This is my first post to this forum, so please forgive any rookie mistakes. I am the husband of a 51yo woman with SZ; we have been married for 17 years. My wife’s SZ is fairly controlled most of the time; she takes her meds consistently, we do everything possible to manage her stress, and we avoid certain people and situations that seem to cause flare-ups like paranoid or delusional thinking, etc. I realize we are fortunate things are stable much of the time, and am very grateful for that.
Over the past 9 months my wife has had three episodes where she experienced a ‘break’ and went into full paranoid/delusional mode for between 24 and 48 hours. These seem to have coincided with points in her hormonal cycle where she also gets very emotional/cries, and experiences migraines that flare up just before her period. She has consulted with her PCP and OB/GYN about the migraines and they have recommended a blood pressure med (she also has high BP) that can help migraines as a side benefit. However if you read the fine print the BP meds like propranolol can also cause mood swings in some cases. My wife has now been switching between BP meds and still experiencing periodic flare-ups/breaks, plus the migraines sometimes come back.
In between SZ flare-ups, my wife has insight into her situation, at least partially recognizes what’s going on and wonders (like me) whether menopause is exacerbating things recently. I’ve done a lot of reading online about SZ and menopause and have gotten mixed messages, some articles saying things may flare up during and then calm down after, some saying SZ may flare up and then stay heightened after menopause is complete. I’m just wondering if anyone here has any insight, stories to share, resources, or even words of encouragement. I realize we’re fortunate in a lot of ways but the flare-ups/breaks are still pretty scary and have led us to have to distance ourselves from loved ones and friends, and they take their toll over time.
Thank you in advance!