Wednesday, May 4, 2011 11:19
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There are so many symptoms associated with PMS  that diagnosing the condition is not always easy. Some medical textbooks list up to 150 symptoms that have been associated with the condition and many of the symptoms of PMS are also found in other illnesses.
Headache, insomnia, feeling ‘low’, irritability, and sugar cravings are not only felt by women with PMS. Men, children and women without PMS may all experience these symptoms.
The key definition of PMS, now accepted by most doctors, is that symptoms occur only in the two weeks before a period and that there are absolutely no symptoms for at least seven days after a period has started.
Symptoms tend to fall into two categories: physical and psychological. Given the huge number and range of symptoms associated with PMS, it is not surprising that it is sometimes confused with other conditions. Indeed some conditions, such as depression, may be masked because a woman also has PMS or mistakes her symptoms of diary. No good practitioner would diagnose PMS until a monthly pattern to the symptoms has been established.
Doctors are also reluctant to treat PMS unless the symptoms are severe enough to significantly alter a woman’s lifestyle. Many women who experience irritability, or fatigue, or who gain weight before a period will not be diagnosed as having PMS because these symptoms are regarded as normal.
However, that does not mean you have to stand by and do nothing. There is plenty you can do to ease these problems .
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