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Question about heart palpitations/menopause.

Posted By: ME on 2007-09-20
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Has anyone else in the throws of menopause experienced heart palpitations, shortness of breath (very infrequently), and other odd feelings?  Just asking before I race to the ER.  Thanks in advance.  

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(Grin)  Guess that's what's wrong with me!  I used to be a bundle of energy working 3 jobs at a time, now I can barely handle one and can't remember sh** about what I did 5 minutes ago.  If hormone replacement can fix me, I want some NOW.
I can't take HRT either - my sister died of ovarian cancer at age 46. :(

I've tried all the otc stuff-Estroven, black cohosh, etc. but nothing has touched my sad moods. I hate this! Guess I'll have to look into an antidepressant. Thanks to all the replies.
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Is this menopause or what?

I got married last December and moved from the south to California with husband, stayed for 5 months and moved to Oklahoma where he will be pastoring a church.  All my family is back south.  My doctor told me I was menopausal back in January of this year, but still having periods off and on and now spotting.  I am so super sensitive, mood swings, crying spells, feeling neglected, easily offended, missing the closeness of my family back home, my kids and grandkids.  I love my husband and he is good to me, although does get on my nerves a lot lately and we have had some major clashes, and I'm feeling like the "honey" is gone out of the moonr.  I have been contemplating just leaving him and going back to my home in the south.  But for fear of humiliation, shame and embarrassment of what the hometown folks and church folks will say, not to mention "I don't believe in divorce."  One part of me is saying "this will pass as it is just the menopause I am going throug, but other side is saying "I'd be better off by myself.'  Anyone have gone through natural menopause and went through changes such as mine, or is this a natural occurrence for someone going through such life-changing events within the past 9 months, marriage, moved 2 different times to differing parts of the US, plus married to a minister, plus going through menopause.   


I am getting lots and lots of hot flashes, uggggh 

but along with this I am very thirsty during the hot flash.  Anyone else going through this and have this symptom?

Menopause keeps me warm.
Be a 52-year-old woman and you will have no trouble keeping not only yourself warm, but radiating heat to those around you.
question re menopause
I'm 48 and have been having hot flashes, sweats, irregular periods, etc. but the thing that really bothers me is my mood.  I feel really depressed a lot.  For those of you who have gone through menopause, is this a normal part of it?  I'm wondering if it'll pass in time or if I should seek some kind of help. 
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Has anyone ever heard of Happy PMS cream and what is your opinion if you have heard of it or used it?
Menopause and hormone replacement. sm

I am 3 years from my last period and have refrained from taking hormones because of a family history of breast and uterine cancer in my mother.  I have not felt well for some time and have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia.  My GYN thinks that bio-identical hormones would make me feel more myself but I have been reluctant to take them.  For those of you taking hormones..do they make you feel a lot better?  Thanks for any advice.

menopause side effects
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Regarding peri-menopause. The pertinent boards are mostly dead.

I just turned 45 and have ZERO symptoms of menopause as far as I can tell.  No hot flashes, no heavy/irregular periods, no unpredictable cycles, normal length etc.  BUT... I have noticed in the last 5 yrs or so that I get some intense PMS symptoms in the 2 weeks before my period.  My breasts get REALLY sore and my "mean quotient" goes WAY up.  It's as if I've filed my tongue.  I don't know how much of the mean I really let out, but I sure feel it inside.  I feel all tied up in knots, crabby, trivial things bugging me way more than they should, etc.  I've got a teenager and 2 preteens, so that doesn't help either as my life is obviously less than "tranquil" most of the time.  I mean, I'm not sitting around evenings relaxing and cross stitching in front of a good TV show like a mom whose done raising kids, I'm doing "mom" stuff still at 45. 

So, I decided to make an appointment with the GYN and talk about what could help me.  I've already cut out the caffeine and tried some of the natural remedies, but nothing helps.  I just KNOW she'll want to put me on The Pill, but do I really want to take that at my age when I don't need to (tubes tied), risk getting fat and having migraines come back?  I don't think so.  What about anti-depressants?  Is that something like to be recommended to me.  I'm not depressed, I'm happy as a clam as long as I'm not premenstrual.  What should I ask for, or expect?

