I am a 46 year old female and feel I am now in full blow menapause. I had a hysterectomy in 1998 but still have my ovaries. I truely feel I am in menapause due to other symptoms beyond the ceasation of the menstral cycle. Mood swings which at times can be quite extreme. I am a very easy going person and not alot ruffles my feathers well until the last year. This has been getting increasingly worse. It is like a wave of emotion comes over me and I become either sad and immediatly start crying uncontrolably for no reason or I become so angry and in some case without anything to provoke it and if there is something it doesn't deserve the reaction I give it. I can't think clearly or concentrate as I could before I am frustrated with feeling this way and want to hide in a cave. I also have had night sweats on going for two years within the last six month it is becoming far worse and totally disrupting my sleep. Just last night I woke up a minimum of 10 times drenched from head to toe then would be freezing moments later. This is pretty much how it happens every time. I have started getting what I would call mini hot flashes. I am not getting the WAVE as people describe it but I am normally a very cold person. I have raynauds syndrom so heat and I are very good friends. The hotter the better in my eyes, but in the last six months I cannot think about sitting in our hot tub, anything over 70 degrees is dreadful. I where less clothing then ever before and still can't shake that hot feeling. I almost feel feverish at times, but my temp is normal at 97.8. I am looking for thoughts on tests to confirm and what options do I have to help with the symptoms. If this is just the start I want to nip it in the bud now before it becomes worse.
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