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Unread 08-15-2008, 01:51 AM
Vertigo following surgical menopause

I am 48 and 7 weeks ago had TAH BSO - decided I would try and manage without using the estrogen 50 patch I had been given – my rationale being that if I didn’t have very severe menopause symptoms, I would ride them out – I didn’t want to do anything that would increase my breast cancer risk. (my surgery was done to reduce my ovarian/breast cancer risk, and I was pre menopausal before the surgery)
At 4 weeks post hysterectomy I started to fill dizzy, then vertigo –ALL the time. Sometimes wakes me at night. Sometimes feel nauseous with it. Have light ringing in my ears some of the time. At the same time as this, started to feel like I have brain fog, really poor short term memory. Feel certain this is due to lack of estrogen. A week after this started I started to use my estrogen patch to see if this would help the symptoms. It has now been 3 weeks of vertigo and 2 weeks of using the patch. No change. Anyone else had similar symptoms? Any suggestions? Hysterectomy recovery is hard enough without vertigo on top of it!!
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Unread 08-15-2008, 03:30 PM
Vertigo following surgical menopause

I wonder if you should call your doctor? It does sound like you need some hormonal help, but the patch may simply not be what works for you. I had bad headaches on it -- queasy, etc. I just didn't like it. I'm doing well now on compounded BiEst and a little testosterone, but it took a while to find the right combo. You don't deserve to feel bad. All those are signs of low estrogen (and I know about vertigo /nausea -- yuck!)
Best of luck -- it WILL get better
Unread 08-15-2008, 04:34 PM
Vertigo following surgical menopause

Hi Robinson and

When I had my TAH/BSO at the age of 50, I initially did not opt to take HRT because I wanted to wait and see what (if any) surgical menopause symptoms hit me. Well, I will spare you the details about what happened, but suffice it to say that six weeks later I caved in and started HRT and won't ever go off it until my dying day!

I don't remember vertigo but I did experience ear-ringing, hot flashes, insomnia, mood irregularities and other troubles. From what I read about surgical menopause both on-line and in print resources, I discovered that "just about anything" is possible in terms of symptoms, so it wouldn't surprise me if vertigo is one of them that some women experience.

(((klgm))) is right about seeking medical assistance about this. My advice is to make an appointment with your medical provider for the specific purpose of discussing the symptoms you are experiencing. Help is available, and there is no reason for you to have to suffer. You deserve to be the best "you" that you can be.

Many s and Best Wishes,
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Unread 09-22-2020, 06:55 PM
Re: Vertigo following surgical menopause

Google 'Mal de Débarquement' syndrome (MdDS). I started getting dizziness/vertigo/swaying after my TAH in June - feels like I just got off a boat and can't get my 'land legs' back. It took a visit to an ENT / Dizziness specialist to diagnose me. It's rare, they don't know what causes it but they think that there 'may' to be a link to hormones.

If your dizziness/vertigo goes away when you're driving or a passenger in a car you almost certainly have MdDS. There's an active MdDS Facebook group and the MdDS foundation has lots of info on their website - look up 'mal de debarquement foundation'.

My gynaecologist doesn't even want to know about it and my ENT says it tends to be self-limiting i.e. it 'might' go away on its own, gave me Klonopin for the symptoms..yeah thanks...

Good luck - I've had this thing now for 4 months and it sucks!!

Edit: I'm using an oestrogen patch and have been since about 4 weeks post-surgery. The 'vertigo' started before that so I'm unwilling to come off the patch and add hot flashes and mood swings on top of the swaying bobbing brain fog drama...

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