It's a tough walk through the :run2: sometimes. Week 12 is really not that far into the total healing process. I remember for me it was around month 9 when I suddenly said hey, the fatigue and sproinges and twinges of pain are gone. So don't be too hard on yourself.
If you don't have hormonal balance, you will have an increased risk of UTIs and vaginal problems. Balance includes both estrogen and progesterone, we've found. Progesterone has many receptors all through the area, so it plays a big role in health. You can read more about it at www.hormonejungle.com/progest.php
Dizziness and fainting are actually standardly recognized symptoms of menopause. They are part of the Kupperman Index of Menopausal Symptoms and you can find them described at sites like WebMD that are run by medical professionals (as opposed to us
) The fact that your levels at that point were plunging was probably enough to make your symptoms severe. A lot of menopausal symptoms are signs of fluctuating hormone levels.
If they didn't find anything about the right side pain, that might be this mysterious pain that shows up for a lot of us. I had it. I had the CT scan (but then I do all the time for cancer anyway) and a colonoscopy. They announced that it was diverticulosis. Well, no, it was something post-surgical because I've never had it after that 9 month point when I realized all the healing was done.
As Lily says, HRT is not really the same as bcp. Birth control pills are synthetic hormones and they are very strong because they are imitating the levels of pregnancy. HRT comes in all strengths and in forms that are just like the ones your ovaries made. In fact very low doses are beginning to look like the best route. Better for stroke, better for brain function
and good enough for osteoporosis prevention.
I'm glad you're still feeling optimistic because I think that there's actually great hope here that you'll end up much better off.
A way to find a doctor who is sensitive to hormone issues (many have had no training in them at all) is to find a compounding pharmacist in your area. They know which doctors are able to fine tune hormones for their patients.
Hope some of this is a
so you can find your way around among the trees!