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Menopause

What is going on in my body?

08/31/2009

Question:

Hello. Currently my periods have dwindled down to only about three days of light bleeding, when I used to go five of moderate to heavy flow. My breast are very sensitive and swollen before and then again after my period. I am experiencing gastro distress and lower back pain that coincides with my cycle ending, then continues for several days. Weight loss is difficult, low energy levels, and general feelings of not being myself. It is my believe that I will age gracefully, I am 43. Moses was 120 and had his youthfulness intact, so however long I am here I claim the same for myself. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Answer:

Some of your symptoms may be part of the normal aging process, but a complete physical would be essential to be sure nothing more is happening.

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Response by:

Cynthia B Evans, MD Cynthia B Evans, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University