I walked in the shop without a list and come out with nothing I went in there for. I am 48 and think I have Alzheimer’s . I have had numerous operations for Fibroids, IVF and then my womb lining cauterised with a Mirena Coil fitted. No periods, No pain and No heavy bleeding.
Until the strange things started happening like walking into a shop or room and forgetting why I walked in there, bursting into tears for no reason and then the hot flushes and no sleep. I started forgetting things at work and the more I stressed the worse it got.
I went to see the practice nurse who said that she thought I was starting my menopause, and she was going to give me antidepressants. She said they where non-addictive and would help me sleep. I looked into it; they were not non-addictive and so I didn't take them, instead I made an appointment with my gynie doctor. She fitted my coil and she was excellent, she has given me HRT in the form of gel on the skin and tablet form.
I also had blood tests which show I am borderline and ‘not quite there yet’. One thing that did make me laugh was that the coil has to stay in for another two years, for contraception reasons. I did laugh at that after trying for a baby, IVF etc now I have to have contraception! The doctor did say that if I still wanted a baby then my hormone levels show I could still conceive. The answer was I can’t cope with myself at the moment never mind a baby. Coil in, HRT started and 10 days later I am feeling more like me.
I am also having therapy as well, and I feel more alive and human. I am sleeping better and the sweats have got better. I have started putting on make up, having my hair done and wanting to dress differently. Not the usual black trousers and over-large T-shirt. I have started a diet and joined a gym, I start next week after an induction.
One thing that did come out of all this was my blood test showed that I have very low vitamin D, which may also of caused the memory loss, aches and pains in my joints and general low feeling.
We as woman really need to push for the right blood tests and treatment, no amount of antidepressants would have helped me. Yes I am taking more tablets than I would like and the gel is rather strange, but it is worth it.
by Anna Marie Young