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Issues with mental focus, lack of concentration, and mood swings

By Anonymous October 28, 2011 - 11:31am
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I think I am suffering from peri-menopausal related hormonal changes. For over a year I literally have days when I cannot put a proper thought/sentence together, I am completely unfocused, and feel lathargic and generally "off". This is starting to occur weeks in advance of my menstrual flow-and seems to be present for several days into the flow. I am in an executive position and I have suffered in my confidence levels as I just don't seem to have the mental sharpness I have always had. I've seen my gyn and they just keep pushing BCP to help with all of my symptoms. I have mild hypothyroidism-well controlled for years on .025 mcg of Synthroid (labs every 6 mos are wnl). I'm so frustrated and concerned that I cannot continue in my current position if I can't get this issue resolved. I guess I'm wondering if there are specific tests I should push my gyn to run or if I should just see an MD that specializes in hormones outside of my HMO (Kaiser).

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Hi Anon

Thanks for your question and welcome!

I'm sorry things are so tough for you right now. Have you had a blood test to see where you stand, hormonally? This is important so that you can find out where you stand (in terms of perimenopause menopause) and work from there.

However, if you say you literally (I assume you really mean literally!) have days where you can't really think or speak then this could be something altogether different. There may be something neurological going on - something in your brain.

I think it's a good idea to see exactly where you stand hormonally and then if your numbers are normal, consider seeing a neurologist. While peri and menopause can cause a rather foggy brain at times, it should not stop a woman from forming thoughts or rendering her unable to speak coherently. That may be a neurological issue.

For more on perimenopause, click here: http://www.empowher.com/condition/perimenopause

Please keep us updated and best in health,

October 30, 2011 - 8:57am
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