Ladies, a personal question.

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26/05/2010 at 08:22

PMS is an evil cruel mind altering b*stard. I am either  weeping or raging harridan.

I also get body dysmorphia some months where an arm could feel the size of an enormous thigh. 

It is vile, debilitating but luckily usually only lasts 3-4 days 

Edited: 26/05/2010 at 08:23
PloddingOn    pirate
26/05/2010 at 08:28
I would rather have PMS, menopause and periods than fibroids
26/05/2010 at 09:19

unlikely (what happened to the 'haile'?)

I get absolutely crippled by my monthly cycle KK. I have stage 4 endometriosis and am getting rather proficient in growing large ovarian cysts every month. The endo grows in my bowel as well, and is possibly the cause of ulcerative colitis. So when it's not one thing, it's another. I try and keep up my training as much as possible, but I've gone from being GFA to a plodder in the space of 4 years as it's got progressively worse. Being fitter helps me feel better, but at certain times of the month I can barely walk because of the intensity of the pain and running would be foolhardy!

I feel what I assume is 'normal' for about 3 days a month and tend to go hell for leather with training then - otherwise, I have to really listen to my body. I've gone hill running and ruptured cysts before, which is a whole heap of not fun. Overall there are MUCH worse things to have though, it's just a case of getting on with things, sorting out pain relief and finding the best way to deal with it.

PO - totally agree with you there, chick

26/05/2010 at 09:26

Swollen boobs are a running hazard for me, even strapping them into my favourite Shockabsorber is painful

However, it's the only time of the month I have a discernable chest, so that's a bit of compensation

I find the slight temperature rise difficult too and then the dull ache you mentioned KK isn't pleasant.

But on the whole, it's absolutely nowhere near as delibitating as the conditions you've mentioned, Sossige and PO. So will make a mental note not to moan. However, my pre-menstural self may be less reasonable

26/05/2010 at 09:29
Frodo, everyone has different pain thresholds, and you have every right to moan and feel like crap x
PloddingOn    pirate
26/05/2010 at 09:36

Soss goes through hell all the tim, Frodo

Mine was only a year 

26/05/2010 at 09:39
A year too long though Plodders!
26/05/2010 at 09:42

I am very very tired the week leading up to my period, where I need more sleep and fatigue much easier than normal.  Any race falling on that week is bound not to be a PB, and it's real it's not just "in my head".  I also feel generally a bit more 'vulnerable' that week and am more likely to snap about stuff I'd normally walk away from.

The moment I'm 'on' I'm absolutely fine and back to normal energy levels.  I'm lucky that my periods are pretty much pain free apart from a bit of discomfort on the first day. 

I also noticed a link between heavier periods and being a higher weight.  Now that I lost a stone I find them no problem again but when I was bigger they were worse.

26/05/2010 at 09:44

I had all mine whipped out as it was absolute agony due to cysts, endometriosis, scar tissue and other such nasty stuff.

Best thing I ever did.... drastic but effective.

I can run now, I'm pain free and I can stand up without it feeling like someone is ripping me in half Bonus!!

Lee the Pea    pirate
26/05/2010 at 09:47

Bloody hell Sossidge, that is hellish   Sorry to hear you suffer so much.  Is this something than can be 'cured' as such, or it is just a case of managing it forever?  I hope the former....

I was just going to say that I get really crap PMT in terms of total lack of energy, irritability and get really emotional and feel really down.  The best way to describe it is I just feel sort of 'dead' emotionally, as if i'm flat lining.  I know what it is though, so it doesn't worry me, but it is crap because I can't shift it or make myself feel less 'dead' if you know what I mean.  Feel like that every month for 1 week, like clock work.  It really does affect my training too, because the bones in my legs feel really heavy and I struggle to get any energy or power out of them.  This is probably why the Bala bike ride killed me couple of weeks ago, as it was my PMT week, and also explains the tears at mile 5! hahahaha.  I'm hoping the actual race won't be the same because it is right in the middle of the wrong week, bugger!

