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Feel horrible after my oopherectomy HELP

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  • Phoebee
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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.

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  • sftbll44
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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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  • nrsheathr
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    recent hysterectomy/oophorectomy

    I am 10 days post op, i felt great two days after the surgery, then three nights ago I began having night sweats, hot flashes, sleep ALL of the time, increased depression. Now, if I were not to take hormones, how long would this last? I plan on taking progestin I believe it will be, thought about the bioidentical drugs but looks complicated and costly and frankly I was out of whack anyway, so any suggestions on what life would be like without hormones?

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  • sftbll44
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    Yah, I cannot have childeren any more but I have 2 kids, so the doctor would put me on them to regulate my periods and as a hormone replacement if necassary.

    But its really nice to hear from someone about the same age as I that has gone through a similar surgery and your experience because in some ways I just don't if I should be alot better than I am or if I am rushing it and pushing myself too much. Because I still feel horrible alot of time wether it be from the sugery sight or the emotional part of it. Everyone tells me something different about where I should be at this point. So it's nice to hear from someone that actually has had it done and I feel much better in knowing that its just going to take some time and this is normal. I am still having some problems standing for longer than a couple minutes. Did you have the same issue. If you don't mind I would appreciate it if I could leave you a message if I have any other questions regarding the recovery being that you have just gone through this. Thank again, You been really helpful.

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  • Furrycat
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    I'm taking the pill to prevent pregnancy, I'm 31 with no desire at the moment to have any children!

    If you only had your surgery on the 2nd, then you are bound to still feel under the weather! I think you need to give it a bit more time, I was crying every day for at least the first 3 weeks!

    I'm a lot better now, almost 6 weeks post op, but I'm still not 100%. My stomach is still a bit swollen and I get tired a lot more easily than normal. But gradually I'm returning to normal and I'm sure you will too

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  • sftbll44
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    Did they put you on the birth control because of hormone? Had open surgery and the whole right ovary and about half of the left one and both falopian tubes removed. The right needed to be removed due to a small tumor and had a 4cm dermoid on the left. I cannot have anymore children so no need to take the pill unless I need the hormone. My doc said that the part of my left ovary should keep me out of menopause and my period afloat but there is not evidence to show that it actually makes up for the hormone lost. So she was telling me that if necessary we can do the BCP's. But the BCP's ustu make me sick. Are you taking the BCP's for that reason? I really started to feel good for a couple days but the last like four or five days have been bad. I had surgery on the 2nd. So not that long ago maybe I just need to give it some time like you did. I was planning on going back to work at the end of next week part time but I still feel horrible. How long did it take to be able to really resume your normal activities? Everyone tells me something different so since you just went through this maybe you are the best person to ask. Let me know, I would greatly appreciate it.

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  • sftbll44
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    Today just another day of feeling really crappy. I had severe hot flashes all day and just couldn't stand even walking through the store for more than 5 minutes. I feel so sorry for my family especially my husband because I am just such an angry person now and very snappy. Easily bothered and annoyed. He keeps on asking me why I am so upset and I just say sorry over and over again. If anyone has any short term home remidies, teas, vitamins , I have even heard of maybe some kind of herbal hormone supplements, I will try anything that may help atleast until I go back to the doctors.

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  • Furrycat
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    Hi, I had my right ovary removed on 6th January due to a dermoid cyst, when waqs your operation? Did you have open surgery? (laparotomy) or keyhole? I had open surgery and it is a major op. I felt VERY emotional and tearful for about 3 weeks post op, feelings I'd never had before and it was horrible. The general anaesthetic really takes it out of you, so I am sure that it contributed a lot to my 'blue' feelings. My remaining ovary has kicked in and I've had two periods since the surgery and started taking the contraceptive pill at the start of the second period. I feel fine now mostly and plan to go back to work on Monday.

    So I think the main question is, how long ago was your operation?

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  • CHANDLERS WISH
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    It sucks being a woman, for sure...

    And, anything that doesn't have "real answers" only "maybe" we worry, that's our nature, that creates stress, which can create non appetite.

    Pheobe ( where have you been?), has given you great advise..

    Most importantly, I would like to highlight this:-

    I don't want to bug my doctor too much
    She / he probably she, cares about her profession or else wouldn't be talking to you about things that may help you.

    Remember, that is what he/she is there for and you ask away 100 times if need be, so you know what's what and can feel better within yourself.

    Without doing so, you feel down, you will cry, and that's useless, as you say, you have a life to live girl, go live it.

    CW

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  • sftbll44
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    Thanks so much for your feed back. I really thought I had done so much research about this situation but there is just not a real clear answer on some of this just a lot of options on the what if's. My doctor is always busy, very hard to get into, and blows most of what I say like it's no big deal. And that is one reason why I am worried. I donot want to feel like this everyday, Moody, deppressed and like you said very anxious and memory loss, My mind feels cloudy Not sure about the sex thing cause we haven't had sex in weeks. Although the desire not sure of yet.

    I have a family and a life to live, and I want to live it feeling like a normal person.

    I will talk to my doctor about how I feel and the possibility of hormone replacement. She did say something about BCP's a while back as a possible option if necessary. But I never did well with birth control when I did need to take it and could have more children. Now the option of more children is gone and that just seems like a real generic way of treatment and I amagine every woman is a little different going through this.

    Do you know if it's normal to have loss of appetite? Thats for sure not normal for me. I just noticed that I have been barely able to eat for a while. Just no hunger really.
    Thanks again for the useful info. I will definitly look into it and I hope everything goes well with you! Much appreciated!

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