I just spent twenty of the past twenty-four hours sleeping

What happened you might ask? Well a couple of things, first I awoke yesterday with what only I can describe as a cloud over half of my face, a headache, dizziness, and nausea. I was already on the couch, having moved there during the night because I couldn’t sleep, and didn’t want to disturb hubby. I stayed there all day, in and out of consciousness. Apparently the eldest even went so far as to check if I was breathing or not, and then she did the same with our dog. At least she checked me first, right? Eventually I moved to our bedroom, and slept another ten hours or so, only waking once to visit the washroom.

About ten years ago, around the same time my perimenopausal hot flashes started, it seems I started getting migraines. For the longest time though, I thought I had the flu. Finally I mentioned it to my doctor because I was continually sick and I became worried when the dizziness started. After this test and that test, it was determined I was suffering from migraines in addition to the perimenopause. Well, I am here to tell you that migraines and perimenopause suck big-time.

The hot flashes have decreased over the years but in their place, night sweats, which are even worse. You wake up freezing because you are soaking wet. I have chosen not to take any medication for the perimenopause symptoms or the migraines for the simple reason I am already on quite a few meds for chronic pain, fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease, arthritis, etc. I did try a few medications for the migraines, one didn’t work and the other I was allergic too.

So after missing all of Tuesday, today I am up and feeling much better but it is one of those days where I can’t drive. Thankfully, the eldest is home to take me shopping so I may buy a birthday present for my loving husband, who continues to put up with me with all my aches and pains.

Note: My wonderful and thoughtful husband tried to blame the twenty hours of sleep on the sex we had, which made me smile, until he added I guess we won’t be doing that again! Nice try dear.

Have you ever suffered from migraines or are you going through perimenopause?

16 thoughts on “I just spent twenty of the past twenty-four hours sleeping

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  2. Dani @ lifeovereasy

    The main thing I noticed as my hormones changed is that I lost my ability to sleep. I would wake up at all hours, and then be unable to get back to sleep. I was exhausted all the time. What changed this for me was when my friend got me started on Isagenix. Now I really hesitated mentioning that, because I don’t want you to think I am trying to sell something. In fact, I have never actually sold the stuff to a single person (other than my sister). But it has made such a difference to how I feel that I feel compelled to share. It’s a nutritional system – shakes and vitamins. And I’m generally against all that. But I am sleeping well, and have more energy, and I’ve lost weight. I can tell it’s balancing my hormones somehow, and improving my health. And these days I feel I need all the help I can get! I think the take-away here is that really good nutrition seems to have an effect on these kinds of symptoms, so maybe anything you do to improve that might help. It sounds like you have your hands full, and I hope you can find some relief!

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    1. Catherine Burden Post author

      Thankfully the hormonal exhaustion only lasts about three or four days each month, with this past month being exceptionally bad. Mainly though, I don’t sleep well due to chronic pain and Fibromyalgia. I am on quite a few medications to manage my pain, but with so many different things wrong with me, the pain never goes away. I cannot remember a day where I haven’t been in pain, then add in the nerve damage in my back which causes constant numbness and tingling from the waist down, makes it very difficult to sleep at night. Gosh, I sound like I am whining now. Thank you for your suggestions and I am happy you have found relief.

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  3. Actually Mummy

    Hahah! Daft bloke, he should have kept quiet on that one!
    I’m afraid I’m with you on the flashes (infrequent) and night sweats – not fun at all. I often get through a couple of pj sets in a night and the bedlinen is in and out of the washing machine all week long. Bloody hormones!

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  4. aFrankAngle

    Thankfully, no migraines or perimenopause for me. Wow … you have quite the list, so cheers to your sense of humor through it all. Meanwhile, is it possible that some of them are due to not enough sex?

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    1. Catherine Burden Post author

      Note to self: do not have coffee in mouth when reading comment from Frank. Oh I did not expect that question, lol. Yes would be my answer, being a woman going through the change.

      One has to have a sense of humour through it all, else I would be crying all the time.

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  5. petchary

    Oh, you poor thing! (Your p.s. made me laugh though!!) I am past my menopause and am thankful I did not go through the hell that you are enduring. No, I would not add to your pharmacy of meds with more meds. Perhaps you should look into a lot of the natural “remedies” – although some of them come with a hefty price tag! Thank goodness for your supportive family… PS did you have the migraine before perimenopause started? I wonder if changing something in your diet might help?

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    1. Catherine Burden Post author

      The migraines started with the perimenopause. The problem with me starting any new medication whether natural or not, is I have to consult with my physician because of all the possible interactions. I also have a number of allergies to add to the mess. I think for now, the best solution is to just grin and bear it. It is just another curve ball in life.

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        1. Catherine Burden Post author

          I did go to hot yoga there for a bit, whether it helped or not, I have no idea but I did enjoy it. The only problem is it is only offered late on Friday night, and I didn’t feel all that safe going down there by myself. Alas.

          Oh, I’m glad you I made you laugh with that little added note.

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