The symptoms of PMDD are similar to those of PMS but are much more severe. Although PMS and PMDD both have physical and emotional symptoms, PMDD causes extreme mood shifts that can be debilitating enough to interfere with day-to-day activities like work, social engagements, and relationships. In both PMDD and PMS, symptoms usually begin seven to 10 days before your period starts. Physical symptoms may be similar, but in PMDD, emotional and behavioral symptoms that stand out include:
As with PMS, PMDD is brought about by the hormonal changes related to the menstrual cycle. Changes in serotonin levels may also lead to lead to PMDD symptoms. Serotonin is a chemical in the brain that helps transmit nerve signals involved in controlling mood, attention, sleep, and pain.
Treatment for the relief of pain and discomfort that occurs with PMDD is similar to the strategies used to treat PMS. This can include:
Dr. Limosnero looks beneath the symptoms of PMDD to its underlying cause and offers natural alternative treatments. Herbal remedies and supplements, such as milk thistle or bioidentical progesterone, may be used to help treat specific symptoms of PMDD. Contact the offices to discuss questions and treatment options.
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