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post #541 of 626
Hi all, I was diagnosed with PMDD in May after being on Adderall for several months for my ADD. With a clear head the rest of the month, we were really able to see how bad my head got during my luteal phase.

We initially tried low-dose Paxil, but I immediately saw my ADD function fall drastically and all of a sudden I had severe insomnia. Due to the side-effects I was experiencing and Paxil's severe rebounds, we decided it was safer for me to take it daily instead of just during my luteal phase (side-effects more likely to level out if taken daily). After 8 weeks, we decided to go off and I suffered a severe SSRI discontinuation syndrome which has me pretty reserved on taking another one.

At this point, I've been referred to a psychiatrist for treatment and in the meantime I'm taking 6000mg EPO 9%GLA daily plus I was upped on Adderall this month for other reasons, but it's been found to have anti-depressant effects. I was hoping to try acupuncture this month, my sister has HUGE effects from it, but I didn't have the money for my co-pay this month so maybe next. I'm on day 25 of an approximate 28-30day cycle and so far, so good.
post #542 of 626
Hi Pyxiwulf, welcome. Interesting that the EPO seems to have a strong positive impact. What a journey you had with the Paxil! It's good to hear the EPO seems to be doing the job.

How is everybody else doing?

Hey Mystic~Mama, how are things?
post #543 of 626
Thread Starter 
Hi Surfacing...I'm still med free

things are good, lots of healing work which can get exhausting...but good...

copying and pasting this from another thread i posted in, anyone have any thoughts on this,,,,,,,

I was sure I ovulated around day 14 but then a week later it seemed like I ovulated again, I had fertile fluid and tender abdomin and now i'm on cycle day 35, I had 5 days of intense lower back and abdominal cramps...past 2 days with no cramps. Cervix is high and hard i believe and no sign of AF

I've taken 3 EPT's over the past 3 days with a negative result

and I feel like my breasts are swollen, bloated and feeling like i have hellish pms (emotional)

whats going on!?
post #544 of 626
Thread Starter 
I'm having a baby!




















just kidding!

no one responded to my posts about this hmph!
post #545 of 626
Mystic you had me for one second!

I don't know what is going on for you... my thoughts were that you were probably going to be getting your period but it was delayed for some reason. Or something.

How are things now?
post #546 of 626
i had the cycle from hell last month too MM. i freaked on my kids and threw their stuff in the garbage after one to many times of them saying no when i asked them to pick up. then that night i freaked on my DH... started screaming and threw a spatula at him and kicked him. told him to leave, not come back and if he did, i'd call the cops. i was wild. (this was after several days of putting up with so much $hit from him.)

then the next day i got my period.

obviously the meds aren't working so well anymore.
post #547 of 626
Thread Starter 
u_m mama, i'm sorry! that stinks!

yesterday (sunday) i, passed my period now, got hellaciously triggerd by dp (we are still seperated) and got into a horrible state of mind, had several panic attacks,,,it was traumatic and terrible.

i've been off the meds for months now. i've started to lose some weight finally....dp told me yesterday when i proded that "i used to look better a few years ago".........why does he insist on being so honest!? i just want to be told he thinks i'm beautiful............

working with my therapist and doing the best i can...........actually doing a lot better and have done some great healing work but got totally triggered yesterday.................not fun.............

blessings
post #548 of 626
Hello Ladies,
I found this thread (or a previous one) back in early 2008, I think it was a previous one because this one doesnt date back to then... I wish I could find it to show my hubby lol. Anyways, when I found the thread, for once in my life I truly felt hopeful, sane, understood. My eyes were opened & I KNEW I had PMDD. The symptoms were VERY obvious back then, however the extremity has changed drastically in the past two years.

I have gone from AD's- Mood Stabilizers- ADD meds & back around the board again. Id have to say, for me, as time goes by, each new month is more of a struggle. Im currently taking Abilify, Lexapro (started 2 weeks ago) & Adderall once a day, every day. Its hard to say if the meds are working-- they are to an extent, Id be far more of a nightmare without them.

