In my late 20’s, I saw my family doctor (I’ve changed doctors since) and told her I had the following symptoms:
- Thinning hair
- Hot flashes
- Lighter menstrual periods
- Trouble sleeping
- High heart rhythm
She first told me it couldn’t be menopause because I was too young. I asked her what I had then, because it’s not normal to have all these symptoms. She told me I was in pre-pre-menopause. No blood tests or other medical tests were done. Since I didn’t know better and many women in my family had their menopause early (early 40s), I accepted the diagnosis.
Years later I moved, changed doctors and the new doctor wasn’t comfortable with the idea that I was been menopausal at such a young age and for so many years, he sent me for blood tests, followed by a bunch of other medical test. Turns out, it’s not menopause, but hyperthyroidism & Graves Disease & early beginnings of Thyroid Cancer.
I am now being treated for the correct illness, but specialist said it’s a challenge because of the number of years I’ve had the illness. The symptoms look so much like menopause that it is easy to be diagnose. My recommendation is to get a blood test. Your blood can tell the doctor if it’s really menopause or if there’s something else wrong with you. That should be the go to for doctors, but as you can see, it isn’t always.