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Menopause Panic Attacks

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know how to cope with someone that has panic attacks about absolutly nothing?
    Out of the blue my mother otherwise a healthy happy and strong person is being overwhelmed with anxiety and panic attacks. She doesnt know why or what and 20 doctors later nobody has been able to figure it out. Just when we think we got a handle on it it starts all over again. Im afraid she will snap and do the unthinkable. Anyone with any experience on this ?

    • ANSWER:
      Does she have an underlying health problem? Menopause? Something is bothering her. If nothing is wrong in her life then it could be physical or some subconscious conflict. Have you seen a therapist? When I had them I was out of balance hormonally and under a lot of stress. Only a Xanax could head it off once I got going. I no longer have them if that is any encouragement.

  2. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever heard of menopause symptoms be really really bad?
    I have just started menopause or at least the part with no more periods. And for the last 8 years I have had anxiety and panic attacks. Well now that my periods are gone ( no periods in 4 months) I feel like I am going crazy. My anxiety is so bad I can't stand myself. I forget everything and the hot flashes are 6 to 8 times and day. I tried permpro and the naxiety got even worse. Can anyone help. Anyone have any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes they can be bad, it depends upon the person, every one has different symptoms to menopause. Talk to your doctor, She/He will tell you what to take or they might suggest that you take hormone therapy or talk to a holistic doctor, no need to go throough this without help. Try to stay away from the caffeine it triggers the hot flashes.

  3. QUESTION:
    How do I help my girlfriend relieve stress?
    My girlfriend is currently in college (as am I) but she is really trying hard this year and working two jobs at the same time. I know that she is already going through counseling but how can I help reduce her stress level when she comes home. We have tried sex but its not fun because midway through she has panic attacks. Also she was abused a lot as a kid, so I'm not sure if that has something to do with the stress or not. What do I do to help her? How do you stop a panic attack?

    • ANSWER:
      Go for lots of walks, and make her a cup of chammomile tea.
      Less sugar, less coffee. Good nutrition, calcium. Plenty of Omega 3’s. There are many good books written - but I would find a good one written by an MD who also knows some natural remedies, and I would give her the book to read. Be kind to her, maybe watch some funny movies - laughing is the best medicine. She also could maybe use a doctors appt., or have someone to talk to whose opinion matters to her. Good luck, she is lucky to have someone to care about her like you do! I wouldn’t nag her about the smoking, she probably feels bad enough about it as it is, and that would just add to the stress. I used to get upset with my husband when he would start smoking after quitting (more times than I can count). Finally he really did quit at the age of 51, for good. And it was nothing to do with me. I might as well have not been so disappointed in him all those times he couldn’t quit, because in the end he did quit. We just don’t have a crystal ball to see the future in, and sometimes good things do happen. Also, what is causing the stress? In my own case, it was a combination of starting menopause, an inherited nervous condition, and some personal problems (mostly always trying to be super efficient on the job with great difficulty!). Medication helped my girlfriend a lot, but not everyone needs that, so it is good to try other remedies first.

  4. QUESTION:
    I have symptoms of both anxiety panic attacks and premenopause. How can i figure out which one i have?
    my symptoms are: anxiety, not being able to sleep late at night, nausea, wanting to be outside in the fresh air, rational thoughts. Has anybody ever heard lydia pinkham herbal tablets (they say it's good for menstruation and menopause?) By the way I am 37 years old.

    • ANSWER:
      You can talk to your doctor for a proper diagnosis. I had my first panic attack when I was 37. It scared the crap out of me! I didn't know what was happening, but I thought I was dying. Both my general practitioner and ob/gyn diagnosed anxiety attacks. Both said that it is very commom at this age. I found relief in zoloft. It has been over 4 years, and I still take it. The side effects were temporary, and completely tolerable. I work full time, and am able to enjoy a normal life with my husband and children. I have never tried those tablets, but I have tried self help books, tapes, tea, etc. I have found that exercise really helps me. When I feel an onsetof an attack, I will do tasks like clean floors, fold clothes, re-arrange drawers, or anything that doesn't require a lot of concentration until it subsides.

  5. QUESTION:
    What Does Women Experience During Change Of Life?
    I was told that alot of women end up in mental hospitals, is this true?Do you need Hormone Pills? How do you feel? Can you have panic attacks?

    • ANSWER:
      If women going thru menopause ended up in mental hospitals, then every woman over the age of 50 would be there. Some women may have mental problems because of it, but not all of them.

      A lot of women have HRT or hormone replacement therapy, though as of late it has become rather controversial. There are natural ways to replace estrogen, which is lost during menopause. This is something that you will need to discuss with your health care provider as to the best course of action for you as an individual.

      From what I've read, some women go thru it without any symptoms (hot flashes, night sweats, etc.), and some women have a hard time of it. Again, this is something to discuss with your doctor. You may be entirely different going thru this than other women.

  6. QUESTION:
    I'm awaiting a laperoscopy and I'm scared. Can anyone share their experience and give ideas to help me cope?
    I'm 29 and have spent the last month or so in and out of hospital having all manner of tests. I've been told i have emdometriosis and am awaiting a laperoscopy. The whole thing is frightning and I am now suffering from panic attacks. I'm hoping someone out there will sympothize with me and be able to share with me a way to get through this, while hopefully retaining my sanity! Thank you. Karlz B

    • ANSWER:
      A laproscopic procedure isn't all that bad actually- it beats an open abdomen procedure by a long ways. You get to sleep through it, thanks to anesthetic via the IV line. When you wake up, you'll have a couple small poke holes, usually stitched with only one or two small sutures, sometimes staples. It won't even really hurt. You will be gassy though, since they will have to inflate your abdomen a bit to be able to see their way around. While they are in the area, they can have a look at everything, and even zap/remove endometrial tissue they happen to find- which will help remove some of the trouble. To help you put things in perspective here, take a minute to think. If you have endometriosis, you have it. All the worry and panic in the world isn't going to change that. You can have procedures and medications to help control it, and at least after the procedure, your devil will have a name. The devil you know is always easier to control than the one you haven't identified yet. As conditions go, it could be worse. Endometriosis isn't a major threat to your health, and it doesn't cause cancer. You can even still get pregnant, although you might have a bit more difficulty if the rougue endometrial tissue is on the ovaries or fallopian tubes. But that too can be removed to help improve your chances. It also won't last forever. When you go through menopause it stops entirely. You may even have luck with birth control pills controlling the symptoms. So don't lose heart all together. Have the procedure and get it treated, and don't sweat problems that haven't come up yet. I'm not sure what is triggering the panic attacks- if it's fear of the procedure, or fear of the diagnosis- either way, if it's a real pain for you, ask the doctor for some medication to temporarily help you stay in control. After the procedure, you may find things ease off, since you will have a definite name for your devil, and a plan to treat it. Knowledge always helps. Good luck dear, and keep in mind, it's not the end of things. It's the beginning of finding a solution.

  7. QUESTION:
    At what age is common for menopause?
    I have not had a period for 1 year straight, have anxiety attacks, panic attacks, depression , and all of the flushes. Was wondering what age menopause hits? I am only 45.

    • ANSWER:
      This time of change, called perimenopause by many women and their doctors, often begins several years before your last menstrual period. It lasts for 1 year after your last period, the point in time known as menopause. A full year without a period is needed before you can say you have been “through menopause.” Postmenopause follows menopause and lasts the rest of your life.
      Menopause doesn’t usually happen before you are 40, but it can happen any time from your 30s to your mid 50s or later. The average age is 51. Smoking can lead to early menopause. Some types of surgery can bring on menopause. For example, removing your uterus (hysterectomy) before menopause will make your periods stop, but your ovaries will still make hormones. That means you could still have symptoms of menopause like hot flashes when your ovaries start to make less estrogen. But, when both ovaries are also removed (oophorectomy), menopause symptoms can start right away, no matter what your age is, because your body has lost its main supply of estrogen.

  8. QUESTION:
    can over excitement cause a heart arrythmia?
    i usually get irregular heart beats. ive linked then personally to some kind of arrythmia. i used to get up randomly a few years back now its only once in a blue moon. i've noticed when i get overly excited sometimes that it comes back. could that be just a panic attack or a jump start to my arrythmia?

    • ANSWER:
      You may be having palpitations. Anxiety, stress, and excitement can certainly cause palpitations. Conditions such as cardiopathy (heart disease) hypo- or hyperthyroidism, electrolyte imbalances, anorexia, bulimia, and menopause can also cause them. So can some medications, including caffeine.

      You don't mention your age, whether you have health problems, whether you're "fit or fat", and whether you take medications, all of which may provide some clues.

      For instance, I have palpitations related to stress and hormonal flucutations. The palpitations don't occur during the stress, though; they occur 1-2 days after it!

      If you don't think you have any underlying disease process, you may want to chart your arrhythmias/palpitations (write them on a calendar), noting where you're at in your menstrual cycle, how stressed you were, what you ate, etc., in order to try to isolate a cause. Sometimes you can see a pattern by doing this.

  9. QUESTION:
    what r the symptoms of menopause and how young can you be to start.?
    i am having irregular monthly periods and when they finally come, they come with a very heavy flow. I get it for 7 days and it will come back after week, but the flow is less. During this period i have a bad temper which i cant control, i also suffer from panic attacks.

    • ANSWER:
      bad temper is "normal PMT"

      some irregularity with heavier flows is quite common in your late 30's for some reason then they go normal again, menopause usually starts around 40 - 45 and takes 5 to 10 years before it all completely stops....it should be irregularity, not heavy, until after a while there is nothing. A few women get premature menopausae as young as 25 but it is rare.

      heavy for 7 days and more after a week is not right and not menopause, whatever your age. go see a doctor or a women's health clinic, as it could be thyroid problem or growths in the womb(benign ones)

  10. QUESTION:
    menopause question were you prescribed anti depressants during the menopause?
    were you depressed? or was it just a case that depression is a symptom of the menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      There are as many symptoms or ramifications of menopause as there are for periods, none of which are good and of which depression is but one. Others include chronic insomnia, hot flushes, hair loss, vaginal dryness, amorphia (extreme skin itchiness because you feel like you've got ants crawling all over you), memory retention problems, panic attacks, severe mood swings and extreme anger/agression, etc. etc.

