Chatham, Kent, UK
Prior to experiencing menopause, my only expectations were for my periods to stop and to have hot flashes and vaginal dryness. How wrong I experienced severe joint pain, particularly in my ankles and feet. I took anti-inflammatory drugs and was eventually sent for physical therapy, but nothing worked. On my worst days, I struggled to walk 50 meters. Eighteen months ago, my doctor prescribed codeine for the pain, but as a recovering addict, I was very reticent to take it, so I asked my pharmacist for his opinion. He suggested I mention menopause to my doctor, and within a week, I had started HRT and the effects were amazing. I actually had no idea how awful I had been feeling, until I started to feel better.