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Health: Living With PMS

Updated on March 16, 2013

PMS Is Managable

I don't know. Why doesn't anyone talk about PMS anymore? It is a health issue. It must still trouble women everywhere. I guess It's just that I'm past that point in my life. Thank God!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm not kidding. It was hard to live with PMS.

I remember one particular day when I was doing the dishes with a cast on that couldn't touch the ground. In other words, I had to hold my bent leg up while I stood. This was frustrating enough. To top it off I had a case of PMS to beat the band. I hadn't been able to move around. I hadn't gotten any exercise. I was eating on the run because I couldn't cook. I felt terrible.

I was standing there doing the silverware. You know, cleaning it before I put it in the dishwasher. For some reason, I had this stack of knives in my hand and I felt like just plunging them to the countertop. I don't know why. I just felt frustrated. PMS is real. I'm here to tell you that if you're suffering any of the symptoms that anyone can Google, I understand how you feel.

The thing is that it's debilitating. You can't get off the couch. You can't even get out of bed let alone do anything else There isn't anything you can get finished, unless of course it's of the utmost importance, like taking care of a child. In this case you have to realize that having someone else take care of your child for a time may be the be route to go. Then, you can go and re-group and get ready for the rest of the evening . But, this isn't always the way it works out. Often, we have no babysitter at our disposal. Then what? Yeah, We again have to do things we're not prepared to do, at the moment.

There is a way to turn this situation around. Coming together with other women through hospital sponsered classes and seminars, is one way to start to realize that you're not alone. That is, how you feel when you have to deal with this. Talking about it does help to some extent. Making an effort to do something about it is another thing. You know, the diet, exercise, nutrition, meditation, relaxation, vitimin, suppliments, and affirmation efforts that you read in many books on the subject. These things actually do help. Anything that makes you healthier is great way to combat PMS.


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    • Windclimber profile image

      Windclimber 6 years ago from my boat somewhere on the Chesapeake Bay

      So, it is NOT true, then, that PMS stands for Punish My Spouse?

      On a more serious note, when people say that they believe mental illness is 99% attitude - WAIT! I am NOT in any way saying PMS is a mental illness! I am NOT implying it either; read on . . . - I tell them no, the biochemical basis is a huge if not the major part of our mental/emotional functioning. To illustrate without citing boring medical research studies, I tell them to think of all the women they know and how they no doubt have a wide range of severity of PMS. This is common, everyday, right-in-front-of-our-faces, empirical proof of how biochemistry affects our personalities and partially, sometimes significantly, determines how we all - male and female - move through our lives and the world.

      PMS is NOT having a bad attitude, being a "be-otch", or being "just a wacky woman." It is basic biochemistry, and both more men and more women need (I dislike that word, "need") or could at least greatly benefit for a more full understanding of this. No shame, no blame, no fault.

      Btw, if your (that's you readers) PMS is impacting your life, check out - and I'm being serious - blue-green algae, specifically Aphonimezon Flos-aque (sp?). I knew a guy who for months teased his wife for eating this (freeze-dried and encapsulated), but after her supply ran out and they got into an argument, he opened up his wallet, slammed a $20 on the table, and said, "I don't know what was in that stuff, but get some more!"