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post #41 of 626
PS ladybugmama, keep talking to us! I want to give you a hug.
post #42 of 626
hello, i am so glad i stumbled on this thread. i have been lurking here for awhile. i have had severe pms since i came off depo-provera in march. i was on depo for almost 6 years to manage endometriosis.

my symptoms include depression, a constant feeling in the pit of my stomach almost like homesickness, crying for no reason and severe anger. i didn`t really recognize the pattern until this past month. i ruined our honeymoon in september by being a screaming crazy woman for no reason. since then i had one more cycle where i yelled so much at my husband and i even drove to work, and then drove home to yell at him some more! anyway, this cycle i started taking magnesium, a multivitamin and b6 and bcomplex. so far it has helped a little.:

i want to have a baby so bad, but we both agree that until i get this under control we should wait. but honestly, i wanted a baby so bad this last cycle i cried when AF came. dh says we should wait still, but won`t give me any time frame.

sorry this was long and i doubt it makes any sense.

hugs to all you mamas suffering!
post #43 of 626
Welcome new mama's (mama's to be). Glad you found us

I am about to enter my "time of the month" and am feeling a lot of fear about what will/could happen over Christmas.

I visited my Dr. and pretty much said "Give me the pill" and because he is a good dr, he said no, let's wait about 3 months before we decide on that.

He prescribed fish oil (a lot of it), Bcomplex, B6 and a good multivitamin. I am also taking a chinese herbal called "free and easy wanderer" by "Plum Flower." My naturalpath friend recomended it. I am hopeful but have not actually been through a cycle yet, but I am hoping with the knowledge I have acquired I can pull myself away if necessary.

I have big issues with anger, depression, anxiety and physically feel completely exhausted! I will fly off the handle at any little remark from DH, or get easily irritated by my kids and scream at them. It is hazordous to my family, know one deserves a wife/mom like me at that time. It is so sad for me to think of who I become, it is the true Jekyl and Hyde. I only find comfort in knowing that I know I am not crazy and that there is hope in finding ways to deal with it.

Hang in there ladies.
post #44 of 626
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Hi mamas, I am truly happy to see that more women have found this thread...I was wondering about it/you lately.
post #45 of 626
mystic~mama: Thank you for starting this support thread and for all the time you have taken to post!!

I did very well last month - I actually only had three bad days and I think it was unrelated to PMDD - it just happened at that time. I still think the B6 made a huge difference. So that's two good cycles in a row - for the first time in five years. My DP thinks the difference is huge and is so happy for me. Please look into the research done on vit. B6 - 150 mg. a day. There is a lot of evidence, it's recommended by doctors too and not just as an alternative treatment.

momofPL, herbmama3-7, courtrn and ladybugmama s to all of you.

Merry Christmas to all of you.
post #46 of 626
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mystic~mama: Thank you for starting this support thread and for all the time you have taken to post!!

I did very well last month - I actually only had three bad days and I think it was unrelated to PMDD - it just happened at that time. I still think the B6 made a huge difference. So that's two good cycles in a row - for the first time in five years. My DP thinks the difference is huge and is so happy for me. Please look into the research done on vit. B6 - 150 mg. a day. There is a lot of evidence, it's recommended by doctors too and not just as an alternative treatment.

momofPL, herbmama3-7, courtrn and ladybugmama s to all of you.

Merry Christmas to all you.
thanks Anne, So glad to hear your good news! That gives me (and all of us I'm sure more hope)

I will look more into B6, there is a lower amount in my B Complex I am taking.

I feel a difference in myself...its in my reactions...I will get triggered but the effect seems to wear off much quicker, before the emotion stuck around and hung on harder now, it feels like it much more quickly fades and I am less reactionary. I feel like this since the St Joans Wort and the Estrotone. but I'm feeling its more the St Johns....
post #47 of 626
Thanks for the tips ladies. I was taking B complex, and will have to try the B6this next month. It is very good to know there is something we can do to make this better.

