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New here, but 3 mo. post op. & falling apart... New here, but 3 mo. post op. & falling apart...

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Unread 10-05-2000, 07:14 AM
New here, but 3 mo. post op. & falling apart...

I had TAH & gall bladder surgery 6/28 and am now back at work. I've gone from vivelle dot patch to estratest tabs and still feel like a stranger has inhabited my body. I've been on synthroid for years, but the changes taking place now make me afraid to get out of bed for fear of how I'll be "today". I'm either very ill tempered, or depressed, or super sensitive, or passive, or aggressive, and the list goes on...& on. I've gained 15 pounds (too much for a shorty) & my hair & skin look so dull. My dr. seems to feel like after-surgery care is asking a bit much. I can't get used to the way I look & feel now. I almost wish I could go back to the endometriosis & cysts to erase the strange place I'm in now. I feel very hopeless and frustrated. Any suggestions and/or advice will be greatly appreciated.
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Unread 10-05-2000, 09:34 AM
New here, but 3 mo. post op. & falling apart...

Hi,

Maybe you should ask your doctor to check your hormone levels for you. It sure sounds like they are out of wack. From what I have read the hormones sometimes need fine tuning. If your doctor won't do the testing, maybe you should consider finding one who will work with you. Good luck. Hang in there.


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Unread 10-05-2000, 12:32 PM
appreciate you :)

Thanks for your response. I'm trying to research & figure out what I'm lacking in. I got some progesterone to try and I'm thinking of trying the saliva tests to check my hormone levels. I'm also looking for a new dr., but I feel like I can't wait around anymore for a dr. to decide when (& if he's not too busy) he can help. I'm only 41, but I feel so tired and old, that I can't stand myself anymore. I'm so grateful to have found such a wonderful, informative site with caring people who want to help!
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Unread 10-05-2000, 07:46 PM
New here, but 3 mo. post op. & falling apart...

Hi JButterfly, Have you tried posting on The Hormone Jungle? There are also pull down menus over there that have the signs of to much or to little of each of the Hormones. Good luck with your new Doc and hope you can feel better soon
[Edited by SHERI on 10-05-2000]
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Unread 10-06-2000, 04:37 AM
New here, but 3 mo. post op. & falling apart...

Maybe also ask for a thyroid test. Some of your symptoms sound like an underactive thyroid. Good luck to you!
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Unread 10-06-2000, 06:15 AM
thanks Sheri & Karen

I'm still just learning about all the great places here. I will check out the Hormone Jungle. And I think you may be right, Karen, about my thyroid level. It's probably time to get my synthroid dosage changed. I'm looking forward to being "normal" again. Thanks for your help!!
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Unread 10-06-2000, 11:58 AM
Hello

You are not alone on how you feel. I have a friend you is feeling alot like you. They Dr. has tried 3 estrogen so far on her. She did not like the patch at all, and finds the pills are better. DO take a good multi vitamin too. Have you ever heard of a supplement called MSM, it really helps the hair and skin.I just had a TAH 7 weeks ago, and i'm on premerain, I have no problems with it at all, but other can't stand it. So everyone is differant! I hope your Dr. will work with you to get you feeling your best. Actually, he better work with you, tell him how you feel.
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Unread 10-06-2000, 05:36 PM
Barb2000

Thanks for the encouragement and the MSM suggestion!! I'll get some tomorrow. I need all the help I can get. I'm glad you're doing so well so soon after your surgery. I have a friend who breezed right through hers; so until I found this site - I thought I was abnormal with all my problems. Hope to be moving up to the "doing ok" stage soon. Actually, I'd settle for a "just barely making it" stage right now. That would be a step up from this mess. Thanks again for your support.
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Unread 10-06-2000, 06:22 PM
New here, but 3 mo. post op. & falling apart...

Please, do do research (there's a LOT of good information on the web) before you take any herbal or supplement. There are a lot of interactions and counterindications (after all, these things do work, so they can work against you too). I don't know anything about MSM, but I have been researching other herbals for other articles for the Hormone Jungle, and some of these things are scary. A good website for alternative medicine advice is Dr. Weil's. He believes in alternatives but is a Harvard trained doctor and professor in the Arizona medical school. He's both open minded and hard headed.

The best thyroid information I know about is at thyroid.about.com. I use a number of things they suggest (evening primrose oil, for instance, for hair). And they have some terrific forums. In particular, the one with Dr. Larrian Gillespie.

If you go to http://www.hormonejungle.com, there's an article in the pulldown menu at four minerals and vitamins that you should work at getting if you are taking estrogen. Estrogen blocks their absorption, and they can take a large toll.

Hope some of this helps!
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Unread 10-06-2000, 06:49 PM
New here, but 3 mo. post op. & falling apart...

Hi JButterfly, My heart goes out to you. . .I had a really hard time getting balanced myself - It took many months and much experimenting, but I feel really good now. I spent a lot of time onthe Hormone Jungle Board, getting support for various decisions, etc. And it was worth every minute. That's where the women hang out who are having problems getting balanced.
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