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Are my scary symptoms caused by menopause?

By Anonymous March 3, 2016 - 5:08am
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List of daily to constant symptoms: 1) Hot flashes (duh?) 2) Chills 3) shortness of breath (OMG) 4) Heart palpitations/strong or rapid heartbeat.. Especially when activity level increases (including when awakening to urinate during sleeping hours) 5) BP higher than in the past (100/60 normal in past; now anywhere from 120/80-150/100) 6) Hearing heartbeat in ears (& No I do not take hardly Any NSAIDS, but Do try to take one dose of aspirin each day in case it's my heart could be the problem... but forget apx 3/4 of the time) 7) Sleep issues. Never know if I will have sleeplessness or sleepiness (of course "some" nights are fairly normal. 8) Increased muscle/joint/bone stiffness and/or pain (whole body; yet hard to predict what/where) 8) Constant fatigue 9) Brittle nails 10) Sensation of pins and needles in head area..also from fingertip to fingertip, including neck and across uppermost strip of chest as precursor to hot flashes (especially when heartbeat strengthens) 11) Forgetfulness/memory lapses 12) Overall weakness (only have apx 50-75% of normal strength) 12) Emotional numbness about 40-60% of the time (also boredom or depressive feelings @ times)

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Hi Anon

Thank you for your post!

Your symptoms are so varied that there could be numerous issues going in including menopause.

Insomnia, hot flashes, depression , brittle nails, forgetfulness....are all symptoms of menopause. But you additionally have heart palpitations, sore muscles and joints, pins and needles and higher blood pressure.

This could point to anything from again, menopause but also poor heart health to panic attacks to chronic fatigue syndrome.

Since your symptoms are so varied, you need to sit down with your doctor to discuss the possibilities - you may need a physical exam and some blood testing.

Read more here about menopause: http://www.empowher.com/condition/menopause

I hope this can be resolved for you soon.

March 3, 2016 - 6:00am
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