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The only thing that helped me is HRT (Climara 1/2 strength patches)

Posted By: Hot flashes kept me awake on 2006-02-28
In Reply to: Diagnosis of perimenopause versus adrenal fatigue? I'm getting very confused on where to turn - next for help with these symptoms. SM

The sleep deprivation along with the fuzzy brain feeling was having a detrimental effect on my performance at work. I justified it by the fact I had never taken BCPs during my life. Know I can only take it for 10 yrs but in 10 yrs, maybe I will be able to nap during day time and not have to perform at 98% accuracy lol.

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Climara low dose patch
The night sweats or hot flashes as they call them disturbed my sleep to the point I was useless during the day time.

I concluded that I would take these hormones as I simply had to work at top performance at my job and get things done around the house as well.

I'll deal with the "change" when I am retired and can walk around like a zombie. For now, I have to consider quality of life.

I tried several before Climara and though it is not on my formulary (50.00/month), I take it to live normally.

Now I realize why women my age sometimes can look ravaged.
Thanks, I checked the strength
and dosing, and you are correct.
I'm not sure about the strength question, but
above where you have "extraocular movement muscles" intact - that should be either "extraocular movement" or "extraocular muscles" - both are correct, but has to be one or the other.
For temporary relief, try Salonpas patches SM
I have chronic back pain and went through the chronic pain classes with my HMO. The spine surgeon suggested trying Salonpas patches. I didn't think they would help at all, but they did give me some temporary relief. I feel they work as well as the expensive "name brand" heat patches you can buy, although if I am going to be on an airplane, I wear one of those bigger and longer lasting patches. The Salonpas are about 2 x 3 inches, flat, have a pleasant odor, and I have used them on my back, on the wrists, and one time even on my face for a sinus-type headache. (My daughter says I was crazy to do that, but it helped). You can buy a box of the Salonpas very reasonably at any drugstore but they are VERY cheap at Sam's Club or Costco. It is really awful to have to transcribe (or do any work) when it causes pain. I hope some of these suggestions others have made will help you. I have used the type of neck pad that you heat in the microwave, but that was a long time ago. I just saw them on the Mouse Mitts site, thanks to the MT who posted the link. I'm going to order another one of those right away. There are a lot of helpful people out there. Take care...
I am prepared to quit, too! Have the patches. Going to get popsicles and lollipops.
Do you mean the Microsoft website to download patches and stuff?
help on word board grip strength
I believe Pilates is good for shaping and strength, but you still need some cardio for good fat
what helped me

I had to stay away from situations or places where I tended to smoke. 

I know you cannot quit work just to quit smoking but maybe rearranging your home office/work area could help. 

I also agree with finding a substitute.  For me, it was the holding of the cigarette, not the oral contact, that was a tough one.  I need to have something to do with my hands - try a stress ball if you find your hands feel empty during your breaks.

I quit in 1997 and still crave a cigarette from time to time but the feeling passes quickly.  The first 4 years were really difficult, though.  Good luck.

Thank you to everyone below who helped (sm)
me with the PTO question.  I got an answer so am a happy camper again

THANK YOU SO MUCH!  You helped me figure it out...I knew I needed to change something with the field codes but could not find it!!  THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! Something good will happen to you for helping me!!!  THANK YOU!!!!!

Thank you to all who helped me!

Yes, it helped!!! Thanks so much. nm
Me too. She always helped me when
I was helping out on OPs! Now I do them quite a bit, but still need some help here and there!
helped me a lot
I thought the book was very helpful. I think it increased my speed at least by half. For me, it was a worthwhile investment.
I did try all that and it helped some sm
and it definitely made my computer speed up but the dragging is still there.
It's about time someone helped US out
You believe the people being helped are the same ones...

shooting, raping, etc.???  Perhaps some are, but the majority are ordinary working people, and probably some who aren't working.  So what?  They are human beings and deserve to be treated decently.  Who are you to judge that they aren't worthy of help???

As others have mentioned, I hope when you need help you are able to get it.  What a despicable attitude.  I feel sorry for you. 

Thanks for your tips, they helped! NM
Yes, thanks a lot - helped greatly!! NM
I wanted to thank everyone who helped below
about DHs red blotches.  He is feeling fine this morning.  I did tell him the signs of anaphylaxis and to go to the ER if he has any of those symptoms.  We may never know what caused those blotches.  Thanks again!!!  You all rock!
Thanks. A different speaker helped--
Thanks so much. But, it is the sound quality from my company, it is just bad. They have the good system and then a bad system, is how I interpret it. When it is coming from the bad part, it is bad. That's what I think. Don't know, though. Changing speakers helped, and I did not think of that, so thanks so much.
Yes - it helped w/abbreviations, etc.
I think it helps to broaden your knowledge of certain standards if you're job hunting, even if you've never used them.  For example, you won't be surprised when you get a different job or client and someone chews you out about starting a sentence as "27-year-old patient comes in today" (versus "This 27-year-old..." or "Twenty-seven-year-old...").  JMHO and IME
I finally helped someone. Yea!! (nm)

natural products helped me - sm
I feel for you. Different story, (though same in that tubes tied, PMS-crazy 10 out of 30 day each month, teens) but maybe this might help you. I could not opt for hormone tx (diabetic)after hysterectomy (for other changes in cycle; light, then very heavy, then not there) and opted for surgery when fibroids were found.)Immediate surgical menopause resulted in symptoms even though before this my FSH and estradiol levels came back I was not peri.

