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Could I need HRT or am I losing it Could I need HRT or am I losing it

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Unread 01-28-2010, 07:10 PM
Could I need HRT or am I losing it

I had my hysterectomy April 2009 and felt great, no more pain, no more bleeding. Life was good.
However I've noticed the last few months that I have no patience with anything or anyone. I'm short tempered, always seem crabby, little to no sex drive and I cry at the drop of a hat. I'm crying over commercials, the people getting picked for American Idol, everything.

It's like I wake up in a honkerblonky mood and it doesn't get better as the day goes on. I'm just wondering if it's me just being a ***** or if I need horomones. I have an appt with my Dr. on February 23rd but was just wondering if anyone out there has gone through the same thing.
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Unread 01-28-2010, 10:03 PM
Re: Could I need HRT or am I losing it

Actually I called my Dr. last week because of similar symptoms. She kept telling me to wait a couple of months after surgery to see if my ovaries kicked in, but I couldn't take it any more. She started me on estrogen and within a couple of days I was feeling much better. My husband even noticed that I was better. Hang in there.
Unread 01-29-2010, 01:13 AM
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See and mine has been since probably November. I realize I have an appointment in less than a month I just didnt want to have to deal with this for the next 3 weeks
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Unread 01-30-2010, 10:11 AM
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Hi macswife,

I had depression, mood swings, weight gain, memory problems and confusion, fatigue, low sex drive, poor sleep.

Doctors kept telling me it was menopause, even though I tested as post-menopausal about six years ago. Never had hot flashes. I was not a candidate for hormone therapy anyway, because I have Factor V Leiden clotting disorder. So it was extremely frustrating to be told that my problems were from menopause, but the only thing I could take was black cohosh!

Finally had to see a shrink who would be willing to change my anti-anxiety medication. She felt it was depression/chemical imbalance, not menopause. I had been taking generic Wellbutrin for a couple of years, after switching from Wellbutrin brand to save money. When she changed my meds, she put me back on Wellbutrin brand, and increased from 300 to 450. Emotionally, I have improved greatly. The weight is still not coming off though. She will probably put me on Abilify if my cardiologist gives the okay. Stay away from GENERIC Wellbutrin! I truly belive that sent me into the worst depression of my life. It doesn't work the same as the brand. Even though I have to pay a lot more for brand, I will do it.

I have spent all of 2009 trying to find out what was wrong with me. Glad I didn't accept that it was menopause, because it wasn't. That might be a secondary issue to some degree, but it wasn't my main problem.

Good luck, and I hope you get help soon.
Unread 01-30-2010, 10:27 AM
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I take 300 mg Wellbutrin XL and have also tried generic, it did nothing for me and I am paying the big bucks for the brand but it is so worth it. Good luck and I hope you feel better soon
Unread 01-30-2010, 10:11 PM
Re: Could I need HRT or am I losing it

Thank you all so much. I"ll talk to my Dr and ask about the Wellbutrin. I'll also have her run some tests to check my hormone levels.

I'll let you know what I find out.

Thanks again
Unread 02-01-2010, 07:42 PM
Re: Could I need HRT or am I losing it

The fact is it is the menopause that brings the depression.
Estrogen loss changes neurortransmitters...there is a link.

That is why so many after having a hysterectomy experience this.
Unread 02-01-2010, 08:09 PM
Re: Could I need HRT or am I losing it

It makes sense that menopause triggers the depression. My lab results of 6 or 7 years ago showed I was in menopause. Back then, I had no symptoms at all. I tried to get several doctors to recheck my hormones this year, but no one thought it was necessary. I was left with no choice but to find someone to change my antidepressant, since estrogen is not safe for me to take -- stroke and heart attack risks. I have been taking black cohosh for months, but it hasn't made any difference.

It's just a shame that hormones are so dangerous for many of us to take. No wonder people turn to expensive things like Sotto Pelle and bioidenticals. Fortunately, the Wellbutrin has helped my depression. It is much more expensive than generic, but it's the only safe antidepressant that works for me. Some of the other symptoms I had will probably hang around. Maybe I can try increasing the black cohosh. That's the only safe thing I can take for menopause.

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