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over 5o- oh the joys of menopause!!!!

I would love to "talk" to any women who are going through menopause and are totally frustrated with body changes that you have no control over. no matter how hard i try..... then to top it off i had foot surgery a year ago that went bad and i can't exercise as i once did.

Tue. Feb 19, 2:30pm

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careful with clich├ęs

everyone thinks and feels differently about
their age and it's just boring to hear people
tell you what you are going through....
i love myself at any age and adapt to my
evolving capabilities....
i also love the calm and assurance gained
through experience
and there is no age for falling in love again
i met my man at a music class, 19 years younger
it lasted a year, and ever since i don't give a hoot
about what people say about GETTING OLD

Thursday, February 28, 2008, 7:02 PM

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I just had a hysterectomy so am having surgical menopause. It's fun :-0 well sort of. I went from no pre-menopause symptoms to post-menopause in 4 hours. Now it's trying to figure out what to do next. I just started taking Livial to see if that helps with hot flashes. Mornings are hard as I wake up with headaches for the last couple of weeks. Today it's not as bad but I am having slow starts in the morning. I felt better 2 weeks ago but I suppose recover will take some time.

What things are you having problems with and what are you doing to deal with them?

Thursday, February 28, 2008, 8:49 PM

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IMHO 7:02 would have been much happier if she had simply ignored the OP's post. Some of us will appreciate her introducing a subject that might actually interest us. Menopause is indeed a challenge. You never know how your body will react to the changes. Just deal with the issues as they present themselves; and they will absolutely present themselves. I personally have faced insomnia, depression, anxiety, weight gain, difficulty in concentration, etc, etc. However, with the help of a few professionals, I am determined to make the best of it all. I am not miserable and I do not get angry when someone posts a topic that does not happen to interest me.

Thursday, February 28, 2008, 8:53 PM

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the 50's belly bulge

i can sympathize with your frustration, weight issues and foot issues. i too have a stomach that magically appeared and looks like it is covered with cottage cheese, never had that before, and it won't go away. i exercise in the gym 4 days a week and 5 mornings . my diet is somewhat clean of garbage eating but nothing seems to reduce the bulge.i had in the past heel issues which interrupted my workouts .so i continue, trying to get into the new pants with the tags on them. very frustrating.

Friday, March 07, 2008, 11:33 PM

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Well, I'm 40-ish and reading this to find out what the years have in store! I read in the NYT recently that the hormonal changes make one forgetful and can cause temporary cognitive problems. I have reason to believe that this happened to my mother and that it terrified her, as she was in a high-powered job. She probably had no information regarding it, and was of the generation where she would have considered it shameful to talk about.

So lay it on me, ladies! If you don't want to talk to each other (7:02?) tell _me_ what the years will bring. I don't want to be caught unawares.


Saturday, March 08, 2008, 10:19 AM

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I am 50 and closing in on menopause. I work part time and I'm in graduate school. So much for cognitive decline.

I have been active all my life but find I need to be much more "organized" about it. Last year I started working out with a persoal decision I've ever made. The belly fat is slowing melting..not without alot of work but it is shrinking. So much for the inevitable belly fat.

I have experienced mood swings, insomnia and hot flashes. Also heart palpitations which I would not have guessed went along with menopause until I heard Oprah talk about it. All in all the symptoms have been relatively mild and I attribute that to a lifetime of proper eating, exercise, stress reduction..all the things we know we should be doing for all the other aliments we worry about.

Saturday, March 08, 2008, 2:40 PM

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