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Description:

A constellation of symptoms characterized by nervousness, irritability, emotional instability, depression, headaches, edema, mastalgia and food cravings, which arise in the 7-14 days before menses starts.

Causes:

There are four types of PMS, each of which has distinct characteristics, and relationship to hormonal fluctuations:

  • PMS-A: anxiety: mood swings, nervous tension, irritability, anxiety; related to high estrogen, low progesterone.
  • PMS-C: craving: increased appetite, headache, fatigue, dizziness, fainting, palpitations; related to increased carbohydrate tolerance, decreased prostaglandin E1 in some.
  • PMS-D: depression: depression, crying, forgetfulness, confusion, insomnia; related to low estrogen, high progesterone, elevated adrenal androgens if hirsute.
  • PMS-H: hyperhydration: fluid retention, weight gain, swollen extremities, breast tenderness, abdominal bloating; related to excess aldosterone.

Most PMS sufferers will experience symptoms from more than one group. The most common is group A.

Symptoms:

  • craving foods especially chocolate or sugar
  • abnormal (for the patient) mood swings and hyperirritability
  • edema
  • bloating
  • breast tenderness
  • back pain
  • constipation and diarrhea
 
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