      I deeply envy those fortunate women who breeze through menopause without a single problem.

      Many women do suffer from severe depression during menopause and there's certainly nothing wrong with properly prescribed anti-depressants to get you through the worst. The problem with these though is that they can literally become a habit that you simply can't live without, even when menopause if over (they don't call them "happy pills" for nothing!).

      Instead of anti-depressants, HRT (hormone replacement therapy) is worth serious consideration (unless of course you are simply not able to take this because of breast cancer, etc.).

      Is there any reason why you don't take HRT? Have you talked to your doctor about this, and in particular, canvassed with him or her the possible benefits to you of HRT? A lot of doctors (particularly males ... funny thing that!) simply don't believe or really accept that menopause symptoms can be so severe and debilitating that they take over your life and make you crazy (after all, having even only a couple of the symptoms listed above is enough to make you chronically depressed!). Hence, many don't believe in the value of HRT and won't prescribe it. They also tend to give you lots of scary statistics about increased risks of breast/cervical cancer, heart attack, stroke, etc. to put you off wanting it.

      Whilst it's true that taking HRT does VERY SLIGHTLY increase these types of risks, the value you may get from it in terms of getting the quality of your life back can make it very worthwhile despite the risks.

      How do I know all this? Because I've been there and done that (and I mean every single one of those nasty symptoms listed above - yes, I had all of them!). HRT gave me back my life and continues to do so because I'm still on it. I even went off it once last year but within a week, all the symptoms started to return, so I very quickly went back to my doctor and told her I just had to have it back. She agreed - thank God!

      If HRT interests you, do some research before you visit your doctor to discuss it so that you can present a truly informed front to him/her. If you don't get a sympathetic hearing, find yourself another doctor.

      The bottom line here is that for 98% of women, there is absolutely no reason these days why they should have to suffer through menopause when there are therapies out there to help.

      Whatever you do, hope it works well for you.

  11. QUESTION:
    What are some natural ways of dealing with panic attacks and depression?
    I have already been through the whole doctor thing for years..the meds they put me on made me worse...any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      I to went through doctors for years. I also felt everyone thought I was crazy. In just the last 8 months my symptoms have started to subside. I found out that I was going through menopause. I really feel like a lot of women with this problem have major hormone problems that the doctors do not yet understand. I started looking back and realized that with each one of my babies, while I was pregnant I felt great! But, after the birth back came all the same stuff. To answer your question. I have tried just about everything from medicine to meditation. I have found that throwing myself into something I love doing, whether it is work or hobbies helps. I have found also for me rest is really important. and last, I try not to expect myself to be what others want all the time. When in the middle of the night a panic attacks hits out of the blue just walk it off and take really deep breaths. I learned after 20 years of them that they will not kill you, you only think they will!

  12. QUESTION:
    Can you lose confidence when you develop an anxiety disorder?
    Does anxiety come from having a lack of confidence, or does having a lack of confidence in yourself come from having an anxiety disorder. It has always been in my nature to worry a lot. Recently, the worry has taken a turn for the worse, and I obsess even about the fact that I worry so much. I have been diagnosed with purely obsessional OCD, and panic disorder. I am way less confident than I used to be, and I am wondering what the readers of this question think came first?

    • ANSWER:
      1. Pathologic anxiety. There persistent or unexplained episodes of fear, fear, tension and anxiety. There is a sense of expectation of danger, was a disaster strikes, and even death experience ("sense of impending doom"). Patients worry that they will lose control, you may suddenly collapsed or "crazy." 70% of patients accompanied by depression, for now, lack of confidence in future life and fun. Sometimes emotional, loss of balance, often angry without cause, and family quarrels, and could not understand anything, not satisfied. Anxiety disorders are recognized barriers, on the surrounding environment can not clear perception and understanding, thinking, simple and vague, all focused on their health status, worry about disease re-attack.

      2. Somatic symptoms. Often early symptoms. In advanced disease, usually accompanied by a variety of physical symptoms: palpitations, palpitation, chest tightness, shortness of breath, precordial discomfort or pain, accelerate heartbeat and respiratory rate, body fatigue feeling, reduced ability to live and work, domestic work has become a simple routine difficult to bear, not competent, so the symptoms, in turn, increased fears and anxiety in patients. There are insomnia, early awakening, nightmares and other sleep disorders, and quite serious and stubborn. In addition, there can be symptoms of digestive disorders.

      Most patients with anxiety disorders also trembling of the hands, fingers, or numbness tremor, paroxysmal flushing or cold sensation, irregular menstruation, menopause, loss of libido, frequency of urgency to urinate, dizziness, vertigo, fear, fainting episodes.

      3. Psychomotor unrest (the spirit of unrest.) Restless, restless, anxious and stamp their feet, pacing back and forth, gestures increased inability to concentrate, do not know why it is so anxious.

  13. QUESTION:
    will the emotional symptoms of perimenopause go away when menopause is over?
    am having panic attacks , anxiety, irritability and depression( probably because of the first 3:()

    • ANSWER:
      There are 200 oestrogen receptors in a woman's body. Some of these are in the brain.Our bodies need the sex hormones.
      Mental symptoms caused by peri menopause frequently remain for may years - even life. The only effective treatment is carefully tailored bio identical hormone therapy.
      I found that my anxiety, irritability, lethargy and depression vanished rapidly once I visited an Endocrinologist and had my hormones balanced. I had experienced only a small drop in oestrogen level yet it triggered some horrible empotional symptoms including sleep disturbance.
      I would ignore the "scare stories" attached to hormone therapy and ask yourself how many people do you know who get cancer and have never used hormone therapy.

  14. QUESTION:
    Has anyone going through menopause experienced the benefits of taking Glutamine?
    I experience very bad memory, fuzzy brain, tiredness, hot flushes etc and it was suggested for me to try this amino acid. It had worked a treat for my peri-menopausal friend.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, if your deficient in it. I would be careful though, for some people, even though they are deficient, it can cause anxiety and sever panic attacks. I hope it is working for you. Oh and when trying to use amino acids, make sure you take a amino acid complex complete in addition to the extra one you want to take. IE Lysine, take with a complex. Other wise you can alter your balance and be in a worse situation than you were in before.

  15. QUESTION:
    what are the causes of hearty palpitations?
    palpitations, heart flutters, like your heart drops in your chest likes its drowning and then goes back to normal? are these typical problems people have every now and then particularly when they get older?

    • ANSWER:
      It is normal to hear or feel your heart "pounding" as it beats faster when you exercise or do other physical activities. But if you have palpitations, you might feel your heart beating fast while you are just sitting still or moving slowly.
      Many things can cause palpitations. Some causes of heart palpitations include the following:

      Heart-related causes. People with an irregular heartbeat or arrhythmia may also have palpitations. (Arrhythmia is a change in the rhythm of your heartbeat.) Most of the time, palpitations and irregular heartbeats are harmless. However, sometimes the break in your heart's normal rhythm can be a serious problem. You also may have palpitations if you have problems with the valves in your heart. Valves help move blood through the heart.

      Non-heart-related causes. Certain medicines, herbal supplements and illegal street drugs can make your heart beat faster. Medicines that can cause palpitations include asthma inhalers and decongestants. Caffeine (found in coffee, tea and soda), alcohol and tobacco can also cause palpitations. People who have panic disorder feel their heart pounding when they are fearful of something or having a panic attack. Some medical conditions, such as thyroid disease and anemia, also can cause palpitations.

      Sometimes the cause of palpitations cannot be found. This happens in about 1 of every 7 people who have palpitations. Palpitations in these people usually are not harmful.

      The term "palpitations" loosely means any time a person can sense their own heartbeat, and believes it to be unusual or abnormal. Thus, palpitations may be used by patients to describe racing heartbeat, rapid heart beat, slow heart beat, irregular heartbeat, and various arrhythmias.

      Other causes can be:

      The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Palpitations. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

      Some non-disorder reasons for palpitations may include:
      Anxiety
      Fear
      Stress
      Memory of a traumatic event - such as an association of a trauma causing a heart jump from temporary anxiety every time it's seen again.
      Poor physical condition - may calse "palpitations" on exertion or exercise.
      Psychological disorders that may cause palpitation symptoms include:
      Panic attack
      Panic disorder
      Anxiety disorders - may types of anxiety disorders may cause palpitations from anxiety.
      Generalized anxiety disorder
      Sexual aversion disorder
      Excessive caffeine
      Excessive alcohol
      Indigestion - one reader reports that indigestion leading to gas brings on palpitations
      Arrhythmias
      Tachycardia
      Bradycardia
      Atrial fibrillation
      Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation
      Paroxysmal atrial tachycardia (type of Tachycardia)
      Supraventricular tachycardia
      Ventricular tachycardia (type of Arrhythmias)
      Complete heart block
      Holiday heart syndrome - usually due to early alcohol ingestion.
      Click-murmur syndrome
      Digitalis-induced arrhythmia
      Heart disorders
      Heart disease
      Coronary artery disease
      Heart valve disease
      Heart ischemia
      Myocardiopathy
      Complications of heart attack
      Rheumatic carditis
      Mitral valve prolapse
      Congestive heart failure
      Cardiomyopathy
      Dilated cardiomyopathy
      Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy
      Heart conduction abnormalities
      Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome
      Sick sinus syndrome
      Functional palpitations
      Hypoglycemia
      Hypoglycemic attack
      Reactive hypoglycemia (type of Hypoglycemia)
      Hyperthyroidism
      Hypoxia
      Hyperventilation
      Infiltrative myocardial diseases
      Amyloidosis
      Sarcoidosis
      Heart tumor
      Hypothyroidism - can cause sinus bradycardia
      Anemia
      Perimenopause - the pre-menopause phase can cause palpitations.
      Strenuous exercise
      Certain drugs and substances
      See also causes of palpitations
      Acute anxiety attack
      Cardiac arrhythmias
      Hypertension
      Hypocalcemia
      Mitral stenosis
      Thyrotoxicosis
      Da Costa syndrome
      Phaeochromocytoma
      Caffeine poisoning
      Dumping syndrome

      For more information see the source below.

