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Suddenly feeling horrible!

I was convinced I had some forsaken disease not yet diagnosed. Thank you for your web site - it makes me feel somewhat better that I should believe what I read and that I am going through this stage of life called menopause or perimenopause.

I have been worrying myself sick the last two weeks. Suddenly one day I woke up feeling horrible, heart palpitations, fatigue, nausea, lightheaded. I am a healthy person, work out 5 days a week, eat pretty good so I became very concerned. The symptoms continued for 3 days before I contacted my doctor.
I went and had my blood pressure checked and it was high which naturally put me into a panic mode. I went to my doctor told him my symptoms and asked to have my thyroid and sugar levels checked (I am hypothyroid and take levoxyl). The tests came back normal, but blood pressure was still high.

I then went for a body cat scan to check my liver, kidneys etc, everything came back fine. (I had a physical in January and they said I was not in menopause according to my blood tests) They now gave me beta blockers to bring the pressure down and told me to call back in a week or so.

Anxiety set in and I ended up in the emergency room sure I was having a heart attack. Well after 5 hours in the emergency room and an overnight stay I was sent home in good health. BP fine. I asked again about all my horrible symptoms and I was told it could be a viral infection. They scheduled me for a stress test, which I took 4 days later my heart was fine but BP still high. I have been on the internet researching my symptoms and keep coming across menopause. I still get my period; I skipped last month but this month came as usual. Several months back I was experiencing hot flashes for about 4-5 weeks but they are now gone for the time being. I can't believe this feeling came out of nowhere, went to bed fine one day woke up the next feeling like some alien had invaded my body.

I was convinced I had some forsaken disease not yet diagnosed. Thank you for your web site - it makes me feel somewhat better that I should believe what I read and that I am going through this stage of life called menopause or perimenopause. I am now getting myself depressed because day after day I still feel horrible and want it to stop. I am still having heart palpitations and anxiety attacks but try to talk myself down when they come. The dizziness is still here as well as the nausea and I am convinced I will never be the same. Are there support groups out there? It feels better talking to someone who knows what you are experiencing.

Thank you for listening.

Denise

 

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Updated  09/29/2010