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Podcast #43-Chapter Four- Not My Mother’s Menopause

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  3. Not My Mother's Menopause- Chapter Eight
  4. Not My Mother's Menopause- Chapter Seven
  5. Not My Mother's Menopause- Chapter Six

I mentioned a couple things at the start of this week’s podcast. First and foremost, Anna landed her first real-world job! She starts only a few days after graduating in May! We are overjoyed for her and couldn’t be prouder.

I’d also like to ask that you all surround my beautiful friend Kristen and her family (our soul family) with love and light. They are going through a tough time right now, so please keep them all in your prayers and loving thoughts.

The topic of today’s chapter is chronic pain and migraines that I had during my perimenopause. Takeaways from this chapter include the following two recommendations: have your hormone levels tested and get yourself whatever type of serotonin you can get your hands on during perimenopause (and menopause).

I also want to introduce you to NAMS, The North American Menopause Society. I meant to share that in the first podcast post of my book reading. You do not need to be a member to use this website. This is where you may find Menopause Practitioners, which I mentioned in Chapters 1 and 2.

North American Menopause Society (NAMS) – Focused on Providing Physicians, Practitioners & Women Menopause Information, Help & Treatment Insights

Here are some sources that can provide you with further information:

13 Scientifically Backed Ways To Increase Serotonin Naturally

Serotonin: The natural mood booster – Harvard Health

And this is the migraine treatment center that I mentioned:

Diamond Headache Clinic – World leading headache care.

Patients come from all around the world. So, if you suffer from migraines and do not live near Chicago or Milwaukee, they will help you regardless of where you live.

As always, the complete text of the chapter may be found at the top of the blog under the Menopause menu, or by clicking here.

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to listen, read, or leave comments. Your encouragement means the world to me.

20 thoughts on “Podcast #43-Chapter Four- Not My Mother’s Menopause”

  1. I wasn’t aware of NAMS so I appreciate the link to it. I’m into increasing my serotonin level in any ways that I can. A goal of sorts. The Harvard Health article gets to the heart of it.

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  2. I wasn’t aware of NAMS but I was very pleased to hear that the gynecologist see is one of the four menopause practitioners in my area (as is her practice partner.)

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    1. I’m glad to be able to share this knowledge with you. It wasn’t enjoyable, to say the least. But taking my pain and turning it into something purposeful is something I’m very passionate about.


  3. I know you probably didn’t mean “get yourself whatever type of serotonin you can get your hands on during perimenopause” literally but just so you know there is such a thing as having too much serotonin and that can also wreak havoc with the body. But I get where you’re coming from! I was asking my doctor about tracking my hormone levels since I’ll never really know what they are doing and they did keep my ovaries in so I wouldn’t have need HRT right away but I’m assuming I might need that at some point and how will I know? She told me they can’t really test that– don’t worry; I dumped her to find a new doctor. I mean I get levels fluctuate but c’mon… obviously they can be tested.

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    1. Yes! I definitely could have said it better, because receiving serotonin naturally is much different than getting it from a pill.

      They can test that, and you made a wise decision by getting rid of that doctor. Over the past seven years, I’ve heard numerous comments concerning physicians’ attitudes toward and statements about menopause that were, to put it mildly, disappointing.


  4. Congratulations to Anna, and many thoughts and prayers for your friend.

    I do not suffer migraines or even headaches, but my husband gets terrible ones from stress and from the rapidly changing barometric pressure in our part of the world. I am so lucky not to have them and fingers crossed that continues!

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    1. Thank you for your congratulations as well as your prayers. 🙂

      The barometric pressure! Yes! I got a migraine last night and couldn’t figure out why until I woke up to snow on the ground and it all made sense.


  5. I’m sending up prayers and good thoughts for Kristen and her family.

    Congratulations to Anna; that is amazing news!

    Your migraines. *sigh* I can’t imagine how terrible that felt. How terrible it affected your day-to-day. I had no idea about our serotonin levels and how they affected our well-being. Thank goodness you finally visited that specialist; what a blessing he was/is.

    I’m so happy you are on the other side of the migraines. *crossing fingers that this is the case*

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    1. Thank you, friend.

      SUCH amazing news!

      I wasn’t sure I wanted to devote a whole chapter to my migraines, but it was a significant portion of my life. I know chronic pain gets a bad reputation, so I wanted to share my experience with anyone who might be able to connect. My doctor is such a godsend; I actually see him this Thursday for my regular check-up.

      I experienced a migraine last night, which was unusual for me because it had been weeks since I had one. That’s the good news, and for the time being, I’m okay with it. XOXO

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  6. Yay on our kids getting jobs! I can’t believe she is already graduating. And I’m sorry your friend is going through something difficult. I will join in the chorus of thanks for the resources on serotonin. I can see that I’ve been able to increase that in several ways since I stopped teaching full-time. More and more, just taking care of myself is feeling like a full-time job. A better way to put that: I’m realizing that it takes time and resources to take care of ourselves. I’m grateful to finally be in a place to be able to do that.

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    1. Yay is right! I can’t believe it either. This part of her life has flown by.

      I recently heard someone suggest that the bodies we have when we reach menopause are different, therefore we must treat them differently, feed them differently, exercise them differently, and so on. I’ve gained weight since entering menopause, and no amount of diet or exercise will reverse it. My physique is different now, and I’m fine with that. This is menopause Kari, and as you mentioned, taking care of her isn’t easy.

      I’ve been trying to find a doctor (general practice, not a gynecologist) for the past six months, but have been turned away since they are not accepting new patients because of COVID. I can only image what this looks like in major cities or in areas where there aren’t any doctor’s offices available. If you look at the NAMS website, menopause practitioners are not available everywhere, but are located near big cities, and if in suburbs, are typically affluent. This must change. Every woman deserves the right to feel happy in her new body.

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