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Keeping my ovaries & wondering what kinds of PMS symptoms I might still have aterward Keeping my ovaries & wondering what kinds of PMS symptoms I might still have aterward

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Unread 11-07-2011, 10:24 AM
Keeping my ovaries & wondering what kinds of PMS symptoms I might still have aterward

I'm scheduled for my LSH on Dec 21. I have 2 rather large fibroids and quite a lot of bloating, especially when my period is coming. My doc thinks some of my bloating may be IBS related, which I've been trying to pay attention to and I think he may be right in part. The other really bothersome menstrual related thing I have is hormonal migraines. I know if I keep my ovaries, I'll still have all the hormones, so I'm guessing I'll still have some of the hormonal symptoms, I'm just wondering if any of that changes post-hyster? I'd really like to see a decrease in my hormonal migraines!:/
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Unread 11-07-2011, 10:54 AM
Re: Keeping my ovaries & wondering what kinds of PMS symptoms I might still have ater

My premenstrual migraines have decreased. I used to get 2 - 5 month. Now I get maybe one a month. It looks like this month I may not have a migraine at all. But my other PMS symptoms have got worse since surgery. My breasts are swollen and sore for almost a week. And the cysts in my breasts are sore almost all the time now. But I'd much rather sore breasts than 5 day migraines! Hopefully your surgery will result in fewer migraines too!
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Unread 11-07-2011, 08:34 PM
Re: Keeping my ovaries & wondering what kinds of PMS symptoms I might still have ater

Unfortunately, this type of thing is a real unpredictable. Some women have increase in migraines, some have decrease in migraines. Everyone is different.

I lost my ovaries with my TAH, am on ERT, and was fortunate that my migraines decreased. I do not know how keeping your ovaries may affect your situation.

(((Hugs)))
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Unread 11-07-2011, 10:20 PM
Re: Keeping my ovaries & wondering what kinds of PMS symptoms I might still have ater



For me, all the PMS issues worsened, including hormonal migraines. I had used birth control pills for years and had not realized how much the steady dose of hormones had helped all of my PMS issues. Now that it is just me and my own hormones it is another story altogether!

However, it has been over a decade since I had my hysterectomy and in general things are better.

For the hormonal migraines, have you worked with a neurologist? What finally helped me was taking a prophylactic medication every single day.

As (((marestail))) shared, there is really no way to know in advance if things will be better or worse for you. The same is true of ladies who have their ovaries removed. Some find surgical menopause is not too bad as they manage to hit on the right HRT quickly, others find it horrific for years to come as they can't find the right dose to minimize symptoms, migraines included.

So either way, we could win or lose! We have to simply weigh the pros and cons and choose the right option for us, and then hope for the best! Even with the PMS and migraines issues, I am glad I kept both of my ovaries.

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Unread 11-08-2011, 11:03 AM
Re: Keeping my ovaries & wondering what kinds of PMS symptoms I might still have ater

I plan on keeping my ovaries. I'm hoping that my pms issues subside. As much as the thought of having more surgery scares me, I figure I can always take them out later if needed. Can't put them back though.
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Unread 11-08-2011, 01:01 PM
Re: Keeping my ovaries & wondering what kinds of PMS symptoms I might still have ater

Last week, I had PMS. I was bloated, sore boobs and VERY irritable.

gahh, I had forgotten how well my bc pills kept those symptoms subsided.

I'm kinda wishing I had mine removed and move on through menopause since I'm 41 and have already been having a few of those symptoms anyway, but I think, well, heck, I'll be taking another freaking pill EVERY day. So, its nice to not have to take a dang pill daily. Plus, its is saving me $74 a month.
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Unread 11-09-2011, 05:30 PM
Re: Keeping my ovaries & wondering what kinds of PMS symptoms I might still have ater

Hmmm...thanks for your replies. Sounds like it's a toss up:/ So I'll wait and see and hope for the best. I think if it doesn't get any better it might be time to seek the help of a neurologist as they migraines are getting worse and more consistent. I get them every month now, like clock-work! Feels like a vise around my head for 3 days and then boom it's gone! But I so believe that keeping my ovaries is the right thing to do if I can since it's more natural progression into menopause that way.
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Unread 11-09-2011, 05:56 PM
Re: Keeping my ovaries & wondering what kinds of PMS symptoms I might still have ater

Peaceful. You might want to try that research project on ovaries pinned to the top of the board. I'm scheduled to do the main interview on Thurs but other women have said it was helpful. While I get pretty bad PMS, it has gotten much better over the years. I used to get totally psychotic, now I just get cranky and depressed. I used to get migraines but it seems that those required the right combination of stress and hormones.

I think I'm more afraid of surgical meno than of leaving them in. And since some women report a lessening of hormonal issues after hyster I'm hoping it will relieve my problems enough that it won't be too bad.

I think that I had PMDD as a teen. My symptoms greatly improved after I had my first kid. I hope that after another uterine event that it will get even better.
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Unread 11-09-2011, 06:09 PM
Re: Keeping my ovaries & wondering what kinds of PMS symptoms I might still have ater

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Feels like a vise around my head for 3 days and then boom it's gone!
Who diagnosed these headaches as migraines? What you have described is the classic symptom for a tension headache, not a migraine. Migraines tend to be one sided, are pulsating or throbbing, cause blurred vision, nausea and vomiting, and sensitivity to light, sounds and even smells, and they typically they last 4-72 hours.

I definitely think you should try to see a neurologist to help diagnose the types of headaches you are having and help you find a successful treatment option. Mine was a huge help with my migraines and tension headaches.

While looking for a neuro, you should also keep a headache log that you can take with you to your appointment.

Our June Newsletter was on Headaches and Migraines so you might want to check out the information we shared there: https://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/vie...ingin_0611.htm

I wish you all the best and hope your surgery is successful, your recovery is smooth, and your headaches are soon a thing of the past!

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Unread 11-09-2011, 07:47 PM
Re: Keeping my ovaries & wondering what kinds of PMS symptoms I might still have ater

Hmm...yes, you're right I did describe a tension headache. I can't remember which doctor started calling them migraines, but they do have components of both tension and migraine headaches. My chiropractor and I have talked about that and how it's hard to tell which comes first! But, yes, I have the throbbing/one-sided, light sensitivity, some nausea & blurred vision as well. I take Fioricet for them and it helps some but it has codeine in it and I'd rather not take it if I don't have to. I've been in tears at work with them on more than one occasion but I keep pushing through. I have been thinking about the neurologist thing lately and yes, I've started to keep headache journals but then I lose track of them and don't follow through They most definitely hormonal-related, though! I'll have to work on the journal thing again, especially once I see how things pan out after the hyster. I do appreciate your suggestions and support! Thanks so much!!!
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