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Unread 11-25-2021, 03:16 PM
Surgical Menopause Eyes & Scalp

Hi Everyone,

I had a hysterectomy in 2009. I did well after my hysterectomy. Adenomyosis and Fibroid were the reason for removal. Ovary removal 3/3/21. I was 49 at the time my ovaries were removed. My OBGYN recommended ovary removal due to family history of cancer. I was having menopause symptoms as well as high FSH and lower estrogen. She felt my ovaries were going "crazy". I am grieving as I was told I would be able to transition to hormone replacement therapy that my body would accept and use as if they were made by my ovaries.

I am on HRT Estradiol Patch. I wear two patches .1 and .050. Testosterone/progesterone supplementation. I have seen an allergist and am having some type of reaction to something in the bio identical estrogen. We are not sure what ingredient.

One month after ovary removal (3/3/21) eyes started to hurt, burn , swell (under and lower eyelid swelling) and twitch. They are now swollen daily and I have pain behind them. I have seen my primary optometrist and two ophthalmologists. No diagnosis.

My scalp is burning as well. This started in April and May of 2021 as well.

I cannot change the decision I made to remove my ovaries.

Has anyone experienced eye issues and burning scalp and skin after ovary removal?

I would appreciate any life experiences you all have had. I am beating myself up for not knowing the hormones would not replace the natural hormones my ovaries made naturally.

Thank you all,
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Unread 11-25-2021, 04:18 PM
Re: Surgical Menopause Eyes & Scalp

I have all that to look forward to since I just had mine removed too. Hope you feel better soon, happy thanksgiving!
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Unread 11-30-2021, 11:12 AM
Surgical Menopause Eyes & Scalp

Heidi, I’m so sorry to hear about the pain you are experiencing. I happened to see you post as I’m poking through the site looking for any wisdom I can glean regarding surgical menopause… I truly feel like this is a huge roller coaster and like you said, we can’t change what’s done, but we need a better quality of life moving forward.

My hysterectomy was 2017, but I had both ovaries removed in April of 2021 due to endometriomas that had grown to 5/10cm respectively. I’m not supposed to do any HRT due to pulmonary embolism history.

I’ve had a lot of eye symptoms since surgery- severe dryness, burning, irritation, pressure when moving my eyes, but at this time, no diagnosis of anything outside of my normal optical issues.

I have been told in past (prior to ovaries being removed) by my eye Dr that he feels I have Sjögren’s syndrome, but the only thing for that is to treat symptoms.

All this to say- I hope someone else out there is able to provide some ideas for assistance.

Your burning scalp reminds me of episodes I deal with from my Fibromyalgia/Allodynia, but typically, mine is hands, neck, and back.

Good luck and hopefully we can find some answers.
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Unread 11-30-2021, 06:25 PM
Surgical Menopause Eyes & Scalp

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Originally Posted by heidilwood1971 View Post
Hi Everyone,

I had a hysterectomy in 2009. I did well after my hysterectomy. Adenomyosis and Fibroid were the reason for removal. Ovary removal 3/3/21. I was 49 at the time my ovaries were removed. My OBGYN recommended ovary removal due to family history of cancer. I was having menopause symptoms as well as high FSH and lower estrogen. She felt my ovaries were going "crazy". I am grieving as I was told I would be able to transition to hormone replacement therapy that my body would accept and use as if they were made by my ovaries.

I am on HRT Estradiol Patch. I wear two patches .1 and .050. Testosterone/progesterone supplementation. I have seen an allergist and am having some type of reaction to something in the bio identical estrogen. We are not sure what ingredient.

One month after ovary removal (3/3/21) eyes started to hurt, burn , swell (under and lower eyelid swelling) and twitch. They are now swollen daily and I have pain behind them. I have seen my primary optometrist and two ophthalmologists. No diagnosis.

My scalp is burning as well. This started in April and May of 2021 as well.

I cannot change the decision I made to remove my ovaries.

Has anyone experienced eye issues and burning scalp and skin after ovary removal?

I would appreciate any life experiences you all have had. I am beating myself up for not knowing the hormones would not replace the natural hormones my ovaries made naturally.

Thank you all,
Hi there! I am SO sorry to hear about your eyes and scalp. Had my Hysterectomy 4 years ago, a Couple years ago I noticed my eyes hurting badly especially in the middle of the night. After many trial treatments and several eye specialists, I found out I had recurring corneal abrasions. There was no reason for it but it came on out of the blue, I am convinced it was a result of my hysterectomy. I had to have surgery and use an ointment at night forever but I can sleep through the night now. I don’t know if you have this but something worth looking into. Good luck, and sending hugs!

