PMDD vs. PMS
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) affects up to 75 percent of women with regular menstrual cycles. According to webmd.com, there are more than 150 physical and emotional symptoms that can be linked to PMS. They may vary greatly from cycle to cycle and be worse during times of increased stress. These symptoms occur between ovulation and the start of menstrual bleeding.
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a more intense, life-altering form of PMS. It affects only 3-8% of women… including me. Most researchers can only attribute it to a high sensitivity to hormone fluctuations. I find them so debilitating
I have suffered with this ever since puberty but was never diagnosed until about 15 years ago. While researching on the internet, I found this [Daily Record of Severity of Problems-DRSP]. The DRSP includes 21 items that describe both emotional and physical premenstrual symptoms. These 21 items are grouped into 11 questions for you to note the severity of.
Using the [DRSP] provided valuable tracking of my symptoms that I could see visually. This was proof to my doctor that I wasn’t psycho, but there was something actually wrong. To do the tracking right, you have start tracking on the first day of menses for several months.
I have tried the whole gamut of treatments out there. The typical treatments are:
- Birth control pills
- Vitamin supplements
- Anti-inflammatory aids
- Suggestions for changes in diet, regular exercise and stress management.
My OB/GYN prescribed the following vitamin supplements:
- Magnesium – 400mg
- Vitamin E – 400 iu
- Calcium 1200 mg
- Evening Primrose Oil – 500 mg/twice a day
Although, I don’t have a cure and still have dark and painful days, below are the supplements that I wouldn’t be without:
- TRIPLE STRENGTH Omega 3 Fish Oil Pills
- Vitex Fruit (Chaste Tree)
- Rhodiola Rosea Max Strength Adaptogen