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hi Molly~
sorry to hear you are having a hard time.
post #22 of 624
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there are some blogs for pmdd...

http://lifewpmdd.com/

http://pms-zone.blogspot.com/search?...&max-results=3
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hi Molly~
sorry to hear you are having a hard time.




Hi mystic mama, I am sorry you are going through the rough time right now, I hope you can find some peace and rest today. Thank you for taking the time to post and update us.

I am surprised to see how common PMDD is, in fact I didn't even know about it until I stumbled upon your thread and after doing some research, I am very certain I am struggling with this in my life. I made a dr. appt. but it is a week away. I am looking forward to getting some answers and moving toward a soulution. I know that if I am really good about taking my B vitamins, calcium and magnesium, I have a less horrific week.

Thanks again, I will keep active in this thread, it might be a good idea to have a little chart to follow my cycle. I'll look into that, maybe if I am expecting the bad week then maybe it won't be so bad.

peace...
post #24 of 624
How exactly are you diagnosed with PMDD? I have always had very bad PMS and it has gotten worse as I've gotten older. I have never talked to my Dr. about it though.
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How exactly are you diagnosed with PMDD? I have always had very bad PMS and it has gotten worse as I've gotten older. I have never talked to my Dr. about it though.
from what I know, it helps to document it and show the cycle of the symptoms as there are different patterns which can change the dosage of medication.

there are also different levels,,,

PMS
Severe PMS
PME and PMDD

I believe in order to get an actual diagnosis you need documentation or to be very sure that in fact you have these reoccuring symptoms at the same time each month.
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subbing, will bbl
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well, last night very soon after writing i lost it...not for too long but it felt horrible.

I went to check email for a bit and left DP and our female friend hanging out and then I ended up feeling left out and feeling like I didnt know how to rejoin and be social, I started crying and feeling sad and a part of me told myself to just go hang out but the childhood issues took over I think and I felt abandonment and maybe some Post Traumatic Stress and I got really angry at him and was flipping him off and being pissed very passive agressively. I felt really really shaky and upset...cried then came out of it but I was very dissapointed that happened. Feelings of shame, defeat and weakness came over me.

i really really want to keep it together! doing okay so far. although, I've had some not kind thoughts creeep in. DP told me how sorry he was that he left me out especially because he should be extra sensitive to me at this time...he was very sweet about it, not mad at all just completely loving and sweet...i am soo lucky to have him. christmas is going to be very similar to this. i feel like crying, i'm a very emo womyn right now. sigh.
Just wanted to give you a hug. I know just how you feel!
post #29 of 624
I'm at day 7-8 in my cycle. Day 15 is when it starts to get bad. I'm beginning to fear it more and more with each cycle and start to think "please, don't let it be too bad this month". During my last cycle I started to feel much better around day 21 after taking 150-200 mg. B6 a day (B6 is one of the most well documented supplements for PMDD) and I felt sooo much better. The effect was very strong after just two days. Now I really hope the effect will last.

Mystic~mama I know that it's silly to start taking five different amino acids and what not at the same time. However, I'm ordering from Denmark and amino acids are illegal here so I need to order from the US and the shipping costs are awful. I'm afraid that I won't chose the right supplement if I only order one thing and then I'd have to reorder or I might not have the money to pay the shipping costs again. Ideally I'm looking to treat both anxiety, depression, lack of energy, sleep disorders and lack of concentration (all related to PMDD) I don't know if it's all caused by serotonin deficiency or if GABA might be beneficial too.

Thank you for telling me about the book.
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On the different levels of pms, severe etc... I don't know how I could possibly go several months documenting to find the patern. I am so scared to have it rear it's ugly head even one more time. I know I have something, I really don't want to go another month through that hell. I am going to see my dr. on Tuesday and i will get on the pill at that time and am going to start taking B6 and other b vitamins, calcium, fish oil and continue my multi. I am hoping for some reliefe this month.
post #32 of 624
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On the different levels of pms, severe etc... I don't know how I could possibly go several months documenting to find the patern. I am so scared to have it rear it's ugly head even one more time. I know I have something, I really don't want to go another month through that hell. I am going to see my dr. on Tuesday and i will get on the pill at that time and am going to start taking B6 and other b vitamins, calcium, fish oil and continue my multi. I am hoping for some reliefe this month.
for me i have a spike and peak pattern meaning, at ovulation I have 48 hrs of funky hormones then back to normal until the pre menstral.

