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  #91  
Unread 11-05-2007, 04:57 AM
Surgical menopause symptoms

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Originally Posted by viennail74
I had a TVH on Aug 10th. My doctor convinced me to keep my ovaries so I would not have to deal with menopause. Guess what, my ovaries never came out of shock. They actually stopped functioning completely. By my 6 weeks mark I was miserable. Hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings ruled my life. I went to the doctor crying hysterically. She put me on Premarin 1.25 and it has been working great up to the last 2 weeks. I am starting the hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings again. I go back in 2 weeks so maybe she can figure me out.

TVH 8/10/07 kept ovaries fibroids and heavy bleeding
I totally understand and I'll be thinking of you. We can do this!
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  #92  
Unread 11-05-2007, 05:40 AM
Surgical menopause symptoms

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Originally Posted by KelBells
Hot flashes started 10 days after surgery for me at least 14 times a day.
I was having night sweats and headaches. I've been on premarin for 12 days and I think I'm better. I didn't think I was going to be able to take HRT since my mom had breast cancer and lung cancer but 2 doctors say it's ok.

I say listen to your body and get a second opinion if needed.

Have a great day


I did have some pretty bad hot flashes and night sweats. The insomnia was awful. I couldn't sleep at night for almost 8 weeks after I came home from the hospital. All I'd do is sweat and then toss and turn. Every night was the same thing. It got so bad my dr. gave me some pills to help me sleep, but I didn't want to take them. Eventually it got better, but for a very long time it was hellish. I got a 2nd and 3rd opinion about taking HRT, and both drs. said the same thing. There were too many risks and wouldn't give me a prescription. Caffeine makes hot flashes worse also, so if you eat a lot of foods with caffeine in it, you might want to cut back, see if that helps even more. Also, I found out that age plays a part in whether you get HRT or not. If you are around 40 or under, most drs. here will give it. I was in my mid 40's. And have other conditions. That's why I can't take it. I was told recently if things are really bad that they would finally put me on HRT, but the worst of it is behind me, so no sense in taking it now. I wish you luck.
  #93  
Unread 11-05-2007, 10:33 AM
Surgical menopause symptoms

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Originally Posted by endomess
Yes, earlier I googled my achey scalp and headaches and got that I had tension headaches. Mine only affects the right side of my head. Advil, Motrin and Tylenol do nothing!!! This has to do with hormones. I didn't have it before surgery.
What did you do about the headaches. I called my Dr again. So we will see what happens. He gave me Xanax, but that doesn't seem to work.
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  #94  
Unread 11-05-2007, 11:05 AM
Surgical menopause symptoms

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Originally Posted by Luvs2Quilt
I did have some pretty bad hot flashes and night sweats. The insomnia was awful. I couldn't sleep at night for almost 8 weeks after I came home from the hospital. All I'd do is sweat and then toss and turn. Every night was the same thing. It got so bad my dr. gave me some pills to help me sleep, but I didn't want to take them. Eventually it got better, but for a very long time it was hellish. I got a 2nd and 3rd opinion about taking HRT, and both drs. said the same thing. There were too many risks and wouldn't give me a prescription. Caffeine makes hot flashes worse also, so if you eat a lot of foods with caffeine in it, you might want to cut back, see if that helps even more. Also, I found out that age plays a part in whether you get HRT or not. If you are around 40 or under, most drs. here will give it. I was in my mid 40's. And have other conditions. That's why I can't take it. I was told recently if things are really bad that they would finally put me on HRT, but the worst of it is behind me, so no sense in taking it now. I wish you luck.
I was started on HRT before I even left surgery, I woke up with Viville .3 patch on was switched to premarin 1.25 when patch came off. I am 50 I still had periods every month. Doc talked about HRT before surgery he said They want me to stay on for 1 yr then wean off. I am amazed the difference of how they treat geographically. Here every woman I have talked to, regardless of age or surgical situation was offered HRT. Since being home other than feeling "blue", I haven't had any symptom of hormone upheavel. Although my breasts are real sore and swelled some.
  #95  
Unread 11-05-2007, 03:17 PM
Surgical menopause symptoms

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Originally Posted by jujuhe
I was started on HRT before I even left surgery, I woke up with Viville .3 patch on was switched to premarin 1.25 when patch came off. I am 50 I still had periods every month. Doc talked about HRT before surgery he said They want me to stay on for 1 yr then wean off. I am amazed the difference of how they treat geographically. Here every woman I have talked to, regardless of age or surgical situation was offered HRT. Since being home other than feeling "blue", I haven't had any symptom of hormone upheavel. Although my breasts are real sore and swelled some.


I don't understand it either. A good friend of mine had a total hysterectomy years ago when she was 35 and she was put on Premarin right after the operation. But for some reason my drs. are leary of me taking it. And now, I'm so used to not taking it, I'd probably feel strange if I did. I do use the Estrogen vaginal cream for dryness, but that's it. I just don't know what the deal is with the HRT. Each dr. has their own thoughts about it.
  #96  
Unread 11-08-2007, 12:53 AM
Surgical menopause symptoms

I am from England. Having read most of the postings, I am also suprised at how doctors from different parts of the country and world deal with HRT. After my TAH where I had both ovaries removed, I was expecting to go into an immediate surgical menopause. Pre Op I read up about all HRT treatments and alternative treatments too and I fully expected my doctor to prescribe some sort of treatment. He didn't. When I expressed my concerns, he asked me what I would do if I was to have a natural menopause, to which my reply was that I would wait and see what my symptoms were. His response was to treat this in the same way. I am now 5 weeks post op and I don't know if I am having symptoms. I get hot sporadically, but I don't know if that is a hot flash or if I am just hot. I'm not looking forward to these symptoms, in fact I am dreading them. I have been taking Red Clover Blossom (but I have stopped now) and I do have some Black Cohosh in the cupboard. Do I take them with a view to preventing those symptoms or are they going to come anyway? It's clearly evident that my doctors are not prepared to prescribe anything until I actually start experiencing symptoms and they are very definitely pro alternative methods. I am finding all of this very confusing as I am all at odds with my body and what to expect and how to deal with it when it comes which I have no doubt it will. Your comments are all very interesting and your views would be so much appreciated.