My heart goes out to you...

I know how painful this is...had to do the same with my 12-year-old Cocker Spaniel two years ago, and I still miss his presence so very much!  Your little sweetie will always live on in your heart, though, and I truly believe that one day you'll be reunited at the Rainbow Bridge.  As 'gh' posted, if you haven't yet, please visit Rainbowbridge.org...it's a wonderful site & has one of the most beautiful poems I have ever read. 

Please accept a big ((((HUG)))) & my deepest sympathy. 

keep him in your heart
Just wanted to tell you what you probably already know, the pain will get less and less with time. Keep your dad's picture nearby and talk to him when you feel the need. I do it sometimes and my dad died 31 years ago. I believe your voice will be heard and your heart will be comforted.

My heart goes out to you ... sm
I have two 13-year-old lab/collie/chow mixes, Sasha and Keesha. They are sisters, but from different litters. I will be facing the inevitable decision of putting them down before too long. They both have severe arthritis - one in the hind legs, and the other in the shoulder area. I give them medicines for it and lots of TLC, but time is taking a toll on them. They sleep a lot and stay inside in the AC when it is hot outside, and out of the cold weather in the winter as well. They really are my "kids" and I know they have been the greatest children I could ever have. They still greet me with wags and kisses every day. I know I'll miss that when their time comes.

As much as it hurts to have to make this decision, you have loved your dear one with the highest form of love you can give. God bless you and help you through your loss each day. It will get better with time. And, when you are ready, God may bless you with another sweet pet to love. No, it won't be the same, and you'll always think of the ones no longer here, but know that you loved your pet enough to not let her suffer needlessly. That is the truest form of love we can give. You were there for her and did not abandon her. When I think of the decisions ahead of me with my "kids", I know that is what will enable me to love and take care of them one final time. They will always be in our hearts.

God bless you and give you sweet memories.
My heart goes out to you

You and your husband both sound like wonderful people but he has an unfortunate illness that only adds to the real problem I am sure. Some people do not truly understand mental illness that it truly is an illness and the person that has it is not to be blamed as they do not have control over it.

I have had a lot of issues in my life over the years and have learned not to so quickly judge anyone. I always feel what goes around comes around too and I have seen that happen many times in my life.

I don't have much advice (but you seemed to have gotten quite a bit here which I hope you find some helpful) as I have not walked in your shoes. You sound so torn. 

I certainly will pray for your and your family. Do you have a pastor or one that you could contact that you both could possibly talk with? Having an impartial third person educated in counseling may be of great benefit.

Wishing you only the very best. Please do keep us posted.

My heart goes out to you
My ADHD son is now 13 and succeeding for the most part in school. I won't give the lengthy history on his struggles, but grade school was horrible for him, I had to fight every year with a new teacher to get his IEP enforced, and for him to get some special education to help him out (granted the schools liked the special education part=more money from the state, but they didn't like the part of having him in a regular classroom for the majority of the day). Once he hit middle school having that break in between classes and being able to move to class to class really helped and he went from a D student to an A student. All I can say is we are out our childs only advocate you have to fight for what they deserve whether the teachers/school like it or not
I heart you.
My heart goes out to you and I'm so sorry
that what I'm assuming is your first MT job is creating such stress for you.

I know it's easier said than done, but you need to relax and think rationally instead of emotionally. Instead of panicking because of contradictions, turn it around and put "yourself" in control of your situation. Document everything from QA!! As FBL stated below,if QA B contradicts QA A, document such and send emails to such; however, my emails would also include a cc to the QA Supervisor and my liaison and/or manager for my account. I would do the same regarding the question about "too" many blanks. I was always taught there was no such thing as "too" many blanks as it was preferred to guessing !! I would present this question to the QA in question, and again my liaison and/or manager,etc. Document - Document!!

To make you feel a little better, I've been in this profession for 40+ years,and I still get contradictions from QA!! Having known I've researched thoroughly all available resources(books,internet),I document such and just forward all info to the above powers of authority. Can't say I don't get pi__ed to this day, but I just don't stress over it !!

