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Sandra Shares Her Experience With PMS Symptoms (VIDEO)

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Sandra introduces herself and recalls the PMS symptoms she lives with.

I am Sandra. I have PMS. I have realized I have had PMS only in the last few years of my life.

I have been on birth control pills since I was 18 years old so I had a regulated cycle and I would have symptoms of PMS, but I really didn’t think that I had that. The term is so loosely used in our society to describe a difficult woman I thought that that wasn’t me.

And then I had my children, and I breast-fed, and my hormones did a number on me. And I haven’t had hormones since I have finished breastfeeding my baby, and PMS has really been a bearer since then.

Some of my symptoms that I typically have that I know I am three to four days out of my cycle starting is, the first one is paranoia. And when I say paranoia, I mean I start thinking nobody likes me, and the people down the hall are talking about me, and that meeting is about me, and I did something wrong. So it can really do a number on your self-esteem and your relationships that you have with your friends even, because you think your friends don’t like you at that time.

Other symptoms I have are difficulty sleeping and also, night sweats for a few days up until then. Cravings are crazy. I could consider myself almost to the point of wanting to binge eat, and also I think that has to do a lot with lack of sleep, and then I also have menstrual migraines. I will get a migraine once usually in that three or four days right before my period.

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I didn't realize that I had symptoms of PMS until I started paying closer attention to my cycles. I started documenting the first day of my periods and realized that just about two weeks before my period, when I ovulate is when PMS starts kicking in and it will last up until the day I start. I have such an urge to eat unhealthy foods and my energy level plumits to the point where I'm tired more often than not. This has caused me to gain so much weight over time because I would eat horribly for almost the entire duration of those two weeks and not exercise. My mood swings are also off the charts and I'm extremely sensitive as well. I'm thinking about consulting with my gynocologist next visit just to see if I there's a hormonal imbalance or a way that I can get a better handle on it because the symptoms have become more intense over the last couple of years.

August 27, 2009 - 2:32pm
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