Diagnosed with PMDD

@soccermom (3200)
United States
February 13, 2007 2:25pm CST
I went to the doctor last month because for about a year now there's about 10 days out of the month when I am a wreck. He told me it's not normal PMS but he thinks I have PMDD(premenstual dysphoric disorder) and gave me Prozac to take one week out of the month right before I get my period. I am supposed to go back in two months to see if it helps, but so far it's not. I have panic attacks that resemble heart attacks, I can't sit still, my emotions are haywire, nothing is clean enoughor done fast enough and I am making my family miserable. No matter how I try to control it I can't stop myself. Has anyone else been diagnosed with this? And what did it take to get you in control again?
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@BlackBay (584)
• Canada
13 Feb 07
Deja Vu for me. About 3yrs. ago I went through the same symptoms at age 33. Went to the Dr. and said it was extreme PMS, your hormones are out of whack. He thought a supplement of hormones would be helpful. I don't like to take hormones because of the cancer risk. My husbands aunt is a herbal practioner and suggested Evening Primose. I take 2 100o,mg tablets everyday. It took about 2 1/2-3 weeks to start feeling the effects. I now have no cramps,mood swings,insomia,heart pallpations, breaqst tenderness. I two only felt good for about 5 days out of every month. Now I'm back to my Happy, Pleasaant self.
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@soccermom (3200)
• United States
13 Feb 07
Thank you for the suggestion. I'm assuming this is something I can buy in the vitamin/supplement section of the store? I still don't know what the point of taking Prozac 5 days out of the month is, Prozac takes time to build up in your system, and about the time I start feeling the effects I don't need it anymore. Thanks again.
@BlackBay (584)
• Canada
14 Feb 07
yes it's available in the vitamin section of your grocery store or department store. All the Best to you!
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@BlackBay (584)
• Canada
3 May 07
Evening primrose acts estrogen like on the body. Eveningprimrose comes in two dosages 500mg and 1000mg tablets and a person can take 1 to 3 tablets daily. Always start with the lowest dosage and she how you feel and gradually increase as needed.As with any supplement a person should talk with your doctor, mine was just fine with and a person has to keep up with regular checkups.The cost is very affordable the Exact brand for 120 1000mg tablets runs around 12.00 and last for a few months. Don't pay the higher price for brand names or ones that say organic because the no name brand has the exact dosages and minimum reguirements as the expensive brands have, I asked the Pharmacist the difference between several brands and the only difference was price.
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• United States
28 Oct 08
I wish I would have been a member of myLot several years ago and saw this post. I was also diagnosed with PMDD. I have the anxiety that you all are describing as well as the relly moody, rip someone's head off attitude and still do to this day. I guess it just helps knowing you are not alone with this condition. My doctor put me on Prozac, but it was not for a one week interval. I have to take it everyday, if I don't or try to quit, the problem returns. I can tell a bid difference once I have started back on Prozac. I just need to stick with it.
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• United States
29 Oct 08
Thank you! I feel the need to vent quite often.
@Trace86 (5034)
• United States
3 May 07
I am wondering if that is what is wrong with me. The week before I am so emotional. I can't take a joke or any stress. I had a bad day at work Monday totally magnified by hormones. I blew things out of proportion and started hyperventilating and almost on the edge of a nervous breakdown. I need to find a doctor and figure out what is the matter with me.
@soccermom (3200)
• United States
4 May 07
This went on for a long time with me before I saw a doctor. The prozac didn't help, and then I stopped having periods all together. My female problems still haven't been totally addressed, now he's just chalking it up to stress.