Pre Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder
Have you recently been diagnosed with PMDD? Pre Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder was a new term to me. I was diagnosed with this disorder at the age of 40 in 2004. It's an extreme form of PMS or pre-menstrual syndrome.
Let me set the scene for you. We had traveled to a festival and took with us our then 16 year old daughter and several of her friends. On the way home I noticed that I was unusually edgy and had been prior months as well. While the trip was relatively stressful for other reasons, my mood set the stage for a very frustrated husband. Little did I realize I was testy, depressed, grouchy, mean and persistent about "getting my point across" as if I was right about everything and no one was going to tell me different.
I think that was the boiling point for my husband who is so very patient and accommodating otherwise. I knew from his description of my personality, I needed help or he might do something drastic.
I decided to make a Dr. appointment and as I sat there describing my feelings of anger, not wanting to be touched, depression and pain, my Dr. proceeded to leave the room and send in a gentleman who was a psychiatrist.
"Wow I thought, I must be off my rocker!"
Once listening to my complaints, this Dr. proceeded to diagnose me with PMDD pre menstrual dysphoric disorder and prescribe me an SSRI (Selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors) or anti-depressant. Yeah!
I had answers...or so I thought.......
I was to take this pill 2 weeks prior to my monthly cycle for relief of my PMDD. I began the Rx shortly after receiving it and did so for about 6 months there after. How did I feel? Numb, disconnected, low libido and a general feeling of malaise. The symptoms of PMDD are similar to those of PMS, but they are generally more severe and debilitating. Symptoms occur during the week just before menstrual bleeding and usually improve within a few days after the period starts. Do you suffer from PMS that almost seems too much to handle?
Below, I have included a list of symptoms so you might be able to identify your mood swings, pain, and other debilitating symptoms of PMDD and some suggestions for relief.
Five or more of the following symptoms must be present and I have identified my previous symptoms for you with a *
After doing some research of my own which has now been verified by my education, I discontinued these pills and figured out my true problem leading to PMDD pre menstrual dysphoric disorder. I have shared this remedy with several clients and have documented great success within my practice.
I had an imbalance of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids and my food consumption while reduced carbohydrate, still was not balanced enough to reduce symptoms of inflammation.
My own Mother had wild PMDD consequently suffering uterine fibroids which resulted in a hysterectomy. This, a classic omega 3 deficiency.
As I mentioned, an abundance of omega 6 in our diets from conventional animal proteins, grains and vegetable oils disrupt this fine balance. An under consumption of omega 3 fatty acids in the form of pastured, grass fed animal proteins and wild cold water fish will surely encourage a more inflammatory state. Begin by following my Phase I lifestyle.
Remember, Omega 6 is inflammatory and Omega 3 is anti-inflammatory. We need both for bodily systems but they need to be balanced.
1000-3000 mg. Evening Primrose Oil 2 weeks prior to your monthly cycle and if you wish, 1000 mg. daily as a maintenance dose.
I make sure that I keep my omega 3 fatty acids high and I have no problems. Many months, I start my period as a surprise or just a small noticeable difference in water retention.
Omega 3 fatty acid consumption also works as your natural blood thinner. If you are currently taking a medication such as Warfarin or Coumadin, consult with your Dr. These are dangerous drugs. I encourage you to work with your Dr. to thin your blood through natural means as mentioned above. Cancers and bone loss are implicated in long term use of this drug.
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