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Unread 08-12-2010, 06:33 PM
Lack of emotions post-hyst

Hi--It's been 2 1/2 years since my total hyst and 1 year since my last post here. The day before my surgery I was "normal"--I had a normal range of appropriate emotions. I laughed when it was funny, cried when it was sad and everything in between. Then the day after my hyst, I found myself totally unable to feel my feelings. I feel dead inside, like a robot. I intellectually know that I love my family, friends, etc., but I cannot actually feel that love inside me. I can't get angry, sad, impatient, happy, grateful--nothing. I have been on antidpressants for years: buproprion and mirtazipene, and lately, Pristiq every other day. I am also on compounded hormone cream--that controls my meno symptoms, but does not make me feel anything. I have been back and forth between my gyno and my shrink--they are stymied. I am getting desperate. Is anyone else in the same boat? Does anyone know who is considered to be the best hormone doctor in the US? I am willing to travel anywhere to find a solution.
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Unread 08-13-2010, 06:33 PM
Re: Lack of emotions post-hyst

Which hormones are you taking? Have you had your levels checked to see where you are at? At one point I felt a bit off so my Dr checked my estrogen and it was at 17!! I found out then that I could not absorb estrogen with a patch. You may just need a different delivery.
Unread 08-14-2010, 07:16 AM
Re: Lack of emotions post-hyst

Yes, I've had my levels checked several times. Right now I'm taking bio-identical EDL 1/PROG50/TSO.0 MG in a cream. That seems to control hot flashes, etc. but not my mood, or lack thereof. Thanks for your reply!
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Unread 08-14-2010, 08:24 AM
Re: Lack of emotions post-hyst

Maybe someone else will have suggestions. :O( I hope you get this figured out.
Unread 08-14-2010, 03:40 PM
Re: Lack of emotions post-hyst

Hi qb, I have been there and understand how you feel. I am still on the road to getting out of the jungle. In terms of my mood, it was all hormonal. Doctors tried giving me various anti depressants and it either didn't help or make me feel worse. If your mental/emotional symptoms came on only after the surgery, it is an indicator that it is hormonal.
I was so desparate, I did seek out an HRT specialist and mood wise I am feeling better and better every day. I read her many books on HRT and called her. I did a phone consultation because I live in Connecticut and she is in Arizona. Her fee was extremely expensive. A whopping $800 for a phone consult. I just figured this was my life we're talking about and not a pair of shoes. The information she gave me was nothing new and is in her books if you want to read, "It's my ovaries stupid" and "Screaming to be heard" by Elizabeth Vliet, M.D. Hopefully you can find someone closer to you and more reasonably priced. You can get educated and have a good conversation with your Doctor. Reproductive gynecologists seem to best understand Hormones. Don't give up till you get your life back.
Unread 08-14-2010, 04:52 PM
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I have read most of Dr Vliet's books and she is VERY knowledgable about hormones. She puts everything on a level that we can understand. I recommend that you read her books. I have Screaming to be Heard, It's My Ovaries Stupid, and The Saavy Woman's Guide to Testosterone. Great books!! The only thing that I do not agree with her on is progesterone. I need progesterone to keep my weight down and to feel better. I just don't go overboard with it like one of my Dr's wanted me to do. :O)
Unread 09-30-2010, 03:18 PM
Re: Lack of emotions post-hyst

I have had the same experience ...not feeling anything...wish I could give some help...if I find it I will be sure to post.
I just started antidepressants and was hoping that would help me a bit.
If you don't mind me asking what are your estrogen levels?

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