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Changes of life--menopause.

My life change, which we know as "the menopause," began in 1996 at the age of 46 with migraine headaches, and later I also got insomnia. I read that women who live with HIV/AIDS usually begin menopause early in life. So, "the meno" was here, and I had to deal with the the change in my life and its side effects. My doctor called it perimenopause and prescribed hormones, which helped immensely with the migraines. But I have now been on hormones for 10 years, and am feeling fearful about the medical research linking hormones and cancer, so I wanted to get off them. I talked with my ob/gyn doctor and she gave me a wean-off schedule. Unfortunately, this did not work; the headaches and insomnia came back even stronger. Then I tried the hormone patches and those did not work either; I felt tired, headachy, and still had insomnia. So I went back on the hormones and now I just try to wait to get over the "meno." I exercise every other day by walking 20 minutes on the treadmill, and when I feel that I may not sleep well, I take an herb my doctor has approved for the insomnia. I have to say the exercise helps with the mood swings and helps me sleep better. Every woman's experience is different and the solutions are different too. Make sure to talk to your doctor, and remember that keeping healthy can help with the symptoms.
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Author:Young, Sylvia
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Date:Dec 1, 2009
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