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I'm Freezing!

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Instead of having hot flashes, I’m freezing.  It is hormonal?I'm freezing! While everyone else complains about hot flashes, I can't seem to get warm. I didn't have this problem before my hysterectomy; is it hormonal?


Your thyroid is the more likely culprit in this scenario. The thyroid often malfunctions after a hysterectomy, and being cold is a classic symptom of this malfunction. Start tracking these symptoms in your symptom diary and ask your doctor to check your thyroid.

If your doctor reports back that your thyroid levels are normal, don't give up right away. Sometimes blood test results will indicate that thyroid levels are "normal," but normal is relative. While the levels may be normal based on someone else's chart, it may not be normal for you. If you're not satisfied, you can always seek a second opinion.

If it turns out that your thyroid levels are actually normal, you may also want to have your estrogen levels checked. Having too much estrogen can also make you feel cold. When estrogen is high and thyroid levels are low, sometimes lowering estrogen replacement can increase the thyroid.

Iodine therapy may be another way of managing your lowered thyroid levels; many women have had success with this kind of treatment. Others are given a prescription for Armour or synthyroid. Even a very low dosage can be extremely beneficial to managing the symptoms of hypothyroid.

Since there are so many possibilities for causes and treatments for this issue, the most important thing is to find a doctor who understands the careful balancing act of hormone therapy and thyroid therapy. Visit our Doctor Directory to start finding specialists in your area.



This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other hysterectomy patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

01-14-2008 - 04:44 PM


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