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Unread 06-20-2011, 01:54 AM
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Hi All
I'm five days post LAVH and my ovaries had to be removed. My surgeon put me on 1mg of Estrogen three days ago however by yesterday I felt like I was living in someone else's body. The hot flashes, sleep disruptions (partly due to being woken by HUGE hot flashes) and I felt really weird- sort of anxious, moody and depressed all together. Very unpleasant. Anyway a doctor friend of mine said I should double the estrogen to 2mg until I see my surgeon on Thurs and I must say that this has helped in the last 12 hours, although I have constant mild nausea but I'll live with it! I never thought hormones would be the big issue for me and had focused on possible surgical complications which luckily are non-existent so far. I wonder if any others have shared my experience.
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Unread 06-21-2011, 05:06 PM
Re: no-one prepared me for surgical menopause

I can relate. I never thought to ask my doctor about menopause symptoms. A patch was placed on my lower hip area shortly after surgery and that was that. I don't recall exactly when it was, but I started getting very hot and than the mood swings started. I thought "what the heck is happening to me?"

I can laugh about it now, but remember having a breakdown when my in-laws were in town. I woke up in the morning and thought to myself "this is going to be a bad day", not sure how I knew but I knew. Dh of course thought I was kidding and kiddingly pushed my buttons. Needless to say I had an emotional breakdown in front of my inlaws. Everyone just kind of stood there and stared while I screamed at everyone, than ran upstairs to the safety of my bedroom and had a good cry. Than there was the I literally bawled watching The Brady Bunch.

One thing I have learned is that this process can take time. The body is going thru a major change. You have stored reserves of hormones which can take some time to use up. Not to mention the stress on your body from the surgery itself. This can cause hormone fluctuations which can cause symptoms.

I don't know if there is a right or a wrong, but I would hesitate to do too much tweaking at this point.


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