By Dearest, Founder of Power Surge   15 comments

alice-avatar“I repeat over and over on the site that any complaints a woman has during menopause should not automatically be attributed to the process of menopause. That’s an important disclaimer. In short, before assuming, not that you are, that any of the things you’ve mentioned in your message are associated with peri or postmenopause, you should be checked by a doctor you respect, trust and admire — one who listens to you and doesn’t just hand you a prescription to resolve your problems.

That having been said, let me tell you that during those “worst” years of perimenopause, I experienced SO MANY strange, inexplicable and, oftentimes, bizarre feelings in my body, I conjured up notions of having a brain tumor, Parkinson’s Disease, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Menniere’s Disease, a heart condition, paralysis, a potential stroke, glaucoma — have I left anything out? And I say none of this with humor.

Perimenopause is the singularly most uncomfortable time of a woman’s life. I’ve posted many times about the internal shaking. It’s been my nemesis and continues this day to plague me.

I had the facial tremors and buzzing sensations on a daily basis. The feelings were so strange, they almost defy description. No one could see it, but it felt as though I were having a stroke. I’d often experience numbness in my face and on my left side at the same time — a red flag would go up because I thought I was definitely having a coronary situation or stroke. Facial ticks, facial tremors, an electrical buzzing in the back of my neck and various parts of my body drove me to distraction.

The good part about this story is that most of those symptoms DO go away once you’ve been without a period for about a year or two. Those feelings, in the majority of cases, are due to the hormonal fluctuations your body is experiencing. Imagine turning the thermostat in your house up and down a dozen or more times a day. Your house wouldn’t know whether to turn on the heat or air conditioning.

Our bodies become very sensitized during this process. Feelings are frightening — we can walk around for days feeling vertigo/dizziness and/or a ringing in the ears (tinnitus). There were days I had to grab onto a bannister or railing for fear that I was going to fall over. My legs still pose a problem — becoming weak and feeling as if they’re not going to support me any longer. Pain in the feet, calves, shoulders, joints aching and paining often to the point of bringing tears to your eyes.

My suggestion to you would be to get yourself a thorough examination by your doctor. Have a blood workup, sugar test, thyroid, hormone levels, total lipid / cholesterol profile. Insist on an Echo cardiogram, not just a cardiogram.

Our bodies are composed of so many different types of hormones — not just estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Our bodies react to the constant ebb and flow of these hormone levels. Our central nervous system, nerve endings produce electrical impulses. Those electrical impulses are felt differently by every woman. Some women never feel them, while others are fraught with all sorts of strange sensations.

Once you’ve been given a clean bill of health by your doctor, the singularly most important thing you need to do during perimenopause is do relaxation techniques. Learn breathing exercises. Use the paper bag method (I call it “brown bagging it) I have described in many areas of the Web site and on these boards. I’ll provide a link to that at the end of this message.

Feed yourself affirmations every day that this, too, shall pass — that you are not dying — that although you feel as if your body is going to hell in a handbasket and you’re never going to survive this transition, you will. That, most importantly, there is nothing to be afraid of even though it feels at times like someone is holding a gun to your head and ready to pull the trigger.

Oh, Lord, would it were so that they’d find a way for women NOT to have to go through menopause. And, further, I am sick of hearing *some* people say that it’s all in our minds, or it’s our nerves, or if we had better things to do with our time, we wouldn’t think about it. I’ve never stopped being busy during this transition, but that didn’t ease the symptoms.

To those people, I say … until you’ve walked a mile in another person’s shoes, you can’t know what they are going through. Women in menopause aren’t hypochondriacs. I have to be dragged and feeling as if I’m not long for the world before I go to the doctor. Why? Because during perimenopause, I have learned… doctors don’t have answers to most of our questions other than to prescribe tranquilizers or anti-depressants or hormones…. and although some of these medications may help in the short term and to get you over the “hump” of perimenopause, most of them don’t work in the long term — or through the duration of perimenopause and it concerns me that there are no real long-term studies on these SSRI’s (anti-depressants).

If you feel you need to take something to get through this process, absolutely take it. Don’t make a martyr or yourself. However, remember, these medications only temporarily mask the symptoms. Learning ways to relax and cope with the changes you’re undergoing works far better over the long haul than anything else.

I have provided various relaxation and breathing techniques on this, the anxiety and the panic boards that can be tremendously helpful. The one I’d recommend is something I refer to as “brown bagging it.” It’s in various places of the site, but I’ll give you a link to my article after I’ve finished this message.

It has been my experience and I believe that of many other women who’ve passed through Power Surge over the seven years it’s been online that once you are in the throes of perimenopause, for about one or two years — perhaps a third (but not often), you will experience every conceivable symptom on the list of 34+ symptoms (* see below). I went through severe migraines and was *never* a headache person in my life. They lasted about a year or two – on and off, not every day, but they eventually stopped. I went through the facial tremors, buzzing experience as though I’d had my finger in an electrical socket. The migraines and severe palpitations, hot flashes, night sweats, crying and severe mood swings, horrific depression so much so that at times I would put my head on the pillow at night and whisper to God, “Please, if I have to feel this way tomorrow, let me not wake up.”

Those feelings — horrible as they are — don’t generally last for the full transitional period. They usually occur during the worst phase of perimenopause and only last about a year or two. That doesn’t mean you won’t ever experience them again in some milder form, but the severity and frequency will certainly decrease — and hormone therapy isn’t the magical answer. Many women using hormones still experience many of these symptoms.

