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    MzAnnieMae7 posted:
    I am 45 and have had hot flashes for 18 years (since my 1st child). I have had a regular period until recently. Now it comes when it gets ready and sometimes twice a month. I cramp more now than I did in my younger years. And this past week, I have been urinating more that usual with an urgency to go but not that much urine. I had a UTI about 3 months ago (my 1st one ever). Should I go to get checked out and will they be able to tell me if I am in the starting stage of menopause?
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    Lifeisdifferent4everyone responded:
    I am 40 & done so I know what you are going through. Please Read my longer post for more detail of my process. I must have been mid to late 30's when I first started. Also do you have a lot of constant stress in your life & for long hav for long stretches of time & how old was your mother if you know when she went through it? But if you get a chance read my other post for my menopause story over & done now at 40. All the symptoms are horrible for me. Have it all, headaches/migraines all the time, hot flashes, night sweats, not sleeping much, vaginal dryness, no sex drive anymore, changes in appetetite, some weight gain, the list goes on....
     
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    workable replied to Lifeisdifferent4everyone's response:
    I just had a hestorectomy so now i'm dealing with instant menopause and I have all the horrible symptoms, will the hot flashes ever end?
     
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    MzAnnieMae7 replied to Lifeisdifferent4everyone's response:
    Thank you for your advice... You had said you started reading up on your symptoms, where did you get your information? As I said earlier, I have been urinating more than usual with the feeling my bladder is full but only have a small amount of urine. At first I thougt it was because I was drinking a lot of tea, so I stopped. I also have been told to have my sugar checked... Even though I have to urinate, I have no aches or pains or discharge associated with a UTI. Can my family doctor do the testing or do I have to go to an OB/GYN?


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