Premenstrual syndrome has a wide variety of symptoms, including mood swings, tender breasts, food cravings, fatigue, irritability and depression. It's estimated that as many as 3 of every 4 menstruating women have experienced some form of premenstrual syndrome. Symptoms can be both emotional and physical. Emotional and behavioral symptoms include:
• Tension or anxiety
• Depressed mood
• Crying spells
• Mood swings and irritability or anger
• Appetite changes and food cravings
• Trouble falling asleep (insomnia)
• Social withdrawal
• Poor concentration
Physical symptoms include:
• Joint or muscle pain
• Weight gain related to fluid retention
• Abdominal bloating
• Breast tenderness
• Acne flare-ups
• Constipation or diarrhea
HOW IS PRE MENSTRUAL SYNDROME DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of the same is done by a general physician who would observe your physical symptoms and also do an ultrasound and blood test.
HOW IS PRE MENSTRUAL SYNDROME TREATED?
Although Pre Menstrual Syndrome cannot be cured, however, the doctor can recommend steps to ease out symptoms. In most of the cases, the treatment of Premenstrual Syndrome usually involves medication, exercise, caffeine-free diet and stress management classes.
DID YOU KNOW?
A slight modification in the regular diet and avoiding caffeine and alcohol will help relieve PMS.