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Unread 03-26-2012, 12:48 PM
Question - Lack of focus and energy Lack of focus and energy

I had a complete hysterectomy a year and a half ago due to endometrial cancer. I have been told that i should not be on hormones because it can encourage the cancer to return. Surgically enduced menopause hit me like a ton of bricks. I am only 35.

For the most part, the hot flashes have passed, i still have a hard time with extreme temperatures, its like my internal thermostat is broken or something. but mostly the hot flashes are gone.

My BIGGEST issue is, and has been trying to focus and stay on task. its like i have developed a bad case of ADD or something. Nothing interests me for more than 2.5 seconds, i cant focus at work, i cant remember things, i start something and cant remember what my point was. i walk from one rrom to another and forget why. Some days i just have no energy or drive at all. well make that most days, but some days are way worse than others. my mind just wanders so badly.

ive read about others having this issue too, but then i usualy hear that hormones are the answer. But ive been told i shouldnt take hormones so that is where i get lost.

Im anemic and have been vitamin d deficient since surgery. So i have to take iron and vit d daily to even function as i am now. if i dont, im worthless and dont leave home.

none of this is like me, its frustrating and irritating and i dont know what to do.
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Unread 03-28-2012, 06:42 AM
Re: Lack of focus and energy

Sorry you had to have a hysterectomy so early in your life.

Get another opinion on how you can handle these symptoms. A fresh way to look at your situation may help.

Hope you feel better soon!
Unread 03-30-2012, 03:10 PM
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I'm sorry that you are having such a hard time and you are so young. I would encourage you to continue seeking answers that might be right for you.

I am older, but was told I could not to use estrogen because of the cancer. Most mainstream doctors feel that progesterone is also no longer needed after a hysterectomy. My research has indicated that there are other receptors in the body besides just the uterus that use progesterone.

I couldn't get any help from my doctors. I suffered from horrible hot flashes, foggy brain, joint pain and overall apathy.

I decided to try progesterone therapy. I had to find help outside my healthcare. I am using high dosage transdermal progesterone therapy. For me, it has been amazing. It has helped with many issues and I read that progesterone can be a pre-cursor for other hormones that the body needs.

My research even indicated that progesterone therapy could help with bone density. I will know how my bones are doing in September when I have my next bone density test.

Each person is different and their body responds differently to various treatments. Keep searching and looking for the answers for your individual situation.

Best of luck with your healing journey.

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Unread 03-31-2012, 06:44 PM
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That is tough, I use estrogen and have those issues, we know it hormones, lack of not enough, I know so many ladies who no longef use hrt and seem fine so I ask myself this cant last forever, for me it was mild depression and anxiety, so I opted for a low dose ssri I was never this wat before but dealing with menapause is like a horror movie, the ssri helped lift the cloud and life became intresting again, it took a couple of weeks to kick in like all things this may.not be tne solution for you, my hat is off to you getting through the worst part, I dont of any natural but staying on your vitamins is, being enmic can cause alot of tne symtoms your having, l was before surgery, I cant tolerate progest. but you may like it hope it gets better for you
Unread 03-31-2012, 09:56 PM
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One thing I have heard works but have not had any experience with is acupuncture. I am still pre-op but I am set up with one for after. It is an idea. From what I understand it is suppose to help a lot with menopause symptoms, all of them.
Unread 04-03-2012, 12:48 AM
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I am experiencing the exact same symptoms. I am 6 months post op and the hot flashes, mood swings, fatigue, and confusion are ridiculously annoying. I feel a though I am losing my mind most days and other days I just cry all day. I was told hormones were not recommended for me due to the cancer.

At this point I am still in pain at the incision site and about to have epidural steroid injections for back pain and nerve damage. Possibly back surgery. I am 41 and feel as though I am falling apart. Joint pain is becoming an issue as well.
Unread 04-03-2012, 09:31 AM
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Some women on here say effexor and trazadone help for women who cant do est not sure if true. I also hear soy milk helps I sever back problems to due to running. I take omega blend my co worker swears by iceland I think its a type of calcium. Something to ask doct about they have other stuff to help you get through this
Unread 04-03-2012, 09:36 AM
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I am on the lowest dose of effexor and have been since about 6 months post op. It has helped me alot, helped me stop crying and helped the hot flashes alot! Helped my mood swings too. Friday I went and got some progesterone cream.... I'm pleasantly suprised. So far I think its helping my brain/head/forgetfullness and stupidity alot! I'm still being skeptical about it... but so far I really like it.

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