can anyone help /advise what to take do it’s driving me mad
Cotton wool head is a great description of something I have been getting recently. It can be a coiple of days before I feel better and sometimes I will get it for part of a day. I have always put it down to having a virus. I spent September either feeling like I was going down with something,having it and then getting over it. October through December were great,no headaches of any kind and full of energy. Went on two holidays and enjoyed them. I usually swim twice a week but haven't been this year yet. Feel like just writing off January and hoping February will be better & I can get back to swimming which I know will make me feel fitter and more confident in my body.
I know exactly what you mean and it is impossible to describe, in fact when I tried to describe it to my doctor, I think I said I just feel all spacey and weird and my face feels puffy - she said that's got nothing to do with the menopause! What I have learnt to do when it happens is just to keep telling myself that it will pass. The first time it happened to me I was having my hair coloured and I got into such a panic I made them take the dye off, even though it had only been on for 3 minutes. I still had to pay for the colour and couldn't wait to get home. The hairdresser was in a terrible panic as she thought I was having a reaction to the dye. Now when it happens I am much calmer and it does pass on its own. Hope this is helpful
Yes! I know what you're talking about. The first time it happened to me I thought I was having a stroke or something. Like my head wasnt my own. Lol
Hello there Col7777 & welcome to this forum!! I often have that funny sensation in my head....a muzzy/wooden/not with it kind of feeling - floaty & feel everything is not really real?? Don't know if you or any of the other ladies can relate to that or is yours different again?? I just thought I'd throw my symptoms into the mix too!! I seldom get headaches thankfully so although I sometimes feel a bit strange, in a funny kind of way, I quite enjoy the feeling LOL 😂!! A bit like a deja-vu ???!!! 💕
Hi I've started taking clonidine for flushes and sweats prescribed by Dr. Been off work for 2 weeks, drowsy, headaches really bad and from yesterday , pressure in head so sore!! Wondering if this will ease. Think I now have a nassl infection too!
Poor you! I hope you're feeling a bit better today.
I seem to remember clonidine can make you feel a bit drowsy. I think it's sometimes used to treat insomnia so that makes sense. I'm fairly sure it's the same with headaches, unless as you say, you also have a sinus infection. They can be really painful and would explain the feeling of pressure in your head, so I hope you have something to help you with that.
I hope the side effects settle down after a few doses of the medication. Do you have another appointment booked with your GP to see how you're doing with the meds? If you haven't, and the side effects have been going on for a couple of weeks or more, I'd be inclined to ask to see the GP again.
Have you thought about something gentle like a lavender temple rub or balm to dab on your forehead to ease your headache a little, or perhaps a cool cloth? I quite like to use those gel strips that stick to your head and feel cool when I have a headache.
Feel better soon 😊🤕
Yeah thanks, have another appt in next 2 weeks. Thank God had an antibiotic for infection! The pain and pressure at 5 on Friday morning was unbearable!! Today now pain well eased thank God!! Clonidine causes dry eyes, nose and mouth!! Honestly thought over last few weeks I had a brain tumour!! Know that's sounds extreme but couldn't understsnd what was going on! Men are sooo lucky. 😣😣
Glad things are easing up. Sinus pain is horrible so I don't think it's extreme that a brain tumour felt like an option! Just horrible though, that the things which will eventually give you some relief, also give you other side effects to deal with.
As for men being lucky - I think my other half would disagree after all the years of coping with menopausal me! 😄 😄 😄
Thanks for your input!! My hubby used to my moods. 😁😁
I been to docs had hundreds of tests saying i got something wrong in my head maybe i got tumour all results clear , im just going blummin crazy with menopause so glad I see im not alone
Welcome to the group - and to the menopause! Glad to hear your results are all clear.
Just wanted to let you know that this is a lovely platform, if you every have any specific questions or just need a rent, feel free to post a new discussion, there's always a pair of ears to listen. :) And you're definitely not going crazy!!
We also have healthcare professionals, including a menopause nurse practitioner and a nutritionist on the platform, who you can get in touch with anytime for free expert advice (including about HRT, our menopause nurse is also a HRT specialist). You can have a look here:
Good day everyone. Glad to be here. I am 50 years old. I have dizziness that seems to come from the back of my head. Please is this menopausal vertigo or something else? I have missed a lot of periods but it is not up to 12 months. Thank you.
Welcome to the group, we are glad that you are here. This is a very supportive group and very helpful.
I personally haven’t experienced much dizziness but I can only imagine how you could be feeling and wanting to know what is causing it.
Have you spoken to your GP about your dizziness?
Maybe you can reach out to our nurse expert and she can provide you with some suggestions.
