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Did anyone here experience "unusual" physical symptoms with the return of AF after birth/nursing?<br><br>
I am becoming a bit concerned. It seems that right around the same time each month (which is why I think it may be hormonal), I feel "off". Some of the symptoms: visual migraines (a weird 'aura' circle in my vision that lasts about 10-15 min), emotional swings, feelings of being just-on-the-verge of losing control (fleeting), very slight numbness/tingling in hands and (last night) on the side of my face.<br><br>
My ds has nursed for 28 months now...still going...and I haven't had AF return yet but I get some cramping and aches like its coming each month. I had a very complete physical in Jan and all checked out OK.<br><br>
Could this stuff be hormonal?<br><br>
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Yup. Sounds hormonal. Or rather, a brain/hormone problem.<br>
Do you eat soy? Estrogen increases might do that...
 

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Thank you for the response, mamakay.<br><br>
Please educate me (or point me in the right direction)!<br><br>
I eat some soy...not regularly. What do you mean by brain/hormone problem?<br><br>
Could even the tingling be hormonal?<br><br>
Any info helpful!
 

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Well, I'm looking at this from my POV and experience, which is that I'm an epileptic who's seizures are always hormone triggered. And there are a lot of neurological similarities between the type of seizures I have and migrane auras. (I have those, too, btw.)<br>
Anyway, estrogen spikes can do wacky stuff to your brain sometimes, and soy increases your estrogen.<br>
As a general rule of thumb, if hormones are doing weird things to your brain, estrogen is usually (but not always) the culprit.<br><br>
If you're really worried, you might want to see a neurologist.<br>
I suggest you start keeping a diary of "events" to help figure out exactly what might be going on when in your cycle.<br>
Whatever it is, it'll probably go back to normal once your hormones balance out.<br>
In the mean time, I suggest taking Omega3 supplements, and eliminating most red meat from your diet. Omega 3 really is almost a wonder, cure-all treatment for a whole slew of funky brain issues. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I found something on it. I was wrong...it's not estrogen being too high that triggers migraines, but rather estrogen <i>withdrawl</i>...<br>
BUT...it also says that estrogen administration can trigger migraines, too.<br>
Estrogen is just funky stuff in a lot of ways...lol...<br><br><a href="http://www.migraines.org/treatment/treather.htm" target="_blank">http://www.migraines.org/treatment/treather.htm</a><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Estrogen levels are a key factor in the increased prevalence of migraine in women. Evidence includes the following: migraine prevalence increases at menarche; estrogen withdrawal during menstruation is a common migraine trigger; estrogen administration in oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy can trigger migraines; migraines typically decrease during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy when estrogen levels are high; migraines are common immediately post-partum with the precipitous drop in estrogen levels; and migraines generally improve with physiologic menopause. Exactly how changes in estrogen levels influences migraine is not understood. Among numerous effects, fluctuations in estrogen levels can result in changes in prostaglandins and the uterus, prolactin release, opioid regulation, and melatonin secretion. Changes in neurotransmitters including the catecholamines, noradrenaline, serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins.(ii)</td>
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These are the things that happen to me...<br><br>
The day before AF I am completly wiped out. I mean so wiped out I have to lay down because I cannot function.<br><br>
Then when AF comes I feel like I am completly out of control. I am a raving B$%ch towards my dh, I feel very overwhelmed by Elle, and then it just makes me feel like crap because I feel terrible for the way I feel but I feel like I cannot control it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Other things that are my new norm are sore breasts starting a few days after I ovulate which last about a week, irregular cycles, ovulation pains, terrible terrible cramping the first 2 days of my AF so bad that I want to hold myself and lay in a ball on the floor.<br><br>
None of this used to happen to me. Elle is 24 months old and I am now on my fourth pp cycle. I cannot wait to be pg again so all this misery stops<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> !!!!!<br>
Amy<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Thank you both for sharing your experiences. Thank you mamakay for the link and the information.<br><br>
I'm not really feeling any of the symptoms today...but they can be freaky when they are happening. This just started the last 4-5 months so, as I said, I'm thinking it's my body gearing up for the return of AF. I imagine the hormones are going crazy after 37 months.<br><br>
I feel a bit better about it now...
 

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I had to chime in because I was having the same tingling in my hands and weird numbness. Also severe itching on my hands and feet. I never found out what it was. Thing do seem worse right before my period.<br>
The thing I suspected was Splenda because I was using it in my coffee in the mornings (trying to go sugar free). I also had recently started fish oil and flax oil, as well as a magnesium/calcium/zinc supplement and a B-complex. I have stopped taking them and will slowly restart one at a time to see if it may be any of those.<br>
I do think rising/declining Estrogen levels play a part in the symptoms but in my case I think it was an immune/autoimmune issue, as I got a whopping flu type virus shortly after these symtoms started, and now that I'm feeling better things seem more normal.<br>
Good luck, I know it's scary when your body is doing funky things!
 

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Splenda is super scary. The reason it has "no calories" is because you body recognized it as being toxic and rejects it as food. I'd be suprised if the supplements you mentioned had anything to do with your symptoms-unless you weren't taking high quality versions. Magnesium and B vitamins work to help with tingling sensations. Flax oil is very nourishing and though I prefer CLO over fish oil I can't imagine that would be an issue. What brands were you using?
 

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Some fish oils are rancid b/c they are not processed correctly. There are only a few companies that I would trust and have been investigated as to not have this problem. Nordic Naturals. Carlson. Blue Ice. Garden of Life.<br><br>
But GNC or Nature Made or the like, no way.<br><br>
Rancid fish oils contain free radicals that can do much more damage in the body than good.
 

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Yeah, I had "cycles" for a few months before AF actually returned, but it wasn't quite as dramatic for me. I noticed lowered pumping output, breast pain, and crankiness for a few days about 2 weeks after noticing fertile CM.<br><br>
General nutrition guidelines for balancing hormones are good quality fish oils and/or evening primrose oil, B vitamins (esp B-6) and magnesium.
 
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