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Unread 03-08-2008, 10:56 AM
2 questions regarding menopausal symptoms

HI Ladies: I have 2 questions I hope someone may have some answers on: (1) After having a hysterectomy with ovaries removed, how long does it take for the body to deplete its stored up hormones, I know everyone is different, but about the average length of time, (2) How long do surgical menopausal symptoms, ie: hot flashes, insomnia, last after hysterectomy, again, I know everyone is different, Ive been talking to many women, most who have gone through natural menopause and they some say the hot flashes continue for years and years. I was just curious if surgical menopause symptoms were shorter than someone going through natural menopause. Thanks!
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Unread 03-08-2008, 10:58 AM
2 questions regarding menopausal symptoms

Pam:
I am not an expert but I think I heard it can take like 3 months to deplete the hormones... However, I have read some posts where the women experience hot flashes while still in the hospital... Some of this may be due to stress. I do not know how long surgical menopause symptoms last.
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Unread 03-08-2008, 11:44 AM
2 questions regarding menopausal symptoms

This is a great question and I will be interested to see what others have to say. I just asked my dr the same question. I am a bit different as I was taking Tanmoxifen for Breast cancer so I have technically been in menopause for awhile but I have never had any symptoms. I am now 6 weeks post op and I asked the dr when I was going to hit the menopause wall and start to feel bad. She doesn't think I ever will because the tamoxifen depletes a lot of estrogen from my body because it feeds breast cancer. So the overaries being gone shouldn't make any difference. But.......we'll see.
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Unread 03-08-2008, 12:03 PM
2 questions regarding menopausal symptoms

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Originally Posted by pam58
HI Ladies: I have 2 questions I hope someone may have some answers on: (1) After having a hysterectomy with ovaries removed, how long does it take for the body to deplete its stored up hormones, I know everyone is different, but about the average length of time, (2) How long do surgical menopausal symptoms, ie: hot flashes, insomnia, last after hysterectomy, again, I know everyone is different, Ive been talking to many women, most who have gone through natural menopause and they some say the hot flashes continue for years and years. I was just curious if surgical menopause symptoms were shorter than someone going through natural menopause. Thanks!
I had a TAH/BSO and the hot flashes and night sweats started in the hospital. I was not able to take HRT due to severe endometrosis, so I endured these symptoms and many more for five months. The surgical menopausal symptoms will vary by individual as well as the onset. I was unlucky because I developed a whole list of other annoying things that started about a week after I got home from the hospital: insomina, acne (face and back), mental fog, depression, anxiety, muscle aches and pain, thinning hair and super dry skin.

My GP started me on an antidepressant to help with the depression/anxiety and supposedly the hot flashes/night sweats. The anxiety/depression was manageable after a couple of weeks, but honestly the only thing that helped with the night sweats/hot flashes was smoking a joint (I live in a state were medical marijiana is legal). I know that is not an option for everyone out there, but it does work.

I had another lap done to in early Feb and I am now endo free. I have been on HRT for about 4 weeks and feeling much better.

Good luck!
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Unread 03-08-2008, 12:16 PM
2 questions regarding menopausal symptoms

This is a good question because I too lost my ovaries. I'm only 10 days post op and had a combination of insomnia/anxiety/hot flashes the first few nights I returned home. It seems to have improved somewhat the last few nights. My doctor told me to take Unisom for the insomnia. I plan to ask her a lot of questions next week at my post op follow up appointment.
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Unread 03-08-2008, 12:37 PM
2 questions regarding menopausal symptoms

My TAH/BSO was in early August 2007 and I had some hot flashes right after surgery, and have had some on a daily basis, but these have all been quite manageable. And they seem to be decreasing.

I only use Estrace vaginal cream, no other hrt. The worse effect of the surgery for me was more frequent and noticeable flare ups of arthritis--it is thought that estrogen provides protective benefits to the joints and I believe it. However, I'd rather endure some pain than risk any of the side effects of hrt. Plus, I've removed dairy products from my diet and that seems to be helping in terms of joint pain.
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Unread 03-08-2008, 01:27 PM
2 questions regarding menopausal symptoms

I had my TAH/BSO 2/12 and the hot flashes/sweats and insomnia started about 2 weeks later. My internist put me on effexor which seems to be helping a little. I had already been on another anti depressant so I headed some of the head symptoms off. I finally broke down and got a script for Ambion, which has helped the insomnia a bit. The no sleeping is really the worst of all for me. I am going to the oncologist tuesday to see what he says and how I need to proceed. Its rough.....
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Unread 03-08-2008, 01:41 PM
2 questions regarding menopausal symptoms

Hi Pam,
I have been going thru perimenopause for about 6 years prior to my Jan TAH/BSO. I started to really notice the menopausal symptoms at 4 weeks post op. I started having acne, hair loss, increasing hot flashes and night sweats, memory loss and worsening dry skin. I called the DR and started Estrace pill 1 mg. It is getting better now. I don't think 1 mg is enough, but I want to try this dose for about 4 weeks before calling the DR again. Best wishes in your recovery!
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Unread 03-08-2008, 02:31 PM
2 questions regarding menopausal symptoms

Hi... I've been wondering the same thing so thank you for asking! Up until the last week I really haven't noticed any symptoms. The worst hot flash I could ever imagine hit me in the middle of the day last week and I have had several of those again. I have also noticed an increase in hair loss which I've wondered about. Is that a menopause symptom? I, too, had the TAH/BSO for extreme endo and cannot do the HRT for awhile. At this point, other than hot flashes, I really haven't been too inconvenienced. I take a low dose muscle relaxer at night due to teeth grinding so insomnia has not been a problem. I am sleeping like a log and hoping it stays that way!
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Unread 03-08-2008, 03:25 PM
2 questions regarding menopausal symptoms

HI Ladies,
I had my TAH/BSO on 1/7/08 and I have only had a few symptoms of menopause and not consistant. I have had a few hot flashes and mostly if I get upset or when working out. I have not had insomnia or night sweats. I feel cold alot. I have lost 22lbs since surger. I am back to work now full time. I still take pain meds at night only because I am a tummy sleeper and every time I roll over to sleep I wake up with some pain. I did lift too much the other day and my tummy hurt for about 2 days (I won't make that mistake again) I feel pretty good. I have had the brain fog thing once or twice but I had that before the surgery too It is true that everyone is different. I have not had much and then some women have had plenty. I can say the few hot flashes I have had have not been fun luckily I have only had about 5. Good luck all!!
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