My poor wife has been telling the doctor for years that she is thinking that she is going through menopause. But her doctor keeps telling her that she is too young for that.
I don’t understand why the doctor says that she is too young for that, because according to almost all of the information on menopause that my wife and I have ever heard, seen, or read seems to indicate that menopause can start as early as the mid-thirties. Seeing as my wife is older than that (no, I won’t say how much older, I still need a place to live thank you very much!) we can’t understand why the doctor would insist that she is too young.
My sweet wife has been having night sweats, leg cramps, hot flashes, insomnia and mood swings for several years now. All of these are symptoms of menopause. And these are taking their toll on her physically and emotionally.
I can remember the first time she had a hot flash; it was in the middle of the night. I woke up and realized that she wasn’t in bed, and went looking for her. She was sitting on the toilet, doubled over in pain, with sweat pouring off of her body. Her face was red as a beet! I grabbed a towel and wiped her down, and brought the fan from the bedroom into the bathroom and put it on high, pointing it at her.
In addition, my wife has been suffering from irregular and heavy bleeding, due to uterine fibroids. She’s been complaining to the doctor about that, as well, telling the doctor that she thinks that she may be anemic from all of the bleeding. And the doctor told her that she can’t become anemic from uterine bleeding.
So, if a woman goes to her doctor and says she thinks that she is going through menopause, (or thinks she is anemic) and the doctor says she isn’t, what is a woman to do? This is one of the problems that we face because we have an HMO that insists that we use this particular doctor.
Frankly, I think that the best thing that my wife can do is to take some natural supplements, (Amberen, for example) and then get a referral to a GYN to see about treating the uterine fibroids. Once she sees the GYN for the fibroids, then she can talk to that doctor about menopause at the same time. Hopefully she’ll get some relief that way.