Indeed, there are many symptoms that relate to hormones during the two to three years preceding the menopause (the ‘perimenopause’), says Professor John Studd, a consultant gynaecologist at the London PMS and Menopause Clinic.
Among the other reported problems are headaches, formication of the skin — an itchy sensation like crawling insects — and thinning hair and skin, as well as memory problems, brain fog, confusion, depression and the inability to concentrate.‘Collagen loss causes muscle pain and skin formication,’ says Professor Studd.
‘But these may have serious side-effects, when all she needs is a correction of her hormone levels,’ says Ms Domoney.‘I developed terribly itchy skin.
I was visiting GPs so much about all these problems I felt like a hypochondriac, and because I always saw a different doctor no one made any connection.’ Each problem was treated in isolation — the skin problems were put down to a pre-existing thyroid problem.
‘I’d always had such a good memory that I didn’t need a diary, but now I was forgetting birthdays and social arrangements as well as names.’Other health problems included a puzzling itchy skin condition on her neck and persistent bouts of indigestion from acid reflux — neither of which she’d had before.
But when I started getting anxious about meeting friends and started cancelling social engagements at the last minute, I knew I wasn’t behaving like the usual me. ‘At that point I was having periods and had none of the classic menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats.
Adrenal fatigue is a condition that occurs when we are under stress (even just the busyness of everyday life) for prolonged periods and the function of our overworked adrenals starts to lag.
Adrenal fatigue causes the adrenals to act erratically.
Mandy Flynn felt woozy as she sat behind the counter at the bank where she worked.
Three years ago, she’d started suffering from odd moments of dizziness.
This results in them not producing enough hormones when you need them (feeling tired and sluggish in the morning?