Don't underestimate yourself because you're a "newbie". You went to school,you "do" have knowledge that is invaluable that will only be enhanced with experience.

I commend you for pursuing this profession in this day and age with its trials and tribulations.

I wish you nothing but the best!!

You have a very good heart.
forgiving. I do admire your charitable spirit. May this whole incident turn out to be a major blessing for you :)
heart go a flutter
Antonio Banderas, Al Pacino, Robert Deniro..the guy on Cold Case, what is his name, Danny Pino?
Piece of my Heart
When I'm stressed I get to let it all out with that song.  lol
Bless your heart
I hope you quickly work your way into a better pay range.
Bummed Out - My heart goes out to you.
I picture myself in this situation daily as job security as a SE is nil & I keep wondering what I think I'm going to do when I'm all of sudden "let go", since our so called "Profession" has sunken to the status comparable to that of a worker at McDonald's.

First of all, our profession since the 1960's has never evolved nor been recognized as a "Profession" - it is a "job" that any "typist" can do - period end!! That being said - around the late 1980s, early 1990's, those savvy in business became aware of the "need" in this job market & saw it as an opportunity for "big bucks" with no knowledge nor regard or concern of the medical knowledge required of those required to produce quality medical records. That's the key - quality has been replaced with quantity.

Only when us "Oldie" transcriptionists leave our beloved field & the physicians eventually become aware of the poor quality of work & the fact that patient care is truly jeopordized & sadly ends up suffering from the consequences of such - will medical transcription ever hope of being recognized as a "Profession."

The sad fact is that as long as us "oldies" stick around & correct the mistakes of the newbies, transcribe the worst of the worst undecipherable dictation & correct the ASR - we are sadly contributing to our own demise. Without us & our medical knowledge - being paid a pittance - the worst of the worst wouldn't be transcribed nor would ASR be edited!! I'd love for the work I now get to be sent overseas & see the end product. Out of thousands of doctors on a teaching hospital roster - I get very few. I get no normals (but did when initially started on this account. I get garbled, faint, cell phone dictation cutting in & out, & the same undecipherable dictators with whom no rhythm can be established - having to listen word by word & typing as such daily. My production keeps decreasing as well as my pay - but I'll bet my "employer" is tickled pink. I'm supposedly at "top pay", therefore, the less I'm capable of doing equals more money in their pocket, i.e. have to pay me less - hire more overseas.

Physicians are our lifeline & need to be made aware of the difference between a "medical transcriptionist" doing their dictation versus a "typist." Albeit most are intrigued by "Voice Recognition" now on the market, I'll bet 95% at hositals are unaware their dictation is being recorded in the background to Automated Speech Recognition - only to try to be deciphered & corrected by a medical transcriptionist. Without our medical knowledge & expertise - whether transcribing or editing - the medical record is worthless & patients are going to suffer. That being said - our expertise is worth more than 7-8 cpl or 2 cpl for editing. Somehow - we need to make physicians aware of the price that is being paid for their savings on their dictation, who is typing their reports & whether HIPAA regulations are being adhered to.

Unskilled workers - that is exactly what we're considered & being paid as such. Unless & until we can collectively convince physicians that quality is more important than the almighty dollar - we're resigned to the designation of "typists" & paid as such -period end !!

I don't know who you've endlessly tested with, nor if you're seeking employee status, full or part-time, or IC or SE status, & will probably get flamed - but have you tried applying at Medquist? Really hesitant to suggest it as I have no clue as to what is happening with their new so-called "Rewards Program" that is supposed to be going into effect - but from the sounds of your past experiences, I wouldn't think it could be any worse -who knows at this point!!
Bless your heart...

you replied with Peace out, & I replied with guns-a-blazin'...what the heck did I do, forget that great thread from yesterday  

my bad...*sigh*

Bless your heart ...
Are you getting enough sleep? That's pretty important!

Also, how long are you up before you start typing? Do you eat breakfast? You need a good mix of protein and carbs before you start typing. Perhaps a little exercise..??

