It can also be hell just trying to figure out what’s wrong!
Primary signs and symptoms include:
Loss of memory or concentration
Painful and mildly enlarged lymph nodes in your neck or armpits
Unexplained muscle soreness
Pain that moves from one joint to another without swelling or redness
Headache of a new type, pattern or severity
Extreme exhaustion lasting more than 24 hours after physical or mental
The definition of CFS is based on the fact that the above symptoms are “not caused by other known medical conditions,” but exactly what that means seems to be up for grabs. A person meets the diagnostic criteria of chronic fatigue syndrome when unexplained persistent fatigue occurs for six months or more along with at least four of the eight primary signs and symptoms.
Additional signs and symptoms of CFS include:
Dizziness, balance problems or fainting
Chills and night sweats
Psychological problems (depression, irritability, or panic attacks)
Sensitivity to noise
Shortness of breath
Visual disturbances (blurring, sensitivity, eye pain and dry eyes)
Weight loss or gain
Any of this sounding familiar?
You don’t have to be afflicted with CFS to feel a constant crashing feeling of fatigue, or the kinds of symptoms listed above. In fact, it’s been shown that many times women in the midst of perimenopause are misdiagnosed with CFS because menopausal fatigue symptoms and the additional effects of menopausal hormone disruption and imbalance can often be just as confusing, frustrating, and debilitating as CFS.
Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of hormonal imbalance, affecting perhaps 80% of women in perimenopause and menopause. Many women attribute it to age, as though it were inevitable. Many are told, “Well, what do you expect, you’re no spring chicken!” The reality is that it has nothing to do with age, it has to do with hormones.
Estrogen hormones regulate the level of cortisol (the hormone responsible for tiredness). If estrogen level drops, cortisol will be uncontrolled leading to crashing fatigue. This is why maintaining a balanced hormonal level is so important for avoiding and controlling crashing fatigue.
Many women who experience fatigue also complain of night sweats disrupting their sleep, emotional agitation causing insomnia, as well as the headaches, heart palpitations, and nausea that are the often constant companions of the perimenopausal woman. It’s no wonder you need a nap!
So what can be done about all this?
Well... what the MenoMavens believe in is a system of natural supplements that provide a non-pharmaceutical, non-invasive, carefully researched and formulated approach to working with the body to bring your life into better balance with more calm, greater rest, and the ability to get back to your life.
Some of the ingredients we picked for the Menopaused System are:
• Melatonin is known as a pervasive and powerful antioxidant. Melatonin's role in regulating sleep-wake cycles (circadian rhythms) is well documented. In addition to being a renowned sleep aid, it reportedly prevents depression associated with menopause, and is an effective treatment for migraines and cluster headaches.
• L-theanine is an amino acid most notably known for influencing mental and physical relaxation without inducing drowsiness. Clinical studies show it increases brain serotonin, dopamine and GABA levels that produces a deeply relaxing effect, reduces stress and anxiety.
• Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant containing curcumin, which is reported to have the ability to block inflammation, purify blood and improve heart health. It reportedly balances estrogen in combination with Soy Isoflavones and Quercitin.
• Valerian is an herb with historical use as a sedative, migraine treatment and pain reliever. It has been widely studied in its use as a sleep aid, with beneficial reduction with restlessness and anxiety.
• Motherwort is an herb that has been used for many years for the treatment of symptoms associated with reduced estrogen production. It is reported to have benefit in reducing hot flashes, relieves nervousness, anxiety, depression.
Taking care of yourself... eating and drinking right, resting as much as you can, getting aerobic exercise (even just a short walk), and that simple mental practice called giving yourself a break will go a long way as well.
You can find all of these ingredients in our Menopaused System, created by menopausal women (us) for menopausal women (you). Why not check it out right now?
Its also important to remember that your doctor can help. Be sure to inform him or her of all the symptoms you are experiencing and ask questions... LOTS of questions.
The simple fact of the matter is that menopause is hard, and we will keep seeking new ways to make it just a little bit easier and passing the info on to you.
I don't know about you... but frankly, after all that... I could use a nap!