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Unread 01-29-2012, 04:50 PM
severe mood swings post op Nov 17, 2011

Severe mood swings, mostly depressed and anxious. Post op Nov 17 2011, no ovaries yes HRT. I already take Lexapro 10mg & Xanax as needed. I cant hardly leave my house. Is there any help for me? Nurse just says its normal. I cant imagine taking MORE medicine. I even have Ambien 10 mg for insomnia. My HRT is Vivelle dot 0.1 mg. I want to run away most days. I cry, I am not myself. I have a fulltime crazy stressful job, a teenage daughter & husband who dont deserve all this. I cant talk to anyone. It even sounds crazy to me. I had severe PMDD before this and only agreed to such a radical surgery to save my life from being taken from me due to such depression and now feel like I made the worst mistake of my life. I want to hide, dont want anyone to see me this way. I only get glimpses of happiness. I will smile one day or even two sometimes, then its back to such severe life altering depression.
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Unread 01-29-2012, 05:09 PM
Re: severe mood swings post op Nov 17, 2011

Big Hug!
I hope you start feeling less depressed and anxious soon. Perhaps as your medication takes effect.
It must be very difficult to function on a daily basis, but you will come through this in time.
Love and prayers for you
Unread 01-29-2012, 10:13 PM
Re: severe mood swings post op Nov 17, 2011

I've been noticing that ladies who are using the patches often have these complaints. I started on the patch, but that thing would not stick consistently. I'm certain I was not getting enough of the hormone-mood swings and wicked anxiety. I asked to switch to oral meds and I am beyond happy with the results. Insomnia remains an issue, but I've had this forever. My DR just switched me to 30mg of temazapam. So far, I'm very happy with the results. Talk more with your DR and ask about a thyroid panel too. I finally feel good after many years of crap-Effexor(great, by the way), thyroidectomy and now the hyster. My DR is amazing and very willing to see me and tweak my meds. Good luck to you : )
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Unread 01-30-2012, 06:44 AM
Re: severe mood swings post op Nov 17, 2011

Thankyou for your outreach. My drs nurse said this is normal & it's too early to check hormone levels. I have always struggled & am just so tired. I don't want more or different medicines. My psychiatrist was weary of my having this surgery & now I know why.
Unread 01-30-2012, 07:00 AM
Re: severe mood swings post op Nov 17, 2011

I'm on an .10 mg estrodoil patch. The first week out of surgery I had extreme anxiety when I was only on a .05 mg patch. The .10mg patch did the trick. But I have I have been operating on one ovary for 30 years and had already started having some peri-menopausal symptoms prior to surgery.

I agree with Sharona19, different women respond differently to the various forms of hormones. It's often a matter of trial and error to find the right one and the right dose. There are women on this forum who need to use the patch plus estrogen gel or even two patches. Hopefully, your doctor will be willing to work with you. It does take time to get it right sometimes. Good luck.
Unread 01-30-2012, 09:13 AM
Re: severe mood swings post op Nov 17, 2011

Yes, please don't take the "this is normal" thing and suffer. We are all different. I am not a DR, but have worked in medicine as an ER tech and surgical assistant for years. Hormones are are persnickety. Do you need a hormone level check? Probably not, but I do think you need to adjust your dosage, form of administration or both. I am confident that your anxiety will be much more easily managed; maybe to the point of no longer needing the Xanax. I just explained to my DR that the patch was not sticking and we switched to oral meds. The patch is a life saver for ladies who have trouble remembering to take pills timely. I'm sure this is not so with you as you already have a pill regime you follow. This is my humble, but experienced opinion. As I write this, I'm looking at my Xanax; haven't needed in awhile. I never correlated my "female" hormones and my anxiety prior to the hyster, just brain chemistry. I think it's really worth looking in to. Feel free to private message me if you'd like to question me further; no topic is off limits with me. Take care : )

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