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My Period Won't Go Away!

I had my usual PMS the last week of July and got my period August 1st. My period lasted 4 days instead of the usual 7-8 days. It was very heavy as it normally is. I continued to have PMS after the bleeding stopped. This included extremely tender breasts and a very unusual symptom of leg cramps. This lasted for a whole week! I call my Dr. and they said I should come in for a pregnancy test and I did and it came back negative.
On the 16th of August I started spotting brown and on the 17th I got my full blown heavy period AGAIN that lasted till the 21st. I went a whole day not bleeding or spotting and then on the 23rd I started spotting brown sticky blood.
The physical PMS is gone but since the 17th I have been dealing with the emotional side of it. I am extermely irritable, angry, crying, irrational, and there is tension all over my body. I snap at the smallest thing. I feel like I am going crazy!
My gynecologist said I should try birth control pills and anti-depressants. Neither of which I want to do. She didn't give me any reason why this was going on and said I should go in on the 31st of August for a blood test to see how my progestrin is. I am out of my mind right now and am not feeling or acting like my self. Does anyone have any suggestions or has gone through the same thing?
I am 30 years old and have 2 children. I have very normal periods with bad PMS but I would call what I am going through now hell. My periods use to be light but after my son 3 years ago they have been really heavy.
Thanks for any feedback.

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What can I do next?

So What Happened?™

I went to 2 different gynecologists in the same day. I know, this is bordering manic but I was desperate for an answer.
I went back to my usual gynecologists and she told me my different options and I decided I would try a low dose contraceptive, even though I am werry. I will go back in three months and if it hasn't helped me she will do a biopsy for endometriosis and a sonogram for cysts. If there isn't an underlying problem the contraceptives will take care of the bleeding and PMS.
The second gynecologist I went to took blood for thyroid,sugar and a complete blood count. He too suggested birth control pills and that's why I decided to give them a try. If it doesn't work at least I can say I tried it their way and they will be more likely to move forward. I have stopped bleeding but the PMS symptoms are still there and it feels like I am going to get my period again.
Thank you to everyone for all the kind encouragement. I really have been a mess since this has all started and it's so easy to believe your going crazy and to hear from others they have been through it too is very uplifting.
Thank you!!!

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You probably can try BC pill without anitdepressants. I have the same problem of the never ending period. What it is that I just don't make enough hormones to stop it. BC pills are nothing more than hormones. I even had to get a stronger BC pill after my son was born, because my period wouldn't stop on the one was I was using before I was pregnant. I was worried about a stronger one, but it wound up better than the other BC pill. My doctor even had studies on the new BC pills that said they help lower the risk of breast cancer, so that's a plus for me. I'll admit I didn't care much for the Tri-levlin, because the brown pills make you moody. The Desogen/Apri is great! No mood swings, and I know when my period will start and end without counting. Even the cramps subsided. If you want another kid, just go off of them for at least 3 months before having a baby to be on the safe side.

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Hi A.!
This is going to sound like it's coming from far left field, but could you have developed an allergy to soy? My sister in law developed a sensitivity to soy in her late 30's...since there are low levels of estrogen in soy, she noticed crazy pre-menstrual like symptoms whenever she ate some (and it's in so much these days!)Just throwing it out there.

Take care and hope you feel better soon!

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Go to your internist, get a full work up - as someone mentioned here, thyroid is a biggie. If you are not happy with your doctor's answer of pills/anti-depressants, get a second opinion. Maybe your internist can recommend one.

Before suggesting drugs, I would think your doctor would order a sonogram, or perhaps a hysteroscopy, to see if anything was going on internally. Could be fibroids, could be ovaries - could be anything! At least s/he ordered hormone tests, which are a step in the right direction.

I know you are miserable right now, but take it one step at a time. Make sure you understand what the issue is before you take drugs - and research any drug therapies before agreeing to them. The science is changing so quickly on what is helpful vs. what can cause more problems.

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A.~
I'm so sorry that you're going through this. It really is awful! I know, I beat this drum in all the blogs I write, but here goes again: What are you eating? Doing (exercise)? Thinking (stress)?

Starting with food: What hormones are in the foods that you're eating? Get off meats and dairy that are not hormone free. (Becoming a vegan for a week you will see improvements).

Exercise: Move your mass! Walk, walk, walk and if you can run do that. The more you work up a sweat and your heart rate, the more you'll burn excess hormones. It'll balance your hormones.

