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5 Feb TAH/BSO ~ when can I expect menopausal symptoms? 5 Feb TAH/BSO ~ when can I expect menopausal symptoms?

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Unread 02-23-2008, 03:38 PM
Feb 5 TAH/BSO - new subscriber

Hello out there - I'm so thankful I found this site; it's already helped tremendously since my unplanned TAH-BSO on February 5. I went in for a physical the first part of January and my PCP felt a mass in my abdomen. She ordered a CT scan which revealed a 12 x 16 cm mass, which seemed to originate from my right ovary. I had no clue it was there - no symptoms, pain, abnormal bleeding . . . nothing. In fact, I was so regular I could literally time my periods down to the hour.

Back to my story . . . my doctor referred me to a specialist, and I subsequently scheduled surgery to remove the mass. Turns out the mass originated on my left ovary, and my right ovary also had a cyst, as well as some small fibroids on my uterus. So, the surgeon removed everthing, including my cervix. Good news is the pathology report came back that everything is benign. However, here I am - 44 years and in surgical menopause. I thought I'd come out of surgery with one ovary and was fine with that thought - my Mother and sister each had one ovary removed when they were younger and I thought that my case would follow similarly.

I haven't noticed any menopausal symptoms yet. I know everyone's different but am curious as to when I can expect to experience symptoms?

I have a three-week follow up with the surgeon next week. Would also welcome any suggestions on questions to ask.

Thanks sisters! jmed, TAH-BSO 2/5/8
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Unread 02-23-2008, 04:17 PM
5 Feb TAH/BSO ~ when can I expect menopausal symptoms?

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Originally Posted by jmed
Hello


I haven't noticed any menopausal symptoms yet. I know everyone's different but am curious as to when I can expect to experience symptoms?

I have a three-week follow up with the surgeon next week. Would also welcome any suggestions on questions to ask.

Thanks sisters! jmed, TAH-BSO 2/5/8

Hi

I think as far as menopausal symtoms, everyBODY is different... my case is somewhat similar to yours in that my surgery was also a 'surprise'. I have been on HRT since the being in the hospital, I think that may be the reason i'm not really feeling anything, I also think or at least believe, now from reading posts here that IF even 1 ovary was left then the body has a tendancy to go into shock mode!
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Unread 02-23-2008, 04:25 PM
5 Feb TAH/BSO ~ when can I expect menopausal symptoms?

I asked my surgeon at 6 weeks when to expect the "bad" symptoms to start - she said I would have had them by that time.
Last week (post-op 3 months) at my Dr's I asked "when is the other shoe is going to drop" (meaning worse symptoms) and she said it won't now - I would have had them by now. Since everyone is so different hopefully you'll experience the same!! I hope so - other than the occassional personal summer it's been good!
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Unread 02-23-2008, 09:06 PM
5 Feb TAH/BSO ~ when can I expect menopausal symptoms?

Welcome to HysterSisters

I had a TAH/BSO planned, but not really
I am 34 and sadly at 3.5 weeks the Hot Flashes hit. I had night sweats only a little up until then. Now I am just plain sweaty then cold 24/7. I can't wait for the AZ summer. I have a feeling the cold part won't be a problem then. I hope that you can escape them. Like the others said everyone is quite different. Estrogen is stored in fat cells, so I am assuming that everyone uses that at a different rate. I think genetics also plays a role.

Best Wishes
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Unread 02-23-2008, 11:54 PM
5 Feb TAH/BSO ~ when can I expect menopausal symptoms?

I remember mild but noticeable hot flashes right after surgery, and these continued for months but have never been a problem. Better yet, they seem to be diminishing now--and I am not on any hrt beside Estrace vaginal creaam for vaginal dryness. Every woman is different, and only time will tell how it will be for YOU.
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Unread 02-24-2008, 06:08 PM
5 Feb TAH/BSO ~ when can I expect menopausal symptoms?

Like others have mentioned everyone is different My surgeon told me that if I didn't have symptoms in the first few days I wouldn't have them. For me - being a "fluffy sister" and having PCOS with a over-production of estrogen - fat cells not only store estrogen - they actually convert androgens (another hormone) to estrogens as well...it eventually becomes minimal but may be enough to avoid horrible symptoms. I have been taking soy suppliment (plant estrogens) and the night sweats I have had since before my surgery are GONE!
Good luck and happy healing!
Trish
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Unread 02-24-2008, 06:21 PM
5 Feb TAH/BSO ~ when can I expect menopausal symptoms?

Hi Jmed,
I was doing OK until the 4th week when I bottomed out. Hair thinning, headaches, night sweats, acne, nausea, insomina and finally the wonderful witchy/blubbery personality changes. Called the DR on Wednsday and started Estrace (1mg) on Friday. The nurse said it may take 2 weeks to feel any significant change. I'm starting to feel "calmer" already. Best wishes!!
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