I am hazed everyday
- Aug 27, 2011
I think I have been in perimenopause for a few years now (I'm 47)Edited-Damn don't even know how old I am... I'm 46 actually). The worst symptoms for me are the crazy itchiness of my skin and sweating bullets in the summer and at night. I can't tolerate extreme temperatures. Its soo hot and sweaty if its above 80 and too cold if its below 68. I wear lots of layers in my house in the winter. Socks and slippers all day. Then in the summer, I go through 2-3 pairs of underwear a day. I can't clean or walk the dog without having to change all of my clothes. I want to scratch my skin off. I haven't found a perfect cream yet but Cetaphil cream (not lotion) seems to help if I get it on before the itching starts. I've had some memory issues- forgetting to pay bills, forgetting stuff my dh tells me or my kids tell me etc.
I had my thyroid checked in Sept and its fine. No issues there so it must be menopause symptoms.
I had an ablation 10 years ago and haven't had a period since. I did used to get pain when ovulating. I think I felt that last month but its sporatic and not there every month anymore.
I need the air blasting in the car and the fans running in the house. It doesn't help that we live in Arizona and the summers are just unbearable for me. I can't find light enough clothing and look terrible in shorts but I don't care. I still wear them. I wear thru 4-5 pair of shorts every summer. The sweat breaks down the fabric and then it gets really thin and tears.
The memory stuff started last year. The sweating/freezing has been going on for 4 years or so. Itchy skin has been crazy out of control for 3 years.
Funny thing I went to my GP in Sept complaining of all these symptoms and he never once said anything about perimenopause. He ordered the thyroid test and blood sugar test and thats it.
I have a lot if the same symptoms as you. The crazy itching was so unexpected. Hot flashes get so much attention that I didn't realize the itching was a symptom too until I googled.
I also have a runny nose for no reason. So I'm sure there's a histamine connection.
For those with the fog, cutting out the white foods has helped me a lot.
And the temperature thing is me to a t. 73 degrees is my optimal temperature. Anything colder, and I'm freezing. Anything over 77 and I'm burning up. Fortunately, I live in Mississippi where it is sunny and usually warmer than other places.