  16. QUESTION:
    I have these strange symptons for the last four years and no doctor find the cause?
    Since may 2005 I have started feeling a sensation of tingling all over my body. It started suddenly and last about 10 minutes ( I had four of these episodes until present) the rest of the time I feel all over my body like tickling specially in my arms, legs and trunk. What could it be? I have visited many specialist ( cardiologist,allergist,neurologist, internal medicine even naturologist) and no one find the cause.

    • ANSWER:
      Low levels or deficiency of vitamin B12 affect the nerves...have folate checked as well. Both cause tingling sensations. Good link to check out of others with your symptoms who were found to have low vitamin B12 levels>>> http://www.steadyhealth.com/Pins_and_Needles_All_Over_My_Body__t101425.html

      As vitamin B12 is quite easy to misdiagnose, two tests should be performed - a serum B12 test - over 800pg/ml or 600pmol/l is optimal and a urinary methylmalonic acid test (UMMA) which is more accurate and aids in diagnosis of vitamin B12 deficiency. Vitamin B12 in sublingual (under the tongue) form is very effective in boosting vitamin B12 levels. In one clinical trial, it concluded that oral B12 may be superior to B12 injections.

      Vitamin D deficiency can cause tingling all over as well in some people. Test to request - 25(OH)D - optimal vitamin D level - 80ng/ml or 200nmol/l. 5000IU daily is recommended by the vitamin D council.

      Magnesium deficiency symptoms include tingling sensations all over the body but is listed as a more severe symptom and usually you would have muscle spasms as well.

      Long lasting or recurring paresthesia causes >>>

      * Brain, spinal cord or peripheral nerve disorders: trauma, stroke, intra-cerebral hemorrhage, multiple sclerosis, tumors, encephalitis, meningitis, herniated disc, cervical spondylosis, pressure on the nerve (carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica), repetitive motion or prolonged vibration, neuralgia

      * Circulatory (heart and vessels) disorders: angina pectoris, atherosclerosis, acute arterial occlusion, vasculitis, Raynaud disease, vertebrobasilar circulatory disorders

      * Metabolic and hormonal disorders: diabetes, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), hypothyroidism, hypoparathyroidism, hypoaldosteronism (Conn syndrome), menopause, abnormal blood levels of calcium, potassium or sodium, uremia, porphyria

      * Infections and post-infection syndromes: infection with Herpes simplex virus, Herpes zoster virus, arbovirus; canker sores, Lyme disease, AIDS (HIV), leprosy, Guillain-Barré syndrome, rabies, syphilis

      * Connective tissue and autoimmune diseases: rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), Sjögren’s syndrome, pernicious anaemia, diabetes

      * Blood disorders: thrombosis, polycythemia, thrombocytosis, leukemia

      * Bones and joints disorders: arthritis, osteomalacia, osteoporosis

      * Fibromyalgia

      * Nutrient deficiency: vitamin B1 deficiency (beriberi), vitamin B5 and B12 deficiency

      * Malignancies

      * Skin disorders: burns, frostbite, Ito syndrome, acrodynia, acroparesthesia

      * Migraine

      * Psychological disorders: anxiety, panic attack, psychiatric disease

      * Medications: anti-convulsant drugs, lomotil, SSRI withdrawal, amiodarone, colistimethate, digoxin, dimercaprol, mefloquine, riluzole , tetrodotoxin, thallium, topiramate, overdose of lidocain or vitamin B6

      * Alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs

      * Poisoning: heavy metals (arzenic, lead, mercury), long term exposure to nitrous oxide, carbon monoxide, ciguatera poisoning, snake bites

      * Radiation exposure, chemotherapy

      * Hereditary diseases: Refsum syndrome, Fabry disease, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (a hereditary disorder that causes wasting of the leg muscles), porphyria, Denny-Brown’s syndrome (a hereditary disorder of the nerve root), ataxia-teleangiectasia

      * Immune deficiency

      More information >>>

      http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/symptoms/tingling/causes.htm
      http://www.healthhype.com/causes-of-tingling-and-numbness-paresthesia.html
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peripheral_neuropathy
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paresthesia
      http://www.steadyhealth.com/about/symptoms_of_magnesium_deficiency_in_humans.html
      http://www.easy-immune-health.com/can-vitamin-d-deficiency-cause-tingling-all-over.html

  17. QUESTION:
    Can having Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH) also cause Mental Anxiety/Panic Attacks?.... Is there a link?
    !! ONLY PROPER ANSWERS PLEASE !!

    Hi, I'm a 30year old girl in Australia.

    I've had the Medical condition "Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia" since birth which requires daily ongoing medication.

    I have also suffered at times in my life with Mental Anxiety (fears of things not true) and Panic Attacks.
    The anxiety started with me from a young age to early teenage years, then it faded away for some years and I've been in real control of it, and of my CAH condition.

    Up until November 2012, I'd been very well. Suddenly I suffered a setback with my Digestive System which has made me both Lactose & Fructose Intolerant.

    Because of this my body, my Hormone balance (CAH) and Nervous System became very unbalanced and anxiety has come back not only affecting my thinking but also with physical anxiety (feeling of pain, tight chest, twitching and shacking at times).
    I lost 7-8kg in this short space of time and my Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia levels are low.

    My endocrinologist has changed my CAH Medication which is starting to give me a lift and I'm slowly calming down from the panic & mental attacks, but, the anxiety is still high from what I feel.
    I can't focus my thinking well, I have mixed emotions and I still feel heightened sence of fear all the time along with forward thinking towards things.

    I have herd of a few people who have Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, also having anxiety during their lives and experiencing the same types of repeating mental, emotional and physical fears, and wonder if there is a real link with Congenital adrenal hyperplasia and Anxiety.

    My endocrinologist and other doctors who I see don't think that there actually is a link, but I kind of feel otherwise... Especially after my latest Health drama, and I really want to make sure!

    I would like to knowing if there is a true link between the CAH Condition and Mental Anxiety Attacks?
    Are there other people with CAH on here I can connect with?
    Are there any others with CAH who also have Anxiety now?

    • ANSWER:
      Oh yeah of course, adrenaline and cortisol are responsible for the fear response causing anxiety

      Message board and forum
      "Hello,. After reading through these boards, it's interesting seeing others with LOCAH and anxiety such as myself. I've suffered from anxiety"
      http://www.congenitaladrenalhyperplasia.org/mb/lateonset/0042250746/
      https://login.medscape.com/login/sso/getlogin?urlCache=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5tZWRzY2FwZS5jb20vdmlld2FydGljbGUvNzYwOTM2&ac=401

      Information on support groups in australia
      http://www.cah.org.au/v2/

      Medical documents
      "Anxiety and depression scores as assessed by HADS in patients with congenital adrenal hyperplasia"
      http://jcem.endojournals.org/content/95/11/5110.long

      "Endocrinology issues that run the risk of being diagnosed as an anxiety disorder and escape proper diagnosis include pheochromocytoma, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, hypoglycemia, the hypercalcemia or hypocalcemia associated with abnormal parathyroid function, Addison’s disease, Cushing’s syndrome, and carcinoid syndrome
      Differential Diagnosis
      Before concluding that an anxiety disorder is the cause of a patient’s symptoms, it is important to rule out other medical illnesses and conditions that may manifest as anxiety. No laboratory tests or imaging studies can confirm a diagnosis of an anxiety disorder; therefore clinical judgment and a careful clinical history are the only means to distinguishing an anxiety disorder from other issues that may mimic or coexist with it.
      Symptoms that may require urgent evaluation include chest pain, choking, dizziness, shortness of breath, palpitations, and numbness and tingling sensations, which could be signs of a serious medical condition. Examples of medical conditions that produce anxiety or anxiety-like symptoms include substance-induced disorders, cardiac disorders (eg, arrhythmia, myocardial infarction), pulmonary conditions (eg, asthma), and endocrine disorders (eg, hyperthyroidism, perimenopause and menopause, premenstrual syndrome, high or low blood sugar).
      Guideline to differential diagnosis:
      Substance-induced or medical causes of anxiety are more likely if
      •first presentation of symptoms is after the age of 40,
      •there is a fluctuation in the level of consciousness, or
      •evidence of autonomic instability exists.
      Anxiety is more likely if
      •the patient is concerned about losing control in her life,
      •the patient has a family history of anxiety issues,
      •symptoms present between the ages of 18 and 45, or
      •the patient has a recent or anticipated stressful event or has agoraphobia."
      http://naturalmedicinejournal.com/article_content.asp?edition=1§ion=3&article=354

  18. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of anxiety or anxiety attack?
    Can menopause cause anxiety?

    • ANSWER:
      yeah im pretty sure menopause can cause anxiety..i have GAD (general anxiety) so ik my panic attacks pretty well haha..ohk so when you have a panic attack..you can-at first-slowly feel the anxiety creeping up your body. then you just start getting really shaky (or atleast i do) you get soooo worried an your not really worried about anythig your just in an indescribaly HUGE amount if worry & fear. i personaly start to cry. you realy feel like your about to die. some people have ringing in their ears and have sounds become so umbearably loud. everyones pannic attacks are different but thats usualy how mine go.
      hope i helped!!
      ( :

  19. QUESTION:
    Causes of Menopause Panic Attacks?
    Causes of Menopause Panic Attacks

    • ANSWER:
      Hei Andre
      Here's the point:
      The symptoms of both can retain some similarities, and at times it can be difficult to distinguish between either or if both are at work.
      - A racing heart rate is on this list. It happens as both a symptom of menopause and during or right before a panic attack. This can lead to short frequent breaths which may also cause you to feel dizzy or light headed.
      - Fatigue or a feeling of being constantly tired. This is one of the physical signs and may be noticed by others.
      - Headaches
      - Depression
      - Irritability is common to both and can lead to drastic mood swings at times.
      - Trouble sleeping unfortunately is another.

  20. QUESTION:
    Why do I always feel depressed or shameful after I've fingered myself?
    I feel good while I do it and for like five seconds after but then I get all depressed. What's up?

