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Feel horrible after my oopherectomy HELP

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  • Hi nrsheathr,

    Well, Sounds almost identical to what I have been gowing through. I talked to my doctor and she said that this is normal. Unfortunately I don't think we are really prepared as much for this as we should be by the doctors. But my doc is going to start me on a Low hormone birth control to help with leveling out the hormones even though I cannot have children anymore. It seems to be a pretty common thing that they do now to make it somewhat easier but I am not sure if it will be the right thing for me. I think it's kind of a hit and miss thing depending on the person.

    I am 4 weeks post op and I am feeling a little better just in the last couple days. The hot flashes and night sweets still there but not as bad the last few days. The depression is better but it got worse before it got better. My energy levels were nill and are getting better but I tire very easy.

    I have read alot on this matter and there are a lot of side effects that have been studied and for some reason it is not really disclosed to us patients.

    The removal of your ovaries cause extreme hormone depletion wether you remove one or both but taking some kind of replacement can help the symptoms.

    I am still going through this although not as bad as it was. I don't know how long this is supposed to take but just try to get through it. I really feel for you because it's hard, and you realy can't do anything to control it. Try to get yourself out of the house for short periods of time. I know that the depression gets pretty bad and I know that I have cried more for know reason in the last 3 weeks than I ever have. It will get a little better but it will take a few weeks. I don't know what it would be like to not take some kind of replacement because I have every intention of doing something.

    There are birth control that has low estrogen and progestin and maybe you should look into that. It seems to be less costly and an easier way to replace some of what you are missing. And please let me know how it's going because I am just ahead of you and I looked for someone anywhere I could because I didn't know what to do about how I felt.

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    • I think many doctors feel that Menopause is a normal stage of life and your supposed to just get used to hot flashes, mood problems, Anger and loss of sex drive as some rite of passage. The same thinking could be applied to heart attacks. People often get those as they age. Are we supposed to just have them or can we try to avoid that by diet, meds, etc?

      I also have had experience with doctors who don't have time for me. My suggestion is to be clear that you need a long visit to talk things over when you call in for an appointment. If you do get rushed out anyway? Do yourself a favour and get a new doctor!

      From everything I've read BC pills are a poor way to improve your hormone problems. Google Bio Identical Hormones and talk to your doctor about it. If she is not "into" that try searching for a doctor who is. I use a prescription compounded cream that is Estrogen, Progesterone and a small amount of Testosterone. I do a vaginal cream once a week and a body cream for the first three weeks. Its done wonders for making me less angry / moody and its helped me regain an interest in sex. The cream is "compounded" just for me based on my hormone labs. Which is a better plan (I think) then the one pill fits all synthetic hormones. Its also fairly inexpensive.

      You might be able to Google Compounding Pharmacy and ask if they can suggest doctors who prescribe this?

      Another suggestion is that once your on HRT be sure to give lots of feedback to your doctor because they may need to adjust your dose to help you.
      "Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got." ~ Janis Joplin

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