Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) - Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of PMDD?

Symptoms of PMS and PMDD can be similar but are more intense and debilitating in PMDD. The symptoms of PMDD also may vary among affected women. Some of the most commonly reported symptoms include:

  • fatigue,
  • mood changes,
  • abdominal bloating,
  • breast tenderness,
  • headache,
  • irritability,
  • depression,
  • increased appetite,
  • acne,
  • oversensitivity to environmental stimuli,
  • hot flashes,
  • heart palpitations,
  • easy crying,
  • difficulty concentrating,
  • dizziness,
  • sleeplessness,
  • forgetfulness, and
  • gastrointestinal (stomach, bowel) upset.

PMDD symptoms are related to the menstrual cycle, typically occurring in the second half (luteal phase) of the cycle, and resolving within the first few days after the menstrual period has begun.

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Comment from: KAYLEE, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

I started noticing the symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) 1.5 years after the birth of my twins. I had intense mood swings, rage, frustration, swelling, bloating back to a pregnant state, migraines, depression, sadness, intense fatigue, I would burn food, disorientation, dizziness, impatience, outbursts, low energy, and low sex drive. Since second month I am taking natural bio-identical progesterone which helps symptoms. I was so grateful when I discovered it was PMDD, thought I was going dilly, people were saying it was in my head. When I started to calendar my symptoms it was a huge help to see exactly what was going on. Ovulation is also a tough time where the symptoms return. Supplementing and monitoring vitamin D levels also make a difference.

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Comment from: diane, 45-54 (Patient) Published: December 01

I have been diagnosed with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). I feel great usually the third day of my period. That usually lasts for about 10 to 12 days. I then get so depressed I don't want to be here anymore. I already suffered from depression and have been on many antidepressants. At first I would have two good weeks and then I would feel like I would lose something and gradually climb down to a deep depression for a couple of days and then slowly climb back up and get my period and feel great. I have tried so many antidepressants and still feel deeply depressed for about 16 days each month. Life is very bleak right now. I am trying oral contraceptives but am having severe stomach cramps, headaches, sinus burning and indigestion. I am trying a new oral contraceptive but am not feeling much better. I am not sure how much longer I can live this life; if you can even call it living. I wish my doctors had the answer. No fun.

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