    • ANSWER:
      Because you have all of the following:
      Acid Reflux Disease (GERD)
      Acne
      Allergies
      Antisocial Personality Disorder
      Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD/ADD)
      Altitude Sickness
      Alzheimer's Disease
      Andropause
      Anorexia Nervosa
      Arthritis
      Aspergers Syndrome
      Asthma
      Autism
      Avoidant Personality Disorder
      Back Pain
      Bad Breath (Halitosis)
      Baldness
      Bedwetting
      Bipolar Disorder (BD)
      Bladder Cancer
      Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
      Bone Cancer
      Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
      Brain Cancer
      Breast Cancer
      Brain Tumors
      Brain Injury
      Bronchitis
      Burns
      Bursitis
      Cancer
      Canker Sores (Cold Sores)
      Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
      Celiac Disease
      Cervical Cancer
      Cholesterol
      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
      Colon Cancer
      Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
      Cradle Cap
      Crohn's Disease
      Dandruff
      Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
      Dehydration
      Dependent Personality Disorder
      Depression
      Diabetes
      Diaper Rash
      Diarrhea
      Disabilities
      Diverticulitis
      Down Syndrome
      Drug Abuse
      Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding (DUB)
      Dyslexia
      Ear Infections
      Ear Problems
      Eating Disorders
      Eczema
      Endometriosis
      Enlarged Prostate
      Epilepsy (Seizure)
      Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
      Eye Problems
      Fibromyalgia
      Fracture
      Freckles
      Flu
      Gallbladder Disease
      Gallstones
      Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
      Genital Herpes
      Genital Warts
      Glomerulonephritis (Nephritis)
      Gonorrhea
      Gout
      Gum Diseases
      Gynecomastia
      Head Lice
      Headache
      Hearing Loss
      Heart Attacks
      Heart Disease
      Heartburn
      Heat Stroke
      Heel Pain
      Hemorrhage
      Hemorrhoids
      Hepatitis
      Herniated Discs
      Hiatal Hernia (Hiatus Hernia)
      Histrionic Personality Disorder
      HIV/AIDS
      Hives
      Hyperglycemia (High Blood Sugar)
      Hyperkalemia (High Potassium)
      Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
      Hyperthyroidism
      Hypothyroidism
      Infectious Diseases
      Infectious Mononucleosis (Glandular Fever)
      Influenza
      Infertility
      Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM)
      Iron Deficiency Anemia
      Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
      Irritable Male Syndrome (IMS)
      Itching
      Joint Pain
      Juvenile Diabetes
      Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA)
      Kidney Diseases
      Kidney Stones (Renal Calculi)
      Leukemia
      Liver Cancer - Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)
      Lung Cancer
      Mad Cow Disease
      Malaria
      Melena (Blood in Stool)
      Memory Loss
      Menopause
      Mesothelioma
      Migraine
      Miscarriages
      Mucus In Stool
      Multiple Personality Disorder
      Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
      Muscle Cramps
      Muscle Fatigue
      Muscle Pain
      Nail Biting
      Narcissistic Personality Disorder
      Neck Pain
      Obesity
      Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
      Osteoarthritis (OA)
      Osteomyelitis
      Osteoporosis
      Ovarian Cancer
      Ovarian Cyst
      Pain
      Panic Attack
      Paranoid Personality Disorder
      Parkinson's Disease (PD)
      Penis Enlargement
      Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
      Personality Disorders
      Peptic Ulcers
      Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)
      Peyronie's Disease
      Phobias
      Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)
      Polio
      Pneumonia
      Post Nasal Drip
      Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
      Premature Baby
      Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
      Propecia
      Prostate Cancer
      Psoriasis
      Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
      Renal Failure
      Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
      Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
      Rheumatic Fever
      Ringworm
      Rosacea
      Rotator Cuff
      Scabies
      Scars
      Sciatica
      Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
      Schizoid Personality Disorder
      Schizophrenia
      Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)
      Sinus Infections
      Skin Cancer
      Skin Rash
      Sleep Disorders (Sleep Apnea)
      Smallpox
      Snoring
      Social Anxiety
      Staph Infection (MRSA)
      Stomach Cancer
      Strep Throat (Sore Throat)
      Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
      Sunburn
      Syphilis
      Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
      Tennis Elbow
      Termination of Pregnancy (Abortion)
      Testicular Cancer
      Tooth Decay
      Trisomy Syndrome
      Tuberculosis (TB)
      Ulcers
      Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
      Varicose Veins
      Vagina
      Vertigo
      Warts
      Williams Syndrome
      Yeast Infection (Candidiasis)
      Yellow Fever

  21. QUESTION:
    Is YAZ birth control safe for my 16yr old?
    I am considering Yaz for my daughter but as always I hate all the side effects? Are ther any long term effects ? Is this something a 16yr old should consider? She isnt sexually active yet but her hormones and cramps are high, also she has some acne and we heard its good for that. Give me some info if anyone who is taking it likes it or not?

    • ANSWER:
      Been on Yaz for 4 months now, haven't had a problem with it at all. Make sure Yaz is right for her. The reason I went on Yaz was because of PMDD, and 4 months later, I feel as if a ton of bricks has been lifted off my shoulders after all these years of suffering (depression, anxiety, panic attacks, horrible cramps/nausea associated with PMDD). Make sure your daughter is mature enough to take a pill every single day at the same time every day. Even if she's not using it for BC, the only way for any BC to help control hormones/period issues is if it's taken correctly. A young person shouldn't have a ton of problems using a BC pill - side effect wise I mean. A younger persons body can adjust fairly quickly and easily to things. The body sometimes needs up to 3 months to adjust to a BC pill, but like I said, I had no problems at all when starting it, but everyone is different. I take my pill at night, which was suggested to me by my doctor, said if I did have any side effects when starting it (upset stomach ect) that I would sleep through it and not notice it.

      I would just be sure she is mature enough to do this and also talk to her doctor (and I do NOT suggest her getting the HPV vaccine if suggested by her dr - it's dangerous and we don't know anything about it or why it's being pushed on little girls to have it - the only way you get HPV is by multiple sex partners with MEN who are infected- why aren't they treating the men?). I haven't been relieved fully of cramps and you will still get a pretty "normal" but lighter period. She's a woman - and being a woman means having this lovely visitor come each month until she hits menopause. :-D

      If it wasn't for my PMDD and using it for BC, I would not take a pill. I don't know, that's just me.

  22. QUESTION:
    How do you know if your on the change and what are the symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      Heya Jane,

      The following symptoms are the main indicators that you may be entering or experiencing the menopause:

      Irregular periods
      Infertility
      Hot flushes and night sweats
      Insomnia/disrupted sleep
      Palpitations
      Weight gain (especially around waist and abdomen)
      Skin and hair changes (dryness, thinning)
      Headaches
      Breast tenderness
      Mood swings and irritability
      Anxiety/panic attacks
      Loss of self-esteem
      Lowered libido
      Difficulty concentrating and memory lapses
      Fatigue/low energy levels
      Joint/muscle pain
      Vaginal dryness and urinary infections
      Depression
      If you have not already been diagnosed and are concerned, your GP can offer a series of blood tests to measure your level of Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)

      Hope i helped, if your concerned you may be entering menopause may i suggest visiting your GP for conformation, and reassurance

      And remember continue been you!!!
      xx

  23. QUESTION:
    is there such thing as a disease that makes you prone to feeling cold?
    I am writing a story about a girl who is very sensitive to feeling cold, and I was wondering if that had a name.

    Not like a disease that ONE of the symptoms is coldness but where the DISEASE is coldness.

    • ANSWER:
      Sephira Clemmings,
      As answered by “Hovis,” there is not a disease or condition that only results in the symptom of a feeling of ‘cold.’ Normally chills and feeling very cold may be the result of an illness. When the body and the immune system are weakened, a natural response is often that of feeling cold. Paleness, shivering, the shakes, bluish lips and ‘goosebumps’ are visible outwards signs of the chills. Many diseases and conditions, often accompanied by fever, can cause a person to feel cold. These include, in alphabetical order, addison's disease, anaemia, cardiogenic shock, diabetes, exfoliative dermatitis, gallstones, fever, frostbite, heart attack, heat exhaustion, hypoglycaemia, hypothermia, hypothyroidism, hypovolemic shock, kidney stones, gangrene, malaria, menopause, panic attacks, peripheral vascular disease, postpartum hypothyroidism, postpartum thyroiditis, rabies, raynaud’s disease, rubella, shingles, shock and tetanus. I realise that you did not ask for these details, but I add them to try to explain some causes of the feeling of cold other than that of climatic conditions.

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. - MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  24. QUESTION:
    Question about panic attacks and the menopause...?
    Can panic attacks indicate that menopause or perimenopause is on it's way? I am 33, and just started having panic attacks this year and I wonder if there is any correlation. Do all women who are in menopause have panic attacks? Can panic attacks indicate something else?
    Lola, unfortunately you didn't answer my question. I am not asking what to do about menopause, but if panic attacks can indicate that menopause is on the way. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi
      falling oestrogen levels certainly trigger anxiety and panic attacks so they are something to check out if you suddenly start to suffer these unpleasant symptoms.
      Oestrogen levels usually begin to fall in your thirties which can worsen conditions including moods, PMS and other hormonally linked symptoms.
      Louise

  25. QUESTION:
    I feel like my chest is jumping it is right in the middle. Is there anything I can do to make it stop?
    I do suffer from anxiety, and my doctor has perscribed xanax which seems to help but I don't want to get hooked on them. I have had all test done on my heart everything came back normal. Please help if you can this is so aggravating, I have tried to shake it off but it seems to come back about every day. I would just like to know what is causing it? Please help!!
    I forgot to add I am 49 years old and I think I am going through menopause, I also have hot flashes and night sweats I can handle that it's just the jelly beans jumping in my chest.

    • ANSWER:
      1) Get off the Xanax as soon as possible. Google "Xanax taper" and you'll see horror story after horror story of people who started out taking it in small amounts then got addicted and now face horrendous obstacles trying to get off of it.

      2) Learn coping skills to deal with anxiety naturally: meditation, aromatherapy, yoga, cardio exercise for which swimming is quite good, avoid stressors, see a therapist, etc... Find ways to relax and nurture yourself. A panic attack may feel like you're going to die but you wont.

      3) Talk with your Family Doctor about menopause and see if that's what it is and find out what your options are.