def go to your DR, documenting helps also, I can email u the chart if u want just send me your addy it helps chart the symptoms each month.
post #33 of 624
oh man, I'm currently six days past ovulation and I feel terrible. I guess the B6 wasn't that effective after all though it does make a small difference. I just feel so sad and I'm stressed out which makes it much worse. I haven't ordered the supplements and amino acids that I wanted to because I'm unable to make any decisions when I feel so depressed. I'm probably afraid it wont be effective after all. Sometimes I'm not sure if I'm stupid for not trying SSRI's but the thought of medicine makes me to scared to even consider it. My DP is taking paxil (very low dose) but he is unable to stop because the he gets these horrible neurological symptoms. The risk of sexual side effects scare me to. I know paxil are worse than others but still.... I need to get off my butt and order some 5-HTP and a few other things.

Just need to vent and perhaps a BTDT hug would be nice....

I hope you are all doing okay?

Anne
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When I first met my DH, my PMS? was sooo bad. After dating for over a year, he said that if we didn't find a cure for it, we could never ever talk about a forever together - and YES it REALLY was that bad. He did lots of research for me and found Evening Primrose Softgels. DH even paid for it for me because at that time money was definitely a big issue for me. I am quite relieved to say that I now take it all month long because not only does it make me feel that I am no longer emotionally freefalling with no bottom in sight, but it also improves my short term memory which was originally to the level of being a disability. I take 7000mg of Evening Primrose every day even though that is way more than it says you should, but I know my body and I am at the optimal level for me.
I also now take an oldish medication called desipramine with excellent results. They both do different things for me but I have learned to tell which one needs to be increased when I start having break through symptoms (very hard to do at first). I am at a pediatric starter dosage with the desipramine, and that is enough because I am hypersensitive to medications. I can only increase it 10 mg at a time(years ago, I actually lost a job when I went up 25 mg's all at once).
btw - My DH and I just celebrated our 10th anniversary
He is such a great support and an amazing person. When he met me, I was single parenting 2 special needs kids.(what is the abbv's for that?) DH is the one who got me to start having confidence in myself, etc which has helped me as a parent, too.
post #35 of 624
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oh man, I'm currently six days past ovulation and I feel terrible. I guess the B6 wasn't that effective after all though it does make a small difference. I just feel so sad and I'm stressed out which makes it much worse. I haven't ordered the supplements and amino acids that I wanted to because I'm unable to make any decisions when I feel so depressed. I'm probably afraid it wont be effective after all. Sometimes I'm not sure if I'm stupid for not trying SSRI's but the thought of medicine makes me to scared to even consider it. My DP is taking paxil (very low dose) but he is unable to stop because the he gets these horrible neurological symptoms. The risk of sexual side effects scare me to. I know paxil are worse than others but still.... I need to get off my butt and order some 5-HTP and a few other things.

Just need to vent and perhaps a BTDT hug would be nice....

I hope you are all doing okay?

Anne
Hi Anne,

a very very big hug to you! take a deeeep breath i know its hard to feel it now but it will pass you will feel good again....

lately i've been going out for walks and that helps blow off steam:

and believe me I know its hard but try and keep busy, do something creative, something you enjoy with your hands
and dont foreget, you are not alone! :
post #36 of 624
Mystic~mama: Thanks for your sweet and supportive reply. Yes, I do take calcium. I take all the vitamins and minerals recommended for the PMS/PMDD and it does help - just not enough. Two years ago I was having suicidal thoughts every cycle and now I'm depressed, anxious and very very tired but at least not suicidal - that happens very rarely now. BTW I do feel a bit better today. You are right that it really helps to stay active one way or another. Otherwise I sink in to a horrible funk.

BTW: I have bought access to a natural treatment database. It's all research based and all recommendations are divided into different categories depending on the level of evidence. PM and I'll gladly share the password. It has tons of info about treating all kinds of disease and problems naturally.

Anyone here who have used Julia Ross' approach from the mood cure??? That is what I'm trying to do with the amino acids I want to start taking.

It seems like we have all experienced some kind of problems in our relationship due to PMDD. In my case my DP can find it quite hard to even look at me when I'm depressed. I totally get that. It must be quite weird because I'm very happy during the first half of my cycle. During the first part of our relationship he wasn't terribly supportive but that changed after he found out how bad it is. He's a doctor and suggested that I'd give st. johns wort a try.