My cycle is still all over the place right now. I think I have gotten my period twice this last month. I can tell my emotions are up and down too. My DD is 11 weeks old and my period came so soon after the first six weeks I cannot tell what is going on. I am exclusively breastfeeding, but did get this with my first child too. I wasn't expecting it over Christmas! So far I am doing fine just some sadness and lonely feelings. However, I am having a difficult time deciding if it is the PMDD or a result of the recent events? I am not sure probably some of both. Lack of sleep can make it so much worse. On the up side DD is starting to sleep for 4 hour stretches at night!: I can tell as I am feeling so much better this morning.
post #48 of 626
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it seems to hit out of nowhere sometimes...

thx mamas for being here. I'm glad I have this place to come to.
post #49 of 626
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thanks for reading and being around mamas, I just dont feel like listening to my friends say, take deep calming breaths.
post #50 of 626
I'm so sorry this happened mystic~mama.

Anne
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I'm so sorry this happened mystic~mama.

Anne

thx for being here Anne
post #52 of 626
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I am back home with my family, things are OK there...

I just cannot sleep, same thing last night, this happened last month too...so I'm up working, at least I can focus on that and not be stressed about my job.
post #53 of 626
subbing!!!!

i'm so glad to see this thread! i get severe PMS. it effects me so badly about 1 1/2 to 2 weeks out of the month. before my period, i get extreme headaches that are literally nauseating. i never need naps, but before my period i find myself physically exhausted. i also find my normal ability to have patience is incredibly difficult. i don't suffer from depression, but i become irritable (like everyone becomes so stupid to me...isn't that mean!). the headaches are the worst part though. my husband can always tell when it's a week or 2 before my period i try to take rescue remedy around my period, but it doesn't seem to really help.

when i searched online, it seems the only thing i could find was for prescription anxiety pills or anti-depressants and such. i'd rather steer clear of that if at all possible. anyway, glad to find this thread! i was searching for something to help me!!!
post #54 of 626
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Please look into the research done on vit. B6 - 150 mg. a day. There is a lot of evidence, it's recommended by doctors too and not just as an alternative treatment.
thank you!!! i am going to purchase this TOMORROW!!
post #55 of 626
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thank you.
post #56 of 626
Mystic~mama: I'm really sorry to hear that things are hard between you and your DP. I was wondering what kinds of treatment you've already tried for PMDD?

Elizawill: If you read the entire thread I've posted some links with great info. If you google use words such as "PMS/PMDD + supplements", "PMS/PMDD+alternative treatment", "PMS/PMDD and natural treatment methods". That you should provide you with some good links. Also PMS+B6.
post #57 of 626
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Mystic~mama: I'm really sorry to hear that things are hard between you and your DP. I was wondering what kinds of treatment you've already tried for PMDD?

Elizawill: If you read the entire thread I've posted some links with great info. If you google use words such as "PMS/PMDD + supplements", "PMS/PMDD+alternative treatment", "PMS/PMDD and natural treatment methods". That you should provide you with some good links. Also PMS+B6.
thx for writing...

I've tried nutritional and herbal

calcium
b complex
vitex
st johns (been on it 5 weeks)
other herbs, oatstraw/dandelion/burdock ect...

exercise

counseling

whole foods organic diet w/no refined stuff

stress reduction

in the past I have been SUPER vigilant about my diet and to no avail.


understandpmdd.com has a neat tracking tool for free
post #58 of 626
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I feel like I dont know who I am like my self gets taken away from me and i am being shoke up by this force that is beyond my control.

i am okay at this moment and have had peace for the rest of my day but i'm just worn out from all this.
I know exactly what you mean! I think you should try 150mg. of B6 and make sure you get the right dose of st. john's wort too. Have you thought about taking kava kava on bad days?

If that doesn't help I think trying conventional medicine for a couple of cycles is a good idea. At least it's important to know that you are doing what you can. Let me know if I can help you in anyway.

I'm O'ing and wondering what is waiting around the next corner this month. The last two cycles have been very good after starting the B6 but I've been through such hard times that I'm still scared to go there again!
post #59 of 626
mystic~mama, I am so sorry this is all going on for you. I know it can be so tough to figure all this out. I too have some cycles where it seems as if nothing I try works well. You seem to have tried so much.

It is ultimately you decision to try conventional medicine or not. I have personally tried it and it made a difference for me. I did not take them my entire cycle, but only when I needed them. I would start taking them a few days before I knew things would start acting up which was about 1 week before my period. I would stop taking them after my period would begin. It was approx. 10-14 days. That in combination with the vitamins, exercising, and diet worked beautifully. I wish you the best and hope that things get better for you.
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I am thinking of trying B 6
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