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Unread 05-13-2011, 02:55 PM
Question on hormone imbalance and early menopause

Hi there,

My operation is coming up in less than 3 weeks. I am sacred and still not 100% sure if I should go forward. I am keeping my ovaries and cervix. From I read, one of the side effects of removing uterus is cutting off some blood supply to ovaries which can cause problems including an earlier menopause. I am wondering how many of you had hormone problems initially but got better in a few months, and how many of you experiencing hormone problems long term.
I have adenomyosis which causes pain and heavy bleeding. It is pretty bad but not to the point I have to take much pain killers or have anemia, but I don't function well for a few days per months. I am close to 50, don't have hot flush yet, probably not far from that. I scheduled the surgery also because if I don't do it now, I may have to wait for a whole year due to work obligations. I may also lose the insurance that lets me to go with Da Vinci procedure.

I am so confused, please help!

Thank you!
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Unread 05-13-2011, 03:27 PM
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I think everyone reacts differently to the surgery. I am related to 2 ppl and they both kept ovaries like I did. My aunt had it yrs ago and hasn't taken any hormones and has had no problems. My sis in law just had it done and was just tired with a few hot flashes with no other problems anymore. They both loved it and have no regrets.

I had mine done 3 yrs ago and had issues right off the bat. I had menopause symptoms for 6 wks and was fine until now. I'm having menopause symptoms again after my gall bladder surgery. I think my hormones became unbalanced because of it.

I'm not trying to scare you but everyone's different and will react different. I'm praying for you and hope everything goes smooth.
Unread 05-13-2011, 04:12 PM
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My mom and I both had some initial issues but once our ovaries kicked back in, they have worked fine! While my mom initially used some ERT, her ovaries functioned for about 20 years and she is now in natural menopause. I choose to deal with the mixed up menopause and PMS issues that did last for a few months and my ovaries are still functioning 10 years out.

There really is no way to know in advance how things will turn out for you, so you are wise to try to understand all the possibilities!

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Unread 05-13-2011, 04:37 PM
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Dear Calleesky and Weiser,

Thanks so much for your reply! Today is one of the days I feel so overwhelmed about the big day! I am so grateful you are there to reply my message. I am about to cry.

Yes, it is a big jump as if into a dark tunnel, we only know when we come out of it. I will prepare for a few tough months at least.

I believe I've read some your posts in other threads. As you've said, having your recent surgery can really mess up the hormone balance in your body. I was very sick with a flu which led to adrenal exhaustion, then menstrual and thyroid problems. I was sleepless for months, extreme fatigue and had anxiety attacks, etc. Before all these I was very healthy. My natropathic doctor really helped me balance my hormone again. I read that if one cannot sleep after 11 pm or waking up at 2 am not being able to fall back to sleep, one may have adrenal exhaustion. The TSH blood test on thyroid is not a very good indicator since the "normal range" is way too wide. I did not have hot flashes, so we have different symptoms. I hope your system will bounce back soon! I cannot take much synthetic hormones. None of them really worked. They made me feel even worse. I am not sure if it may help you try some natural remedies, but I thought I'd like to share with you about my experience. I'm praying for you too!
Unread 05-13-2011, 08:03 PM
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Hi... I kept my ovaries..didn't start having problems until 4-5 mo post op. I'll be 48 in dr said he thinks I was peri-menopausal before my surgeries..hard for me to tell because I bled just about every of the month and was a mess. I also had adenymosis. My pain got worse as each month went on so I think its a good thing you are getting this taken care of. The first symptom I had was dryness and it was pretty uncomfortable. Everyone is different and will have different responses to the surgery. I have an aunt who had hers when she was 50 and is a breast cancer survivor - not allowed hrt - but she said she never felt she needed it - she never had the symptoms I'm having. My mom had a hysterectomy before she was 40 and had pretty bad anxiety afterwards. The good thing is, nowadays there are so many options to help the symptoms. Good luck to you!!! Hugs!
Unread 05-14-2011, 12:31 AM
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Thanks, MelzieJune, for the useful information. My adenomyosis did progress in the past year. I turned 48 a few months ago. I am pretty sure I am peri-menopausal too with irregular periods and bad PMS. I thought if I could just hold on till menopause, the aden problems will stop progressing or even get smaller, but no one knows when I will complete menopausing. I am tried of being not well. It sounds to me your surgery overall is a good thing despite some setbacks, right? I have never tried ablation. I heard it does not help adenomyosis patients. What do you think about it? Would it buy me a few years? Thanks again for the encouragement. Best wishes to you for getting better and better with time!
Unread 05-14-2011, 07:21 AM
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Hi again...I also had a fibroid on the back of my uterus that was causing me a lot of lower back pain. My uterus was starting to prolapse and was pushing on my bladder. I really couldn't stand how I felt - I had a lot of pain just about every day of the month, with bleeding. It got to the point I was taking 3 ibuprofen every 4 hours round the clock on most days and I sat at work with a heating pad that I used to flip between my back and my abdomen. Having the hysterectomy was something I was looking forward to.

