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Unread 11-17-2011, 09:59 PM
Angry - surgical menopause 4 years need help but don't know where to start! surgical menopause 4 years need help but don't know where to start!

I had fibroids/heavy periods as well as at risk for cervical cancer so had a total hysterectomy at 41 and was not put on HRT. I really have not had too bad of a time because I am very active. Exercise and a low carb diet along with GNC Menopause Formula daily vitamins have helped me tremendously. I suffer from hot flashes, but find that this is the least bothersome of all the symptoms.

I have had a lot of stress over the last few years, actually I have had a lot of stress my entire life. But I have been able to manage for the most part, because prayer really helps me.

Last year I had severe esophagus issues due to acid reflux triggered by stress. I have had it for years now but it got really bad last year and I had to have a procedure to have my esophagus dilated so I could swallow. I took some meds for a while until I could no longer afford them. But i never have heartburn so I just went along my merry way. Now, a year later, I am back with my esophagus closing up and having a hard time swallowing and now digesting my food. I had to have the esophagus dilation again last weekend. Last year when I had it done, I felt relief and was much better immediately afterwards. This time I have not. Not only did I have the procedure, but I finally made some diet and lifestyle changes that were long overdue and after all these drastic changes, as of today, I am still having this digestive issue.

So, now I am thinking that my issue is not on account of my diet but some other reason. Has anyone ever experienced this kind of digestive issue due to menopause?

In the last month, I have had dizzy spells at least once or twice daily, I have felt totally dehydrated, chapped lips, dry eyes, achy thigh muscles. My appetite has decreased and the only way I really eat is if its sweets and pastas. So even though I have been indulging in the cake and ice cream, I have lost 5 pounds in the last month. I have been very constipated. I have felt like my insides bloat and put pressure on my bladder so I always feel like I need to urinate. I have no energy and haven't exercised in a month when I normally exercise an hour, five times a week. I have been feeling depressed, anxious, weepy, nervous, panicked, overwhelmed and hopeless. My heart has been racing and I have been having some chest pains (i have dealt with this for years though and doc said my heart was good). I have been having trouble concentrating, remembering things too. I have been feeling like there is really something wrong with me, and this is very out of character for me.

I don't know what to do. I am a spiritual person, and I have been praying for an answer, and for peace. I don't want to bother my husband with this-he is 1 year off of chemo due to stage 4 colon cancer, and I don't want to bother my daughter with this either... she has her hands full and I don't want to worry her.

Should I see a GP, a Gyno, an Endocrinologist? Is it hormonal? Thyroid? Digestive?? I am miserable, and want to be back to my active, happy self again!!

Sorry this was so long, but I had to get it all out there so hopefully someone has been through this too and can help me.
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Unread 11-18-2011, 08:13 AM
Re: surgical menopause 4 years need help but don't know where to start!

Sorry you are having so many problems, it must be overwhelming. I would start with the GP and go from there. Your symptoms could be hormone or a combination of things. Hopefully the doctor will give you a good work up, and if he sees a need, will recommend a specialist if you need one.

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Unread 11-18-2011, 09:37 AM
Lightbulb - surgical menopause 4 years need help but don't know where to start! Re: surgical menopause 4 years need help but don't know where to start!

Have they checked your gallbladder? I had some of the same problems with mine. The heartburn, appetite changes, constipation, weight loss, acid reflux and even the chest pains.

I had stones, they went in and removed my bladder and after about 6 weeks recovery I felt great.

There is a test that they did on me, where they hooked me up to an iv, put some type of dye in the iv that causes ur gallbladder to reached, then they hooked me up to a machine that records the results it took about 15 minutes and I new the results that afternoon.

Its worth talking to the Dr about.

Hope this helps.
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Unread 11-19-2011, 08:16 PM
Re: surgical menopause 4 years need help but don't know where to start!

thank you... i appreciate you responding to me. I will start with my GP and see what she can do to get my gall bladder checked..
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