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OK, I'm not sure if this is where to start but I don't know where else to go. I have not had a cycle in about 50 weeks. I would like to find out if some of the things I am experiencing are menopausal. My breast are sore off and on, last time they were really sore especially around the nipples. I am having nausea, am gassy at times and have had 'fluttering' and other feelings below my abdomen. I can't stand any pressure in this same area including my stomach. I am uncomfortable sleeping on my stomach any more. I have been 'off balance' lately,kind of clumsy from time to time. My belly button ring getssore from time to time and turns a little red around the area. i get hungry really fast, but can't eat much in a sitting. My taste in what i want to eat is stantly changing. I took a pregnancy test a while back and then again about 3 weeks later. both were negative. I just turned 50 years old. I really need some help and don't trust any doctors in my area. Do you have any words for me.
Dear KB- Many women ask me about these types of symptoms. As far as the breast discomfort-the perimenopausal time frame (which it sounds like is where you have been)-is characterized by significant hormonal fluctuations-some days, you'll be making no estrogen at all, some days you will make double the amount of estrogen (and breast soreness is very common). A couple of "home remedies" for the breast discomfort: keeping caffeine to a minimum, and some vitamins: B6, 100-200 mg per day; vitamin E, 200-400 units per day; and the "weird" ingredient-evening primrose oil, two capsules per day. Often helps... As far as the gassiness-really common complaint. Anything with simethicone will tend to help (mylicon, mylanta, Gas-X)-breaks up big gas bubbles into littler, easier to pass bubbles. But if you feel continually bloated, particularly if you feel full and not like eating, as you describe-do check in with your health care provider-you might benefit from an ultrasound to look at your pelvis, just to make sure your ovaries are OK. (a full feeling in your abdomen, with a feeling of fullness for food, are potentially concerning symptoms associated with ovarian cancer)- Once ovarian issues are ruled out (which I trust they will be for you), you might benefit from a low dose birth control pill-which will quiet down your ovaries, and might make your belly feel better-as long as you're a pill candidate (like not a smoker, and ideally a healthy person.) Again, I always encourage women to try to find a health care provider with whom you feel comfortable. Another source of health care providers is the country medical society-check with the folks there; tell them your issues, and see if they can suggest an understanding local health care provider. Good luck, Mary Jane
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