I did have complications after my surgery - a vein near my bladder was nicked - I was bleeding internally and developed a hematoma. The morning after I came home I was back at the hospital and had to have surgery that night to remove the hematoma.

Despite that - I am still so happy I had the surgery. My recovery was a little longer because of the 2nd surgery and I had an incision - but nevertheless, the first thing I noticed in days following the surgery - no more back pain and no more feeling of something so heavy in my abdomen.

The past couple of months have been a little rough - because of the ovaries not waking up and I do wonder how that 2nd surgery affected my recovery overall..I was anemic going into surgery and extremely anemic afterwards (2 transfusions after 2nd surgery). And, just the toll on my body having 2 surgeries in 3 days.

Getting thru the peri-menopause/menopause symptoms is just another thing for me to deal with. I think the most important thing is to not ignore symptoms or think you can 'deal' with things on your own, but seek help. There really is no reason to feel miserable when there are things that can help.

Good luck to you! Hugs

p.s. I don't know much about ablations. I know one person who had one and she thought it helped for awhile. In my case, my dr didn't discuss ablation..probably because I had the other issues (fibroid and prolapsing uterus)
Unread 05-14-2011, 07:04 PM
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I am so sorry to hear what you have to go through.
I found you so courageous facing one challenge after another without giving up hope and still caring about other people.
I can see your recovery taking time due to the complication and losing so much blood. I guess, because of anemia, your ovaries probably are still waiting for your whole body to be back on track so they will be nourished and back to work again. It will take time, but they will come back to work! I will keep my fingers crossed for you!

It took me over a year to be 70% back to my old self from adrenal exhaustion caused by the severe flu attack. I tried acupuncture, Reike, reflexology, etc. They helped increase my circulations, etc. I never thought these would help, but they did. I also read that if our body don't produce enough progesterone when we have relatively okay level of estrogen, we tend to have anxiety attacks and insomnia. I used natural progesterone cream, it did help. Some doctors are more open to natural hormones. My body could not take the synthetic ones. I also took vitamin D, etc. Below is a list of foods and supplements for iron and for helping our bodies to absorb iron by NIH (National Institutes of Health), thought you might be interested if you haven't read it. Oops the our site doesn't let me to link it for now, try google NIH Iron, it will come out.

I also tried various diets including the Blood Type diet to help me recover from the deep end. Some helped. I'd be happy to share my list of books with you if you are searching for ideas on food cure.

Thank you for all your encouragement. I'm having a very painful day, and feeling I am ready to take IT out. I should trust things will work out if we keep trying!

Hang in there! We are all in this together!
Unread 05-17-2011, 02:49 PM
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I kept my ovaries - was 42 at the time of surgery. I started flushing and had periods of high anxiety post my surgery. I went along with the wait and see recommendation as it was manageable. Had a panel done a bit past the three month mark and yes, my FSH levels showed I was in menopause. However, I had also had an additional kidney stone procedure and was told that this could have an impact on my overall healing and ovaries "waking up" - could be 6 mos or more. I have subsequently undergone two additional kidney stone procedures since that point on the other kidney which I am sure have not helped matters. I plan to go back in shortly as I am now past the 6 mo mark to see where I am at today. Regardless, my flushing issues have dissipated but I am still having some warm spells in the evening and some less extreme anxiety episodes. While I was not expecting this going in - almost fell off the chair when my DR said menopause - I am so much better than where I was there are no regrets regardless.
Unread 05-20-2011, 05:23 PM
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My adivice, DON'T DO IT! unless you have cancer. I had a tubal 13 years ago it sent me into heavy and often bleeding I told all the drs that I needed progestrone but they said no you dont. So 10 years of hell I just found a wonderful dr. that walked in the room after looking at my chart for a week and said I know whats wrong you are severly progestrone deficient. Dah!!! I'm hoping I am now on the road to recovery, 10 years of feeling like you are losing your mind is OUTRAGOUS!

Please think hard on this subject even if you keep your ovaries there is no guarantee that they will continue to work and if they do you could get estrogen dominate. I would NEVER do it again!

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