Stress: The common denominator for moms. Breathe. I know that's hard to do sometimes. Well, you're always breathing, but taking deep breaths. Stepping into the bathroom and closing your eyes and concentrate on breathing: Breath in through your nose to the count of 4; hold for 8; out through your mouth on 4. Do it as many times as you can (or as the kids will let you). Do it often.

Be good to yourself. Add maca to a green smoothie; drink female support teas.If you need more support around this, please feel free to contact me. You are too young to be peri-menopausal.

Breathe~

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Hi -- sorry to hear about your problems. It's strange that your doctor isn't giving you a full answer -- you need to insist on that, or else find a new doctor!

In addition to thyroid/hormonal problems, ask your doctor about endometriosis and fibroids also.

Birth control pills can actually make PMS symptoms worse. It happened to me a few years ago, and only after doing some research did I see that it had happened to a lot of other women, too. So the pill isn't necessarily going to help the PMS (although it may the bleeding).

My doctor, who is Eurpean and more into natural remedies before medication, recommended the herb vitex (also called chaste tree). It was like a miracle! Again, this was for my horrible PMS symptoms, not for bleeding issues.

Good luck,
B.

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You probably can try BC pill without anitdepressants. I have the same problem of the never ending period. What it is that I just don't make enough hormones to stop it. BC pills are nothing more than hormones. I even had to get a stronger BC pill after my son was born, because my period wouldn't stop on the one was I was using before I was pregnant. I was worried about a stronger one, but it wound up better than the other BC pill. My doctor even had studies on the new BC pills that said they help lower the risk of breast cancer, so that's a plus for me. I'll admit I didn't care much for the Tri-levlin, because the brown pills make you moody. The Desogen/Apri is great! No mood swings, and I know when my period will start and end without counting. Even the cramps subsided. If you want another kid, just go off of them for at least 3 months before having a baby to be on the safe side.

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You need to have this investigated by your doctor to make sure there is nothing else going on. Assuming there are no other issues, the thing which worked for me was a Mirena IUS (coil). I had terrible heavy periods and bad PMS (yelling at kids and husband, feeling really depressed every month).
I had it put in for birth control and to help with my periods, both of which it did, but it has also really helped with the PMS which I was not expecting. It has a low dose hormone in it which has just been enough to help with the PMS. I never got on well with the pill as it gave me a lot of side effects, but the much lower dose in the Mirena is OK.
My periods are much lighter now. They go on longer, but this is OK as they are so light. It is worth considering for your siutation.

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I have a friend who had that and her progestian (not sure on spelling) was low and had to go on a hormone replacement. Someone else I know needed a D&C. Good luck, I don't think you need any anti depressants.

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Hi A.
Sorry you are feeling so terrible!!
I had some problems where I thought I was going crazy and it was hormones. I was certainly older than 30 but it was real. I remembered my mom saying that menopausal women were put in insane asylums because their hormones were messed up, and when she was having some hot flashes etc she was glad they had some help for us older folks. The OB/Gyn recommended & I agreed to hormone replacement. It worked so well, I was afraid to go off of it, but finally I weaned off. Of course you realize that birth control pills are hormones and they are just suggesting that if after blood work when they prove that it is hormones, you be ready to take them. I suggest you research alternative medicine herbs etc and see what looks like a good alternative and when you go to OB/Gyn ask about taking it for a bit to see if it works.
God bless you
K. -- SAHM married nearly 39 years == adult children 38,33, and twins 19.

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You could probably just do BC pills for 3 or 4 months to get your hormones back in sync. If the pills regulate it, it may stay that way when you go off. (I had to do this after being on the Depo shot, which was a nightmare for me). Your doctor probably recommended this because it is a quick and easy fix - although sometimes it takes a couple of different pills before you find one that works with your body and hormones. It is very safe as long as you are not a smoker, and at 30 it probably would be ok even if you are (but be sure to discuss with dr)

If you really don't want to try that, I think you're going to need to go with the posts that suggest getting your thyroid tested and your hormone levels tested. Then, depending on what the cause is, some kind of hormonal treatment like the pill, may still be what's recommended.

Good luck, in the meantime, take a multi-B vitamin. In college, the school health system put everyone requesting BC on some pill that made us insane (which no one figured out until after the fact). Individually, we determined B-vitamins helped immensely, we called them our "happy pills". Going off BC or switching to a different pill was what really helped though.

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