Id venture to say I get 1 "good" week a month, if Im lucky & "good" isnt always so good... especially if your dealing with the shame/damage you recently caused. DH is AMAZING.. but has a hard time comprehending mental illnesses.

Two weeks before my period I get VERY irritable, distant, cold, impatient, moody, short-tempered, depressed, hopeless, overwhelmed by the tiniest things, lethargic, disinterested. I have a 3 y/o daughter, & most mornings I cant even wake up until after her, Ill sleep as if Im in a coma & it scares me. The thought of getting up, getting dressed, walking down the stairs, making coffee & tending to my toddler overwhelms the heck out of me. The task "seems" ginormous! I do better after my cocktail of pills, but my lack of energy remains & my disinterest in anything is always present. Not to mention my irritability.. so actually I guess the pills just tone me down a bit.

DH gets the brunt of everything, especially my irritability. It BAFFLES me as to how he loves me.. and then I think "Does he "really" love me?". We have been married coming up on 5 years & let me tell you I am one rollercoaster you dont want to ride! He is AD Army & we have been through one deployment back in 2007-2008. Surprisingly, I was "better" during that time, its crazy. The past year and a half has been my WORST, its really putting a strain on my marriage & Im not being the great mom I once was. I isolate myself at ANY given chance & really miss out on precious time with my daughter/family. I used to be a happier person without having to try...

I barely do anything anymore, Ill even admit I barely even take care of myself anymore. I fantasize over the thought of a hysterectomy.. though Im not ready to make that decision & have done no research to know if it helps. I cant see myself being stable enough to have another kid, let alone stable enough to where my hubby would agree on another... but then I see myself being regretful if I did get a hysterectomy. Just thoughts.

I could go on & on & on as Im sure we all could, but my mind is feeling a bit foggy. Thank you ladies for having this wonderful thread!!
post #549 of 626
Thread Starter 
beautifulmonster, hi, i'm glad you wrote......i am sorry you are going through that! it sounds horrible and I know from personal experience...

reading your post reminds me of how it used to be....my dp and I have been separated for 4 months now and that has helped a lot, I also got off the prozac....

so I'm curious what your diet is like mama, I wonder if you can find some help their.....

also, for me, it seems like the biggest factor is my pmdd is unresolved childhood issues which i have been working hard at....(abandonment/insecure attachment)

i wonder if that is a common thing with us here?
post #550 of 626
Thread Starter 
check out the page on PMDD at doctor yourself
post #551 of 626
I'd like to join this thread too!
Really looking for natural treatments,diet changes,etc.
I dread the days-week before my period starts. Sometimes, like this cycle the symptoms lasted for a couple days after my period started. I try to keep myself feeling slightly ok telling myself I know why I'm experiencing these symtpoms but it sucks! The irritability, arguing with DH,depression, and just feeling anxious and on edge all day long. I just want to blow up at times I feel so awful
post #552 of 626

me too :(.  Ever since I got my period back a few months ago it's been HORRIBLE.  It's always been bad, but now it's 2.5 weeks of hell.  A couple months ago I caved and started taking Celexa.  I'm on 20 mgs and then up it to 30 mgs two weeks before my period starts.  It's helped only somewhat.  I don't want to go on birth control.  For half the month I turn into this person that I don't even recognize.  I just want to feel normal and happy :(. 

Subbing to read through later.

post #553 of 626

Hey Mamas, I am not back to my period because I'm breastfeeding my 4 month old.... but I was at the acupuncturist today for mood... it was incredibly relaxing and centering. Amazing!!! I wonder if anyone here has considered or tried acupuncture for PMDD? If so, please share.

 

How is everyone doing? How is self-care going and good nutrition, sleep, exercise, fun, etc?

post #554 of 626

i did it for two years. i didn't help. it helped my overall mood, but not my mood swings and agitation. 

post #555 of 626

Hello Ladies,

I sure wish this thread would make it to more women's computer screens who are suffering from PMDD, I just love reading everyone's stories & feeling a bit of normalicy for once. I just re-read my latest post & must say I "think" things are going better. Im still on Abilify, upped dose to 10mg a day, quit the Lexapro because it made me way too lethargic. But now I believe I need an anti-depressant, so I came here to find out what works best for you?? Id rather inquire about an AD recommended by women suffering the same illness as I rather than the Dr. just picking one from her book =)

 

Any help is MUCH appreciated, lots of love =)

post #556 of 626

according the research i have done, the only two AD recommended for PMDD is zoloft and prozac. though of course many docs perscribe whatever. PMDD is a different thing than depression, so it doesn't respond like depression does to the meds. you can start on a low does and only take it as needed through out your cycle. 