      4) Black Cohosh is an herbal supplement that many women say vastly improves menopause related symptoms. It helped me relax. The brand most effective for me was Remifemin.

      5) There's always a trigger for panic attacks. Keep track of them and note what led up to them, i.e. where were you and what were you thinking about at the time.

  26. QUESTION:
    menopause and panic attack is anyone help?
    menopause and panic attack is anyone help

    • ANSWER:
      Hei PhilHere is the most important thing you can do...
      Women are most at risk of developing panic, anxiety and fear during the menopause. Due to decreasing levels of estrogen, the body's hormones are changing and out of balance. Previously thought to be an emotional state it is now thought to be physiological.
      The most common symptoms experienced during and after the panic attacks include, racing heart beats, breathing difficulties, unusual intense energy, rushes of energy, electric currents, hot prickly sensations, vibrations, ice cold and tingly sensations, among others. Studies have shown that menopausal women don't always get long-term relief from the symptoms of panic even if they are on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).

  27. QUESTION:
    Is passion flower the best herb for anxiety?
    It seems to be working ok for me.

    • ANSWER:
      The list of herbs for anxiety is long. Anxiety, nervousness, restlessness, depression - whatever you call it, it's an unpleasant sensation. Down through the centuries, many herbs have been used for their effect in curbing anxiety. It seems that most homegrown herb teas have a positive effect on the nerves.

      Perhaps it is simply the act of sitting down with a hot cup of tea that helps the anxiety. Be that as it may, here are some of the traditional remedies for this common malady.

      Peppermint
      One of the simplest herbs for anxiety is peppermint. It is easy to grow and very good tasting. Use one teaspoon of the dried herb or about a tablespoon of the fresh leaves to a cup of boiling water. Let the herb steep for 5 minutes. Sweeten with a bit of honey if desired. Enjoy the tea in a quiet room and then go lay down.

      This is one of the best natural treatments for a nervous headache or the stomach ache that results from nerves.

      Melissa (Lemon Balm)
      There are several other common plants among the mints that are useful herbs for anxiety. One of these is melissa or lemon balm. It has a refreshing lemon scent that tastes wonderful in tea.

      It is not one of the best herbs for drying but it is easy to grow, so you can have fresh leaves for tea during the temperate months.

      Catnip
      Catnip is also a mint that has a history of being used as a nervine. It is not as delicious in tea, but your cat will love you for growing it. It is an old-fashioned remedy for insomnia that can also help an upset stomach.

      Scullcap
      Scullcap is a mint as well. It would be called the best of the herbs for anxiety by many. Unlike the mints we've mentioned, it does not have a good flavor. In fact, it's downright bitter. But it is very tonic and healing to the nerves. It helps with insomnia, but does not knock you out like some other herbs do.

      It can even help prevent panic attacks. It is safe enought to be used during pregnancy, but this does not keep it from being effective. Try not to brew it for over five minutes if you want to keep the bitterness to a minimum.

      Chamomile
      Chamomile is not a mint, but otherwise it is similar among the herbs for anxiety. Its little daisy-like blossoms makes a delicious relaxing tea. It is so good at calming anxiety that it might just put you to sleep.

      Passionflower
      Other herbs that are often used with chamomile in relaxing blends are hops and passionflower. Both of these can promote sleep. Passionflower is considered a mild sedative.

      Feverfew
      Feverfew is a relaxing herb that is related to chamomile. It is good for getting rid of an anxiety related headache. It can even handle migraines for some people.

      St John's Wort
      St. John's Wort is useful in cases of anxiety, but it's real value is as an antidepressant. If you are anxious and depressed, try this jewel among herbs for anxiety. Give it two or three weeks of daily use and see if you don't feel better.

      Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng)
      Eleuthero or Siberian ginseng is often included in anti-anxiety herbal combinations. It is an energizer but also relaxes and nourishes the nerves. If the mints or chamomile tend to put you to sleep, you might like to try eleuthero for your anxiety symptoms.

      Another of the herbs for anxiety that relaxes and energizes at the same time is the Ayurvedic herb ashwaganda. It strengthens and tones all the systems in the body.

      Kava Kava
      Kava kava is often named among herbs for anxiety. It is a powerful muscle relaxer and analgesic. It has come under scrutiny for safety so you might want to use kava cautiously. Sometimes women who are struggling with nerve issues related to menopause get great relief from this South Pacific island herb.

      You should not take it for more than four months at a time. (It may be off the market in some countries.)

      For those who don't like drinking tea, a relaxing sleep pillow or eye mask can deliver relaxing help through the aroma of herbs for anxiety.

      To make the pillow, sew around three sides of two 8 inch square pieces of thin cotton or silk. Turn to the right side and stuff the small pillow with a mixture of dried lavender, hops, and chamomile blossoms.

      For an eye mask, cut two rectangular pieces of silk (recycle an old blouse) that are 3-1/2 inches by 9 inches. With right sides together sew around the perimeter, leaving one short end open. Stuff with a mixture of flax seed (for weight) with lavender and hops. Sew up the final edge.

      Now lie down and place the pillow near where you can inhale it, or place the eye mask across your eyes. The silk will feel nice and cool. It can be placed in the refrigerator if you need more cooling. Now relax with these herbs for anxiety.

      ////////////////////////////////////The Passion Flower/////////////////////////////////
      The Legend. Legend has it that in 1620 a Jesuit priest in Peru came across the plant we now know as passion flower. Enthralled with its beauty, that night he had a vision likening its floral parts to the elements of the Crucifixion or Passion of Christ. The five petals and five sepals became the ten apostles (omitting Peter and Judas). The three pistils became the nails of the cross; the purple corona (or filaments) was the crown of thorns, and the stemmed ovary was the Lord's goblet.

      The Plant. The passion vine (Passiflora) has travelled widely since then, and is considered a houseplant on the prairies. This climbing vine can grow very quickly under favorable conditions, reaching up to 6 m (20 ft). It is often trained around a hoop, on netting, or on a trellis, supporting itself with spiral-like tendrils.

      The flowers are 7.6 cm (3 in.) in diameter, opening from flat oval buds and flowering from summer to early fall. The ten petals (actually five petals and five sepals) are usually white but may also be red or purple. In front of the petals are fine, colorful filaments that are purple at the base, white in the middle and blue at the tip. Five golden anthers and three brown stigmas are in the center.

      The stems are wiry, dark green and angular, and the deeply divided leaves can be up to 10 cm (4 in )wide. Yellow or orange fruit up to 12.7 cm (5 in,) in diameter may develop under favorable growing conditions. The fruit is many-seeded, and some varieties are edible.

      Care. The passion flower is best suited to a sunny room or greenhouse. Ideally, it should have 4 hours of bright, direct sunlight daily throughout the year. However, it may sun scorch in summer if placed too close to a south or west window. The plant may be summered outside.

      In spite of its "passion" for bright light, it prefers temperatures on the cooler side (12.7-18.8C), especially in winter. It will tolerate slightly warmer temperatures in summer but is more likely to become infested with spider mites and may not have as attractive a shape. Cooler temperatures (10C) in winter will allow it a rest period.

      Keep your passion vines evenly moist (but with good drainage) while actively growing. Beginning in late August, let them dry out a bit between waterings but never completely.

      Fertilize every two weeks with 20-20-20 plus micro-nutrients from spring through fall while the plants are actively growing. Use a loam-based potting soil and keep it slightly pot-bound. Passion vines tend to flower more freely when confined.

      Top dressing rather than repotting is sometimes advised. Repot every 2 years in late winter or early spring, allowing the plant to recuperate for a week in a cool shady area before putting it back in a sunny location.

      Prune passion vines to within 15 cm (6 in.) of the soil or to 6 to 8 buds in early spring and a few weeks prior to repotting. This should encourage flowering on the new growth.

      Varieties. The blue passion flower (Passiflora caerulea) is one of the best for growing indoors and is one of the most readily available. It blooms in April, with white petals and sepals and a ring of filaments that are purple, white and blue. Height may be up to 6 m (20 ft). It will flower when still young, even in a small pot. "Constance Elliot" is all white and blooms more freely.

      The red passion flower (Passiflora coccinea) has deep orange to scarlet petals and filaments that are pale pink at the base, gradually becoming purple.

      Passiflora x alato-caerula is only 1.8 m (6 ft) in height, free-blooming, has pink petals and a fringed corona of purple, white and blue. An added bonus is its fragrance.

      Dispassionate Propagation. Passion flowers are usually propagated by stem cuttings taken in late spring or early summer. These should be 7.6-10 cm (3-4 in.) long and taken just below a leaf. Remove the next lower leaf and dip the end of the cutting in a rooting compound. Place in 7.6 cm (3 in.) pots in an evenly moist mixture of peat moss and coarse sand. Cover the entire pot with a plastic bag to retain humidity and put it in good but indirect light. The cuttings should root in three to four weeks. Seed is a more difficult method of propagation and the resulting flowering is more variable and less dependable.

  28. QUESTION:
    Why do i sweat alot when sleeping?
    For the past month, iv been sweating alot when i sleep. I wake up wit my shirt all wet, on my back, near my collar, and under my armpits. COuld this be a sign of puberty? Im a 15 year old boy that still has a high voice, and im very short.

    • ANSWER:
      Excessive sweating while sleeping is known clinically as sleep hyperhidrosis. Sweating while sleeping causes are often harmless, so I urge you not to panic. Panic attacks while sleeping won’t help you curb your rising body temperature as you try to get a good night’s sleep.

      Medication side-effects: Study enough labels and you’ll find that night sweating is one of the most common side-effects of potent prescription drugs. If you’re really experiencing a drenching night sweats, discuss your medications with your physician.
      Infections: Even minor infections can cause you to sweat at night. However, you should also be on the lookout for more serious infections which may cause profuse night seats. These include tuberculosis, endocarditis (heart valve swelling), osteomyelitis (bone inflammation) and an AIDS infection from the HIV virus.
      Abscesses: You might think this should fit under infections, but a long list of seemingly simple abscesses can cause severe sweating while sleeping. This includes boils and even dental infections (yes, tooth decay can cause night sweats). Note that some of these, like appendicitis, can be very, very serious.
      Diabetes and Hypoglycemia: Individuals suffering from diabetes or hypoglycemia who are taking insulin or other medications to moderate their blood sugar may suffer from sweating while sleeping.
      Hormonal Changes: As I mentioned earlier, women experiencing menopause often experience hot flashes at night. But that’s not the only time our body’s may experience radical shifts in body temperature. Men may experience a kind of andropause and it isn’t unusual for individuals to experience night sweats during adolescence or during pregnancy as well.

