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In early forties, have short periods with scanty flow, sore tender breasts, mood wings, swollen ankles, leg pain and get a scary feeling. Am I undergoing perimenopause?

i think I am in perimenopause,my periods are shorter,lighter each mtg I get veri sore,tender breasts. Sometime feel dread,really get a scary feeling sometimes. Mood swings. My leg as started aching( thigh,calves. Swollen ankles,sometime affects one leg more than other.sometimes slight pain in grion area,cums and goes. I am 43 years old
Asked On : Sun, 3 Jun 2012
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The level of Follicle-stimulating hormone in your blood has to be measured (when menopause starts its level can be from 23.0 up to 116.3 or even more). There is also Menopause Urine Test which can be used yourself. Your symptoms are similar to premenstrual syndrom. Some phytoestrogens can be prescribed in your case. You should also be careful to your diet (avoid alcohol, smoking), smoking exhausts ovaries very fast. Eat more fruit and vegetables. Go to your gynecologist to be examined by ultrasound as well (to measure the size of ovaries and investigate its structure).
Wish you Good Health
Dr O. Aleksandrov
Answered: Wed, 6 Jun 2012
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