Has anyone experienced palpitations when Perimenopausal?
Yes, me. I have been getting these recently and wondered whether it could be to do with the perimenopause. I did look it up on the web and found numerous sites on palpitations quite a few of them quality medical sites. Most seemed to suggest it was nothing to worry about(so long as you had no other symptoms like light headedness or pain). Although you should get it checked out (which I am in the process of doing).
I also found a site where women were talking about menopausal symptoms (find it hard to find an alternate word!) and a number had experienced palpitations. Can't find this site now. There were also sites for people who had them regularly unrelated to perimenopause and quite a few thought they could be related to a number of things including insomnia, diet (eating too much 'white' stuff - high glycemic index foods), alcohol consumption, too much caffeine or high blood pressure.
Fortunately I don't have high blood pressure but I am trying to cut down my tea consumption especially after around 4pm and my alcohol consumption (except for special occasions).
Apart from the palpitaitions I have so far been lucky and not suffered from any night sweats although I do get hot from time to time during the night and have to throw the sheet off and then pull it back on half an hour later.
I also have insomnia pretty badly from time to time and even when it is better I rarely sleep more than 4 to 4.5 hours in one stretch.
Fortunately don't seem to be having any emotional effects (rages, depresssions etc) unless one counts me shouting at this woman cyclist this weekend in Hyde Park for dinging her bell at me impatiently while I was skating in front of her on a crowded pathway, like she owned the pathway!
It was a bit surprising to find myself doing that but at the same time it felt quite good to be standing up for myself. Perhaps I can call that a mini power surge.
I don't so far feel inclined to keeping spreadsheets etc as I spend most of my day doing spreadsheets . I do keep the odd note in my diary of when my period comes which is not at all regular these days. Over the last two or three years I have been getting them variously every 6 weeks, 2 months, once I went three months and a couple of times every two weeks. I am now 54. In my mid forties I did also have a time when they were extremely heavy and I had flooding a number of times where I had to get off the bus and find a toilet quickly. Now I think I am very near the end as the last few have not really been periods at all. They have been 'regular' on the month which is surprising but they have been so light as to be virtually non existent.