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Unread 04-23-2004, 03:33 PM
Help-TAH-10wks ago-No energy & I have blown up!

Hi Sisters-
Maybe someone has experience-help!
I had a TAH 10 wks ago and am on compound hormone cream-Testoserone+estrigen+progesterone . The N.P. has been adjusting the dosage for two months and I am still totally tired everyday. I feel like I have blown up in size. . I work out daily and can barely get through 25 minutes of cardio. I can sleep 9 hours at night and then go back to bed an noon & take a 21/2 hour nap too. I can't snap out of it. I am going to have a blood test for my thyroid and hormone levels again next week.Are there any suppliments I can take? The tiredness is making me irritable and a bit depressed. I am taking antioxidents but have no energy.
I also take welbutrin xl and Lexapro which really helps..
Is this common after a total hysterectomy?

Tracy K.
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Unread 04-23-2004, 05:02 PM
Help-TAH-10wks ago-No energy & I have blown up!

Hi, Tracy

Just 10 weeks past surgery and you're working out every day?! Wow, at that point in my recovery I was still in the daily walk mode! I wonder if your body is trying to tell you to slow down a little? You've been through major surgery and it takes a long time to fully recover, not just the incision but your energy and hormone levels as well.

Were you on any hormone replacement before your surgery? I just wondered how it is you started out on the main three so soon. Most of us start out on estrogen only and have the other two added in if needed but we aren't all the same. I'm just curious! When you say the NP has been adjusting the doses, is she having you adjust all three or just one at a time? Our bodies are very sensitive to hormone changes. Too many changes at one time make it hard to figure out which one is the "culprit". Some of your symptoms sound like you may be getting too much estrogen.

It's very smart that you're having your thyroid and hormone levels checked. Hopefully that can help pinpoint where your problem area is and you'll find hormonal balance soon. It took me way over a year to find mine!

Be sure to keep pampering yourself and listen to what your body is telling you.

Unread 04-23-2004, 06:02 PM
Thank you April Dawn...

I should say that I had a huge double hernia repaired at the same time I had my TAH and was extremely sick ,weak and in major pain for at least six weeks.. I am 37 and never took any hormones before the surgery. The only thing we have not adjusted is the estrogen.I took a saliva test 17 days after the surgery and the estrogen was ok. I feel extremely sensative to hormones period. The NP thought the testosterone and progesterone were the culprit's and adjusting them helped some but I am still feeling rundown and almost anemic. I am taking the best vitamins there are (so the NP says).I do feel it is best to get an iron and b12 supplement. I am also having to look at what I am eating and have made some efforts to eat more veggies instead of prosessed crap food. I have 3 small boys and a big load at home.

I guess I am not giving myself much room to adjust. This was such a huge shock to my system and when I look on your sight at the postings , I see so many women who are having so many difficulties just living comfortably after this procedure. It is a bit scarey.I am committed to finding a way to live with hormones because I will be on them a long time.Any insight as to the weight gain?
Thank you so much for your support.
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Unread 04-23-2004, 06:47 PM
Help-TAH-10wks ago-No energy & I have blown up!

Hi Tracy,
Try vitamin B-12. I have been dealing with an underactive thyroid and my thyroid meds are not balanced. I have consulted a thyroid specialist who told me to add B-12 ( until he get my blood count back-to increase thyroid meds.). It has made a difference. After a couple of days I had more energy. Not 100%, but much better than before. Also can try folic acid and iron supplements. Good Luck!
Unread 04-23-2004, 06:47 PM
Help-TAH-10wks ago-No energy & I have blown up!

My goodness, Tracy, you've been through a lot of surgery all at one time. The TAH is enough to set anyone back several months.

s to you for dealing with so much.

Here's an article I found for you that might be of interest on HRT and weight gain. You can read it by clicking here. Also, if you scroll down a bit you can find a discussion going on about HRT and weight gain.

I don't feel it was ever a factor for me. My eating habits weren't good before surgery and recently I've made a huge effort to correct that and have had good results. Right now you need to concentrate on proper Princess pampering so you can fully recover from your surgery.

As far as the hormone testing, it's not a bad tool but in my personal experience it wasn't the best indicator of my hormone needs. My levels came back all in the normal range but for *me* those weren't normal. Also, that close after surgery when the hormones are still fluctuating might not be ideal as a good reading. You'd still have had estrogen in your system at that point.

Your determination to find the right balance is admirable. Just take it a step at a time and don't try to rush it. Hormonal balance takes patience.

Keep reading and researching, and keep track of how you are feeling.

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