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  #21  
Unread 10-24-2007, 11:21 AM
Surgical menopause symptoms

Surgery on 10/11, including both ovaries. Surgical menopause has been ok, probably because I was flirting with menopause, anyway (even though FSH and LH did not indicate pre-operatively). I've had a few hot flashes, usually in the morning, and just grab an icepak for my neck and sit down til it's over. But, I haven't had any the last 2 days. I think my hormones were so messed up preop, that even surgical menopause is easier on my body. My gyne says no to HRT, until we can tell that symptoms are unbearable. I'm 49, and I agree with her in this case. I don't have any studies to back it, but when I asked her about surgical menopause, she said it tends to be fast/furious, and over pretty quickly. If I were younger, I would consider HRT for bone protection, but not now.
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  #22  
Unread 10-24-2007, 12:18 PM
Surgical menopause symptoms

Gosh, after reading these posts, I count myself extremely lucky. I had my TAH/BSO a little over 4 weeks ago and have been on Prempro (.625 I think). I have had 1 night sweat and a handful of hotflashes that have not been bad at all. I am only 30 and I was nervous about the whole menopause thing and I think it is going okay! :dance2:
  #23  
Unread 10-24-2007, 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by plphampl
I had my TAH/BSO on June 25th. At first I didn't have any problems but about 1 month later I got the hot flashes, sleep trouble, etc. I am on the .5 patch works great but I did tweak when I put it on. Still get grumpy, but I work with middle schoolers so that might have something to do with it.
I know a young woman who teaches middle school and she is often moody and grouchy. Perhaps a little HRT would help her.
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  #24  
Unread 10-24-2007, 04:07 PM
Surgical menopause symptoms

Wow it's great to hear. There's light at the end of the tunnel. Now I wish I had my ovaries. My Dr. told started me on Estradiol 1mg and incresed to 2mg but the migraine headaches were so bad. So I went back to 1 mg. But today I did not take anything. I did go to natural vitamin store and I am going to try some nature Hormonal herbs. I will do anything not to have those nasty headaches. Has anyone experienced tension migraine headaches. I thought I was going crazy.
  #25  
Unread 10-25-2007, 05:38 AM
Surgical menopause symptoms

I am so glad that I have found this forum. I had a TAH (both ovaries removed) 3 weeks ago. My main concern after the op was experiencing a sudden menopause. I expressed my concerns to the doctor who was not concerned at all, he just said "wait and see what happens" he was also reluctant to prescribe HRT and suggested investigating alternative remedies. This I had done anyway, and in preparation bought Red Clover Blossom extract and Black Cohosh. I have been taking the Red Clover everyday (just 2) since my op in the hope that the symptoms will be overted. However, after reading your messages, it looks like I have these symptoms to look forward to (or not as the case may be) over the next few weeks/months, Red Clover or not. I have to say that prior to reading your messages I was thinking that I was getting away lightly, perhaps I am being over zealous. I have to say that I am worried about these changes that are going to take over my body.
  #26  
Unread 10-25-2007, 06:49 AM
Surgical menopause symptoms

I was in menopause for 3 yrs before my hysterectomy, so they said I probably wouldnt notice much of a change, and it's true, it's not so bad. The worst, the tears. At about 3 weeks, I was so emotional, the birds could not fly correctly. My doc honestly is very leary about HRT's and he knows I am very anti med, what with my auto-immune probs and all of my intolerance's so we are trying to take one day at a time. I am on Topamax for my headaches and was on it before the surgery. I do have sleepless nights, yet they only last a few nights and then the Topamax takes over for a few nights, so it evens out. I am hoping the hot flashes stay away--I already had my fight with them years ago. I started menopause at age 42 and was nearly 52 at surgery time. I never realized how much those hormones actually control us!

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  #27  
Unread 10-25-2007, 06:56 AM
Surgical menopause symptoms

Before I had the surgery I was already getting symptoms of hot flashes they were horrible and it didn't help that it was pretty hot outdoors to boot.

Since having surgical menopause though I was first put on Climara Patch (which dried out my skin pretty bad!) So I switched to Premarin and haven't had any problems with it.

I feel pretty safe taking this as it is suppose to help me sleep better, keep my bones strong. I like it. Maybe in some people Premarin isn't the drug for them, but for me it's good.
  #28  
Unread 10-25-2007, 09:02 AM
Surgical menopause symptoms

I'm 44 and three weeks post op. I can't take HRT because I had endo cancer.

Straight after surgery I started having hot flashes several times a day along with uncontrollable tears and feeling very depressed.

About a week after the op I started taking a vitamin and mineral supplement designed for menopausal women. I don't know if it's that, or just my body settling down, but at the moment I'm only having the odd hot flash (maybe one in two days) and I've not cried for three days in a row! This is great progress, because when I first came home I'd have trouble going three hours without a good cry.

But...
Are hot flashes and night sweats the same thing? I wake up 2, 3 or 4 times in the night totally covered in sweat but during the day I'm fine. That's the only menopausal symptom which is troubling me at the moment.
  #29  
Unread 10-25-2007, 09:41 AM
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Originally Posted by elleanor
I am so glad that I have found this forum. I had a TAH (both ovaries removed) 3 weeks ago. My main concern after the op was experiencing a sudden menopause. I expressed my concerns to the doctor who was not concerned at all, he just said "wait and see what happens" he was also reluctant to prescribe HRT and suggested investigating alternative remedies. This I had done anyway, and in preparation bought Red Clover Blossom extract and Black Cohosh. I have been taking the Red Clover everyday (just 2) since my op in the hope that the symptoms will be overted. However, after reading your messages, it looks like I have these symptoms to look forward to (or not as the case may be) over the next few weeks/months, Red Clover or not. I have to say that prior to reading your messages I was thinking that I was getting away lightly, perhaps I am being over zealous. I have to say that I am worried about these changes that are going to take over my body.


I am just 6 months post op now, without having any form of HRT at all from the very beginning. Yes, I did go through some very miserable times. But I have also noticed that with time, my hormones seem to be leveling out. Both the night sweats and hot flashes have calmed down. My dr. told me this would happen. I didn't dare to try any herbal remedies because I take medication for other problems and I was told it wasn't a good idea. So I never persude anything else, even in those stores that sell all natural stuff. I do have my moods and my bad days, but it's amazing how your body gets used to it. None of my drs. would give me HRT. And I was just about screaming for it at the time. Each dr. told me that there were still too many unknowns about HRT and they couldnl't in good faith give me something that may harm me. So I commend them on that, though at the time I was really ticked off about it. If your symptoms seem to get worse or your hormones just don't seem to level out, I suggest you go back to your dr. and discuss it, or better yet, get referred to a Reproductive Endocrinologist. These specialized drs. know all the ins and outs of every form of HRT and they know exactly how hormones work in out body. I am sure one of them could help you find something that worked.

As for me, I just take it day to day. I did have horrible PMS. At least that is totally gone. The thing is, to keep doing your research on the internet. New things are coming out every day. And now that time has passed, I don't notice the menopause symptoms much. Except at night. I have to take my top off because I will get hot, but honestly, it's okay now. I wish you the best of luck.
  #30  
Unread 10-25-2007, 10:35 AM
Surgical menopause symptoms

Dear Lovetoquit
Thank you for your reply and advice, I will definitely investigate Reproductive Endocrinologists. I hope that you are having an ok day today.
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