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I’ve actually been full-blown menopausal on a natural basis for going on 8 years. At first I had occasional hot flashes, which weren’t all that bothersome, but last year, I started having all kinds of digestive problems where I previously had none. I’m on Prilosec for heartburn and I discovered through a colonoscopy/endoscopy that I also have a hiatal hernia. The big cap on all of this was that I started getting horribly constipated to the point of nausea (which I initially thought was my gall bladder), but which my GI doc told me that it occurs to 1 in 4 menopausal women. Now, I’m also apparently having high blood pressure issues and am struggling with weight gain after being at a somewhat normal weight for my height. (5’4)

Except for the Prilosec, a multivitamin and 2,000 mg vitamin D, I don’t take any kind of hormone replacement therapy.


And I choose not to. I have heard too many negative things about it, and I also have a family history of heart problems, which I’d rather not aggravate any further.

smokeymtnrain, if you could post updates, too, that would be so helpful! I know we all get so busy with life, but being able to check in and let others know how we’re getting along is sometimes invaluable. I plan to come back here monthly and check back in. I’d love to hear how you’re doing as well!

Still not on anything. Still no hot flashes really to speak of, I sometimes will wake up a little warm so I will throw off the covers but not really bothersome. I’m still on vitamins and supplements. I don’t think I can give specifics on that though. Drinking water is still a challenge as I just don’t get thirsty. Had a UTI but took care of that with supplements. Still have pain in lower back and hips but years ago I had an MRI that indicated annular tear, degenerative discs, etc…so I’m sure that’s a lot of it. I will say, its not as bad as it could be, and I’m blessed with that. Still just riding it out. I did recently had a bunch of blood work that most Dr’s won’t do (to get a better idea on some things) and everything looked great! So, for now, I’m just going to keep on the vitamins and supplements. I do hurt every day in my back and hips and that’s not fun! Not saying its easy, but I know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel! Hang in there everyone!

Hang in there, ladies! I am about four years post-menopausal now at age 56, and at least for me, it did get easier. I no longer have hot flashes nor really any symptoms. No, I don’t sleep as well as I did when I was younger, but neither does my husband, so I think a lot of that is just getting older. I took soy and black cohosh for awhile, when I was having a lot of hot flashes, but I haven’t taken either for a couple of years and am doing just fine.

Early on, I thought I was going to start gaining a lot of weight in menopause as my mother did, and I gained some in peri-menopause, but over time, I increased my activity level (lots of cycling and walking plus yoga) and continued eating healthfully, and I am now about 7 lbs. lighter than when I got married at 24 — and I was slim then! So gaining weight at menopause is NOT inevitable; I’m convinced most of that is due to having a lower activity level as we age, in many cases. I am fortunate enough to be retired from my desk job, so I ride my bicycle with my husband 4x a week on average, for around 2 hours each time, at a fairly brisk pace. Coupled with lots of walking, I can barely keep weight on. So, that has been nice!

I know everyone is different, and some women have a much more difficult time with menopause than I have, but sometimes I think we focus too much on the negatives instead of just enjoying life and embracing healthy aging. I am trying to focus on what is better about my life now than when I was younger (not having to work is a biggie, more time for reading, recreation, cooking, enjoying the outdoors, etc.) It may sound a bit Pollyanna-ish, but I do believe in the mind-body connection, and that a focus on the positives in life can work wonders.

Hang in there, ladies! I am about four years post-menopausal now at age 56, and at least for me, it did get easier. I no longer have hot flashes nor really any symptoms. No, I don’t sleep as well as I did when I was younger, but neither does my husband, so I think a lot of that is just getting older. I took soy and black cohosh for awhile, when I was having a lot of hot flashes, but I haven’t taken either for a couple of years and am doing just fine.

Early on, I thought I was going to start gaining a lot of weight in menopause as my mother did, and I gained some in peri-menopause, but over time, I increased my activity level (lots of cycling and walking plus yoga) and continued eating healthfully, and I am now about 7 lbs. lighter than when I got married at 24 — and I was slim then! So gaining weight at menopause is NOT inevitable; I’m convinced most of that is due to having a lower activity level as we age, in many cases. I am fortunate enough to be retired from my desk job, so I ride my bicycle with my husband 4x a week on average, for around 2 hours each time, at a fairly brisk pace. Coupled with lots of walking, I can barely keep weight on. So, that has been nice!

I know everyone is different, and some women have a much more difficult time with menopause than I have, but sometimes I think we focus too much on the negatives instead of just enjoying life and embracing healthy aging. I am trying to focus on what is better about my life now than when I was younger (not having to work is a biggie, more time for reading, recreation, cooking, enjoying the outdoors, etc.) It may sound a bit Pollyanna-ish, but I do believe in the mind-body connection, and that a focus on the positives in life can work wonders.

Well said!!! I totally agree with you. What you think on can manifest itself! I think the problem is with a lot of us (myself included) is learning how to change our thinking. When you are brought up around negativity, it can be hard to re-adjust that way of thinking. Just take one day at a time ladies it will get better!!! That’s my positive thinking!:-)