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Unread 02-12-2005, 10:01 AM
I am a wreck!

Hi everyone, it has been awhile since I have been here and I am hoping to get some input. I had a TAH/BSO 2 years ago and for the past year I have had terrible symptoms. SO MANY....no sleep, night sweats, irritablity, lack of concentration, mood swings, and the list goes on...and yet even after my surgery, I still have pain!
I was ready to see a therapist thinking it is depression or maybe even I was bi-polar! After reading some of the posts, I see many people taking different meds. I am only on vivelle dot .025 but taking ambien to try to help me sleep, still on pain meds for my pain when it is really bad. The posts have helped quite a bit and have made me think I am not crazy, but I don't know where to go from here. Any input will be great! Thanks Kathy
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Unread 02-12-2005, 10:25 AM
I am a wreck!

Hi Kathy!

I don't think you are crazy at all. Hormone imbalance can sure make us feel that way, though.

For someone your age who has no ovaries, you are on a very low dose of estrogen judging from all I've read on this site. Your symptoms would suggest that as well. It there some reason your doctor prescribed such a low dose?

Here is a link so you can look at the list of symptoms of too much/too little estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. It can help to print a copy of it and check off all the ones you have. Share that with your doctor and see if you can get an adjustment in your hormone dose. You might want to start going up gradually until you find the one that helps most. Once you are balanced on the estrogen you can look at the list again and decide if there are any residual symptoms which progesterone and/or testosterone would help.

I sure hope you can start feeling better soon. It's worth a call to your doctor--let us know how you are doing, okay?

Unread 02-12-2005, 11:08 AM
I am a wreck!

I agree with April, that is a very low dose for someone who had their ovaries removed. I still have my ovaries and I am on a higher dose than you are. I would definitely ask my doctor to increase the dosage and see if that might be the problem. Goodluck!
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Unread 02-13-2005, 03:57 PM
I am a wreck!

I have only been a "member" on this site for a few days, but it is enlightening to know there are many others who feel like I do. Physically, I seem to be healing fine. But emotionally, I am a wreck as well. I had a radical hyst and ovarian cancer staging. At first my doctor wanted me to wait for biopsy results to put me on hormones. Thankfully, those came back clean, but he said because of my age, he does not want to put me on hormones if I do not have to be. I am going crazy. Than I wonder if it is in my head and I think I am losing it because it is common. I don't know. But I am very interested as well to any responses. Please know we are in this together! When does the weeks start anyway? When someone says 2 weeks post-op, does that mean since the day of your surgery or since you went home?
Hugs, Shelley
Unread 02-13-2005, 04:10 PM
I am a wreck!

(((Shelley))), the counting starts from the day of your surgery.

At your age, I can't imagine not being on hormones if you have no health risks in taking them. Women don't usually go into full menopause at age 37. Even after natural menopause there are beneficial hormones produced by the ovaries.

You might want to revisit the idea of hormone therapy with your doctor if you are really uncomfortable without hormones.

Best wishes as you continue to recover!


P. S. - It would help everyone when making replies if you would add your surgery date to your user profile and also complete your Member Survey. Thank you!
Unread 02-14-2005, 04:43 PM
I am a wreck!

I'm 50 and can't imagine not having some help in the estrogen department! After my TAH/BSO My dr didn't hesitate to prescribe estradiol .05 for me since I didn't have a health risk. Good luck to you Shelley. Hope you get some relief soon!
Unread 02-14-2005, 07:06 PM
I am a wreck!

Hi Beechjetwife,

I too have had a lot of symptoms just like you, my surgery was 2 years ago too. The past few months I've been feeling like I have the endo still inside me, the pain has been pretty bad and I'm not sleeping well etc. I've been on the bio-identical hormones for 4 mos. now.
Just today I went to my dr. for my 2 yr. post-op physical, my dr. said by doing the vaginal exam that I am extremely low on estrogen! It definitely sounds like you are too.
My dr. changed me back to the Estradiol 1mg. pill because I was doing well on it before, just no libido. Now I'm on the testosterone cream and am doing better with that, so I'm hoping the extra estrogen will help. She also put me on Estrace cream to be applied vaginally for 2 weeks to try to increase my estrogen. I'm looking so forward to maybe getting my life back too. I would definitely try to talk to your dr. about the estrogen levels. My dr. thought that my low estrogen was causing all the same symptoms you've been having.
Good luck with it. Going to carolina.
Unread 02-16-2005, 04:38 PM
I am a wreck!

This conversation has helped me a lot, even though I did not initiate it. I hope it is helping everyone.
What about risks of breast cancer and strokes with hormones? I have heard that, but I do not much risk in my family for either one.
Does anyone know anything about natural hormones?


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