My Menopause Journey – Lynsey Newbery
My Menopause Journey – Liz B
Hello everyone. Last summer I couldn’t cope. For the first time in my life, I experienced anxiety and panic. I wondered whether it was Covid hell…. work stress….. my brain was foggy, my usually dynamic mind which held lots of information and leapt around and recalled facts in a flash was dull and sluggish, my skin was dry (now spotty), my hairline was receding, my other hair was growing thick and fast in places I didn’t want it to be. I was irritable and snappy and lost the consistency which my work and home life relied upon. I couldn’t sleep and I didn’t recognise who I had become.
Then I recalled a colleague telling me how she missed having a brain like mine. How she now had to write everything down to recall it. How it was being 45. It was my peri-menopause awakening! Suddenly it made sense. I read NICE guidance, had a blood test which determined it, asked to be put on oestrogen gel and told everyone close what I had discovered.
Apparently, a year before I had asked my friends to watch out as I was worried I was starting with symptoms and may need them to point it out to me. My daughters said they hadn’t dared tell me cause I was snappy.
Despite them recalling that I had said years ago if ever I alter tell me.
So I have a GP who specialises but doesn’t because she doesn’t even know the levels of gel to be used and my own GP passed my care to her because he has never used the gel before. I use their gender as I think it is relevant here.
I’m so much better but I still have anxiety, poor sleep, spotty skin and overthinking mind. I want to see a true specialist and to be able to run my complex and dynamic life and business without my age and hormones running my life