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rollercoaster emotions and fatigue... is it hormones?? rollercoaster emotions and fatigue... is it hormones??

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Unread 05-19-2006, 01:11 PM
rollercoaster emotions and fatigue... is it hormones??

Hi, I could do with some help before I decide I'm going completely crazy.

I had laproscopic sub total hyst (sorry I don't know the right acronym) with removal of a supersized right ovary and adhesions from endometriosis and endosalpingiosis. At first I felt great, mostly I think because I had immediate relief from the severe pain I'd had from the endo. In the last month or so I've actually been feeling worse that than in the first - except for the pain, which has for the most part stayed away. Worse in the sense that I've been feeling sooooo tired, more tired than I ever remember feeling. And my emotions are all over the place. I've blown up at really good friends and cry all the time. It feels like the worst PMS ever. And I didn't suffer PMS very often. I'm generally a really positive, active, energetic person so this is a real surprise.

Noone warned me about this. Is it normal? And can it be hormonal? I still have one ovary.

I guess it's made worse by being alone and feeling isolated. I'm separated and my son went off to college this year and my family is in another country. Though I have a good network of friends I spend most evenings alone. Normally I'm very social but I don't have the energy to do all the things I usually do to keep busy and connected. Sorry, moan moan.

So, I'd really appreciate knowing about any similar experiences. And any advice about what I can do.

How long before I will feel normal again?
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Unread 05-19-2006, 02:41 PM
rollercoaster emotions and fatigue... is it hormones??

Hi Dear,, you are ok,,I do understand..Its all part of being a woman. Its good of you to ask for help. I suffer from anxity,and depression. I went on meds in 98 off in 02,,,back on for this surgery. I just felt those feelings,,and the crying coming back ..I go the Dr route,herbs are not enough for me..I have to take care of myself,its a band-aid until my body is healthy. Please talk with your dr...I also tell everyone to start taking fish oil,B vit...
It is your choice to seek help,or suffer with the rollercoster..My Dr helped me smooth out the rollercoaster so I can heal..I am happy with my choice. Good luck to you ,,you are ok
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Unread 05-19-2006, 03:56 PM
rollercoaster emotions and fatigue... is it hormones??

Sure, it could certainly be hormones. Your remaining ovary may not be working optimally yet, or it may have shut down for a while, or it may be fluctuating more than it used to. I just posted about similar issues, and many other women have as well. Many doctors don't seem to realize that keeping your ovary (or ovaries) doesn't mean they'll work as well as they used to, so persuading the doctor to take you seriously may be tricky. Good luck.

Your history of endo means you'll have to consider estrogen replacement very carefully, and some of the women on this board have experience that might help you. Depending on your symptoms, and vitamins or herbs might help as well (my doctor has me trying all of them--800 mg vitamin E, 400 mg B6, 40 mg black cohosh, estring (vaginal bioidentical estradiol). And I used to take fish oil but haven't lately, so I think fab45's idea is a great one too.
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Unread 05-19-2006, 04:42 PM
rollercoaster emotions and fatigue... is it hormones??

sounds like hormones to me--i was feeling alot of the same symptoms as you describe so my Dr has started me on Vivelle dot .025 and i feel better. i also had endo and was concerned about hormones but my Dr replied that at low doses it should not present any problems. i agree with the advice about supplements and fish oil--flax oil really helps too--you can get a combo of fish flax and borage or evening primrose oil and it's great. happy healing
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Unread 05-19-2006, 04:57 PM
rollercoaster emotions and fatigue... is it hormones??

Dear Murty: I can identify with you here. I'm not having any menopausal symptoms yet, but I too am seperated...the divorce will be final in Nov. I'm happy about my upcoming freedom, but being alone in the house at night is often sad and difficult to deal with. This might be as much of your uncontrolled crying as the hormones are. You can have a group of wonderful, close, loving friends and still feel lonely and isolated when alone in the house; and it causes going through surgery and recovery to make you feel even more alone and isolated. I don't have any advice for you, but I can send you a cyber hug {{{Murty}}} and tell you that you're not alone and I promise it will not last forever. We'll hang in there together.
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Unread 05-19-2006, 08:21 PM
rollercoaster emotions and fatigue... is it hormones??

Murty, I can't offer any advice either, but what I can say is I've had a few days where I've cracked off to everyone and bawled my eyes out pretty much for no reason. I find the days are harder when noone is home. As you said feeling isolated does make it worse. Just know that whenever you are feeling alone or just need to talk, we are all here to listen and help.....anytime.
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Unread 05-19-2006, 08:32 PM
rollercoaster emotions and fatigue... is it hormones??

sounds like hormones to me. thats the way i felt b4 my hyst. i suffered from pmdd and that is exactly the way i used to feel. call your dr and see if you can get a hormone panel done just to see where they are at.
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Unread 05-19-2006, 08:57 PM
rollercoaster emotions and fatigue... is it hormones??

Hello!! It sounds like an echo in the room. I am going through the very same thing. After surgery I felt so wonderful.... and my body is healing exactly as it should. But my MIND is another story. Incredible fatigue, depression and crying spells.... I had a TAH with one ovary gone.... I wonder if my remaining ovary is in shock and not producing hormones or something. Yesterday I went and bought some Herbal HRT formula capsules (extra strength). I'm hoping it helps. I am also seeing my family doctor on Tuesday and will confirm with her that the herbal product is sufficient and if not, maybe she can help me figure it out. In the meantime, I take comfort in the fact that I am not alone or "wierd". Thanks for sharing your story. You made be feel better! Hugs and blessings to you!!
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Unread 05-21-2006, 03:53 AM
Thank you everyone

Thank you all for your replies. I was so touched and cried buckets. So much so I couldn't send a thank you to let you know how much I appreciated it.

I'm now going off to find some of the supplements mentioned. As I'm also taking loads of metformin for PCOS I'll be rattling all morning after taking all my pills.

Caseyalice, it does sound like we're on a similar journey. Let me know how you go with your HRT supplements. Good luck to you and everyone with your recovery.

I have another question but I'm not sure how/if you get notified of a response so I'll put it on as a new thread.

But in case you do see this... is this a hot flash?? For most of the time since my surgery, now 10 weeks, I have felt I have a low grade fever. And the thermometer reflects that, usually between 37.0 and 37.4, sorry I'm from the UK and don't know the farenheit equivalent. But now I'm wondering if actually I'm having hot flushes. Only thing is they don't fit the description I've seen in the medical information, ie. a suffusion of heat for 30 seconds up to 5 minutes. My overheating lasts for anything up to an hour. Which is why I thought I had a fever. I also had a couple of post op infections and a leaky wound which caused a fever so I thought this might be continuing. Are there as many variations in hot flashes as there seem to be in everything else?

As I say, I'll post this as a new thread anyway.

Take care and big hugs.
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