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Possible pre-menopause syptom
Help4Mindy posted:
Background- 47, still have period, exercise regularly, not overwt or on any medications.
This started in January and has been consistent each cycle. The day prior to my period one area below my left eye (only) gets puffy. It looks like a terrible allergic reaction but is not. It lasts about 24 hours.
I don't have any friends or docs who know what's going on. And I have asked several.
Per my last dr visit, I have tried taking and antihistamine and tried a nasal spray anti-hist/steroid neither have brought down the puffiness.
I am trying to figure this out to address without hormones.
Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
Dear Help4Mindy,
This is an interesting question, and I'm not sure exactly what to suggest. It's certainly not a common problem, and I too would have suggested an antihistamine. The other thought might be to try something like Aleve-prostaglandins are released at the time of a period; and they usually give women cramps. Could they be giving you some strange swelling? I would think it's a possibility. Aleve is naproxen, which is a prostaglandin making blocker-so I would think it's worth a try-but I can assure you this is not a super common symptom.
Let folks here know what happens with it-
Good luck,
Mary Jane
Help4Mindy replied to Mary Jane Minkin, MD's response:
Thank you. I will try that next. It is something I can only address as it occurs so a little frustrating as you may imagine to be so patient. I usually take ibuprofen the first 2 days as I have always had cramps. But, not before it comes.
I will let you know what happens.

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