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pmdd -i think i have pmdd not just the usual pmt

By Anonymous June 8, 2010 - 3:35am
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i have just read up on pmdd, looking at pmt and knowing that mine was a lot more intense i found that all the things stated about pmdd were like i had written them myself. i also read that in severe cases they can do a hysterectomy. well i am having one in six weeks any way for other reasons but they are leaving my ovaries, so does that mean i will still get pmdd?? should i ask them to take my ovaries out too???
i have manic episodes when my husband does something wrong, and tell my husband i want to stab him, i hit my head off the wall and feel i want to die, i collapse on to the floor and sob for hours. then after a while i settle down, it can go away or flair up a couple times more in a space of a few hours. then i am a normal person again. at the time i feel that it's not over reacting and blame how i am on my husband. i know this is not right though. usually happens 7 to 10 days before my period. i can feel fine one minute and then watch out here i come. i hate being like this and hope that the op will stop this, that's why i need to know if leaving my eggs will keep this happening or not?? please help.

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So much good information and fellowship here. Clearly, anonymous, you are being seriously affected by what sounds like PMDD (of course, no one can make a diagnosis over the internet!)
I suspect all of you reading this have already done a ton of research on the subject, but I just thought I'd point out the two articles I've written on the subject in case they are able to add something of value to the discussion: http://www.pmscomfort.com/pms-symptoms/pmdd.aspx and http://www.pmscomfort.com/pms-symptoms/pmdd-causes.aspx.
I will also say, in my experience practicing natural medicine, I've seen many women with PMDD improve dramatically with natural measures. It may seem hopeless, and that only something as radical as an ovarectomy could provide relief, but that has not been my clinical experience. Anyone in this situation, I would keep hope alive and would consider alternatives to medication and radical measures, if you're able.

August 28, 2011 - 5:27pm
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Yaz helped me with my PMDD, but I ended up with a pulmonary embolism and now I can't take birth control or hormones of any kind, ever. My PMDD is back in full swing and I am so frustrated! If you decide to try Yasmin or Yaz as a treatment you should know that blood clots and pulmonary embolisms are not uncommon side effects. I could have died if my doctor had not know suspected right away what was going on and got me to the hospital. I'd rather be a wacko and alive than levelheaded and dead.

August 26, 2011 - 3:57pm

haven't got back to me yet but will let you know. live in stroud uk.

June 10, 2010 - 1:25pm

Thank you so much for writing to us about your experiences. I'm sad to hear that you feel like a "wacko" -- please don't. Postpartum depression and PMDD are real disorders that affect many, many women.

What country are you in, Mum? Have you been able to talk to your doctor about having your ovaries removed? What was his or her opinion? I know you said you are waiting to hear about whether the surgery would be approved, but I am hoping you were able to talk with your doctor about the hormonal implications as well as the surgery?

June 10, 2010 - 8:22am

i am 38, i have been diagnosed with post natal depression after each child i had, the youngest is 10 now. i have found another site, it said you are likely to get that if you have pmdd. when i read what another lady had to say she sounded just like me. she finally got a hysterectomy and had her ovaries removed, as they are the culprit, she is now great. she lives in usa and has her own gynecologist as they do. i have had depression in the past too but when you have gone through 2 divorces no wonder. my new husband is really good with me as he loves me so much but i know that i have to do something and seeing as i have a prolapsed womb and having a hysterectomy soon i have asked to have ovaries removed too. it's worth a go. i haven't really gone into depth with any doctor for a long time of how i really am, i feel like a wacko. it's hard to put it into words sitting in an office for 5 minutes. i did see a psychiatrist 10 years ago but got put on tablets for depression and worked through some of how i felt but at the time i was going through a bad time so it wasn't clear then that the pmdd was there too. things are good now, really good so i am not depressed and it can pop up in seconds/minutes, always 7 -10 days pre period. i know with depression it builds up, then it goes or stays for weeks, months. i crash and then come back to normal from feeling crazy one minute, lasting for a few hours, to normal within seconds, no slow recovery, just instant. i think that due to depression in the past the doctors have not noticed the pmdd, i knew something was not right with me and i really feel that this is what it is. i feel relieved now especially if i can get my ovaries removed too, waiting to hear. i think that pmt is so accepted that it isn't taken seriously, the butt of jokes, and so pmdd is overlooked. i hadn't heard of it until now, so it's only now i know i am not crazy!!
can i say what a brilliant site this is. we don't all feel that we can go to a gp, we feel embarrassed or wasting there time. so this is an easy way to let it all out and get answers.
thanks so much.

June 9, 2010 - 1:48am
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Anonymous (reply to mum)

hi, i know exactly what you are going through, i have had pmdd for many years, i am now 43 years old and have had enough, i have been given a prostat injection to stop my ovaries from working which has induced menopause, if i feel ok i can then decide whether or not to have both of my ovaries removed, I had the injection about 6 weeks ago and i am having lots of hot flushes through the night and very bad headaches, also through the day i feel i have brain fog ( loose half of my vocabulary etc) i still have about another 6 weeks to decide if i want to go ahead with the operation, I am very undecided at this time , should i keep my ovaries and have severe pmdd or loose my ovaries and have menapausal symptoms?, also i have read that to be rid of pmdd the uterus also needs to be removed along with the ovaries, i have spoken to two doctors and my gynochologist but nobody actually seems to care when pmdd or pms is involved, has any body gone through this operation because of pmdd and if so are they now better, would really appreciate any advice , thanks!!!

June 29, 2011 - 5:17am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

i was told by another gp that as i was already on the pill, for a skin complaint, i am already sterilised, that i should not have pmdd as as far as my body is concerned my hormones should be under control. i told her they weren't and she suggested to take the pill, yasmin, for 3 months at a time with no break. i have to say it is working. i do get a bit of pmt but not pmdd. also i had to get my husband to work with me at not using the triggers that would set me off, my past. he has been good and i have taken control at not letting things spiral, walking away from things that would set me on the roller coaster ride of pmdd. the hospital were going to operate for other reasons not the pmdd but then decided i really didn't need the op. i was really disappointed at first but now i think it was for the best. maybe you should try the pill for a bit. don't rush into anything that you can't go back on or will just exchange one problem for another. you have put up with it this long so a few months trying something as simple as 33 days of the pill at a time might be the answer or not but surely worth a try? i hope this helps.

June 29, 2011 - 9:47am

Can you tell us how old you are?

I am looking into the answer to your question, whether having a hysterectomy and taking out or leaving your ovaries are treatment options for PMDD.

What other treatment options have you already tried?
Have you been diagnosed with anxiety or depression prior to being diagnosed with PMDD?

Physically threatening your husband sounds very scary, and I am curious if you are also talking with a psychologist or counselor, in addition to your gynecologist?

June 8, 2010 - 7:25pm
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