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Unread 01-31-2010, 08:06 PM
Depression, cold hands and feet, insomnia after surgery

I had a LSH( kept ovaries) Jan 18. The next day I had insomnia and still do. I have had cold hands and feet, depression, hot flashes, and mood swings. I realize that I had all of these four months ago but to a lesser extent. I never associated the depression and cold hands and feet to menopause. I figured they were from my anemia I developed in August, which was due to a series of back to back periods (I had fibroids). In August, it was as if I woke up one day and was a different person-- again linking it to the anemia. Based on how I felt then, I couldn't imagine how I had accomplished what I had up to that point. Now, I feel like that but 10X worse.
I understand the surgery could temporarily heighten the symptoms of menopause, but I never knew that what I was experiencing August - December was linked to menopause and not just to anemia( which at the time my doctor said was not that bad--based on my iron levels).
My post op is this Wednesday. I spoke with the nurse on Friday and she told me that the surgery probably disturbed the ovaries and resulted in a hormone upheaval, which triggered insomnia.

I now realize that my sleep patterns changed way before the surgery. Most of my adult life, I went to bed at 10 but two years ago I started going at 11:30 and waking up later two years also. I didn't link that to anything menopausal.

I see the doctor on Wednesday for my post-op visit. What should I do? I can't live like this. My major concern is the depression and lack of motivation. Again, these both started in August but are now worse.
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Unread 01-31-2010, 08:23 PM
Re: Depression, cold hands and feet, insomnia after surgery

Novmtdora -

Make sure you talk to your Dr. about this, discuss your options for HRT.

Dealing with symptoms is one of the reasons that many women go on HRT, it is a quality of life issue.

Sending you that you find something that works for you.


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