PMDD – Wrong Diagnosis

What can I say? I went to the doctor for years…yes, I said years. I even went to different doctors hoping to get some different answers and possibly a correct diagnosis.

They all thought I was crazy and in turn, I thought they were crazy!

Nobody knows their body better that you own self, right? Well, that’s where the problem was, I knew I was ok…most of the time, but they were treating me with being depressed or having bipolar issues. I kept telling them they were wrong, but they didn’t listen. Eventually I had an appointment with a gynecologist and he knew exactly what was wrong with me. It was called Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)! I’m thinking ok, what the heck is that? I kept telling them I felt fine except 3 to 4 days prior to my cycle starting. I would be a crazy, out of control beast from another world! Then, it went away just as fast as it came. From there, the trial medications began; one anti-depressant to the next. They were useless! They didn’t work! Anyhow, I believe have found what works for me and all has been well the last 6 months or so.

How to get the correct diagnosis?
The number one most important thing of all is track your moods, track how you feel, and don’t give up when you know the doctors aren’t right. Be your own BEST advocate! I began tracking with paper and pencil, well, really some markers because I’m a color coder. That’s when I started to realize when it was happening. Lucky for you there is now an awesome app that you can track everything on. It’s called PMDD v Me. Here’s a link to get it for free.

Below are some screen shots of the app. It will also allow you to run a report so you can compare when things are the worst. Wishing you all the best!

XO Dawn

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