Hope you are all well.
  #97  
Unread 11-08-2007, 01:39 AM
Surgical menopause symptoms

I am in England too and I wasn't initially offered any either. I can't have HRT (because of cancer) but my gyn said there were other things I could try if I had a problem, but she didn't give me anything.

Five weeks on and I had to go to my Dr yesterday as I have been having a terrible time with night sweats. During the day I am OK, but I'm waking up every 1 -2 hours. It got so bad that I was dreading going to bed. My Dr has given me sleeping tablets for two weeks and clonidine to try and stop the hot flashes.

I took a sleeping tablet last night and slept for 7 hours straight!

I'm hoping that getting a few good nights will make me feel better during the day. I might stop bursting into tears all the time too!
  #98  
Unread 11-08-2007, 02:28 AM
Surgical menopause symptoms

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Originally Posted by buttons11
I am in England too and I wasn't initially offered any either. I can't have HRT (because of cancer) but my gyn said there were other things I could try if I had a problem, but she didn't give me anything.

Five weeks on and I had to go to my Dr yesterday as I have been having a terrible time with night sweats. During the day I am OK, but I'm waking up every 1 -2 hours. It got so bad that I was dreading going to bed. My Dr has given me sleeping tablets for two weeks and clonidine to try and stop the hot flashes.

I took a sleeping tablet last night and slept for 7 hours straight!

I'm hoping that getting a few good nights will make me feel better during the day. I might stop bursting into tears all the time too!


I hope this helps you. I live in the US and I had a total hysterectomy in April of this year. I went right into surgical menopause after a few weeks and it was really bad. For the first seven weeks after the surgery, I didn't sleep at night at all. All I did was toss and turn. I was completely miserable. I couldn't take HRT because of other problems. Mainly cancer and strokes in my family. Well, I am now a little past 6 months post off, and without taking anything at all, I notice my hormones are leveling off. The hot flashes come less and less. When they do come they aren't so bad. Don't get me wrong. I was screaming for HRT in the beginning, but now I rarely feel the effects of surgical menopause with no HRT. I never tried any herbal things either. I haven't taken anything in all this time. Have faith. I know what you are all going through, but there does come to a point where the hormones level off. Now, thank God, I forget I even had a total hyst. My severe PMS went away and my anemia is gone. Now mind you, I wouldn't have said this 4 months ago, but now I'm starting to feel much better. The only real problem I have now is that I have to urinate a dozen times a day. Oh, and also, my dr. gave me some Estrogen vaginal cream for the dryness. I use it twice a week, if that. I thought things would never get better, but they have. Have faith. But if things don't get better, you should see your dr. and see what non HRT things you can take.
  #99  
Unread 11-08-2007, 04:46 AM
Surgical menopause symptoms

Thanks Luvs2Quilt. I'm glad to hear that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I wanted to try getting over this with no medication at all, but I'd just got to the point where I couldn't cope anymore. Even my Dr said I wouldn't start feeling better until I was getting enough sleep. I'm still having the feeling that this is the worst thing I've ever had done and I'll never feel like "me" ever again, BUT I do know, from the other posts here and from a friend who had her's 10 years ago, that eventually I will get over it. It just feels like that light at the end of the tunnel is still a long long way away!

BTW, I love to quilt too! I put my sewing machine away before I went into hospital and I haven't been able to start again yet. When I feel the need to start again (all those half finished projects) then I'll know I'm getting better!

Thanks for your support.
  #100  
Unread 11-08-2007, 07:39 AM
Surgical menopause symptoms

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Originally Posted by buttons11
Thanks Luvs2Quilt. I'm glad to hear that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I wanted to try getting over this with no medication at all, but I'd just got to the point where I couldn't cope anymore. Even my Dr said I wouldn't start feeling better until I was getting enough sleep. I'm still having the feeling that this is the worst thing I've ever had done and I'll never feel like "me" ever again, BUT I do know, from the other posts here and from a friend who had her's 10 years ago, that eventually I will get over it. It just feels like that light at the end of the tunnel is still a long long way away!

BTW, I love to quilt too! I put my sewing machine away before I went into hospital and I haven't been able to start again yet. When I feel the need to start again (all those half finished projects) then I'll know I'm getting better!

Thanks for your support.

There is no shame in taking something if you absolutely need it. I was given sleeping pills too, but I think I took maybe one or two, that's it. Somehow, and I don't know how, I was able to tough it out. But there was one point where I thought I was going to totally lose it and it scared me. Once you start sleeping better you will feel better. I thought I was in hell for a long time. I'd sweat and just could not sleep at all, just tossed and turned. But it does get better. At least it did for me and I'm praying it will for you too. Did your dr. tell you to take calcium plus vitamiln D? Mine did. I take them but they are like horse pills. I can never go on HRT. I wish there were more alternatives.

Funny, I put my sewing machine away back in April right before I had my surgery. Figured I wouldn't be using it for a long while. Well, now that it's colder out, I'm starting to get the itch to sew again. I didn't realize how much I missed it. I'm going to make some quilted Christmas Stockings. Really easy to do and they come out so nice. Let me know how things go.

Robin
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