PMS is real and if you have it (or live with someone with it) it can be really disturbing to everyone. What is it? How can we treat it? Read on. . .
PMS is premenstrual syndrome. It occurs the week before your period. Symptoms are
- difficulty concentrating,
- craving certain foods,
- difficulty sleeping,
- losing interest in your usual activities.
PMDD is premenstrual dysphoric disorder. It is PMS symptoms, but more severe. Keep a record/log to show when during your month you have symptoms and what the symptoms are.
Your doctor can help. A physical exam and a thorough history will help with the diagnosis. Treatment may include an antidepressant or birth control pills. Both of these can help stabilize your mood when the hormones are in flux. Vitamin B6, up to 100 mg a day may help with PMS. More than 100 mg is not likely to help and may cause other side effects.
Menstrual periods are natural and normal. PMS or PMDD does not need to rule your life. See your doctor.