And some medical news

I mentioned a few posts ago that I was going to the doctor to get some stuff checked out. Most of my tests came back very healthy. However, apparently I am in early menopause. 

I’m only 46, and average menopause age is 51. This may explain why my running has been crap the last three months, which is how long it’s been since my last period (which was an abbreviated one). I wasn’t expecting this news, so I’ve got a ton of research I want to do. But I do believe low estrogen isn’t great for running. 

I’m going to take hormones to help with the symptoms, and fingers crossed things start getting better. If the night sweats stop, that’s got to be an improvement!


22 thoughts on “And some medical news

  1. I feel you! I went through medically induced menopause for 6 months when I was 20 years old (thanks, endometriosis!). The night sweats, oh the night sweats! I was a collegiate rower at the time, but I don’t remember if it affected my performance per se, probably because it affected everythingβ€”the mood swings, hot flashes, and those dreaded night sweats. I wish you the easiest of transitions and hope you’re able to find therapies that works for you!

    • That must’ve been difficult to go through all that so young! I’m partly relieved this is all that’s wrong, but also kind of feeling “out of body”.

      The night sweats are the worst. My husband is also sick of me throwing on and off the covers all night long. πŸ˜‰

  2. Darlene says:

    I didn’t start running until after menopause so I wouldn’t know the difference. I was lucky. I didn’t get hot flashes but I did have wicked insomnia.

    • I think my problem has been being in the middle of the transition, hence feeling like crap. I’ve had night sweats related insomnia, which isn’t too fun either. I’m glad tower someone doing well with running post-menopause.

  3. Sorry you’re having to deal with that 😦 but I’m glad there’s nothing “wrong”. And congrats on your RRCA certification. I really enjoyed the class and learned quite a bit, mostly that there’s a million different ways to get to the same goal. With your knowledge and experience, you’ll be a kick ass coach!!! And for charity? Awesomeness.

  4. tundrawoman says:

    Hang in there. I’m also sorry you’re feeling so shitty and doing the shake-n-bake thing so young. I wish I had some words of wisdom other than let the meds work and men’s 100% cotton 3xl tee shirts for sleep are a quick and cheap response for the night sweats. They’d probably be a mini dress on you too. That’s all I got. Oh wait-my dear friend who is 70 has been on HRT since her 30’s-probably the only reason she isn’t in prison. Anyway, every MD she’s seen has attempted to take her off the Premarin and she’s told them, “There are two things I refuse to relinquish or negotiate: My Premerin and my Pepsi.” (The world is a safer place as a result.)

    • Lol about your friend! I’m glad to hear that HRT has been helpful for people.

      Luckily, I haven’t been moody or anything. I have been a bit depressed, but I think that’s related to being disappointed in my running performance. And now I’m a bit sad that I’m in menopause. But I’m glad to have medication and am looking forward to ditching the night sweats (I also started having hot flashes in the past month – yuck) and hopefully starting to run better and more consistently again.

  5. We’ve been going through all sorts of this stuff since before Lisa was your age … my only hope for you is that it is ‘quick and done’. For Lisa there have been times of months between periods, other times when it was every week, bone-chilling cold mixed with searing heat-sweats. And the hormones sent her BP through the roof so she is currently just dealing with it (also currently in a ‘twice in the last year’ cycle.

    • Oh, your poor wife! That sounds terrible! Thus far, it’s been pretty quick for me — I went from near clockwork cycles to nada in the last three months. I have been dealing with night sweats for awhile, but it was assumed to be a metabolic thing possibly due to nutrition (in other news: I need a new primary care doctor because she’s done a couple misdiagnoses for me in the past year, including missing this and finding suspicious growths that didn’t exist went I went for ultrasounds :-/ ).

      I hope that Lisa finds some relief soon because it has not been fun feeling all wonky these last few months. Wish her my best.

  6. Doug says:

    Web MD informed me I have sickle cell anemia and I am the only known Caucasian to suffer from this affliction which has me worried even more.

  7. Syd says:

    Well, my wife had an easy time of it but she did have hot flashes. She still says her thermostat is broken! I hope the hormones help.

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