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Unread 10-14-2012, 01:20 AM
Re: Menopause miseries

Hi Again MoodyTrain,
You are so lucky to be on such a low dose!! I am now on 2 mg (two .1 patches). It's insane. I think I could have been fine on 1. and a .75, but I was so distraught with my symptoms that I tried taking more than I was on before. No one knew what to do with me. My woman doctor did not believe me. She thought my heart was screwed up. It was, but it was menopause symptoms from tapering back! I saw two obgyns and neither had ever heard of heart palpitations as a symptom of menopause!! It's everywhere on the internet! Not everyone has them, but for those of us who do, it is scary. And the anxiety!!!! I wish I had stayed on the original dose and not gone up. Now it would be painful to cut back again. I never want to do that again.
I hope that we can encourage others who experience the hellishness of tinkering with hormones. You are very fortunate that the ER doctor listened to you, too. 90% of the doctors do not have a clue about hormones and menopause. I feel very bad for most women who go to the ER with menopausal symptoms and come out with all sorts of heart drugs, or antidepressants because they are feeling crazy.

For me, the loss of my sanity was terrifying and I knew it was all hormone related, but it was scary!
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Unread 10-14-2012, 09:14 AM
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I also had to undergo a cardiac workup when I went into the ER. All of the tests I had turned up nothing (as far as my heart was concerned). The Dr. was being very serious when he told me that I needed to take some Prilosec to relieve the chest pressure and palpitations that were most probably caused by acid reflux....HUH?
Unread 10-14-2012, 10:04 AM
Re: Menopause miseries

Hi E2Me2

Isn't that insane?!!!! My first ER visit was a mess, too. The doctor told me I was on too much Thyroid. I had just been to the endocrinologist and it was in the correct range!! My endocrinologist dropped my dose down, though! I didn 't need my thyroid adjusted! I TOLD them I screwed up my hormones and no one believed my heart palpitations/skipping beats were estrogen related. I knew they were because several years ago when I had my hysterectomy, the heart palpitations (pvcs, I learned later) were caused by monkeying with my hormones and removing my ovaries! At that time, no one understood, either. I had to wear a holter monitor for a day. ObGyn's should know the symptoms of menopause! They don't even seem to know that palpitations are part of the whole ugly process for some of us!

I wish I could find a good obgyn who knows hormones! If they ever take me off hormones my heart will probably go crazy and kill me. Not to mention the anxiety and insomnia.

Truly women have a tough road and there are few who care or understand in the medical field. Very sad, considering that over half the population are women!

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