As I’ve mentioned before, I am nearly 46 and think I have started the peri-menopause (blood tests are inconclusive, but apparently this is common as hormones fluctuate so wildly during this time). Having looked online at the symptoms I’m yet again staggered at the similarities between this and the other conditions from which I suffer. Peri-menopause (and full menopause) can cause:
- nausea/GI problems/reflux
- night sweats
- confusion/brain fog/memory loss
- muscle and joint pain
- new/increased allergies
- and a host of other undesirables
MCAD can also cause all of the above, as can a combination of ME, dysautonomia/POTS and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. I pity the poor doctor who has to try and unravel my symptoms: which are transitory and which are not; which will respond to anti-histamines and which won’t; which would respond to hormone therapy and which would not (not that I can take HRT due to my MCAD!); and which I just have to live with.
The weird nose thing which started a few weeks ago turned out not to just be a virus. My cold is now on its way out and the prickly nose and running mucus carry on unabated. Super! I also have the worst case of itchy skin I’ve ever had in my life – it feels like someone is tickling my entire face, scalp and body with tiny feathers. I can’t help but scratch, which brings on my Dermographism, so then I’m covered in red welts and look like I’ve been dragged through a thorny hedge backwards! I’ve switched my washing powder to Fairy non-bio but it hasn’t helped. Other than that, nothing in my life has changed so I’ve no idea why I’m suddenly itching and suffering from hay-fever like symptoms. My heart is also performing all sorts of acrobatics, flip-flopping all over the place and doing random huge beats that surely can’t be good for me. Could it just be my changing hormones? Am I having an MCAD flare-up? Have I developed some new allergy? Heaven alone knows because I surely don’t!