Most people associates menopausal with older women , but it can occur in younger women as well. This is what I’ve learned yesterday when I visited my Internist, Dr. Ruby Alcantara at Capitol University Medical City . My first consultation was last February when I felt abnormal heartbeat and night sweats a week after I was admitted due to hemorrhagic Dengue Fever. She suspected that there’s something wrong with my Thyroid, so in undergone another test. Thank God it was negative.
Yesterday, I went to see Dr. Alcantara again. I purposely went to her clinic without my husband so that I can pour out everything I felt physically and emotionally. I told her about my panic attacks every time I had palpitations , my cold feet at nights, unexplained bloating and inflammation in my joints. I added I have inexplicable feeling of despair in moments I remember Typhoon Sendong . I poured out my heart and was able to shed some tears.
Right then and there she told me I am undergoing premature menopausal. What? But I am only 44? She explained that my menopausal was accelerated because of hormonal imbalance brought by my hysterectomy ( removal of uterus) 12 years ago . She instructed me to see a Psychiatrist to understand more the mystery of menopausal. Hmmm… is this really necessary? What do you think?