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Unread 01-19-2011, 08:50 AM
Re: Palpitations

Hi Mary41,
That's horrid. There is really nothing worse than that panic/anxiety feeling. I normally never have that unless I have screwed up my estrogen. Since you have had it way worse since your hysterectomy, I would definitely wonder if you don't need more hormone. It's sad to have to endure all those tests and no one draws the clue that you've been worse since your surgery! That same thing happened to me. I was sent to the cardiologist, internist, etc. and though it had been six or eight weeks since my hysterectomy, no one figured out why I had palpitations, insomnia and anxiety!! DUH!!!! I didn't know those symptoms were menopausal symptoms, either. Not until I went to the library and got a book about menopause. Now, thankfully, we have the internet at our fingertips. Even at that, I wondered if I was on too much estrogen or not enough. Finally a doctor who knew about menopause put me on more estrogen and it made me sane again.

I actually wear two estrogen patches. One patch is not enough for me and never has been. I don't know why the companies don't make a larger patch for some of us weirdos who do not fit the mold.

I would seek out another doctor for sure and tell them that you're worse since your surgery and that you've had all sorts of tests. The panic/anxiety element can make you feel like you're dying of something terrible. It really makes a person terrified. I think that has been the worst part of my recent ordeal after tapering a little on my estrogen. I don't think I can EVER taper at all. I don't know if I will EVER even consider it again. It's been a horrible experience and very expensive. Three trips to the ER and a few visits with doctors and cardiologists. I have felt horrible--even sick (physically and mentally). I think I am coming out the other side of this now. Yesterday, I had a lot less palpitations and no panic. Today, I change my patches (and I know there is a low point coming when I change them). I will see a new doctor today who does bio-identical hormones. I don't think I will change anything because I am terrified of having six more weeks of hell again. I need to level out and hopefullly regain my life again. I hope you can find some help. It's got to be hormonal! But remember if you do take more estrogen, it could take several weeks to feel better. No one tells us that! It is in the fine print on the prescribing information (four to six weeks to be better than a placebo). But some people do feel better earlier. Hang in there!!!
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