly sensations and constant nausea - just revolting!

I also seem to be suffering from mild insomnia or maybe more an inability to get to sleep at night.

BUT my mood swings are non existent so far, Sam and the girls can really see a huge difference.



Lynda said...

Brain crawly.. eeeewwww - but so happy you are feeling your self and what a relief to find someone that just listens...

Emma-Kate Castricum said...

Good for you love, but what does PMDD actually stand for. Think I night fly down to see your lovely Dr. Can't remember the last time I wasn't rushed though because they were busy after me waiting in the waiting room for what seemed like hours! Hope the insomnia picks up, it's a killer. I don't think I've looked forward to going to sleep and knowing I'll fall asleep easy in years.

Trudi said...

Yep that initial brain crawly is quite strange Miss L, but well worth it after the initial few days.

Emma its - Premenstrual dysphoric disorder, take normal premenstrual symptoms and magnify by 50 - yucko! I normally sleep so well so this inability to just nod of is very strange!