There are many factors that contributed to my overcoming or at least managing the menopausal symptoms that overwhelmed me for a year or two. For one thing, I had to regulate my thyroid, which was not only causing further issues, but magnifying the menopausal ones as well.
However, the single most important step to my recovery was the first one, I simply said, “No, it will not be like this.” This happened one day when the more severe symptoms came to me. I had already gone through a false pregnancy (menopausal symptoms in disguise), which left me very vulnerable emotionally. Then I started passing huge blood clots.
I had never experienced anything like this. I thought I was dying, and immediately called my mother to ask her about her experiences with menopause. She assured me that this was normal, which eased my mind a great deal…until I asked her my next question.
The primary question on my mind was, “How long is this going to last?” My mother’s reply to this was, “Oh, it could last 10 years or more, it did for me.”
This would not do! Not for me! I was not about to go through such severe and painful symptoms, many of which seemed to be keeping me from properly doing my work and adequately caring for my family, for ten whole years, much less MORE!
My symptoms were many, and they ranged from aggravating, to painful, to debilitating. It seemed to me I was having the whole range of menopausal issues, all at once. This is why I felt I had no choice but to say, “no,” and take action to reverse the situation as best I could right away.
The following are some of my many symptoms, and a brief note on how I dealt with them individually.
1. Weight gain for no apparent reason
This was part of what lead me to believe I was pregnant before, and yes, I took several pregnancy tests, all of which came out positive. My diet had not changed, and though I was not currently getting my usual exercise, due to other issues, that had not been the case initially.
This problem was only cured through regulating my thyroid gland, by taking the seaweed, kelp. I had suffered a thyroid disorder years before, and recognized the symptoms when I took time to think about it, which I certainly did after saying “no” to menopause.
2. Various menstrual problems
These ranged from missing periods ( another “false pregnancy” alert), heavy periods, double and triple periods, to large blood clots. My answer to this was to rely on my trusty herbal remedies. I knew my body had to go through this anyway, so I simply took Butcher’s Broom and Black Cohosh, both of which ease many menstrual complaints.
I broke out in hives randomly, and pretty much all over. This sometimes happened in conjunction with the night sweats, but was sometimes simply due to stress. The only help for this when it occurred was calamine, or hydro-cortisone cream, and even that was only temporary. I believe the other herbs I was taking, such as Black Cohosh, helped to alleviate this too.
4. Hot flashes and night sweats
Probably one of the most aggravating symptoms, as it will often not let you sleep at night. This was worse in warm weather, of course. In colder weather, it sometimes even alternated with chills. Black Cohosh and Butcher’s Broom seemed instrumental here as well.
5. Restless leg syndrome
Restless leg is perhaps as aggravating as hot flashes, and keeps you awake at night as well. I can’t say for sure, but it is my belief that the kelp I was taking for my thyroid helped this too.
6. Major fatigue
When I say major, I mean just that. I couldn’t sleep at night, due to other symptoms, and slept intermittently during the day, but more importantly, I was too tired to do anything I needed to do. This bothered me most of all, for I felt useless.
My answer was simply, but took a while to take affect. Olives are very good for fatigue. I am very fond of black olives, and began eating these in large quantities, after all, I now had an excuse to do so. I also began using more olive oil in my cooking when I could. After a few months, I regained my energy and stamina, but it was a long tedious process for me.
I will not say I ever got to the point of being “depressed”, certainly not clinically so, at any rate. I don’t think I have ever been there! I certainly had no thoughts of hurting myself in any way, though I have heard of that happening. However, I was extremely stressed out, and combined with the fatigue, it made me not want to get out of bed in the morning. These issues did seemed to take care of themselves as soon as I had started alleviating some of the others though.
Granted, I still suffer with some of these issues from time to time, as I have not yet reached the full extent of menopause. However, when they do arise, I simply say, “no,” and deal with them accordingly.
Additional Source: Personal experience, and over 20 years of study and experimentation of herbs and alternative medicine.