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For three weeks out of every month youre energetic happy upbeat and even- tempered then it happens A week before your period begins the change into a mad women happens Your mood swings form frustration to irritability to downright anger even depression Your breasts become tender to the touch and your ankle feet hands and stomach swell so much that your clothes become to tight its uncomfortable to move Somehow despite the cramps and the headaches we manage to waddle to and from the refrigerator to satisfy those junk food cravings Sounds awful It is but its something that we as women deal with on a monthly basis The dreaded is known as Premenstrual Syndrome or PMS Premenstrual Syndrome is also known as premenstrual tension premenstrual dysphoria and most commonly PMS PMS is a symptom or collection of symptoms that occurs regularly in relation to the menstrual cycle with the onset of symptoms 5 to 11 days before the onset of menses and resolution of symptoms with menses or shortly thereafter Yahoo 1 Another source describes PMS as a disorder characterized by a set of hormonal changes that trigger disruptive symptoms in a significant number of women for up to two weeks prior to menstruation Of the estimated forty million sufferers moor than five million require medical treatment for marked mood and behavioral changes Often symptoms tend to taper off with menstruation and women remain symptom-free until the two weeks or so prior to the next menstrual period These regularly recurring symptoms form ovulation until menses typify PMS Lichten 1 The symptoms that can occur are many The most common physical symptoms can include headache swelling of ankles feet and hands backache abdominal cramps or heaviness abdominal pain abdominal fullness gaseous muscle spasms breast tenderness weight gain recurrent cold sores herpes labialis acne flare-up nausea bloating bowel changes constipation or diarrhea decreased coordination food cravings decreased tolerance to sensory input like noise and light and
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