On your expander, slow is fine on adding to it. Limit yourself to 5-10 shortcut entries a day. Write them down and keep them posted on your screen until you can use them without looking at the list. Then take that list down and work on another 5-10 shortcuts. They won't do you any good if you cannot remember to use them. When naming shortcuts, do whatever comes to mind first, whatever is natural.

Don't spend too much time on ESLs if you truly cannot understand what is being said. I don't like blanks either but there is a difference in beating your head against a wall over unintelligible gibberish versus doing a quick (3 minutes is my limit) research of meds, instruments, terms, diseases, etc. Don't be your own worst enemy here!

Working efficiently is not a matter of how fast you are, it is how streamlined you think.
Healing heart
you're welcome. I wish you the best on your journey and keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. I would not have been able to offer any insight had I not experienced this in my own life.
oh my heart breaks for these
families -- to be told they are alive and now that they are not -- please pray for these families, as only God can provide them any level of comfort now.
How awful for you! My heart goes out to you sm
I am now afraid of dogs not on a leash. I was walking my dogs not so long ago and we were attacked by a loose cannon and the owner was right there, laughing. I put up a much bigger fence and am afraid to walk my dogs anymore. So sorry to hear about your baby.
My heart aches for you...I am so sorry that--sm
you have lost your beloved pet. I know the feel of such a terrible loss. take care...and hug your other dog. I know he/she will be suffering a loss, as well.
bleeding heart

Might I add that I speak from the heart,
literally, as I'm right there with ya at the bottom of the totem pole, so you are not alone.
In a heart beat
Am currently trying to get on with them.

continued my heart goes out to you
I could care less if the teacher liked me or was my "friend", I was there to speak for my son's needs. Stay strong and be tough, and don't give up!
HEART, not "heard" - U no wat I mean...
bless your heart!
Oh bless your heart! ...

I'm so happy for your success.  You're an encouragement to me that one day before I finally get out of this profession that I'll be able to experience wonderful financial rewards again, if only for a brief moment in my case.

I appreciate you sharing your experience with us and keeping it real. 

Bless your heart ...
Sometimes the grass is greener on the other side of the fence;  sometimes it's not.  The important thing is that now you'll never regret knowing if you lost that 'perfect opportunity' or not and you were welcomed back with open arms to your true home.  Sincere best wishes to you on your continued success.   
It warms my heart

I'm pleased to hear that some dictators DO combine the two!

heart question
i do have numerous risk factors for heart attack and/or stroke, and just wanted some input (not to replace doctor, but this is Sunday and office is closed).  I have a discomfort in the center of my chest, feels like someone hit me there, noticeable when i move around especially ... does that sound like a symptom of heart trouble, or maybe a side effect to nonstatin cholesterol med?  thanks.
My heart goes out to you Pauline

You sound like a wonderful person.  Keep your chin up!  Just remember that we are helping people that are sick.  That is satisfying to me.  I sometimes think wow, I don't know how much more I can type about sick people, but then again I pray for their recovery and only hope that since they are seeking out medical professional help, they can find some comfort in that.

Keep digging in those heels and completing resumes and taking tests.  Do followup e-mails and something will strike your fancy, I'm sure.

Good luck to your other MT friend, and I think she'll find something soon too.

My hospital work was outsourced as well 2 years ago and I felt totally alone.  It gets better with time and keep chugging and you'll find the job that suits your needs.   

I *HEART* this post!
Heartland - the heart of the industry!
Heartland is the best company I've ever worked for in the transcription business.

Check out mtjobs.com, find a post for them, you'll be really glad you did. They are fair, always there to help you. They have great benefits, and one of the few companies where you are not just a number at the other end putting out reports. When I call them, they answer. No automated lines. When I have a problem? They fix it, right now. It doesn't get much better than that. :0)

Dano no matter who it is from, take it to heart.
It is well written and not back stabbing. Does it really matter who it's from?
Bless your heart. You won't forget that one again soon, huh. nm
Heart cath in August - $14K+ !!! nm
I'd hit my target heart rate just