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Unread 05-19-2001, 09:39 AM
Hope hysterectomy makes me a better person....

Any of you ever feel like a unlikable person? That's how I'm feeling lately. DD told me I'm depressed. I didn't want to hear that - made me feel worse. I'm trying to get through the next two weeks, hoping that after the surgery and 8 weeks of rest I'll feel up to life again.
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Unread 05-19-2001, 11:17 AM
Hope hysterectomy makes me a better person....

What do you think you are depressed about? Because you are feeling sick and/or in pain (reason for surgery) or worry about the surgery itself and/or how you will be post-surgery? Two different things and if it is the first then all will be okay soon. Or is it something else totally not related to hysterectomy?

Did the doctor put you on an antidepressant? Did the doctor suggest some counseling? If neither, then you might want to try St. John's Wort AFTER surgery. You can get it at a health food store. Pill form works better than tea and the dosage should be somewhere near 900 mg. There's probably a book at the health food store that gives this information. A few sessions with a therapist can go a long way toward sorting out feelings and getting you on the right track. Please don't ignore depression. It causes chemical changes in one's body and sort of feeds on itself making itself worse. It is easier to get rid of if you tackle it earlier rather than later. Been there, done that.
Unread 05-19-2001, 11:51 AM

Hi Miranda,

I think I feel this way because I'm so unhappy with my bloated, tired body. I've just started my period (my last ever, I hope) and my abdomen is bloated and hard from the adeno - I feel pregnant and yucky.

Also, I suspect that the HRT I'm on isn't doing as much good as it should. I've read that pills are not effective for some women, and that's what I use. Could be that I have an estrogen deficiency. (I've been on HRT for a few years already). When I see my dd on May 31st I'm going to ask him about trying out the patch, or sublingual forms.

Depression is no stranger to me. Actually I have a prescription for paxil that I just started taking again last night. When I've used antidepressants in the past I've only used them long enough to get out of the slump and then I taper off and quit. I have used St. Johns Wort, even have book about it, but maybe I didn't use enough of it because I couldn't really tell if it was helping or not.

I am really looking forward to having my TAH/BSO on June 7th. I am convinced it will help me - it's just a feeling I have, but it's a strong one.

Thanks for your concern and sympathy. :-)
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Unread 05-20-2001, 01:02 AM
Hope hysterectomy makes me a better person....

Hi Debbie,
When I was put on an antidepressant, I was told I would be on it for minimum 6 months to 1 year. Don't know how long you took yours before you tapered off and quit. The current thinking I was told is that once a patient is feeling better then the work begins to find out what causes the depression and how to deal with it so the depression doesn't come back. I was told that patients were taken off too soon and it was found that depression came back so once started, one is on it for a bit. Could it be that you came off too soon?

In regard to the HRT that you said you've been on for years and it may not be working...have you been on the same brand and the same dosage for the whole time?
It could be the product you are taking isn't right for you or that the product is right but the dosage level is not, and perhaps it needs to be increased.

I've been reading about this recently and learned that the dosage level prescribed for say a 35 year old might not be the same dosage level for a 45 year old. It would depend on how much the body is producing at each age level and how much HRT needs to be taken to replace it. I never actually thought about that and it was good to learn. Perhaps something to consider in your case????

I think at least some of your unhappiness will go away after your body is healed and the associated symptoms are a thing of the past. I wish you good humor and patience while you journey toward health!
Unread 05-20-2001, 12:17 PM
Hope hysterectomy makes me a better person....

Hi Miranda,

Yep, I've probably been too hasty in getting off the AD's. Think I'll try staying on for 6 months, or even a year and see if that makes a difference. If issues pop up, I will certainly deal with them - I've gone to the pro's for help before. I'm a believer in counseling.

HRT...I'm currently taking estratest 1.25/2.5, and estrace 1.0 daily; then 12 days of the month I take 200 mg prometrium.

I felt better when I was taking a higher dose of estrogen, but it made my periods heavier, so I'm taking the lowest dose I can tolorate. But come to think of it, after the surgery, I can take however much I need to feel like myself again without having to worry about the bleeding :-) Oh happy days are nearly here again.

How about you - have you been there done that, or are you waiting, too?

Thanks for writing to me, I really appreciate it!

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