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Unread 03-20-2014, 01:36 AM
8 years post hysterectomy: Hrt questions

Gosh! Where do I begin?!? First off I want to say it made me cry to read everyone's experiences. I have been going through so many similar things and feeling so alone.

I have been a member of Hystersisters since my Hysterectomy in 2006. I don't have all the fancy terms for what exactly was done because to be honest, I was going through a very ugly divorce at the time with 3 kids under the age of 10 when I had a period that seemed to never end and cramping that would not stop. I ignored what I could and prayed through the rest.

I believe I remember my official diagnosis being stage 2 endometrial cancer. I went in for the pain, 2 days later saw a specialist and the next day was having a hysterectomy. I refused radiation because I had to work. I remember crying and telling God, I don't have time for this right now. You know I don't. Make this all go away. I have 3 little ones depending on me. I cant do this to them right now. I recall my recovery was quick. I was back to work in a week. Its honestly through my faith that I think I made it through it all at the time.

I remember about 4 months after surgery, I woke up in the middle of the night covered in sweat. I remember feeling like my head was going to explode when someone would say something to me I didn't want to hear. I went in to my doctor and after much arguing about radiation, which I still refused, I believe he did a blood test and was able to tell me I was in menopause. I remember asking him about hormone replacement. He said I didn't need it. I remember leaving the office thinking that a shot of scotch before bed worked but that didn't seem like a long term answer!

Now to fast forward, here I am 8 years post op and still asking about HRT with no help. I seriously feel like I am in menopause again at 41. My body aches all the time. My emotions are all over the place. I suffer from insomnia constantly and I have night sweats. It seems all my doctors want to do is treat depression and completely overlook the issue of my hysterectomy. I really feel like it's so much more than that. Im not bi polar (went that route with my therapist) Ive had blood work done to check my thyroid more times than I can count. I just don't know how to get my doctor to understand I don't want anti depressants, I really feel I need some type of hormones!

Can someone explain how HRT has helped with your crying, emotional type episodes. Has anyone else had what seems to be a second menopause? I just really feel like all my issues at the age of 41 are from my hysterectomy. I live a very blessed life with 3 beautiful children and a loving husband. I would love to feel that joy every day!
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Unread 03-25-2014, 05:48 PM
Re: Hrt questions

Hi,

If you are able to take hormones, then I would look for another doctor who will listen.

I am sorry you are having problems feeling good and getting some help.

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Unread 03-28-2014, 12:13 AM
Re: Hrt questions

I'm no doctor, but I do recognize every symptom that you mention as being related to low estrogen and progesterone. You'll need guidance and education to get your hormones balanced. I found my first HRT specialist with a web search on alternative medicine. I also got the name and location of a local women's health center with licensed obgyns and midwives with a nurse practitioner who specializes in bioidentical hormones. This info came from a call to a local compounding pharmacy. That can be a helpful place to start.

Yes, I have gotten great relief. I also just re-read and was greatly helped by Uzzi Reiss' book "Natural Hormone Balance".

My hysterectomy was 31 years ago and I'm 59 now and my needs changed a lot in the last couple of years. So I'm getting really educated and finding the right program for me. I'm using the Vivelle dot .050, generic prometrium 200 mg., OTC estriol cream (1/4 teaspoon 2x day), and a tiny dab of testosterone cream from a compounding pharmacy (expensive). I also found Oestradiol gel on the internet and just got that first tube and will try it VERY sparingly if my patch seems to poop out early, or if I'm having a very stressful time and need a boost. I also use some OTC progesterone cream if I feel PMS-ey. That works right away, it's amazing!

My blood pressure goes up if I have too much estrogen, and I get bad fatigue and pain and brain fog and depression if it gets too low so it's a careful balancing act for me but I'm learning to read my body's signs and take just what I need and not too much. I use my husbands blood pressure monitor to check myself and that's how i can be sure I'm not getting too much estrogen, but I have learned to be able to sense it without the machine.

Good luck to you, please know that relief is possible, I hope you find just the right doctor and get a good understanding of yur needs.
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