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ESCAPING THE PMS MAZE

by Geoffrey Redmond, MD
 

HELPING YOURSELF GET HELP

The first step in escaping the PMS maze is paying attention to how you feel. Is the main problem mood swings or physical discomfort? Or do you have both? It is important to track when in relation to your cycle symptoms occur. Also notice if external events tend to trigger them. Are certain kinds of stress harder to take at particular times of your cycle? Do certain foods affect you differently at different times? Is your energy less?

 The following list may help you sort out the specifics of your PMS:

Feelings:
Anger
Irritability
Frustration
Dissatisfaction with self or others
Sadness
Crying for no reason
Fatigue
Sluggishness
Anxiety
Dizziness, lightheadedness
Insomnia
Decreased sexual desire (sometimes increased)
Food cravings

Physical symptoms
Weight gain
Bloating
Edema (fluid retention)
Breast discomfort
Cramps
Pelvic fullness or aching
Discomfort with intercourse
Worsening of hormonal skin problems
(oiliness, acne, unwanted hair, hair shedding)
Headache
Diarrhea and/or constipation

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some important points about PMS
What is PMS?
Helping yourself get help
Help for PMS: The holistic approach

Lifestyle
Nutrition
Vitamins and Minerals
Herbs and supplements

Some other alternative approaches
Medications
Some final words of encouragement

 

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