Fatigue. Night sweats. Hot flashes. Sweating. Early awakening. Insomnia. Irregular periods. Anxiety. Dry skin. Irritability. Moodiness. Reduced sex drive.
Menopause. Per the Mayo Clinic it is usually self-diagnosable.
Yes. It certainly is.
I'm going through a phase where extreme fatigue overwhelms me mid-morning, lasting 1-2 hours.
Regrettably, it happens to be working hours so I have new gratitude for high cubicle walls.
In addition to the symptoms listed above, taken from Mayo Clinic, there is also:
Heightened sensitivity to sounds.
Heightened sensitivity to smells.
Heightened sensitivity to tactile sensations (e.g. wool feels rougher).
Broken attention span.
I find there is no food that alleviates symptoms but there are plenty that aggravate the condition.
Food that is neutral:
Caffeinated coffee and tea.
Good cuts of meat.
eMedicine answers some FAQs on menopause.
Average age? US women = 51.
I started at 48.
Most common age range women experience menopause?
48 - 55
The web site 34-menopause-symptoms reminds me of other problems I'm coping with:
Changes in body odor
Brittle nails. ***my nails break often***
Weight gain ***I've never eaten healthier in my life and the best I can do is hold steady at 200 lbs.***
Headaches. ***My migraines have decreased in frequency and intensity but I get more headaches.***
And then something reminded me of Mr. Boffo and I spent the last 15 minutes reading Mr Boffo comic strips.