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Menopause

Premenopause

06/18/2007

Question:

I am 33 years old and I am normaly always cold because of my rheumatoid arthritis and anemia. Lately I have been getting hot flashes where my face feels like I have a bad sunburn. I also have high blood pressure that I am taking two mendications for and has been stable for about a year now at 130/80. My periods have been strange for about two years now since I start takiing Arthotec and Prednisone for my RA. But right out of the blue I got these hot flashes. I got my thyroid check resently and it is normal Could I be going through premenopause at such a young age?

Answer:

Check with your primary care physician and your gynecologist to be sure your symptoms are not a drug side effect and to have your "strange periods"  evaluated.

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Response by:

Margery   Gass, MD Margery Gass, MD
Formely, Professor, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati