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Posted: Oct 14, 2012
Okay - I swore I'd written about this skin problem of mine before - but apparently - after searching every nook and cranny here at Diabetes1.org - I think it was a figment of my imagination that I had or like usual - my best blogs occur during my brief sleep periods I have been having at night these months - and then BING – GONE - lost in the recesses of my sponge brain forever.
This itchy / crawly feeling of the skin that I've been experiencing is something I’ve seen alot when using the search engine for hypothyroidism problems. I have done some research that also says a similar problem happens to women in peri-menopause stage - which I am as well. I'm like a mixed douche bag of hormonal upheaval right now – scratch, scratch, scratch. On top of all this, let’s not mention – anxiety, mood swings (both not usually me at all), depression, weight gain - just all common things for these types of hormonal changes. Oh the joys of aging!!! Can I click my heels together and be taken back to earlier days???
So, thanks to the Internet (sorry to all my doctors). All I have to do now is await my appointment in December with my endo - where I will pounce upon him (claws retracted – I like him too much as he’s my Pimp for Legal Drugs). I will present him with what I've come across in my quest for the itchy skin problem – that’s if I have not scratched myself to the bone (though I've got LOTS of fat to go thru' before then - that's the only good thing with this weight gain).
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Tags: anxiety (1) depression (1) hormones (1) weight gain (1) skin (1) itchy (1) peri-menopause (1) hypothyroidism (1)
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Posted: Oct 21, 2011
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Posted: Jun 25, 2010
Photo credit: bekkahrae at Photobucket
Have you started menopause yet? Curious because I started about a year ago, aka peri-menopause as they call it these days. I never had the regular PMS issues that many of my friends had during the years of "regular" menses. I always had interesting periods mind you but not PMS, WARNING the next sentence gets abit more descriptive - but if you dissected worms / rabbits in biology class - you'll be okay. I tend to have periods that are just blood clots due to polyps that I have (which are examined every year - if they become size of grapefruits - then they get nipped in the bud aka surgery ).
Starting on this new "life" which seems to have really hit me full force lately with headaches, bloating (I'm too old to be pregnant right?), fun times on the Porcelain Goddess from the derriere point of view (sorry - but have to be honest here) - I am ready to hit the looney bin. Instead of just a few days to a week of this, I'm now going into my 3rd week!!!! I'm so exhausted and of course with the hormones making the emotions wacky, I'm having to bite the bullet sometimes when I'm about to lose it (Mike my hubby wears a great shield of armour lately - bless him).
Yes, I've now become one of those women that I used to think were making the PMS bit all up (well except I did have a boss that when she had PMS - you knew it for sure - scary stuff - stay clear - be careful what you say). Of course, on top of this, my basal settings, bolus settings are now totally screwed up. What was working for me prior - throw it out the door - and just inject more - wait a few days to see how it works - inject more. I've now tripled my amount of basal (Levemir) twice a day injections. Yes, still having the issues with lumps forming at the injection site, and now with the larger dosage, they are no longer little tropical islands but the size of Russia (no offense, but figured Russia is the biggest country I can think of that came to mind in my strange mind I have these days).
I cannot WAIT to see my GP who I had tried to see back in March and she was only available to see in July. I think she may regret having me as her patient as I babble on about what's been happening. Of course, I see my endocrinologist and gynecologist within a few days of each other. It's see the doctor month for me - oh joy!!
Next life, I come back as a man - they get manopause later in life though - right?
Photo credit: jazzy1453 at Photobucket
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Tags: endocrinologist (1) gynecologist (1) Levemir (1) headache (1) hormones (1) insulin (1) peri-menopause (1) menopause (1)
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Posted: Mar 1, 2010
I think I have finally found the answer to this. Maybe women will understand this better then men, but I will do my best explain this in a nutshell (big one).
PMS, perimenopause - this is what a hypo feels like when your mood/body is out of control!
I just realised this on the weekend. I have never experienced some of the mood swings and other things that are associated with the monthly curse until now, when entering into the next phase of life - perimenopause. I used to think my friends that would take time off for this monthly occurrence were off their rockers, but now I'm beginning to understand what it's all about, as I'm experiencing these emotions at the ripe old age of 49! Ugh! Now I get what you were going on about (am I a late bloomer?). It is not NICE!!
How this all dawned on me was on Saturday night, after dinner, time to relax and enjoy the evening ... right? No, not for this Tasmanian Devil - aka Fat Cat Anna. I could not find a coupon that I had clipped out for a hair colour product ($4 dollars off!). I started to go into a frenzy, looking for this little friggin' slip of paper. My poor husband Mike, is wondering ... WTF as I keep on saying "Sorry, sorry it's this hormonal thing" as I go around our little house. looking for this slip of paper! Anyway, I was fighting an inner demon inside of me, trying to stay the normal calm/happy Fat Cat Anna, while the other side of me was wanting to cry (and yes, I did cry and scream and stomp - see Taz clip above to have sample of my behaviour).
My emotions were all over the place, and yes, my blood sugar (BG) was fine, neither high nor low. I was just freaking out with all the hormonal overload. Trying to be me was a real challenge during this little light bulb moment for me.
This is how it is when we diabetics go through a hypo (or low BG). We are not in control. Some people become quite violent (have a friend who says her hubby will hit her - ouch), we all vary with how we react to having a low, we are NOT OURSELVES. I know for myself, I'm not always this bad, but it all depends on the situation at the time. Imagine if I was having a hypo at the time I was looking for this coupon (which was found in the end by (( hug)) Mike).
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