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Unread 02-02-2006, 09:14 AM
Help...keep ovaries?

Thank you bright-eyes and fendergal! If only we had a crystal ball! I go to the new doc on Tuesday at 2:00. I am anxious to talk to her and will keep you posted as to what we decide. It means a lot to me to know you cared enough to reply to me!!
Good luck tomorrow fendergal.
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Unread 02-02-2006, 09:23 AM
Help...keep ovaries?

I don't know how anyone would rather have a migraine. I have had hormonal migraines for years, and it was absolutely horrid. My doctor took everything. Stupid ovaries obviously weren't functioning correctly, and that is why I had migraines.

After my surgery I have had NO migraines, thank God for that-and my Doctor! I now have the estrogen patch, with only one or two hot flashes right after my surgery, and NOTHING since. No mood swings, I feel FABULOUS without those stupid ovaries.

Everyone is different, and my advice is, get rid of the ovaries-because that is what worked for me. Good luck to you all with hormonal migraines, mine only got worse, not better, until I had the surgery. If you are prone to other types of migraines, you need to avoid those triggers. As was mentioned before, keep a diary of everything you eat, and stressors.

Good luck to you all.
Unread 02-02-2006, 10:02 AM
Help...keep ovaries?

THANK YOU! My gut is telling me this is what I need to do. I can't imagine my migraines getting any worse, so I hope I get SOMETHING done before that happens. I only get them when right before I start a period. No other times, so the other triggers aren't a factor for me. I have kept a journal for two years and they always start two days before. I am glad to see you agree with the removing the ovaries for this. I have been told if they stay, I will still have the headaches.
Thank you, again, so much. I felt better reading your post.
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Unread 02-02-2006, 10:08 AM
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I started like you. 2 days turned into two weeks, it was miserable. Could not function. My doctor said it was possible to have them after surgery, until my hormones adjusted. I haven't had any!

Plus the cysts on my ovaries, I don't think that would get better. Then you read about the women that have to have a second surgery to remove the ovaries. No thank you for that! Everyone is different though, this worked for me, and hopefully it will work for you also.
Unread 02-02-2006, 10:15 AM
Help...keep ovaries?

first, fendergal good luck at the castle tomorrow!

About the migraines, I get them with my period as well but am keeping my ovaries anyway. I find that if I take 3 advil cold and sinus with a soda at the first aura of a migraine, I can "catch" it in time. I have taken all sorts of meds for the headaches. but with the risks associated with HRT, I would rather deal with the migraines monthly until menopause (in my family, we have really early menopause, like by 42 I will be done.) and at almost 36, I have weighed my options and chose to keep the ovaries. Just my opinion. Hugs Raymo
Unread 02-02-2006, 10:27 AM
Help...keep ovaries?

Making the decision to have an oophorectomy on top of a complete hyst can be a tough decision. Here are a couple articles we have regarding keeping your ovaries:
Keep Ovaries?
Keep Ovaries? Keep one or both?

Talk to your dr specifically about your migraines, and you may wish to visit a neurologist before your hyst, and see what the neuro might say.

Best wishes to you for your decision. As you know, you have to make the right choice for you and your situation.
Unread 02-02-2006, 10:32 AM
Help...keep ovaries?

I am anxious to talk to the new doctor. As you said, my present ob/gyn told me she thinks a hyst will make my headaches worse. She and I have reached a standstill, so a move away from her is in order. Sometimes, I think she thinks I imagine all of the pain. I have called her office in tears when I have one of these, that doesn't seem to matter though. Here is her reasoning: the migraines are caused my a severe drop in estrogen. Removing the ovaries would cause this to be a permanent case, therefore, migraines still.
You are not the only person who has told me this is what I should do. I have just one friend who thinks a hyst is the worse possible answer. She is my age, hasn't went through any of this yet and is a nurse! Like you said, it is different for everyone, but there are some things that seem pretty constant the more I read!
Thanks again, I don't think I can say that enough!
Unread 02-02-2006, 10:44 AM
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I'm not trying to be argumentative... but as someone who has heart disease on both sides of my family, researching this, and considering all the pros & cons, was important to me. These were only two of the many articles I read on the topic.

Keeping Ovaries After Hysterectomy Boosts Survival

Removal of Ovaries During Hysterectomy Might Increase Risk of Heart Disease, Premature Death, Study Says

My personal choice is to live with migraines if there is any way we can save my remaining ovary, rather than take a chance of possibly increasing my risk of heart disease by removing it without a reason other than migraines.

Thanks for the well-wishes for tomorrow... I'm very stressed out about it and the recovery... do not want to hijack this thread... may post later when I let myself take another short break from cleaning, laundry, etc.
Unread 02-02-2006, 10:50 AM
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I now have a steady dose of estrogen with the patch, my ovaries didn't give me a steady dose. Mine weren't functioning properly-obviously. I cannot imagine having a doctor that won't listen to your concerns.

My doc told me also to go to a nuerologist for the migraines before my hys. I paid $312 for 15 minutes. He gave me a new prescription-which was like I had before. It made me gain weight-which I cannot tolerate. Another bandaid, which really irritates me, I would rather fix the problem. I read side effects on the new meds, and said if I was having a major surgery, to not take them. (something about making you bleed more) I didn't take them before surgery, and still have not. For my situation, I would not have gone to the neurologist before my surgery because I knew they were hormonal migraines. But I did anyway since my dr. suggested it. I had an MRI done a few years ago for vertigo, and everything was normal. I knew my migraines weren't caused by a tumor then. ; )

Good luck getting a doctor that will listen to you.
Unread 02-02-2006, 12:11 PM
Help...keep ovaries?

Like I said before, i also get hormonal migraines. I was lucky though, I had sinus surgery in 2002 and the headaches are not as severe if I can catch them in time. The sinus surgery helped, not sure how.

I agree with fendergal, with all the things that having your ovaries removed can cause, I opt for the few migraines a year. Hugs Raymo

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