Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Feeling the blah!

Bleaaargh!!! That's how I've been feeling the past few days. Nothing seems to be going right. I've been feeling rather low and irritable. The slightest thing set me off on a rampage, even as trivial as the kids asking too many questions. They are 5+ and 2+, of course they ask a lot of questions. Adam is going through the "Why?" stage. Every question starts with a "Why?" Laura likes to act silly and sometimes, she does it to make me feel better but I feel irritated instead and I shout at her. I start thinking that PT is not doing enough to show me he cares. That man loves me to bits and I know it deep inside but these past few days, I've felt like shit. I've felt like such a selfish bitch! Then I realise that these feelings are recurring on a monthly basis. Blardy hell! I have PMS!

From the USdoctor.com site:

PMS is a disorder characterized by a set of hormonal changes that trigger disruptive symptoms in a significant number of women for up to two weeks prior to menstruation. Of the estimated 40 million suffers, more than 5 million require medical treatment for marked mood and behavioral changes. Often symptoms tend to taper off with menstruation and women remain symptom-free until the two weeks or so prior to the next menstrual period. These regularly recurring symptoms from ovulation until menses typify PMS, premenstrual syndrome.

From the Mayo Clinic site:

Signs and symptoms

For many women the signs and symptoms of premenstrual syndrome are an uncomfortable and unwelcome part of their monthly menstrual cycle. The most common physical and emotional signs and symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome include:

  • Weight gain from fluid retention
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Breast tenderness
  • Tension or anxiety
  • Depressed mood
  • Crying spells
  • Mood swings and irritability or anger
  • Appetite changes and food cravings
  • Trouble falling asleep (insomnia)
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Fatigue

Although the list of potential signs and symptoms is long, most women with premenstrual syndrome experience only a few of these problems.

For some women, the physical pain and emotional stress are severe enough to affect their daily routines and activities. For most of these women, symptoms disappear as the menstrual period begins.

But for some women with premenstrual syndrome, symptoms are so severe they're considered disabling. This form of PMS has its own psychiatric designation — premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). PMDD is a severe form of premenstrual syndrome with symptoms including severe depression, feelings of hopelessness, anger, anxiety, low self-esteem, difficulty concentrating, irritability and tension. A number of women with severe PMS may have an underlying psychiatric disorder.

Of the 12 symptoms listed above, I have 7 of them! Reading the symptoms of PMDD, I do have "feelings of hopelessness, anger, anxiety, low self-esteem, difficulty concentrating, irritability and tension" close to the time of the month too.



Blogger me said...

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3:08 pm  
Blogger me said...

hang in there. my 'pms' has been coming with increasing frequency too. comes with territory of having toddlers, i think. life is like a roller coaster, remember. what goes down will go up. bitch if you must, shout if you have to but take time out for yourself (and your sanity)

3:17 pm  
Blogger Min said...

I didn't use to get PMS, but I guess age is catching up. Been neglecting to take my supplements as well. Calcium, Magnesium, Vit B and Evening Primrose Oil supposed to help wor. I'll try lor.

4:30 pm  
Anonymous midnite lily said...

i'm PMS-ing too. didn't discover having PMS until about a year ago when a bf pointed it out. i merely thought of it as normal... and the mood swings & being overly sensitive abt things, getting depressed, feeling hopeless. i don't want to resort to medication either. but coming to terms with it has helped a lil. practices patience.

6:35 pm  
Blogger me said...

was told by chinese doctor that if your body is weak and you take too much supplement, it becomes toxic to you instead of helping. lack of supplements make you tired but lack of attention to your own needs make you irritable, depressed & feel unappreciated. think about what you really want in life. haiyah! easier to preach than to do lah.

9:47 am  
Blogger Min said...

midnite lily, sounds just like me! Matters which I would normally brush off becomes a big deal when I'm PMSing.

mslenglui, in my case, I do not think it's lack of attention for myself as I do take time off occasionally to pamper myself (although not as often as I would like lah).

Does the Chinese doctor mean to de-tox before supplementing? I believe that'll help as the body will then be able to absorb the nutrients better. Good supplements should make the body healthy enough to "clean itself". Sometimes the body breaks out in rashes or pimples during the "healing period".

9:57 pm  
Blogger fishtail said...

Hang in there. (This is my first visit.)

10:14 pm  
Blogger Min said...

Thanks for visiting, Fishtail. I'm feeling much better already, until the next cycle. Went out and got some multi-vit, B-complex and alfalfa tabs today. Detox with fruits and alfalfa and then supplement. Throw in some exercise. Hopefully I'll not be PMSing anymore in a couple of months.

11:42 pm  

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