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Celestia asked in HealthWomen's Health · 1 decade ago

Is it normal to have so many period-related aches and pains when you are in your 40's?

During the week before my period starts, my whole body just feels terrible. I have migraines, joint pain, pains all over the place, on the left abdomen and right abdomen, pain where my ovaries probably are, pain down the middle of my abdomen - don't know whether that's my colon or my uterus, back pain, other muscle pain, headaches, I feel extremely fatiqued, etc. I am so tired of having all these pains all over the place and I can't pinpoint their causes. I am 43 years old, I have three pretty big fibroids, and extremely bad periods. I also have carpal tunnel, which gets worse during this time too. Right now I don't have any insurance, so I can't go to a doctor unless it's the ER. That just makes any problem I have feel so much worse, because I just imagine what's going on in there and get worried. I graduate from college next winter and hopefully will get a job quickly and then have insurance. Am I being a mid-life hypochondriac? Are there any herbal remedies for me?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Welcome to the wild world of peri-menopause! There could be something seriously wrong with you, but you may have trouble getting a doctor to investigate if you just provide the above list. It sounds all too normal to me! I'm almost 46 and the last few years have been worse than adolescence. I have two suggestions for you.

    1. Try to find out if the fact that you are miserable for the 1.5 weeks around your period, but ok the rest of the time (?), makes it more or less likely that there is something seriously wrong.

    2. In case it is perimenopause, get a book! The one that worked for a friend of mine, and helped me as well, is Menopause Without Medicine. My friend read it cover to cover and the herbal remedies and diet really helped her. I read parts of it and it helped me, also, though not as dramatically as her.

    Good luck, hope you feel better and "grow" out of it. That's what I'm hoping for!!!

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  • 1 decade ago

    I'm 49 and have similar pains minus the migraines for about a week & 1/2 before & during my periods. And I am very emotional, either crying or getting mad over nothing. I do get headaches sometimes but not migraines. I think that I maybe/probably am going through menapause which may be what is causing my problems.

    I don't know what might be wrong with you but I don't think you are a hypochondriac. As for herbal remedies I haven't a clue.

    Congratulations on graduating next winter & best of luck on quickly getting a job. I sincerely hope all goes well for you!

    Have a great New Year!!

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  • Dotr
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    I had alot of symtoms like that at your age. By the time I got a DR to take interest in all the problems... I had full blown uterine cancer. There are clinics and help available to people with no insurance. Hot black tea w/sugar helps u feel better. plz seek help? Congradulations on graduating!

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  • Nancy
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    It's not normal to experience all what you're experiencing.

    Go see your doctor for help.

    I am 44. I don't suffer all of those things.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    sounds like you might have endometriosis or ovarian cysts...fibroids don't hurt. until you get some health insurance, you just need to grin and bear it...or find a clinic to help.....

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes!

    My mother does all the time.

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  • 1 decade ago

    As long as you have periods, you can get perimenstrual symptoms.

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