More Things I Wish I Knew About Menopause
Here are some more symptoms that took me by surprise:
Forgetfulness I have always had a pretty crappy memory. I have the beautiful ability to read books 2-3 times and never know what’s coming next. I can see movies over and over again and although it feels vaguely familiar, it’s just like the first time. This has been the upside to my memory loss.
Now, let’s discuss the dark side. I used to be fairly articulate. I could hold an intelligent conversation without missing a beat. Now, however, I can be in a very intense conversation and there is a word that I can’t remember. No other word will suffice. I need THAT word and I can’t find it! Sometimes I will know the first letter. “It’s an ’e-word’, I am certain of it!” Then it becomes this strange game. The intense conversation turns into me and this other person trying to find the word. They are guessing and I am wishing I kept a thesaurus in my purse. I usually end up picking a word that is adequate, but the steam has left the conversation and I am left feeling vaguely dirty. I hate this and want my vocabulary back! What the hell is that word?
Onset of Perimenopause Symptoms I was around 35 when the symptoms started. I am now 40. I STILL have the symptoms even though I am not technically in menopause yet. I continue to move around in that elusive and mysterious perimenopause stage…the stage that nobody really understands and talks about. Trust me, I am not too young! Some women can even have these symptoms in their late 20’s. I absolutely LOVE it (can you hear the sarcasm?) when I hear “You’re too yooooooung!” That’s when the shoes start flying, baby!
Sudden Tears For no apparent reason! Last night I was sitting on the couch and watching a movie with the family. I hiccupped a bit and tried to hold them back. I knew they were coming! I found the remote, paused the movie, and said “I love you guys soooo much! I don’t think you realize how much I love all of you!” My girls look up at me with a somewhat suspicious and strange look on their face and Mr. Maniac says “Are you crying?” (We were watching “Mr. Woodcock”. Not really what I would call a tear-jerker). Hubby pats me on the head and the girls mumble “Love you too, Mom. Can you please start the movie?” I don’t know what came over me. Just waves of emotion. Honestly, it’s annoying and it hits at inopportune times.
Dizziness This is a symptom that I wasn’t even aware of… GoogleMama confirmed that increased dizziness is indeed a symptom, and the result of hormonal fluctuations. I have noticed an increase of dizziness, but didn’t realize it was related. Sometimes the dizziness can even happen while I am in bed. That’s a strange feeling! Bed spins without the tequila! Where’s the fun in that?
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