So I am going through "The Change" and I have to say, when researching symptoms on Google, I find that menopause can cause everything from lethargy to a near death experience. Okay the later is an exaggeration perhaps, but I swear menopause can cause almost every symptom known to man, or I should say, woman.
My mother had to have a hysterectomy before symptoms of menopause arose for her, so she has unfortunately been unable to be a source of information for me. In some ways I feel she was lucky.
What I have come to discover in my quest for learning more about menopause symptoms is that it is not the medial websites that help me the most, but rather first hand experiences of other women that shed the most light on the topic of menopause. It is for this reason that I have decided to share my own experiences with you.
leth·ar·gySloth caught my eye here! While I generally think sloths are pretty cute, and awesome, I have to say the term sloth is an understatement!
a lack of energy and enthusiasm.
"periods of weakness and lethargy"
synonyms: sluggishness, inertia, inactivity, inaction, slowness, torpor, torpidity, lifelessness,listlessness, languor, laziness, idleness, indolence, shiftlessness, sloth, apathy, passivity,weariness, tiredness, lassitude, fatigue, inanition;
literaryhebetude"the lethargy may be related to his latest medication"
I am not even as cute as the sloth in this image most days. It takes me a great deal of effort to get out of bed, or off the sofa, let alone getting to work each day. Getting to work means moving from the bed or sofa to another room to sit at my desk! I have no idea how some women do it!
While I do not think I am that much more irritable than I have been at other times in my life but I am noticing that I get irritated often. I think I am just handling it better with age, experience, and maturity. That does not take away from the fact that the irritability is there, and I find myself withdrawing more and more from social interaction, even if that means online, social media, and work itself, which in my business, is highly sociable!
Depression is something that runs in my family, which for the most part through my life I have been able to avoid. With menopause however I have felt deep signs of depression often. I have at times been to the point of considering getting on medication but the symptoms go as suddenly as they present themselves. I have yet to get to the point of feeling depressed for more than two, maybe three days at a time. I am however keeping a close eye on this as it can be one of the most dangerous symptoms in my opinion.
4. Attention Deficit:
I have often thought, in the last ten years or so that I probably have some condition that today they would slap a label on. Back when I was a kid in school we did not have the knowledge we have now of all the different disorders the medial and psychological community have labels for. I am sure I have a slight case of dyslexia, and I am sure there are a few other labels I could have added to my mental, and emotional resume. Now that the stigma of such issues is not as bad as it once was when I was young, I would not mind knowing what labels I have earned that would be bestowed upon me, however I am not about to pay the price to find out, considering I have lived with them, whatever they may be for almost five decades! With that said, I have noticed it takes me a lot longer to do the things that I used to be able to do in the blink of an eye. I am easily sidetracked, distracted, and .... oh sorry, I got caught up in another train of thought there for a moment. What was I saying? Anyway, you get the picture.