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RubyannRubyann Posts: 2

I am post menopause I think ! For the last 8 months I have had the normal insomnia, hot flushes, and mood swings. But by far the worst emotions I have are anxiety and fear.

Constant feeling of anxiety, no matter what I do or change it just wont stop ! The thumping heart, sickness and dizziness goes with it.

Has anyone else suffered with this - I feel like im the only one !!

Answers

  • Jane20Jane20 Posts: 34 ✭✭

    @Rubyann hi,

    I’m currently going through exactly the same, anxiety at its worst. I’ve just started hrt 8 days now so hoping it helps. I’m also doing CBT which is very helpful but when I’m going through anxiety attacks it’s hard to focus on what I’m supposed to do! I’ve also found an app called The tapping solution I’ve found this very helpful when I feel anxious or going through an attack, might be worth a try.

    As for dizziness/lightheaded I can’t seem to shift that not sure how tbh. So your not alone I’m sure there’s more of us too.

    But definitely try meditation and the tapping apps, you will learn how to breath it through.

    Hope this may help.

    Take care x

  • Helen49Helen49 Posts: 3

    Snap too ladies. Horrible anxiety, nausea and no appetite. Been on Hrt gel for 6 weeks and most recently Sertraline. Wake up at 3 or 4 am with intense anxiety and feel awful in the morning. Had to be off of work for 3 months. Being at home is driving me insane as it’s just not me! I’ve been to see a specialist who thinks I may be progesterone intolerant but it’s trial and error at the moment. Anxiety is such a common symptom with the menopause and so debilitating. We are in this together 👊 x

  • Jane20Jane20 Posts: 34 ✭✭

    Hi @Helen49

    I know it’s not right but it makes me fe relieved when I hear I’m not alone in feeling this way too. (Sorry)

    Buf I to have been off work now for 4 weeks along with 2 for Christmas as I work in a school. I’ve only been on hrt for 8 days so think I need to give it time.

    The anxiety for me is the worst symptom.

    As you say we’re in it together we shall get through it.

    Thank you 🙏 x

  • RubyannRubyann Posts: 2

    Hi @Jane20 and @Helen49

    Thankyou sooo much, i dont feel so alone now - i was getting desperate thinking it was just me.

    Ive stopped going out socialising (which i did every weekend), i stopped drinking,smoking,eating spicy and processed food !!! I feel like i have given everything up and nothing helps.

    I had 2 months off of work last August but am getting through each day now the best i can.

    I am trying not to resort to HRT as my daughter had breast cancer 2 years ago. At the moment i am looking at supplements but need to discuss with my doctor first.

    Once again thankyou - you have no idea how this has helped me :)

  • Jane20Jane20 Posts: 34 ✭✭

    Hey Rubyann

    I know exactly how you feel just finding out I’m not alone somehow seems to help.

    Im still currently off work with anxiety which is getting the better of me at the moment.

    Fingers crosses I’ll feel normal again sooner than later .

  • Helen49Helen49 Posts: 3

    Hey both. I’m a member of a couple of forums and anxiety is one of the most talked about topics. So many ladies are suffering. Was always socialising, playing sport etc and unable to do any of it. I’ve got lots to look forward to with family holidays and trying to support my daughter through her GCSE year but feel pretty useless. Good job my husband is amazing. I hope you both have lots of support too. Xx

  • Jane20Jane20 Posts: 34 ✭✭

    Hey,

    thank you, yes I too have great support from my husband daughter (26) and my lovely mum. Last year my daughter and I had 2 holidays to Spain which we were going to do again this year but at the moment I don’t want to book anything!

    hormones have a lot to answer to.

    thanks xx

  • LemonyLemony Posts: 32

    Hi ladies

    hope you don’t mind me asking but are how’s your anxiety? Mines is terrible and I just can’t see a way out of this for me

    x

  • Blanka_CBlanka_C Posts: 320 Community Admin

    Hi @Lemony,

    Great to hear from you!

    In short, my anxiety is very high at the moment. I think it's the combination of uncertainty of what is going to happen with the current situation and the impact of being home for months now.

    Do you exercise? It doesn't have to be running a marathon, but moving your body can help.I found that taking a long walk every single day (even when I don't feel like it) helps. It's because it reduces the body's stress hormones, including adrenaline and stimulates the production of 'happy hormones', including endorphin.

    This is a really good article, please have a look at it:


    My number 1 rule is to KEEP BUSY. Not to have a moment to think and overthink! I do absolutely everything I can (de-cluttering, reading a book, browsing hair tutorial online, cooking).

    We have a super-friendly anxiety & stress expert on here too, @Steven Crumblehulme. His expert page is full of tips of techniques to reduce these feelings. You can also ask him if you like:

    Finally, this article has some helpful tips to reduce stress levels and anxiety:

    Hope this helps, please keep in touch!

    You can do this.

    Blanka x

  • StevenSteven Posts: 15 Menopause Anxiety & Stress Expert

    Hi @Lemony

    Yes, feel free to have a look at my page, as there are lots of suggestions for how to help reduce and minimise your anxiety. I also posted a series of videos on my Sole Therapies Facebook page, which give you a different tip for 7 days to help minimise feelings of anxiety. You might find those useful to try each day for a week and see how effective they are?

    https://www.facebook.com/pg/SoleTherapies/videos/?ref=page_internal

    Best wishes,

    Steven x

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  • Lokis_nanaLokis_nana Posts: 10

    Hi ladies

    I also suffer from extreme anxiety and I find that some of Stevens suggestions are very helpful. I also find that my MP3 player is my lifeline (I am on my second now, as I over used the first one], if I feel anxious about anything I pop on my headphones and find a quiet corner and just listen to my music and try breathing exercises. It just alters your mind to concentrate on something else.

    Just remember you are not alone in feeling anxious especially in these very strange and unusual times.... xx

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