In her own words: living with premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Take care of yourself through nutrition and exercise! Paying attention to food and exercising regularly may help lower your medication dosage, or eliminate the need for medication altogether.
- Do your own research and homework. Don't just rely on your doctor to suggest a plan of treatment without educating yourself on the choices he/she is offering you. Be sure you feel that all options have been explored, and work to find a solution that is as comfortable or drug-free as possible.
- Sometimes medications may be necessary, but you have some work to do on your end, too. You cannot rely on just popping a pill in your mouth every day.
- It's OK to feel emotional, to be angry, to be anxious. But, you don't have to drown in those feelings. You can share, you can talk, you can seek help, and you can gather information.
- Find others who are going through what you are. Sometimes, just knowing that PMS affects so many other women and that you aren't going crazy is a big relief. Just sharing your feelings with someone relieves a lot of pressure. When you discover that another woman with PMS is experiencing some of your same symptoms, it gives you a feeling of camaraderie—that you are both in this fight together. Get out there and help someone else that is just as scared and confused as you were (and sometimes still are), and see how good it makes you feel.
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