Just remember that as long as you’ve been given the okay regarding your health by your health care provider, these are symptoms of menopause and, yes, I say symptoms. People have said to me, “Why do you call them symptoms? Menopause isn’t an illness.”

I tell them that I know menopause isn’t technically an illness, but seeing as how I have never felt worse in my life, I will not say that I am well.

I get very passionate about this subject and one of the reasons I’ve kept Power Surge an independent entity is because it allows me the opportunity to express myself without wondering who’s going to pay the bills if I tell the truth about the medical profession and some of the techniques of the pharmaceutical companies.

I will never get rich from Power Surge, but knowing that this community has helped so many women understand what they’re going through without just dumping medical abstracts at them and pushing pills on them has been the most gratifying and “freeing” experience of my life.

Finally, let me add my favorite words — THIS, TOO, SHALL PASS. Believe me, I thought in my heart I would never, ever survive perimenopause, but the internal shaking eases up even though it’s hell while you’re going through it. The palps will stop as well. It just takes time and a LOT of patience!

Be good to your body and it will return the favor in spades.

For the “brown bagging it” reference and many other helpful suggestions, check out the Power Surge Menopause Survival Tips article.

…and the ever useful…

* The 34+ Signs of Menopause

Dearest”

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  6. I am so grateful to have found this site. I have been through it! for the last 4 mos i have had internal shaking and been to several drs. I’m 52 post menopauseal and just started the lowest hrt patch. its been 4 wks and the shaking is still here! all blood work shows i have low estrogen, no thyroid or other things. i’m dying for a sedative! but non of my drs will prescribe one, they tried different meds before bloodwork showed low estrogen was the problem and non worked (busperone, wellbutron, and a rx for severe allergies) anyone out there can you offer me some words of comfort as nothing (including herbal rememdies)stops the vibrations inside. Geeze why isnt more research done on this! my own gyn said this wasnt a meno symptom, that he hadnt heard of it before. ugh

  7. I honestly do not know what to do about this internal shaking. I feel it mostly at night. I will wake up for no reason and I feel my body shaking inside. I am on divigel (estrogen .1mg) it has helped with other symtoms but not with e internal shaking! I wonder if something is wrong with me!!!

  8. It was such a relief to find this site. I’m 43. For about 2 months I’ve been experiencing almost constant internal shaking and anxiety. I, too, imagined every possible disease and knew my death was imminent. This far all medical tests have come back negative. I’m awaiting additional heart testing such as echo cardigan and stress test. I’m beginning to think it may be perimenopause. The internal shaking is maddening and depressing!

  9. I too am experiencing hot flashes, night sweats, internal shaking, difficulty concentrating and fatigue. Not mention palpitations sleepless nights. Went to my ob/gyn he prescribed Lopreeza 1mg per day. I have just started trying deep breathing and relaxation apps. This all started 3 months ago. Also does it effect your eating habits. I have trouble deciding what to eat.

  10. I am happy to say I found a solution to my shaking.

    I was diagnosed with restless leg syndrome at 44, and over the next few years it developed into shaking when I was trying to sleep: legs, torso, shoulders. It was like being tortured, being awoken again and again by my own body. It was always worse when I was feeling hormonal. I tried many supplements, herbs, treatments, and therapies to address it. (No pharmaceuticals except I once tried lorazepam at my doctor’s suggestion and that made the symptoms worse.) I got used to chronic exhaustion and hoped that when my periods stopped, the shaking would stop. (I am now 52 and still getting periods irregularly).

    Long story short, last summer I came up with a new theory that it might have something to do with dehydration and started increasing my water intake. That only helped a little until I added a trace mineral supplement. It helped! Over the last several months the symptoms have subsided. I always thought of the shaking as an “electrical short circuit” and now it seems that may have been correct, since electrolytes (minerals) in the right balance have solved the problem. Now I only get the symptoms if I haven’t had enough water, so I do the opposite of what I used to do and drink a lot of water in the evenings, along with a few drops of trace minerals. (Getting up to use the bathroom a couple of times in the night is no trouble compared to what I used to experience, and I always go right back to sleep). I’m sleeping and so grateful.

    The formulation I found at my health food store is called Concentrace, from sea water. I’m sure there are others. A naturopath did once prescribe an electrolyte supplement that worsened my symptoms (I think because it was high in potassium and aggravated my adrenal fatigue), so I think a natural ionic form is better.

    I hope this discovery will be helpful to others. Keep trying!

  11. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I just experienced the internal shaking for the first time this week. Throw a bit of crying and pounding heart in for good measure đŸ˜‰ I felt crazy and kept wanting to cry and cry. No, I’m not crazy. This is wonderful support

  12. I have been experiencing internal shaking for over 3 weeks..terrifying and almost unbearable. I am so thankful for this web site and these posts give me hope.

  13. I too had the internal tremors , I shoot so badly my husband had to hold me tightly just to give me some relief. In addition, there was tinnitus, anxiety and God-awful depression. And a great deal of foggy thinking. And I could not sleep, I would wake up , bolt upright into a sitting position during the night. You think you are going crazy. Dawn

    • Hi Dawn – I am still having tremors – 5 months later – it’s awful – plus anxiety and depression. I am taking 1 gram a day of bio identical estrogen and lots of minerals and vitamins. I am considering going on an anti-depressant. What worked for you? Did the tremors finally go away?

  14. I have them too and I am so glad it is normal.very strange!!

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