Post # 1
Anyone else get really bad PMS? Not in a medical sense, but emotional. I had to go into the bathroom at work today three times to sob for no good reason. It’s getting worse as I get older, though my doctor says there’s nothing wrong and I understand that emotions don’t always need to be medicated or problematized. If you have this, how do you cope and keep your focus on getting necessary stuff done? I have a huge deadline coming up on Friday and I can’t. stop. crying. for. no. reason. My usual tricks are working less these days 🙁
Post # 2
Mindfulness meditation & essential oils help me a lot ( this one specifially https://doterra.com/US/en/p/clarycalm-blend-oil )
I am sorry you are having to suffer through this.
Post # 3
Thank you! I know it’s minor in the big scheme of things, but it can be so rough to muddle through. I will check out the oils 🙂
Post # 4
I stopped having that issue when I started birth control pills, but boy do I remember how it used to feel.
There were times when I would literally plan around the PMS, scheduling, or even rescheduling things for when I would feel more emotionally prepared. Of course that’s not always possible, but don’t feel guilty about moving things around if you can if that’s what you need to do!
It helped me to acknowledge that it was PMS causing the emotional roller coaster. I’d let family who had to live with me know when I was at that point where I constantly felt like I was about to cry, or scream, or both, so they’d know to not take it personally if I snapped at them or had to hide away in my room for a while.
Having a good cry always seemed to help to. I literally had a list of go-to “crying movies” that would make me sob every time without fail. Sometimes just giving in to the hormones and having a good, hard cry did wonders.
Post # 5
Get a second opinion. That is not normal. Yes I have a problem similar. I’m currently waiting on an appointment with a specialist.
Post # 6
twinklecat : Girl, I get it too. I feel like i turn into a psycho about a week before my period. Like clockwork. It sucks…
Post # 7
Get another doctor’s opinion. I have PMDD, which causes bad depression, bipolar type symptoms, and also tons of physical pain in the week prior to getting a period. The symptoms disappear a day or two into my period. I’ve been on birth control pills for years as treatment and it works great.
Sorry your doctor is saying there is nothing wrong! If it is interfering with your life so much, it is not normal!
Post # 8
Mine is realllllllllly bad. Especially if I’m off the pill. I never get depression normally but while pmsing I literally have gone in to such deep depressions where I am like “what’s the point of living” 😳. I’m normally a very happy person! It’s crazy.
Post # 9
I have pmdd…working out seems to keep my emotions in check
Post # 10
I relate so hard to this. Actually, I think my first post on the bee might have been about this. I suffer very badly, physically and emotionally, at the whim of my hormones. I have found not eating sugar, doing yoga, and drinking plenty of water helps. I, too, go to the bathroom to have a few good cries during this time. I allow myself to feel what I’m feeling, and then I head back to my desk with a specific task to accomplish. It seems to help.
Post # 11
Thank you so much everyone!! I should clarify that I did see a specialist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital — it’s part of Harvard Med School and a really top-notch institute, so I am not sure where else I could go to get a comparable second opinion… if you are in the area/on the East Coast and have suggestions, I would be grateful. The doctor there basically told me that because I don’t have any associated physical pain and my emotions have never sunk so low that they truly interfered with my functioning (bathroom crying and upcoming deadline angst aside, haha), it wasn’t something that necessarily needed to be medicated or resolved, just managed on a month-to-month basis. I have been on the pill in the past but it made me gain 10 lbs without any change to diet and exercise, which I was not super thrilled about… but maybe it’s worth exploring that again, a different kind?
Thank you again for your suggestions, please keep them coming! xxx
Post # 12
I would also get a second opinion. There are lots of potential treatments for both bad pms and ppmd. I get very bad mood swings (to the point of being vaguely suicidal) every single month before my period. I was also so emotionally off that I would have a lot of trouble getting anything done the week before my period and then would have to play catch up the week of my period. I recently got diagnosed with ppmd. For this month the doctor suggested running every other day (or every day if possible) the week before my period in combination with calcium, vitamin b6, and medical marijuana (I live in Canada). If that doesn’t work she is going to prescribe 10mg of prozac. I’m really scared of taking ssris and have reacted badly to hormonal treatments in the past so she was willing to try something a bit different with me first. Your doctor shouldn’t just be telling you to manage it on your own, they should at least be suggesting possible coping methods etc. Good luck!
Post # 13
I’m so sorry you have to go through this. It’s the most debilitating thing I’ve ever had to face. Mine began after a course of prednisone for bronchitis in 2011 and being diagnosed as celiac at the same time. I had to go gluten free and I haven’t fully recovered. It calmed down a bit after I had my second child in 2015, but since moving to a colder climate, it’s coming back with revenge, especially around ovulation and afterwards. I had a terrible pmdd episode in November of 2016 after 3 months of living in Germany. I noticed that the months when my iron intake is low, the depression is much worse, to the point where I’m debilitated and suicidal. In the past few months, I haven’t been able to get rid of the bloating and the breast tenderness, but after The suicidal PMS back in November, I’ve been adding more iron supplements, taking extra vitamin D, and ibuprofen . Also, I need to avoid trigger foods such as sugars (gummy bears give me cysts), gluten, and diary. Unfortunately my diet has to be extremely strict and I need to pay extra close attention to my iron. Whenever I go through a stressful period, I need to add an extra tablet of iron and it helps me cope with life a lot better. I haven’t had depression again since adjusting my supplements, even though the bloating remains, but I’ll take bloating over crippling depression any day.