I am 44 and until recently (Sept 2017) I had no significant signs of peri-menopause. In September I had a lot of stress and developed extreme anxiety which came on strong and with little reason other than stress which I have always dealt well with. Since that time my dr thinks that it may be hormonal. I had my progesterone and estrogen levels tested (23 days after the start of my period) and although they are not out of the normal range my progesterone was a little low. I noticed a huge amount of anxiety a few days before my period all the way through and periodically throughout the month. My periods are coming closer and closer together. Like 23-25 days apart. I am not sleeping well and will wake up with a rush of adrenalin and feel very warm, but not extremely sweaty. I am usually able to fall asleep after some time after waking up, but then wake up off and on after that feeling super anxious. I tok some sleeping medication, but it was making me confused and foggy and I cannot do that in my line of work. I don’t want to take anxiety medication, because I’ve found that I’m fairly sensitive to medications. I am on a low dose of progesterone, but it doesn’t always seem to help. The anxiety is causing so many weird symptoms (dizzy, heart palpitations, headache, racing thoughts, irritability, uncontrollable unwanted thoughts about my health and what could be the real reason for all of this) and I don’t know what is hormonal, lack of sleep, or anxiety related. This is terrifying! My dr is great, but I feel like we are running out of options! Any suggestions or help is greatly appreciated! The weird part is this all seemed to come on overnight. I think I had some low grade symptoms before, but this has seemed intense in the amount of time.