Perimenopause is a time of unpredictability. Menstrual and hormone-related symptoms are different for every woman. Some notice few or no changes. And others have severe symptoms that disrupt their sleep and daily lives. As during the teen years, irregular cycles can lead to heavy menstrual bleeding.
Other common symptoms include mild to severe hot flashes, insomnia, cloudy thinking, headaches, heart palpitations, mood swings, irritability, depression, and anxiety. Some of these symptoms can also be related to aging and other life changes.
The past few weeks have been rough with all of the changes in my therapy. I have been experiencing more pain the past two weeks (coincidentally my PMS time) and my dystonia seemed to be flaring up. I have a friend that gave me some marijuana to try and I took one puff and it was great for about four hours. I was actually smiling while watching my son play in the yard instead of trying to contort my body into different positions trying to get comfortable. I ate a whole bag of gluten-free crackers. Then I felt queasy... and then it wore off. It did help me feel more relaxed and not as amped up. It also eased the pain. I do not enjoy the taste in my mouth and the smoking aspect of it but it was worth trying. It would be wonderful to have the medical marijuana available for dystonia.
Here are some links I have found to recent studies on medical marijuana and dystonia.