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Monday, May 16, 2011

No BOYS Allowed

Okay, I have a somewhat serious question for you ladies. If you are a boy reading this... seriously, you will NOT want to. You may be annoyed if you keep reading, seriously... STOP now... Click the X to exit out of my blog... TRULY!

Now that is it just us ladies, I have a question. Well, more like a story leading to a question. Since November (well, that is when I initially started tracking it, it could have been earlier), I have been suffering from a DEEP depression 3 days before PMSing (which is usually 2-5 days of slightly more B****ness ;)) and then my period come for about 3 days (I have been blessed... I KNOW!)

BOYS: I told you to stop reading! GO AWAY!

I have never really had an issue with it before. Example, this month, I am in the grocery store, shopping for the family when all of a sudden I get this incredible desire to not be here any more. Like my family doesn't need me, the world doesn't need me... etc. It was crazy. I was in the grocery store, shopping for my family.... obviously they needed me. I actually recognized it and laughed at how crazy the thought was... and said to myself, I bet my period is coming. Sure enough.... the next days followed as mentioned above.

Okay, so my question is: has training affected your hormones, cycles, PMS, etc? I don't think I am training more now than I did for MCM. Actually I know I am not, but I am doing different things. I was only running, but since November, I have been swimming and biking as well. I have read where hard core female athletes don't get their periods for months, but I do not think I am doing anything hardcore. And my PMSing and period have remained the same... it is just the couple of days of FUNK that I cannot seem to shake.

Don't worry... I have my annual on June 8th where I plan to ask the professionals, but I wanted to see what this community had to offer. I DO NOT want to go on some drug but any herbal remedies out there? Thoughts? Advice?

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Oh and boys... if you are still reading and have advice for me, I'll read your thoughts too!


*~*~* Tracy said...

I have awful PMS and am working really hard to eliminate white flour and sugar from my diet and increase my protein and good fat intake. My thyroid is fine so I'm hopeful that dietary changes will help (my family is too!).

I read this on the Sock Doc's site -

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I have no advice to give. I have never experienced that before. If it really concerns you, maybe see a doctor?

coach dion said...

I'm sorry I couldn't just leave your blog, but after all that reading I don't have any answers for you, but I hope some-one does

Pam said...

This sounds more like PMDD than PMS. Definitely talk to your GYN about it.

Michelle said...

I have pretty horrible PMS - and - totally agree about eliminating things from your diet beforehand. So amazing - I don't eat very much white flour or sweet stuff anyway, but I try to make sure that I don't consume it close to my time. I also drink hot teas - raspberry leaf tea is great! I know when I was marathon training my symptoms were worse but I also wasn't watching my diet as much b/c I felt like I could consume whatever I wanted to. Good luck at the doc!

Carrie said...

So long as you're not opposed to birth control, ask your GYN about going on a low-dose pill. I'm in my late 30s and just re-started the pill to manage out-of-control monthly pain from endometriosis. Oddly enough, the pain was mid-cycle, not with my period like it was last time (and last time I had surgery but didn't want to go that route just yet). Along with managing my pain, I've noticed that my also-out-of-control mood swings have diminished greatly.
Good luck! PMS / PMDD can be so discouraging. I really hope you get some answers from your GYN.

MomRunningFromCancer said...

I don't think that depression or depression like thoughts are something that should be taken lightly. I would make sure to talk to a doctor as soon as possible. OK - maybe I am jumping to fast! - but seriously - take care of yourself.

Richelle said...

I'd highly recommend going to a doctor. If you're experiencing depression during PMS, you could have something more serious going on.

momof3 said...

So PG, I thought on this for a few hours here. And the more I think about it, the more I want to say that I don't think it's training related. I hate to suggest this, but... aren't you & I the same age? Wonder if it's a chemical shift. Every 7 years or so a woman's hormones slightly reset (consider, 7, 14, 21, 28,...) so, think... yeah... are we still friends? If it makes you feel any better I am experiencing a similar reality here at chez moi and am considering BCP to see if it doesn't make me more sane. Not going to lie, I hate the idea of chemistry in my system.