Researched websites and found natural progesterone cream (bought at local health store)helped me a lot, but wound up on Lexapro (calming) too. Taken together, this was the optimum fix for me.
A mouth guard helped me
Good luck.
Split shift helped me a LOT! Was
getting very painful to type eight hours straight.  It has helped to the point where I barely realize any pain anymore.  Also, I can seem to go "great guns" the first hour or two of my shift, and then slow down some after that. This way, with split shift, I have two sets of "two hours" of gungho, at least as gungho as I can get...LOL. 
I wanted to thank the person that helped me. sm
That Turtle Beach Audio Advantage is really the ticket. I can't believe I was living with such bad sound quality for so long. THANKS SO MUCH! This is really helping immensely.
I'm happy my post helped you....sm

and I NEVER lie!!  It's the truth!!  My only thing today is I don't want to go back out there and re-solicit (I still work for the BIG national part time for now but the day I leave there, I'm hitting the streets again...*LOL*)

Best of luck!!!  You'll do fine!!!  Meeting them all in person to me, where they can see your face, what you emanate in public, one's honesty and directness...I believe the doctors ALL like this!!  And if the office is busy and they cannot see you or interview you, you come back another time - made an appointment.  *S*


Thank you everyone for the input. It helped with my decision.
I have been feeling quite used for years by her, but have been putting up with it because she IS family. My mom did tell me years ago that she hates cooking holiday meals, so she has basically invited herself every year since 1999. We do always have a good time, but I do nearly all the cooking and cleaning up. Sometimes she and her husband show up in time to eat, gather the leftovers, and leave. I go all out for holiday dinners too. I have decided NO more. We cannot be used unless we allow ourselves to be a doormat. Thank you for telling me what I needed to hear, especially those of you who have also dealt with this.
yes, and I found it really helped for awhile sm
then I hit some life situations where I just could not cope. My doctor put me on Lexapro, and it was a life saver. If your depression is mild, 5HTP is a really good start. St. John's Wort barely took the edge off for me, but the 5HTP was quite good.

Thank you so much, I lost a days work not knowing how to do it as the account requires indented numbers. 

Your very welcome Hayseed! glad it helped someone, LOL! sm
is your volume low now too?
I just did a system restore and that seems to have helped. nm
I want to thank everyone that helped with the C-phone question, got another one for ya now.

Okay.. another strange question.  I'm used to just specifying my typing speed on a wpm basis, how do I convert my wpm over to lph?

Thanks again, everyone's been so helpful.

I'm against outsourcing, too. It's helped to ruin a lot of
Mouth guard helped me too. $500 and insurance did not pay, but
Has talking to the supervisors not helped up there. What are they thinking.
AAMT has never helped the MT, ever. It took me a few years to figure...sm.
it out, but I did. Of course, that was after spending a lot of money on certification, membership, and meetings. I received nothing back for my involvement with AAMT. It is a total waste of money and time for the MT.
No big deal. I've done this a few times, can't be helped
"The big kids" don't like MPI, but I do. It helped me immeasurably when SM

I was first working. I have since bought them as gifts to starting-up MTs. I like the book. I have not seen Stedman's, but I don't generally trust Stedman's at all for anything. I use the books, I have a bunch of them, but I don't like them much. They're just all we have and it's better than nothing.

I think it speaks volumes that they have a "correction card" included with each book.

Yes, helped for about 1 year, then same symptoms returned.
Just had hysterectomy last year. Never felt better. No pain, no cramps, no heavy bleeding and I can leave the house and not have to worry about blood running down my legs any more. The ablation worked in decreasing the heavy menstrual flow for about a year. Then it returned with the pain, etc. I have had endometriosis and ovarian cysts since I was 13, with many laparoscopic cystectomies, etc. I am now 38. I finally know what a normal pain-free life is like.

If you do decide to go with the ablation, get the NovaSure - it takes less than 5 minutes to perform and better results than ThermaChoice.

Good luck.
I found one with a high back on it really helped.
It was otherwise adjustable for height and rocks back or can be locked into place depending on how my back and neck feel. 
I think starting in acute care helped.
When I was offered jobs, companies were excited that I prefered OP notes to clinics, so maybe that's a factor. 
Thanks! Coffee helped! The cloud is lifting...
I'm sorry I got confused about AAMT versus BOS, etc. I have heard that some companies don't touch it, but I guess I just have the luck of running into the ones who use it exclusively. I only ran into it when job hunting, but since use it all the time. If a company does use it exclusively, it is nice having everything in one easy reference. I hate all the exceptions and different rules...Sorry if I misinterpreted. Have a good one!
Setting goals helped me tremendously
I have had burnout in the past and when I did usually tried to take a day or two off. Do not have it now but I just got tired of making a low salary like I was doing so decided I would increase my speed as far as blocking out everything else during the day in order for me to achieve my goal. This last paycheck really paid off. It was $400 more dollars than the time before and I am staying at the increased line count. I like the money and that is more than enough to put some speed in my production. I do not like those lousy paychecks at all.
Thank you for your answer! That helped me a lot. I have been an MT for 4 years and feel i should ma
Privilege and weak parental guidance helped too.

She had one messed up childhood. 

Strangely, your post helped boost my ego when it was wavering....
I was so sure I was doing a good job, but had a hard day today. The docs are spelling out simple things, and I am afraid my company is screwing up big time. Then I start second guessing myself and wondering if I am the one screwing up, (although I had a nice QA score and some nice comments from QA.)

But, judging from your post, no, I am not screwing up. Everyone makes mistakes, but I am not making constant HUGE mistakes like you note in your post. And I have a good attitude with QA, and they have always been nice to me. So I must be doing okay. I am sorry, though, that QA is finding the quality of MTs in the U.S.A. so low!!!! This is very discouraging. But I have noticed that most high school graduates do not know how to spell nowdays. It does not seem to be a priority like when I was in school. Do you think that is most of the problem? Are simple words and basic grammar the problem, or maybe a matter of not wanting to look up the medical words?
This info would probably have helped reach your goal this morning! LOL Thanks! nm