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Is this perimenopause or what? Is this perimenopause or what?

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Unread 11-18-2002, 04:51 PM
Is this perimenopause or what?

I am 41 years old and had a hysterectomy Feb. 11, 2002. Both my ovaries where left, as they were ok. However, shortly after surgury I began having hotflashes, dizziness, foggy memory-hard time with short term memory and concentration, lowered libedo, dry skin, fatigue, insomnia and soo on. I have had repeated hormone level tests which all came back within "normal" range. Both my Gyn and my primary said I should be just fine, but I am not. (I don't consistantly feel this way, but often enough to be a problem a large portion of the time.) Is it just me, my mind or am I in perimenopause? I feel soo frustrated and don't now what to do to relieve the symptoms. Any thoughts and/or sugguestions?
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Unread 11-18-2002, 11:16 PM
Is this perimenopause or what?

Hi Annie what could be happening is that after the surgery your ovaries can go into shock and stop working. It can sometimes take quite a while for them to "wake up" and start working again... and sometimes they can "sputter" for a while before they kick back in. Also, for some women having the hyst can cause them to go into an early menopause even if they still have their ovaries. Confusing isn't it?

When you had your tests done, were you having the symptoms at that time? Or were you feeling OK then? If your ovaries are "sputtering" your levels might be changing quite a lot over short periods of time which would cause you to have symptoms even though you might happen to get tested while they are "on" and the levels are higher. Also remember that hot flashes can result from changes in any direction, not just from too little estrogen.

Which hormone level tests did they do? Did they check to see if your ovaries are working? Have you tried a bbt (basal body temperature) chart to see if you're ovulating? That might provide a clue as to what to do next.

If your ovaries aren't working, maybe your DR would prescribe some temporary HRT until they decide to "wake up"?

I hope you're able to find out what's happening here and get some relief from those symptoms... sorry you're so uncomfortable!

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