I turned 45 at the end of June and I sort of realised something weird was definitely happening to me. I suspected it hard started about a year ago, but was sort of sent away from the GP with a “let’s monitor things”. What am I wanging on about? Well yes, I think I have started the menopause….
Part of me wasn’t suprised, but part of me was, as I assumed this would have been years off for me, well at least another 5?!
But if you have been reading this blog for a while, you will know that I had a hysterectomy in 2011 and this may have altered my timeline. I did keep my ovaries in the op which mean I didn’t got into an immediate menopause, but things I have read since, have told me that the hysterectomy might have made me “go” a little earlier.
In my family, my mum had a hysterectomy in her early 30s and experienced her menopause at the end of her 30s. So I’m a little late by those standards.
The difficulty for me is that I haven’t had a period since 2011 and so it’s more difficult to tell exactly what has been happening to me. For the last year or so, I have been experiencing some very mild night heat/hot flushes with some anxiety and ability to cope with things along with some more other symptoms I am not completely comfortable sharing online.
But in the 6 weeks or so, I have noticed the symptoms significantly increase and become much more noticable. I am constantly hot and this has increased at night. I still have some concentration issues, as well as motivationally feeling like a sloth.
Some of these things can’t totally be blamed on the menopause, as I have been THROUGH it with work stuff this year, but overall I have felt all shades of odd.
So about 2 weeks ago, I went to the GP and asked for a blood test to see if we could confirm that I hard started the menopause as one of my Twitter friends had experienced similar symptoms and her GP had given her a test to confirm perimenopause and I wanted a bit of that. But my GP, apparently did not. 😳
Apparently my GP’s guidance is that they treat the symptoms and don’t bother with a test. The upshot of that is that she wrote me a prescription for Hormone Replacement Therapy, commonly known as “HRT”. I have to say my GP was a bit rubbish there wasn’t so much of discussion more of a blood pressure and weight check and lots of us sitting in silence whilst she typed into her computer. Not a great experience.
She then wrote me a prescription for a drug which she then told me I was unlikely to be able to get as there was general shortage of the pill itself. Cue me 20 minutes later back at the doctors reception desk, as predicted, the chemist didn’t stock the HRT. When I did get a new prescription, it was my birthday weekend and so I didn’t go to a new pharmacist for about 10 days upon which time I did manage to get some pills. However when I got them home and read the patient leaflet, it says not to take them if you have lactose intolerance. Ahem.. guess what I have. Grrrrr.
But I have decided to take the pills for the first time this week as I am working from home and so if I do have a reaction, as least I will be in safe place.
Anyway, I will let you know how it goes and if my symptoms decrease. A whole new chapter for me. Let’s just hope the tablets help control my temperature, otherwise I might have to hire myself out as a mobile heater!