      Here are some simple, natural remedies for treating your night sweating. Please note that these are meant for people who are experiencing genetic or environmental night sweats. If you’re confident you’re experiencing unusually severe sweating while sleeping, I urge you to consult with your physician.

      Let’s start simple. Keep a cool glass of water near your bed while you sleep. Should you awaken, take a sip of the cool water.
      Keep a couple ice cubes in that glass to make sure it is useful for this next tip: if you feel your temperature rising, place your wrists against the cool glass and hold them there for several seconds. As your blood flows through this junction, it will cool and then cool the rest of your body as it flows on. (This is a great trick to use anywhere and anytime, by the way.)
      Use specially designed bed devices to help you cool yourself. I suggest the chillow and if you really want to get elaborate, try the bedfan. These two devices provide an entirely natural and comfortable way to reduce your sleeping temperature in a safe and effective way. I usually only suggest them for more severe situations, but many people enjoy their benefits, even people who don’t specifically suffer from night sweats.
      This won’t help if you’re suffering from night sweats in men, but if you’re suffering from menopause, you might try taking black cohosh. This natural herbal remedy has helped many (though not all) women suffering from menopause hot flashes sweating.
      Try a small amount of tryptophan-heavy foods an hour before bed (peanut butter is tasty, easy and high in tryptophan).
      Try some relaxing herbal remedies, such as chamomile and valerian. You might also try melatonin, which helps your body reset its sleep cycle through a naturally-occuring hormone.

      --------------

  29. QUESTION:
    I'm 23 female. Will my scoliosis curve need surgery later ? should i get surgery now?
    I am so scared. I dont know what to do. It seems like the Dr.s dont really care or want to prevent my scoliosis from getting worst. I am wondering a few things:

    (my curve is 30 degrees upper back (between shoulder blades) and 11 degrees lower back. my lower back hardly ever hurts but lately my upper back is starting to hurt alot sometimes.) I am 23 years old. female. I think I still might have a few years of growth left because I am such a late bloomer.

    1. should i consider getting surgery now?
    2. will my curves get much worst in the coming years?
    3. if i wait to get surgery until my curve gets very bad will the surgery be more risky or painful ?
    4. could a brace still help me now?
    5. my dr said that i should be fine until about menopause and then the curve might get bad due to weaker body/osteoperosis. so doesnt that mean i should get surgery now?
    I am so scared and sad. can someone please help me. Im having a panic attack about this because my dr's dont really help me.

    • ANSWER:
      I think the upper back between the shoulder blades is called Kyphosis and this is due to bad posture. We all get into bad habits with slouching in front of the TV, at the desk and I would suggest Pilate's to help you learn to strengthen the muscles in your upper body and assist your posture. At 23 you have plenty of time to correct the curvature. If you leave it until menopause and succumb to Osteoporosis they cannot operate as your bones will be to brittle. The lower back is Scoliosis and like me a good Pilate's Course, retain how to stand up straight , tighten up muscles to keep you straight will be of benefit for the future. I have Kyphosis, Scoliosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and few other forms of Arthritis, so did nine months of Pilate's and my only wish, I had taken up Pilate's years ago. The brace will allow what muscle you have left to waken further, so you really need to strengthen your back muscles and they will support your spine. No point in having panic attacks, just wish I was 23 and someone told me to go to Pilate's, because I would not be as bad as I am now!

  30. QUESTION:
    so I am 36 and am having symptoms of perimenopause, except all my blood test have come back normal,what is up?
    have had my thyroid tested, normal, am having hot flashes, panic attacks, anxiety, insomnia, dry skin. My mother and grandmother where done with menopause at 40. any answers or suggestions are appreciate...

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend you try supplementing with bio identical hormones. Oestrogen can be bought in gel form which makes opting for a small dose very easy.
      I do this as my oestrogen levels are still good. My Endocrinologist says that oestrogen can appear within normal range but produce unpleasant symptoms in some women as the body dislikes even a small drop.

  31. QUESTION:
    Does any one else suffer from panic attacks?
    I have been having panic attacks or anxiety attacks for the last month and wanted to know if anyone else has had these as well, and what your symptoms might be . I have been put on med's but still not stopping them i have also tried hypnotherapy and relaxation . Just wanted to know if any one else has had this as well. Please let me know about how you might be coping too:O}

    • ANSWER:
      Here is my story and I hope that is helps to determine whether or not this is what you might be feeling. Sorry, it’s such a long response but I thought that if you heard all of my symptoms you might hear something that was helpful or that might be happening to you.
      Well, I started to have panic and anxiety attacks for the first time just about 6-8 months ago. I have all kinds of medical problems (2 Spine surgeries & neuropathy in my feet/legs) and also was breaking up with my common law-husband of 7 years. I moved into a home by myself and my baby sister’s anniversary of her death was coming up. Not to mention it was the Holidays (Thanksgiving & Christmas 2006). I was definitely under an overload of stress and I never expected what would follow.
      My Panic Attacks came on when I was very stressed out or even crying. You feel like you’re having an Asama attack. I fiscally could not catch my breath! Sometimes I would hyper-ventilate and then I would feel like I was going to pass out. Your entire body starts to feel tingly from having so much oxygen in your system you can feel it in your face arms and legs. It’s like; it’s running through your veins. It feels like you are having a heart attack. To much STRESS is what brought it on, each and ever time! When my boyfriend and I would fight he would start yelling at me really loud and then all of the sudden it would HIT. I was having a full on attack! It scared the SH*@ out of me. It lasted about 8-10 minutes. I could not stop it until it ran it course. Don’t miss understand me he has never hit me but his yelling scared me so much that my stress level went through the roof. I’ve had about 10 of them since. It’s happened at home alone, out in public, at a night club (so embarrassing), at my counselor’s office and at my Dr. Office. There was little warning that it was going to happen.
      I’ve went to see my Doctor to find out why it was happening and to make it stop. I also started to talk with a counselor for some extra support. I’ve been able to calm the attacks down to only having anxiety attacks now. But they still suck! It’s been about a month since I’ve had a full on panic attack.
      My Anxiety Attacks start off slowly and sometimes would last all day. Just like the one I have been having today. First I start sweating around my face, forehead and neck. Then the sweating continues on to my torso, legs, arms and hands. This is so embarrassing for any woman to have happen to them. My face gets very flush and red and my make-up will not stay on. I'm so very hot! Even in an air conditioned room or freezing temperatures outside can't seem to cool me down. Everyone keeps telling me that maybe I'm going into menopause early but I know I'm not. I’m only 38 and I’ve been tested for it three times. They are panic / anxiety attacks but it’s hard to tell people that’s what’s happening. When I know that I’m feeling very stressed out, I try to go to a quite room and calm down before it turns into a full on attack. I listen to my breath sounds and try to breathe in through my nose and out through my mouth. I try to focus on a certain spot in the room to look at while I am trying to stop the attack from happening or I even close my eyes. You can stop them from happening or even lessen the strength of the attack if you can read what your body is telling you. You just have to work on it. Remember it took a while to get so stressed out so it might take a while to get the stress to go away. You just have to be good to yourself and remember to give yourself some time to relax.
      My Doctor started me on an anti-depressant and a sedative that I only take when I feel a full on Panic Attack is about to hits me. Then I take the sedative a.s.a.p. This has helped out a great deal. I’m sure there are also herbs that can be taken to help calm you down. Try not to drink caffeine because this will only make it harder for you to calm your nerves. This sucks because I love my Starbucks Coffee and Chi Tea. I also have been having sleeping problems that I had never experienced before. I would try to go to sleep around 10 pm and fall asleep about 12:30am then wake up 2-3 hours later and not be able to go back to sleep. Or only sleep 1-2 hours at a time. When you don’t get enough good deep sleep you become so very tired that it is almost impossible to relieve your stress.

      I hope that my story helps you and anyone else that reads it, to get through a very difficult part of life. It happens to a lot of people. If you need any more support or just need to chat, please contact me and we can share e-mails.
      Best of Luck!

  32. QUESTION:
    Is it Menopause I feel so weird. I am usually a nice person?
    I am 41, irritable, period is 2 weeks late, mood swings, panic attacks and very impatient. I hate feeling like this. My skin is dry and I am sensitive to the Hot shower. It felt like my skin was burning. I am mad at my husband for no reason. He gets on my last damn nerve lately. Help Me!!

    • ANSWER:
      I hear what your saying, certainly sounds like the beginning of menopause. My poor husband gets a dirty look just for breathing. I guess part of the problem is that nothing seems to make it better. I know all the things that can help such as exercise, eating right, blah, blah, blah. What I really want is to just feel like my old self. I joined a menopause forum and talking to other women who are going through the same thing has helped some.

  33. QUESTION:
    Is there anyone out there who experiences strange sensations days before their menstrual cycle?
    I am a 37 year old with a strange feeling i can't describe well, over the years, back to when i was a teenager. but more often now days as i get older. i have recently noticed it happens more around my period, i never noticed before because it was so few and far between these episodes. anyway, it's like a reminiscent feeling, strong, comes on slowly, i feel little confused and faint, but only did ONCE, and it passes in like a minute or so. i usually lay my head down and dont' wanna talk. but i am completely coherent, sp?) about what is going on around me, just feel really sublime and peaceful after wards. tired but it doesn't feel like panic, maybe anxiety? i have had problems with nerves for long time, am currently on zoloft, i have been checked out, discussed this with a few dr's. all of which think it's panic attacks. i thought those lasted a while and felt scarey?? this isn't really scarey, just almost like de javu

    • ANSWER:
      I am the same age you are (37,) and a very similar thing started happening to me just this year.