Gotta go now.
post #37 of 624
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Mystic~mama: Thanks for your sweet and supportive reply. Yes, I do take calcium. I take all the vitamins and minerals recommended for the PMS/PMDD and it does help - just not enough. Two years ago I was having suicidal thoughts every cycle and now I'm depressed, anxious and very very tired but at least not suicidal - that happens very rarely now. BTW I do feel a bit better today. You are right that it really helps to stay active one way or another. Otherwise I sink in to a horrible funk.

BTW: I have bought access to a natural treatment database. It's all research based and all recommendations are divided into different categories depending on the level of evidence. PM and I'll gladly share the password. It has tons of info about treating all kinds of disease and problems naturally.

Anyone here who have used Julia Ross' approach from the mood cure??? That is what I'm trying to do with the amino acids I want to start taking.

It seems like we have all experienced some kind of problems in our relationship due to PMDD. In my case my DP can find it quite hard to even look at me when I'm depressed. I totally get that. It must be quite weird because I'm very happy during the first half of my cycle. During the first part of our relationship he wasn't terribly supportive but that changed after he found out how bad it is. He's a doctor and suggested that I'd give st. johns wort a try.

Gotta go now.
hello....i'll take a look at that database sometime, will pm u later. I ordered New Chapters Serofin today which seems alittle stronger than the SC27 (st johns) i am already taking, i read more about it today so i am giving SJ's my best shot, it sounds comperable to prozac but herbal.
post #38 of 624
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hi mamas ~ hows it going?

hope all is well Danish Mom
post #39 of 624
Hi Everyone~

I suffer from terrible PMS and recently found out about PMDD. Physically I have nausea/GI trouble, but mentally and emotionally, I am a mess. I am 39 (today) and it has gotten increasingly worse. During PMDD, I want a divorce and want to die (not suicidal, just wish I would be in an accident or something). I feel awful to write this, but it just stinks so much because this is not what I'm normally like at all. It is completely disrupting my life and having an affect on my relationships. I missed my family's early Christmas gathering because I could not stop crying. A few days before I screamed my head off at my dh and ds. I'm ready to go on anti depressants, but after reading/skimming the posts, I think I will see my naturopath to try natural remedies first. Honestly, I don't care what I do or take at this point, I just need help.

I currently am filling out a daily record of PMDD problems, but can't imagine doing this for 2 more months without getting help. We have a trip scheduled for January during my PMDD time, and I'm thinking about canceling it because I know I'll be a mess. Here is a good website which has a record to keep for severity of problems to give to a doc to be diagnosed: http://pmdd.factsforhealth.org/have/dailyrecord.asp

I am so glad to have found you guys.
post #40 of 624
Hello everyone,
Wow, I am so relieved to have found this thread!: I feel like I have been suffering with this in silence for so many years thinking I was going crazy. For me, I get a day of complete crying, depression, sadness around the time I ovulate. Then about 1 week before emo I get sad, lonely, bouts of crying, and depression. It seems as if all of my life's issues (past and present) come up at this time. I could never figure out "what was wrong with me" that I couldn't "move on" from issues because everything creeps up on me at this time.

About two years ago I started to keep track of my cycle because we wanted another child. To make a long story short, I discovered this pattern by accident. All this time I had been blaming myself and others told me I was just oversensitive and not strong enough. People are finally starting to believe me when all the YAZ PMDD comercials came out. Anyway this is what worked for me in past years and was suggested by my doctor.

I HAVE to exercise. That seems to make a huge difference.

Birth control makes a difference too. I noticed more crying and depression feelings after stopping birth control.

I was taking calcium, magnesium, B vitamins, multi-vitamin, and a generic form of prosac. The prosac was only during emo for aprox. two weeks. I also kept to myself the day I thought it would hit me the worst.

Now, I just gave birth to DD in October and am exclusively breastfeeding. I had no symptoms during my pregnancy, but AF has started up again along with the symptoms. Everyone tells me I have post-partum depression but I think it is all my symptoms coming back. AF came right after the latest crying bout and I was fine after a few days.

I love everyone's suggestions, especially diet changes. I already gave up caffene, chocolate, and dairy due to nursing and DD's reflux issues. Does anyone have any suggestions for nursing mom's? I was hoping that I could start to treat it before it hits me terribly again.

I know this got long, but it was so nice to have somewhere to talk about all of this. I felt soooo alone in this. Thank you for starting this thread. It is so nice to have support!!!
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