 

HTH.

post #557 of 626

I just started taking vitex for pmdd after doing some research. Hope this helps!

post #558 of 626

Hi everyone.  I was so happy to find this thread a few days ago.  It made me feel not so alone.  I only started my period back this past September when my son weaned.  Since then I have noticed that the 2 weeks before I start are awful and I can almost literally feel the weight lift off of me and the relief when I finally do start. I usually take fish oil for mild depression symptoms, but it just wasn't enough for this so I decided to try SAM-e.  Well that actually worked pretty well for me except for the awful stomach ache it gave me.  I actually toughed out the stomach ache for a week to continue taking this just because the normalcy in my head was so great.  Finally I couldn't take the stomach ache anymore and decided to try the b6 after reading some of this thread, (28 pages was just a little too much to actually get through all of it).  I only took the b6 for a couple of days before I got the a stomach ache again only a little worse this time.  So I stopped taking anything and finally decided to go to the doctor and get on antidepressants since I seemed to be running out of options. 

 

So here is why I'm really posting today, I feel fine.  I know it's strange to post because I feel fine but I'm not taking anything and I'm a little less than a week from when I should be starting my period, why do I feel fine?  Can taking a couple of days worth of b6 stay in my system for days and make me feel this way?  Is it too much to hope that my hormones have mysteriously leveled out all on their own?  Or has anyone ever had problems with pmdd before and known early on they were pregnant because they actually felt good in the weeks preceeding their period?

post #559 of 626


 

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Originally Posted by Taradactyl3 View Post

Prob is it was only written for me to take it 2 weeks a month. I guess I could ask my MW to up it....I don't know.


Well I stopped taking prozac this summer and ended up having a really hard fall.  I'm on it now and take it everyday.  It is helping a lot.

 

Also I just found out I may have Type II diabetes.  I'm wondering if this might explain some of my issues.  I am trying to get in with an endocrinologist asap. 

 

I tried so many natural things for year and I'm now finding so much relief with the prozac.  Go figure.

 

I think of you ladies often!

post #560 of 626
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Originally Posted by Kaleo View Post

Hi everyone.  I was so happy to find this thread a few days ago.  It made me feel not so alone.  I only started my period back this past September when my son weaned.  Since then I have noticed that the 2 weeks before I start are awful and I can almost literally feel the weight lift off of me and the relief when I finally do start. I usually take fish oil for mild depression symptoms, but it just wasn't enough for this so I decided to try SAM-e.  Well that actually worked pretty well for me except for the awful stomach ache it gave me.  I actually toughed out the stomach ache for a week to continue taking this just because the normalcy in my head was so great.  Finally I couldn't take the stomach ache anymore and decided to try the b6 after reading some of this thread, (28 pages was just a little too much to actually get through all of it).  I only took the b6 for a couple of days before I got the a stomach ache again only a little worse this time.  So I stopped taking anything and finally decided to go to the doctor and get on antidepressants since I seemed to be running out of options. 

 

So here is why I'm really posting today, I feel fine.  I know it's strange to post because I feel fine but I'm not taking anything and I'm a little less than a week from when I should be starting my period, why do I feel fine?  Can taking a couple of days worth of b6 stay in my system for days and make me feel this way?  Is it too much to hope that my hormones have mysteriously leveled out all on their own?  Or has anyone ever had problems with pmdd before and known early on they were pregnant because they actually felt good in the weeks preceeding their period?


I have good months and bad months.  For a while I swore that doing regular yoga stopped my PMDD, until I had another bad month while doing it.  I am still wondering about my diet, but I have found that it is unpredictable for me.

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