Sam
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Unread 11-30-2021, 08:29 PM
Surgical Menopause Eyes & Scalp

Sam, thanks for the post- I had a corneal abrasion diagnosed the first week of September, but as a contact wearer I attributed it to that. Would not have made the connection to hormones until I read your post. I’ll keep that in mind.
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Unread 12-01-2021, 06:36 AM
Surgical Menopause Eyes & Scalp

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Originally Posted by Tc1617 View Post
Sam, thanks for the post- I had a corneal abrasion diagnosed the first week of September, but as a contact wearer I attributed it to that. Would not have made the connection to hormones until I read your post. I’ll keep that in mind.
For sure no problem. I also saw a neurologist to run tests as he thought it might have been Sj or another syndrome. Good luck!
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Unread 12-01-2021, 08:09 AM
Surgical Menopause Eyes & Scalp


I have rosacea, which has become more prominent since I went through natural menopause, and that has caused persistent dry, burning eyes as a result of disrupted lipid production. A few tips that I've found helpful: wearing wraparound sunglasses to shield out the sun and the wind; always wearing goggles when swimming; regularly washing my eyelids with diluted baby shampoo; applying moist, warm compresses; regularly using a brand of artificial tears that are specially formulated to rebuild the lipid layer; supporting the lipid layer with regular moderate servings of healthy fats from avocados, nuts and seeds, and olive oil. Best wishes for finding what works for you, and for your continued health!
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Unread 12-01-2021, 12:36 PM
Re: Surgical Menopause Eyes & Scalp

we all tend to get dry skin and eyes as we age. It is possible it is a result of being in surgical menopause, or allergies.
I started get a really itchy scalp about a year after my surgery (ovaries removed). That turned out to be various factors, all treatable. One factor was perms. The chemicals dry out the scalp (and hair), then my shampoo, which I really like, was contributing to the dryness, even when I go long spells between perms. I started using a mix of my shampoo and Head and Shoulders, and itchiness will go away. As soon as I stop the Head and Shoulders, or use a new shampoo, the itchiness returns.
As for my eyes, I've been diagnosed with Dry Eye Disease. Dr. told me to try an eye vitamin (best one is Preservision). And to use eye drops for dry eye (OTC). It took a lot of experimenting to find the best one, and I like Systane gel drops. Other drops do nothing for me. But other family members like different brands, so you will have to experiment and see for yourself. You do have to use them everyday, and sometimes maybe several times a day.
Also don't let wind, fan, or any strong air current blow directly in your face as that will dry them out faster. Air Conditioning and heat will also worsen dry eyes.
Extended periods of time on computer or phone, TV, or any digital device will make them worse. We tend to stare more and blink less when using them.
Get plenty of sleep and sleep properly. I know that sounds odd, but my father would sleep with his eyes not fully shut and that dried them out. He did not know he was doing it.
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Unread 12-05-2021, 09:35 PM
Re: Surgical Menopause Eyes & Scalp

I got my ovaries removed with my hysterectomy, but I haven't had any burning scalp issues. I had dry eyes before and after surgery, but I just use eye drops occasionally and that resolves it for a few days or a week or two. No eye pain. I'm not on HRT.
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Unread 12-07-2021, 04:47 PM
Re: Surgical Menopause Eyes & Scalp

Heidilwood, I had my total hysterectomy about the time you did, 2010. I tried the patch but it did not work well for me. I wore 2 patches, but still had bad menopause symptoms. I then started on estradiol tablets which worked and I stayed on them for many years. When the doctor would not give them to me any more and I had cataract surgery, I got very dry eyes. You can buy eye drops from the drugstore, but I found that taking fish oil Vitamin A made my eyes moist all the time. Puritan makes some at a 5000 IU dose with 250 mcg D3. That's the lowest dose they make, but I stick a pin in the gel cap and take half twice per day. It works right away 24 hours a day. You might even be able to not take it for a few months until your eyes get dry again as it stores up in your body.

This website has an article about why someone might have blurry vision (and pain) in her eyes right after hysterectomy, but it should not go on for over a week or two. If anyone has had a hysterectomy in the last year and also taken the covid vaccine, that can be a cause of eye disorders. Eye doctors won't know what is wrong with you because this is so new, but I have read that eye problems are a side effect and not that rare. When searching I suggest not using Google because they censor.
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