That said, it is managable, and the period pains aren't usually too bad.  The severity of the symptons are much reduced if i've been consistently exercising in the previous couple of weeks, and if i've been eating properly, which is good.

26/05/2010 at 10:00
kittenkat wrote (see)
Nam, you mention weight, I'm very unusual in that I have more regular periods, the lighter I am.

 Me too!

I'm weepy today. And the boobs feel huge (I know it's all relevant, would anyone else notice?!). Guess what time of the month it is

Ultra AJH    pirate
26/05/2010 at 10:03

I get the flat week, the week before. I find being sociable hard work and and am easily irritated.

Mood lifts when I come on but pain can stop me sleeping for a couple of days which has got worse the older I have got, though I have found that codeine and paracetamol helps. Although I dont want to excercise when I feel like that sometimes it can be a big help.

26/05/2010 at 10:13

Pea, sounds like you really go through it with PMT. Mine is a condition I'm going to have to manage for life - the only thing that could help break the endo down is having kids.

KK, I'm going on Clomid as well, from next month - but for 6 months. It's very very unlikely I'll ever be able to have children, but they think it'll provide a respite from the ovarian cysts for a while. Otherwise, I'm going down the same road as Shims.

LIVERBIRD    pirate
26/05/2010 at 10:13

I am a gynaecological disaster area. I was told about 5 years ago its a good job I've had my kids because there's no chance now.

Recently though I have been much better from a pain point of view. Up until about 6 months ago, if I'd have had a race on day one of period I would probably have had to DNS due to not actually being able to stand UP straight.

Being on antidepressants has completely removed my PMT too but I don't recommend that as a treatment for menstrual mood swings!

26/05/2010 at 10:21

Sossy, snap, exactly the same situation I was in. 

I've not looked back but it is a very tough decision to make and not an easy one to sell to the doctors either.  Especially as I was so young.  

Hope you find a suitable solution for you.  

Blimey, sounds like most of us a gynae nightmare 

26/05/2010 at 10:27

Doesn't it! Sorry to hear you go through it as well LB. Shims, I'm reasonably young to have it done as well (36), the consultants are quite reticent, but I've found myself a brilliant doctor, who has helped enormously with pain relief. I thought I was just being a wuss until recently, as my first consultant who did a laparotomy a few years ago told me he'd removed most of the endo from my repro system, that I had no cysts and that I had to basically HTFU.

A few days later I was back in hospital with a cyst which he'd managed to lance with the endoscope and had haemorrhaged. He came to see me and I told him I thought he was a wanker.

Now I've had investigative stuff done again, and they found the endo in my bowel, the UC and two very enlarged, scarred polycystic ovaries. It was good to have a proper diagnosis at last!

26/05/2010 at 10:31
[reverses out of thread, humbled at so much womanly suffering]
26/05/2010 at 10:32

I was 30 when I had everything whipped out (and I mean everything).

I was all scarred and sticking together which was affecting my bowels.  eww nice

It really helps having a fantastic doctor.  I was lucky in that respect as are you by the sounds of it.

Well done on telling the consultant what you thought of him.  

*hands the lil' lep a biccie*

Edited: 26/05/2010 at 10:32
26/05/2010 at 10:33

Pea, the 'feeling dead' week, I can really associate with that.  I just find the week before so much harder than the actual period week.  I literally have zero energy that week.  During the IM training year I went on the pill to avoid having to have a week every month where I literally can't do anything longer than half an hour and no high intensity stuff. I think the pill helped a bit but at the same time it made me gain a bit of extra weight too which probably offset the benefits.  I'm off the pill now and rather put up with the PMT week than being on hormones all month...

Weight made a big difference for me.  I've lost 16 pounds now and my periods have got less bad every month, from literally floods to just back to normal.

But the emotional side the week before is hard work.  Knowing what it is kind of helps but I have to work much harder to regulate my responses, in particular at work when I feel under pressure.

flyaway    pirate
26/05/2010 at 10:48

Nam - have you thought about the coil? No periods at all, it's great. Totally "evens you out" over a month as well.

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