      Right before my period, I get a bit more "spacy" or "out of it" than usual. I'll be more forgetful of things that have happened. I have more migraines and nausea. I will feel depressed and cry a lot. This was NEVER typical for me before this year. During the times when I feel upset, it's not that I don't want to talk, but I have the sensation that I can't. I can't explain what is going on. I also get deja vu.

      A weird sense of deja vu and really odd sense of unreality can occasionally point to partial seizure activity. My doctor said "no" to this. I went to a neurologist who also said "not likely at all" to this.

      About 7-10 years before a woman goes through menopause, "perimenopause" starts to happen. Basically, this means that PMS gets rougher for everybody. Whatever psychological or neurological problems you had before are likely to intensify in the 3-7 days before your period.

      This doesn't mean we are going to experience early menopause. It's just that at least a decade before menopause, sensitive people experience more intense pms.

      By the way, I carry a diagnosis of panic attacks by history (last one 2 yrs ago.) I'm also being treated for an anxiety disorder. My doctor has started to modify my medication ONLY during the week before my period, which has helped. PMDD (pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder) is often diagnosed in the late 30's or early 40's. It's just a more severe form of PMS.

  34. QUESTION:
    I am a 49 year old woman experiencing perimenapause
    Has anyone felt foggy and out of it and just not yourself? Also I have been getting panic attacks that I never had before. Is this normal?

    • ANSWER:
      yup, those things are consistent with menopause....talk to your gynecologist, or even to your regular doctor, either one can help you.

  35. QUESTION:
    Can menopause- related hot flashes cause more panic attacks in someone diagnosed with panic disorder?

    • ANSWER:
      Definitely! If a person is prone to anxiety attacks, the sudden onset of a flushing heat in your body will be a 'trigger point' in the flight response that come's with an attack. You can't prepare for a hot flash, they come on so suddenly they could certainly cause one. It relate's to the fear of unknowing.

      In addition, Menopause itself, with the hormonal changes, can play a role too.

      You can try to alleviate your hot flashes with the herbal remedies that are out there or your Dr. can put you on HRT and either of these remedies should stop the hot flash's that are triggering panic attacks.

  36. QUESTION:
    Is it just plain panic attacks or pre-menopause?
    My mom and her sister started having panic attacks in their mid 30's, Well, so did I. Now I'm 40. They seem to think they were starting to go thru menopause. I'm 3 weeks late, have been to the doctor and they say I'm not pregnant. Could it be menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      I think it is peri-menopause. I am there too and things are changing for me. I guess 40 is early but then my doctor says that every one had their own schedule. Good Luck from a sister in menopause!

  37. QUESTION:
    What is a good remedie I can do at home to stop sweating?

    • ANSWER:
      For some people, there may be no detectable cause for their excessive sweating, and they may be considered to have a medical condition known as essential (idiopathic or primary) hyperhidrosis. This may be due to over activity of the nerves that send signals to the sweat glands in the skin, the sympathetic nervous system. Sometimes this idiopathic form of hyperhidrosis can be genetically transmitted, and it often runs in families; this form may first show up in early childhood.

      Other people may have sweating as a symptom of known medical conditions, such as:
      an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism)
      gout
      rheumatoid arthritis
      tuberculosis
      lymphoma
      hypoglycemia
      parasites
      metabolic dysfunction
      nerve damage due to diabetes (autonomic dysfunction) or spinal cord injuries
      liver disease
      vitiligo
      psychiatric disorders such as stress, panic attacks or anxiety disorders
      hot flashes associated with menopause
      Many people who have hyperhidrosis may also have reddening of the skin, which is most noticeable in the face as blushing, due to the same nerve over-activity. Some medications may by themselves cause excessive sweating, such as the medications often used for prostate cancer, AIDS, or pyridostigmine (Mestinon™) used for the condition myasthenia gravis. Obesity and exercise are other obvious causes.

      Treatment & Prevention
      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Sweaty palms (Palmar Hyperhydrosis) in a tense or high-anxiety moment is perfectly normal and will ease up once the moment has passed.

      In order to decrease general sweating, one has to either cut down the nerve impulses to the sweat glands, cut down on the acetylcholine, destroy the glands, or block off their ducts, so that the sweat cannot flow out onto the skin. One of the main ways to cut down sweating is to use a medicine on the surface of the skin to cause the sweat to thicken and plug up the ducts, which is how the antiperspirants that are often used under the arms to decrease underarm sweat and odor work. These usually contain aluminum metal salts, such as aluminum chloride, which have to be frequently reapplied, or else the clumps in the ducts will get dissolved, unblocking the ducts and permitting sweating.

      The sweat glands themselves can be destroyed, but since they are so small and numerous, and are located deep in the skin, methods such as electrolysis (which uses electric currents to destroy the hair roots) are not very practical. If only a particular area of the skin, such as the underarms, is causing sweating problems, there have been some reports on the use of liposuction to remove the apocrine sweat glands there [Rowland Payne C & Doe PT, Liposuction for axillary hyperhidrosis, Clinical and Experimental Dermatology 1998, 23: pp.9-10].

      Electric currents through the skin - called iontophoresis - may disrupt the function of the sweat glands, preventing them from working for a long time. With the use of a home operated device, a small electric current is sent through the skin from one area to another. The electric current "shocks" the sweat glands, and they stop making sweat until they recover. By using this machine a few times per week, dryness in the area of treatment can be obtained that can last for weeks. This may work well if only a few small areas of skin have the excessive sweating problem, but requires frequent treatments.

      The nervous supply to the sweat glands can be interrupted by cutting or destroying the sympathetic nerves. Since these nerves are extremely small, they are usually reached at areas near the spinal cord, where many nerves run together into structures known as sympathetic ganglia, before they spread out throughout the body. This produces one of the most effective treatments against sweating - thoracic nerve snipping surgery, which has permanent effect. Once the nerves are cut or destroyed, the sweat glands that are supplied by those nerves stop secreting sweat; in addition, other parts of the skin also lose their sympathetic nerve supply, so the skin may lose its ability to control its temperature and blood flow. This may lead to paleness and coldness of the skin where its nerve supply has been disrupted. People who suffer from blushing may find this side-effect desirable, as they will lose the ability to blush in those areas affected by the surgery.

      Medication may be taken internally that works to block the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, from stimulating the sweat glands. Some of the more useful medications include the anticholinergics (such as glycopyrrolate or atropine), some antihistamines, some antidepressants, and some of the tranquilizers. However, these medications will also affect other parts of the body, and may have side-effects, including dry mouth, drying of other secretions or constipation.

      One new approach that may work on small areas of skin that have excessive sweating is to inject botulinum toxin (Botox®) into small ar

  38. QUESTION:
    what could cause my mom to be okay one minute and irritable the next time?
    she is a 49 year old female going thru menopause but she was like that before this. she becomes irritable and snaps for no reason. she snaps at my dad and anyone. i have never seen anyone to become this way for nothing. she started taking zoloft last year for social anxiety and takes her medicine regularly and it doesn't seem to help with her mood swings. she used to take prozac for her nerves because she also suffers from panic attacks and starts shaking all over. is she on the wrong medicine for the wrong diagnosis or does it take time for zoloft to work. i looked up bi polar but don't think this is it. she has 4 more refills and then she sees the doctor

    • ANSWER:
      I am 48 going thru menopause and everyday I am hearing the same story you just told. I also take lexapro for depression and social anxiety. I would say it is the menopause it is a wicked wicked thing to go thru. You feel like you have 0 tolerance for anything and family members are always messing with you making you mad. The worst part of it is you don't know what is wrong with everyone else.

  39. QUESTION:
    Am I suffering from panic attacks? Help me please?
    Hi. I'm a 13 year old girl. I don't know whether this is a panic attack or not. But, sometimes i get really nervous and the palms of my hands start to itch and it feels as if i can breathe and i breathe short breaths and it feels as if my body is having some type of hot flash but that only happens during menopause. Anyway, I get really nervous and i start to feel like im being suffocated. I shake my hands.a lot. not like seizures cuz i shake them on purpose like there in something on them that i try to shake something off. Are these panic attacks or some tytpe of anxiety disorder? oh and i have rapid heart beat. and sometimes i get dizzy and i shiver but im not cold, i get hot

    • ANSWER:
      I had my first panic attack a few months ago and it was not nice at all so I understand. Panic Attacks could well be a sign of some sort of anxiety disorder. I would go to your doctor and explain your situation they know best. Also look it up online too it can help inform you of things and give you advice on what to do.

  40. QUESTION:
    I am a 49 year old woman approaching Menapause
    I know I am in perimenapause because of what has been going on with my body. Has anyone experienced not feeling yourself and getting panic attacks? I have been feeling out of it and foggy and I think it's from this. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:

      My 49th birthday was this past July and I am going through menopause as well, I started perimenapause
      around 6yrs ago ,I feel like s**t still .panic attacks, can’t think stright,wakeing up in the middle of the night sweating so much I need to change my pj’s ,head aches like you would not believe ,oh my I never had headaches like this, irritability oh don't get on my nerves , not sleeping well, I been taking Tylenol PM once and a while to get some rest .and there are some other problems I am experiencing. so welcome to the club. if you would like to you can email me at my yahoo address , and we could talk
      Diana

  41. QUESTION:
    what does your body/mind go thru after a partial hyserectomy and how long do u go thru it?
    had a partial hysterectomy removed uterus and cervix( left my ovaries) in nov.2005 im still not feeling 100% mentally i went thru alot of anxiety after wards and panic attacks now im slowly bouncing back havent had anxiety/panic attacks for a month now but my head still feels fuzzy is that from the anesthesia? i get headaches often and some times get dizzy and feel like im gonna pass out physically i am fine from the surgery pain free its just the fuzziness that scares me when i have it....anyone know what this is???
    IM 35years old my hormone levels were checked and they were normal

    • ANSWER:
      You don't say how old you are. I know you still have your ovaries, but is it possible you are going through/enterring menopause? A lot of what you describe could be attributed to that. Try getting your hormone levels measured. If that is not possible, you might want to try some progesterone cream for a month or two and see if that relieves your symptoms.