Hello ladies, this is a very interesting discussion because I have been experiencing the same kind of weird head problems as well and my Dr. treated me for sinus infection which gave me relief but not total. I told my Dr that I think I needed a head scan because my head don't feel right and it feels like my head is full of water and it feels like I get electric pulses going through my head and body. It does not last long sometimes then other times it can last the whole day off and on feeling dizzy. I feel like I am not myself at times or like I'm having an outer body experience lol.. I thought I was going to have an anxiety attack. Glad to know someone else is experiencing this. If this is menopausal, I hope it goes away soon.
Best wishes ladies
I am sorry you are going through these symptoms, I have never experienced these symptoms but I am going to give you the nurse expert link for her help.
Thank you for writing into LBW forum. As @MonicaM has said, there could be many reasons for your dizziness and its important you discuss this with your GP.
Dizziness can be a symptom of menopause but other causes need to be excluded first. There so many symptoms of menopause and they often develop years before periods end and can continue for many years after.
I hope all goes well with your GP, if it is menopause related please discuss it with your GP and see what they say.
This forum is excellent for support and professional advice too.
Let us know how you get on.
Diane Porterfield Bourne.
Good morning. You mentioned your GP treated you for a sinus infection and it helped but didn't pass completely, what else did they say/suggest?
Low Oestrogen in menopause can produce many odd symptoms. Do you have other signs of Oestrogen deficiency such as increased anxiety, poor sleep, night sweats and brain fog? I often hear women saying they feel they are in a bubble and their head feels like cottonwool. Is this how you feel or is this different?
It could be worth discussing this with the GP and seeing if they agree it might be menopause.
Please keep in touch.
Hi ladies, I have been away from the forum for a bit but now I'm back. I went to my GP and had a bunch of blood work done. My results were pretty much normal. I am indeed post menopausal which I already knew. The results showed I have a vitamin D deficiency and was put on a vitamin D2 supplement of 50,000 IU to be taken one pill one time a week. I started a multivitamin with iron for my iron was a tiny bit out of range and extra vitamin C once daily. I am beginning to feel a bit more like me but I know it will take a little time. At least I have got a start to a solution to what I have been feeling. I have acid reflux that I take meds for and was having heart palpitations I guess due to anxiety. Taking buspron 10mg 3xs day. Thank you all so much for this forum and the support and concern that you all give. Hope everyone is doing well. Djdros52
We are so glad that you are feeling better. It is always good to get your test results so that the GP know what is going on and can give you something to relieve your symptoms.
I am in the same situation that you are in post menopausal, vitamin D deficient and acid reflux. I take Vitamin D as well and medication for my acid reflux when I need it. I have digestive issues along with acid reflux.
Thank you for updating us.
Hey @Mary78 , this is the discussion I was referring to earlier! Feel free to join in. x
Sophie: I have tried googling the same feeling I am having, just pretty much as you described it. I had a hard time searching as I could not really describe it. I am in menopause, and have high blood pressure, and this feeling as if my head was going to explode hit me while driving one day and scared the heck out of me. I thought "oh my, I should take my BP meds on time more often if this is what's happening". But my BP readings after are good, nothing crazy! It comes and goes pretty quickly. It feels like it affects my scalp, and there is NO pain when it occurs. Almost feels like an out of body experience for a minute or so. Very hard to describe. In fact it just happened before I started a search again this morning on this online. And lo and behold, I found you guys! It scares me as I always think about an aneurism occurring or something. Have you found out anything further? Thanks so much!! Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Hi Donna, welcome to Live Better With Menopause! So glad you found us, this is a super friendly space with thousands of menopausal ladies; you're definitely not alone!
In fact, someone just posted a similar discussion, mentioning a dizziness and vertigo as well, might be worth having a look at as it's full of tips:
I haven't experienced this 'fuzzy' feeling myself, however I get really bad phases of dizziness and light-headedness just before / during my period, which makes me think it might be related to hormones? I've always thought it's a side effect of my anxiety medication, who knows...
On another note, I also wanted to let you know that we have two lovely healthcare professionals on board with us, who you can ask questions anytime about anything menopause related! We have Menopause Nurse Specialist @Diane Porterfield-Bourne and Gynaecologist Dr @Giada Frontino, they both helped many of our members, so please feel free to ask away. :)
You can have a look at their profile here (this page is quite useful to have a look at anyway as there are loads of tips!):
Finally, you might find having a browse around our article & guides section useful too; we've written hundreds of blogs, reviewed by doctors & nurses, about specific symptoms, treatments and living with the menopause. You can have a look here:
Quite a long message haha, apologies! I hope you'll find our site useful. I'm sure more ladies will be in touch soon, but in the meantime- welcome! :)
Dear @Donna Kinkaid
Thank you for sharing your symptoms, as they are not uncommon and deserve attention.
I would recommend seeing your GP and reviewing your cardiovascular health and blood pressure medication by retesting your 24hr measurements through a 24hr Holter Blood Pressure test. This would give insight on whether your BP is truly stable, especially at nighttime, when it can rise without showing further peaks during the day.
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