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Unread 06-29-2002, 01:26 PM
New Woman??

My husband has this idea (from talking to another man who's wife had hyster) that I will be different (like I was when we were first married 23 yrs ago) after my hysterectomy. I have suffered from depression for 21 yrs (still have post-partum blues!) since the birth of my first child. I also suffer from fibromyalgia.

Any other ladies out there have any advice?


(to clarify: my husband thinks I will have all my energy back and not have the depression which at times can be debilitating)
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Unread 06-29-2002, 01:50 PM
New Woman??

Hi. I am not sure what you are asking but, I feel like a new woman. My husband is very happy with the results. We have also been married a long time. Long enough to have grandchildren. The only advice I can give you is to follow your doctors instructions and make sure you heal properly. You'll be glad you did. I can tell you that I don't get the blues as often. Good luck to you.
Unread 06-29-2002, 10:23 PM
Hi Joanna

Don't quite know how to answer your DH's reference, but I also am a new woman. I do have more energy and feel so much better so if that is what he is looking for you will be a new woman. Of course you know that each person is different and what happens to me may not happen to you and vice versa, but somethings are sure and that is that you won't have the bleeding etc to pull you down. As for the depression I don't know if you take something for that or not. I take celexa and it is said to be the one with the least amount of side effects. It controls my depression and I don't have the crippling panic and anxiety attacks that I have with out it. I also find if my estergon level gets low or I am not taking enough I have mild attacks, but my DR just twicks it a little and it is fine. God Bless. My answer to everything is ................

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Unread 06-30-2002, 05:27 PM

Hi! I too have fibromyalgia and have found some good info on fibro & hormones in the Hormone Jungle. I would attach it, but I don't know how!

I know most of my fibro symptoms are identical to perimenopause symptoms (though I've had them for years) and really believe there is a link between fibro and hormones. (My opinion!)

Is your depression cyclical? I know I have depression 2 - 3 weeks a month, but feel great the week after my period. My dh says it's like I am 2 different people! I also get migraines in conjunction with my period/ovulation.

If your problems are hormonal, then a hysterectomy/and ovaries removed with hormone replacement could help. At least that's what my dr said about the migraines & PMDD. I am hopeful it will help the fibromyalgia as well, but that wasn't the basis for my decision (it would be a bonus, though!)

Hope this doesn't muddy the waters too much!

God bless you in your search for answers.
Unread 06-30-2002, 07:59 PM
New Woman??

this thing with depression we are going to have to keep in mind. i also have suffered for years. i also take celexa and recently had to add buspar for the panic attacks. i am so sick to my stomach it is not funny. my gut hurts all the time. 19 more days--that is a long time to be barfing before my surgery. i know this is called stress-stress-stress. i am afraid to dream of being a new woman. i want to wait and see what is given to me. no pain, more energy?, happier, could i end up with it all? yes i could-- we could all go for it

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