How can I overcome the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome?

Q. I am suffering with premenstrual syndrome. Please help.

Answered by
Dr. Divakara. P
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 22, 2015 and last reviewed on: May 29, 2023

Hi doctor,

I am a 33 year old female. I am married. I have two sons. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism over ten years ago and I am on medication. I am having a horrible time with PMS over last few months. I used to have terrible headaches and irritability before few days of my periods. Now it has been two weeks as my period is ten days late. I am having the worst time in my life right now. My headache and the pressure drive me crazy. I am having hard time. I am getting into deep depression. I do not know how to get through this. I cannot stop crying. I have an appointment finally with an endocrinologist in two weeks. Whenever the thing gets worse my GP will increase the dosage of my medicine. My hair is falling out. I am not the same person at all anymore. I feel like this is killing me. Need some help.



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I went through your query and I can understand your condition.

First of all, I need to know whether your hypothyroidism is under control or not. Kindly upload your recent TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) report. Now we need to see whether your headache and irritability is due to your PMS (premenstrual syndrome) or if there are some other reasons. Your endocrinologist will evaluate for that. But a simple way to know is to halt your periods for two months and observe what happens. Ask your general practitioner to prescribe you certain oral contraceptive pills. This shall halt your periods for a month or two and if you feel better then it is due to PMS. But if there is no improvement then other evaluations have to be done including your blood pressure testing, eye check up and if necessary brain scan. If there is an improvement then you can take the contraceptive pills for three to four months and then stop and observe.

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