October 31, 2010 1:01 PM Subscribe
Period Questions: Why do I feel fine the week before my period, then depressed, tired, anxious the rest of the month? Help me have a more productive discussion with some sort of medical provider.
posted by sio42 to health & fitness (9 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I feel like I have reverse PMS. The week before my period, and the first days of it, I feel GREAT. I don't need as much sleep, I'm in a great mood, I desire healthy food and can handle cravings for sugar and fat just fine. I feel creative and competent.
Then I get my period and two days later, I'm exhausted, irritable, craving sugar and eating Nutella straight from the jar. This will continue for about 2-3 weeks until it's time for my period again.
During the "good" times, any medications I am work just like they should, I am able to exercise, I don't feel as emotionally overwhelmed by everything.
During the "bad" times, Adderall and anti-anxiety meds do little to nothing. I get nothing done at work or home. i want to be alone and sit curled up in a blanket reading or watching movies or tv.
My boyfriend of 5 years has also noticed this change. In fact he can tell just as well as I can now when I'm getting my period. I've never needed to keep track of my period because I always know - one night I wake up early, like 5am and feel fine, as if i just "snapped" out of a bad phase or something. I have been keeping track of the last few months and it's pretty obvious it's not just a random thing.
I have been on birth control several times over the years, various pills and the Ring, and after a few months, it just made the bad symptoms so much worse, so so so much worse, like crying spells and worse irritablity.
What gives? As an example, I slept until 930am (which was about 9 hours of sleep), but after i came downstairs, i fell asleep on the couch again for another hour, just completely zonked out. Then we went to eat at the thai place we normally go to, I was so exhausted, I had to come home and lie down again. Slept like i a rock for another 3 hours. And I can feel my irritable mood is back. Fun.
I've tried to talk to my GP about it and really gotten nowhere. He thinks my ADD and GAD are to blame. I've been on several different SSRIs and they made me feel like hell. Zoloft made me a zombie. My pdoc and counselor are mystified. I'm thinking of going back on BC and making an appt at Planned Parenthood,which is where I have always gone for lady parts stuff. I know they'll just suggest another BC. I've been on triphasic and monphasic. I've been on Yaz, Seasonique, Ortho Tri Cyclen, Nuva Ring. and some other thing i can't remember.
I'm just tired of having only 7-10 days where I feel productive and alive out of 30 where I feel miserable, depressed, achey, and tired.