I am looking for some natural remedies, opinions, ideas to help with pre-menstral exhaustion and mood swings (very short fused around here…).
My background: I have a 4 yr old, and after having a burst ovarian cyst about a year ago and emergency surgery because of it while using Mirena, I no longer am using any hormonal birth control (among other factors). After over a year of letting my body adjust to its natural rhythm, I have realized it has been ages since I have not been on hormones or pregnant! Apparently it's been ages since I've had to deal with the monthly gifts of exhaustion and mood swings…so, I would be ever so grateful if you could share your best ways to deal with these rhythms! (and so would my daughter!)
This is a pretty good link that talks about taking magnesium and vitamin B for mood swings and pms :) http://www.livestrong.com/article/69748-vitamins-pms-mood-swings/ I started taking those when my periods started (around 8 weeks post-partum) and it's really helped! They should help with fatigue as well, but also drinking a lot of water and upping my iron intake helps me with fatigue during that time too. :)
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There's a PMS/PMDD support thread in Mental Health forum here at MDC but it would likely point you to a B-complex plus an additional B6 such that between the two of them you had 150mg of B6/day. The B-complex will give you some B-12 plus the necessary uptake assistance for the B6.
Magnesium has a calming effect. It's a great nutrient and we're usually deficient; but if you're exhausted--I would try the B-complex with extra B6 first.
I realize it seems too simple to work, but for some of us, it's "cured" PMDD (which I honestly thought was a complete farce until I actually had it :/ ). Some women have to increase the B6 to 200mg/day in the second half of the month.
And I wouldn't suggest doing it all at once: you want to be able to tie any reactions you have (good or bad) to a single source.
Hope this helps!