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IlvlittleE

I am curious to see if any of the ladies on this forum know anything about PMDD or Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder?  Every month around the same time I "lose it".  It has happened since I was probably 15.  I Wikipedia'd this and I have every one of the symptoms listed.  I do believe I do suffer from Panic Disorder as well since the attack that started this was not in that time frame but I do wonder if it makes that disorder just that much more difficult to deal with at certain times.  Every time I bring it up to my regular physician or therapist they blow it off but seriously, 18 years of experience make me believe there is something to it.  Not to mention a family hystory of it.  I bet if the doctors did take a minute to look back at when I have come in to emerg in attacks or called them with them, they would notice the pattern as well.  Any others out there seem to have a "flare" with a pattern like that?

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inspired said:

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Yes, I have heard of it and had it (also endometriosis), since I was in high school. I definitely feel that hormones can play a huge part in anxiety & agitation. It might be good to find a doctor who can do blood work to check on your hormone levels and see if there is a solution for it.
Sorry to sound like a hypochondriac, but the two things you have mentioned are things I have and/or did have. Best Regards, Norell
 
June 10, 2010
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sunshinelady said:

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I can't say I know much about PMDD since I've only just started seeing stuff about it on TV recently, but from how it is described, I'm sure I have it every month. I can get really off balance emotionally, crazy anxious and/ or depressed, the whole 9 yards. The emotional stuff is awful, and then there are all the physical symptoms, yuk!
And I have found that doctors do really tend to blow off anxiety stuff with me since i have a "history" of it. It's as if no one really wants to get to the bottom of what makes me the way I am, except me..
Anyhow, i know it is frustrating.
Jill
 
June 10, 2010
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IlvlittleE said:

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So far two, that is interesting. I could never figure out why docs are so quick to blow me off when I mention that. I have every symptom and I swear I go up a pant size even! I am not trying to blow off my panic disorder but I think I have had that for a short time but the PMDD for a very long time. Makes it harder to deal. I get nauseated and diarehha too with it.
 
June 10, 2010
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IlvlittleE said:

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The new therapist I started with yesterday actually asked me to ask my family doc to do complete bloodwork on me to check hormones. I know it is not thyroid because that I have had checked.
 
June 10, 2010
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sunshinelady said:

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It still could be thyroid. Hypothyroidism doesn't always show up on the blood tests. I've had it all my life. (Hashimoto's thyroiditis)
 
June 10, 2010
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inspired said:

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As far as the PMDD, I hate to add another doctor to your list, but it might be a good idea to check with someone who specializes in PMDD and endometriosis. I had all the same symptoms from the age of 15 on. If it s endometriosis, that could be causing a lot of your tummy trouble.
 
June 10, 2010
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IlvlittleE said:

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That is interesting about the thyroid. I did have mine ultrasounded at one point as well. There is something about the shape of my neck actually that has made a couple of doctors check it. That is also interesting about endometriosis. I had a couple of aunts with that too. My family doctor today said that he will check my hormones but that is kind of hit and miss because they fluctuate but I said from my 18 yrs of exprience there is a cycle there.
 
June 10, 2010
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IlvlittleE said:

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Ha ha ultrasounded. Great english.
 
June 10, 2010
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Aimmy said:

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Hmmm... never heard of it before now. Just went and read the Wikipedia article. I have major issues with the whole regular PMS-thing. I think it's patriarchal bullcrap. I think it's normal to not be able to function "normally" just before and during menstruation. I think the old cultures had it right where we didn't have to do much of anything during those times. I have many of those symptoms, but I'm not totally sure of the timing. Especially because over the last year my cycle has been all over the place. One thing I noticed is that mental-health diagnoses are often grey. PMDD sounds quite related to Anxiety Disorders. It would be hard to say I think whether you have either or both. If you could find someone who specialized in PMDD I think that could help clear things up, which could lead to better treatment. Please keep us updated if you pursue this. I think it could be relevant for quite a few people here.
~ Aimmy
 
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Mayan said:

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I've always been extremely moody about the week or so before my period. And now that I have panic disorder it becomes almost unbearable right before. I start to get very anxious and this is when I have the most panic attacks. I've also mentioned it to my doctor and psychiatrist and it just kind of got brushed aside. I keep a diary keeping track of my anxiety and it is ALWAYS significantly worse right around the time my period is due. So I think there is a definite relation.
 
June 11, 2010
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