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Premenstrual syndrome

May 30, 2014

Premenstrual syndrome

It’s always crazy how I just to feel so emotional and cramps in my stomach, but no sign of my period. With all the other symptoms, on may think I was pregnant. Which is something I want to be, and feel I never will. As much as the good about be, there are a lot of bad. My mother with major depression passed it along to me, and she feels that how I am is her fault. I worry that I will do the same, so I go through the motions every month.
The week before my period is expected, I’m having headaches, stomach cramps and cravings but at the same time I want to throw up. Every day now my fatigue grows stronger and my body aches get worst.
This time of the month it really sucks being a woman.

What is premenstrual syndrome (PMS)?
Premenstrual (pree-MEN-struhl) syndrome (PMS) is a group of symptoms linked to the menstrual cycle. PMS symptoms occur 1 to 2 weeks before your period (menstruation or monthly bleeding) starts. The symptoms usually go away after you start bleeding. PMS can affect menstruating women of any age and the effect is different for each woman. For some people, PMS is just a monthly bother. For others, it may be so severe that it makes it hard to even get through the day. PMS goes away when your monthly periods stop, such as when you get pregnant or go through menopause. http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/premenstrual-syndrome.html

What causes PMS?
The causes of PMS are not clear, but several factors may be involved. Changes in hormones during the menstrual cycle seem to be an important cause. These changing hormone levels may affect some women more than others. Chemical changes in the brain may also be involved. Stress and emotional problems, such as depression, do not seem to cause PMS, but they may make it worse. Some other possible causes include:

Low levels of vitamins and minerals
Eating a lot of salty foods, which may cause you to retain (keep) fluid
Drinking alcohol and caffeine, which may alter your mood and energy level
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What are the symptoms of PMS?
PMS often includes both physical and emotional symptoms, such as:
Swollen or tender breasts
Feeling tired
Trouble sleeping
Upset stomach, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea
Headache or backache
Appetite changes or food cravings
Joint or muscle pain
Trouble with concentration or memory
Tension, irritability, mood swings, or crying spells
Anxiety or depression

Your doctor will also want to make sure you don’t have one of the following conditions that shares symptoms with PMS:
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Problems with the endocrine (EN-doh-kryn) system, which makes hormones

As you read at the top seems like it still leads right back to the same problems of fibromyalgia.


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