  42. QUESTION:
    could i be pregnant or Pre Menopause?
    I have not been feeling like myself for the past two months I've been having really bad heartburn with anything i eat. I have gain a lot of weight and i get really bad panic attacks I've been to the er three times already and they say nothing is wrong with me but they haven't check for pregnancy or pre Menopause.
    So my question is could i be pregnant and yes i had my period last week lasted 3 days or is it pre Menopause everyone is saying i am pregnant by the way i look and they say i have that glow.
    I tried to make a appointment with my doctor by he is full so they said to go back to the er.
    FYI... I am 39 i will be 40 this year and the reason why i went to the urgent care was i was having a panic attack.

    • ANSWER:
      Look nobody on Y!A knows what is going on inside your womb do they? If you had your period last week what makes you think you are pregnant? Periods stop when you are pregnant so if you got your period you are not pregnant.

      Pregnant women rarely gain any weight in the first 4 months nor do they look pregnant so how is "everyone" noticing that you are pregnant?

      How old are you? Mentioning this would help evaluate your likelihood of being peri-menopausal. Usually before the menopause women get heavier periods which gradually get further apart as ovulation becomes more erratic. Women get their period about 12 days after their unfertilised egg disintegrates each cycle so the longer between ovulation the further apart your periods become until they eventually cease.

      This is hardly an emergency situation that requires the ER simply go back to your family doctor & demand a blood test to find out if you are pregnant, menopausal or neither.

  43. QUESTION:
    How can I reduce excessive sweating?

    • ANSWER:
      Sweating is a normal bodily function that serves to cool off and lubricate the skin, especially in areas that may rub against other areas of skin, such as under the arms, under the breasts, and between the legs

      Excessive or profuse sweating is a medical condition with many possible causes. Because it is not a disease, it can be a symptom of another medical condition such as a disorder of the nerves.

      Causes & Development
      For some people, there may be no detectable cause for their excessive sweating, and they may be considered to have a medical condition known as essential (idiopathic or primary) hyperhidrosis. This may be due to over activity of the nerves that send signals to the sweat glands in the skin, the sympathetic nervous system. Sometimes this idiopathic form of hyperhidrosis can be genetically transmitted, and it often runs in families; this form may first show up in early childhood.

      Other people may have sweating as a symptom of known medical conditions, such as:

      an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism)
      gout
      rheumatoid arthritis
      tuberculosis
      lymphoma
      hypoglycemia
      parasites
      metabolic dysfunction
      nerve damage due to diabetes (autonomic dysfunction) or spinal cord injuries
      liver disease
      vitiligo
      psychiatric disorders such as stress, panic attacks or anxiety disorders
      hot flashes associated with menopause

      Ways to reduce it!!

      One new approach that may work on small areas of skin that have excessive sweating is to inject botulinum toxin (Botox®) into small areas of the skin (such as the underarms), which blocks the acetylcholine for up to 12 months before it wears off.

      Home remedy for sweaty hands or feet: Boil five tea bags in a quart of water for five minutes. When the solution cools, soak your hands or feet for twenty to thirty minutes nightly. Tea contains tannic acid, which is also found in commercial products such as Zilactol, and Zilactin. The astringent properties of tannic acid are thought to be partly responsible for its antiperspirant action.

      Medication may be taken internally that works to block the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, from stimulating the sweat glands. Some of the more useful medications include the anticholinergics (such as glycopyrrolate or atropine), some antihistamines, some antidepressants, and some of the tranquilizers. However, these medications will also affect other parts of the body, and may have side-effects, including dry mouth, drying of other secretions or constipation.

  44. QUESTION:
    What are the early signs of menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      There are many early signs of menopause. Changes in your cycle may not be your first indicator that perimenopause is approaching. Many women report symptoms of menopause while their periods remain much the same. Most women feel some or all of the following symptoms during that period:
      - hot flashes
      - mood swings
      - decreased sexual drive
      - weight gain
      - insomnia
      - anxiety or panic attacks
      - heart palpitations
      - etc

      For more information, please visit our website.

  45. QUESTION:
    WOMEN: Anyone suffered from premature Menopause?
    I would like to know what your symptoms were like. I am 39 and over the past few months having all the symptoms of menopause.
    I had an episode of sweating in the grocery store on Thursday that left my hair soaking wet and lasted about 10 minutes. I couldn't catch my breath and I was very dizzy. It was extreme, not the first symptom Ive had, but the worst so far.
    I should also say Ive been having Depo Provera shots for 11 years and no periods.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds more like a panic attack than anything else, actually....

  46. QUESTION:
    sometimes, when i'm cold, i start to sweat. and i'm not sick or anything when this happens?
    i don't know what's really going on here? D: and it happens when i'm nervous too, i guess.
    is it serious?

    • ANSWER:
      It may or may not be serious. What you are describing is sometimes called "cold sweats". Often they are related to being nervous or even a panic attack. The most common causes of a cold sweat are menopause, a heart attack, or an allergic reaction. Without knowing how old you are or more about you, it is impossible to know if any of these possibilities might make sense in your situation.

  47. QUESTION:
    when will this perimen end and menopause ,,will it be better after?
    i checked my symptoms online,,and also discussed with my doctor,,my concern is,,will it get better once the before is over,,,i have joint and muscle pain, anxiety,panic attacks, anemia, ovary pain, trouble sleep patterns,,i am 43 and this has been going on for about a year and a half,,my periods are starting to change now,,i start and stop several times during my week of bleeding,,please tell me there is hope

    • ANSWER:
      Oh dear! You shouldn't be having this much trouble with a natural phase of the life cycle.

      Your symptoms can arise from hormonal imbalance. This can be corrected now; no need to wait till menopause. I used natural progesterone cream and had a pretty uneventful menopause once I got my hormones in check.

      Let me caution you against hormone replacement therapy. This is with drugs that are altered from their natural state so that they may be patented. The results are scary.

      I have not used bio identical hormone replacement therapy and so cannot speak first hand of it's effectiveness. In any case, I can say that if you choose this route, ensure it is using natural hormones and not chemically altered.

      As for therapy, I highly doubt you need this. Menopause is not a mental illness. Your difficulties are sure to resolve when the underlying physical condition is handled.

      To get an understanding of pre- and menopause, I highly recommend that you pickup the book "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause", by Dr. John R. Lee and Virgina Hopkins.

  48. QUESTION:
    Are these panic attacks? Help me please.?
    Hi. I'm a 13 year old girl. I don't know whether this is a panic attack or not. But, sometimes i get really nervous and the palms of my hands start to itch and it feels as if i can breathe and i breathe short breaths and it feels as if my body is having some type of hot flash but that only happens during menopause. Anyway, I get really nervous and i start to feel like im being suffocated. I shake my hands.a lot. not like seizures cuz i shake them on purpose like there in something on them that i try to shake something off. Are these panic attacks or some tytpe of anxiety disorder? oh and i have rapid heart beat. and sometimes i get dizzy and i shiver but im not cold, i get hot.

    Also I cut my self and I think i suffer from depression. I dont know. But it feels like it.

    • ANSWER:
      Panic attacks involve sudden feelings of terror that strike without warning. A person getting a panic attack may believe that he or she is having a heart attack or that death is imminent. The fear and terror that a person experiences during a panic attack are not in proportion to the true situation and may be unrelated to what is happening around them. Most people with panic attacks experience several of the following symptoms:

      -"Racing" heart
      -Feeling weak, faint, or dizzy
      -Tingling or numbness in the hands and fingers
      -Sense of terror, or impending doom or death
      -Feeling sweaty or having chills
      -Chest pains
      -Breathing difficulties
      -Feeling a loss of control

      Deprssion:
      Take the Goldberg depression test to see.
      http://psychcentral.com/depquiz.htm
      It's usually pretty accurate.

      I hope you get better. <3

  49. QUESTION:
    Am I going through menopause?
    I am 46 years old and have not had my period since 5 month ago. I do not really have other symptoms of menopause. I excise every day and try to eat well. My mother had hers at the age of 54. If this is menopause I think it is too early. I am definitely not pregnant but sometimes feel bloated and still experience PMS. Am I going through menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      Menpause is considered premature if it happens before the age of 40. So you are actually at the age it could start. If you havent had it for 5 months...there is a good chance you have started.Women normally go through menopause between ages 45 and 55. Many women experience menopause around age 51. However, perimenopause can start as early as age 35. It can last a few months to quite a few years. There is no way to tell in advance how long it will last OR how long it will take you to go through it. Every woman is different.

      Some women have symptoms during this time that can be very difficult. Some of these symptoms include:

      Changes in your menstrual cycle - i.e., longer or shorter periods, heavier or lighter periods, or missed periods
      Hot flashes (power surges -- sudden rush of heat from your chest to your head)
      Palpitations, skipped heartbeats
      Internal shaking / tremor-like feelings
      Night sweats
      Vaginal dryness
      Dry skin and skin changes
      Itching
      Formication (feeling like ants are crawling on your body)
      Insomnia and other sleep disturbances
      Mood swings
      Allergies, sinus problems
      Wheezing, respiratory problems, coughing
      Depression
      Anxiety
      Panic attacks
      Crying for no apparent reason
      General irritability and/or anger
      Hair thinning or loss
      Pain during sex
      More urinary infections
      Urinary incontinence
      Decreased or non-existent libido
      Increase in body fat, especially around your waist
      Forgetfulness, brain fog, problems with concentration and memory

      There is a good chance you are going through menopause, you could ask your doctor too! Good luck, and hope this helps,

      xoxo ~ Katelyn

  50. QUESTION:
    could anyone recommend a herbal replacement for hrt?
    my mums been going through the "change" for a couple of years and the worst problem she is having is panic attacks at night, she says she feels like something terrible is going to happen and it keeps her up all night, she also has regular hot flushes, her gp has recommended her to look into herbal remedies which she is also keen on as her mother (my nan) had big problems with the hrt, any advise/recommendations would be great, thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      I feel for your mom. The menopause causes sudden drastic changes in hormone levels which give us feelings of deep anxiety. My gynecologist advised me to increase my consumption of soy products to help balance my hormones. The caution was that some people are allergic to soy.

      In my case, yoga practice helped me deal with sleeplessness and general anxiety. Applying simple breathing and relaxation techniques throughout the day and at night helped reduce my feelings of unrest.

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