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could hormone changes during menopause cause sleepiness and weight gain?

By Anonymous May 10, 2009 - 9:47pm
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in the last 4 to 5 months, i have put on 30 lbs. and being diagnosed with speep apnea in october, 08, i have been using a cpap machine since the first of nov. 08. since about jan. 09, i have excessive sleepiness during the day, even after taking prescribed provigil 400mg daily. when i take it at 7:45 am, i am dozing off around 10 or 10:30 am. and then cannot keep my eyes open by around 5:30 - 6pm. something is wrong! i had a complete blood workup, including liver function, cholesterol, blood sugar, etc. and everything came back normal...but something is WRONG!!! PLEASE HELP! I will be 52 in sept. and also have no sex drive and body hair growth has slowed substantually.

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I'm post-menopausal, this after nearly 10 years of fighting the change without HRT. Everyone is different, but most people I know who are going through this hormonal havoc complain about weight gain, sleep issues, low libido and more. If I weren't a marathoner, I'd probably be worse off than I am, LOL!

Not that I am suggesting you start training for a marathon, but, how active are you?

May 11, 2009 - 6:12pm

Hi Anon,
When I started perimenopause I gained 25 lbs, was tired, sleepy, moody and had NO sex drive. Sounds like you've already had a series of tests done, but I'd suggest you ask to have your hormone levels checked as well. Susan provided some great information in her post are you having any other symptoms?
Hang in there, if it is menopause that's making you feel this way know you have treatment options to help you out.

May 11, 2009 - 5:48pm
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