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    Posted October 24, 2010 by
    msgrounds
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    Springboro, Ohio
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    'The Change': Coping with menopause

    Seeking Treatment

     

    I am finally going to go and have my hormone levels tested at HRC Medical in Cincinnati.  i have been dealing with perimenopause and menopausal symtoms for over 5 years. The insomnia, night sweats, hot flashes, joint pain, lack of energy and depression are just too much to handle.

     

    I am an active, healthy person who has watched what I eat and exercised regularly for many years (I am 5' 7" tall and weigh 118 lbs.), but I need help, as much as I thought I could handle this on my own with a healthy lifestyle.  I have even gone to therapy, but my therapist sent me to an older, male psychatrist who diagnosed me as bi-polar, but when I took the prescribed medication it did not help me (although I did realize the Cymbalta did help my joint pain when I went off it).  I don't think I am bi-polar (I have a sister who is so I am familiar with the condition), but it has been a struggle for some time.

     

    I went on the HR medical website and can honestly say I have experienced every single listed symptom except one (erectile dysfunction). It is a last resort but after researching natural hormone replacement I feel hopeful.  Will let you know how it goes!

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