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Unread 11-22-2007, 07:16 PM
I really need answers

I have been sitting here reading for a couple of hours now (yea yea, I know, that's not very long for a newbie) and I haven't read any answers to the questions I have. So, here goes.

First, a little background. I am 40. I have suffered from PCOS since I was a teen. I have had 2 surgeries to remove cysts and tumors off my ovaries. I had 1 fibroid on my uterus since I was 20. It never grew. It was always very small. I am bi-polar and have been taking meds for that and depression for 20 years now. Last year I had gastric bypass and lost 130 pounds. It was discovered a couple of months ago that cysts and tumors had again grown on my uterus and ovaries. My 1 fibroid grew very large and turned into many. I had a TAH last week.

My questions.....
Since having my hysterectomy my body is doing some very strange things. I feel like I'm going thru puberty all over again. My girls are tender and hurt, my face is all broke out with acne....BAD!!!, mood swings (I feel like my bi-polar meds have quit working), I'm freezing one minute then sweating the next and back again, and my facial hair has quit growing as fast. Could this be normal for menopause, the end of PCOS, or both?? Anyone else experience these things? Is there a way to even things out? Or do I just have to ride it thru? I know that some women do HRT. Should I be doing that? When should I start it? What is the best method? Oral would not be an option for me since my gastric bypass. Any answers or thoughts are welcome. I really need to understand what's happening to me.
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Unread 11-22-2007, 07:49 PM
I really need answers

Did they take your ovaries?

TAH kept ovaries
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Unread 11-22-2007, 07:53 PM
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Yes. They took everything.
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Unread 11-22-2007, 08:26 PM
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Nixie, I am on meds for ADD and clinical depression, and took them thru my surgery.

I did keep my ovaries, so that prevented menopause, though they did shut down in the first month.

Four months or so out, I started having unusual mood swings and fatigue...I thought it was another psychological thing, but it turned out that I was hyper thyroid. Apparently this and the adrenal gland can get wacky after a hyst.

However, you are a week out. There are a lot of mood and energy swings just because of the surgery!

You might want to tell your doc about your symptoms. As you have read here, a lot of women use HRT thru a patch, so no worries about pills.

Definitely mention this to your doc, and ask about a hormone patch.

I hope you are resting also...and here is the link to the Hystersisters checkpoints so you can gauge your activity.

https://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/view_preop.htm

Here's the POST-OP link...the one above might be of interest to you.

https://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/view_postop.htm

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Unread 11-22-2007, 08:35 PM
I really need answers

Thanks. I'll go read now.
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Unread 11-22-2007, 08:48 PM
I really need answers

Arly3 is right.
It is very traumatic to have this kind of surgery--both physically and emotionally.
Your mind knows its a much-needed surgery BUT
your body still thinks it has been beat up and thrown out of an airplane!
And emotionally, you can feel violated !
It takes time to get everything "together" again.
I have been on prozac for 13 years, and even with my
emotions "muted" it took awhile to get back on track.
BIG problems first 2 weeks with depression,
not wanting to go on, etc.
You may just need to give it time and keep your doc abreast of what's going on.

Hope this helps!
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Unread 11-22-2007, 08:59 PM
I really need answers

Thanks. It does help. So does the link I've been given. I'm learning so much tonight.
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