I am 29 years old and I had a complete hysterectomy done 2 yrs ago. I have been on hormones until 4 months ago and I decided I was done taking them as I didn't feel they were very helpful (except for gaining 25 lbs). I also began having several symptoms that I never had before and was unsure if it was the hormones or me. The symptoms are still going on and it's very annoying. I have frequent headaches, constant weight gain, fatigue, mood swings, loss of sexual desire, restless sleep, memory loss, arthritis, weaker immune system, severe lower back pain (even standing long enough to cook), severe pain during intercourse (internally), and my right eye started drooping approx. 9 months ago and it is getting worse.
Is this normal to have these type of symptoms after a hysterectomy? I know some of these my doctor says it's because I stopped my hormones, but it was happening while I was on the hormones. I have tried two different doctors and neither have helped me. They have made me go to a dietician ( and she says I am eating healthy) and the doctor makes me feel as though it's all in my head and just dismisses me. I feel so lost, could there be something else going on that I should be aware of?
It does sound like symptoms of menopause, BUT yours sounds so extreme! If I were you I'd look for another doctor that will listen and I don't believe this is all in your head. You need a doctor that will do some blood work on you to get to the bottom of all of this.
I recommend seeing a doctor that specializes in menopause and bioidentical hormones. Blood testing at the very least for estrogen, testosteron (free and serum) and thyroid is important.
There is hope and there are options. But unfortunately or fortunately depending on how you look at it, hysterectomies cause us to stop producing hormones that are so vital to our health and well-being.
I had a total hysterectomy 20 years ago. 4 years ago I went on BHRT and they drastically changed my life. I get estrogen and testosterone subcutaneous pellets implanted in my hip.
If you are still experiencing symptoms while on hormones, it means they aren't balanced. Balancing is key and sometimes takes tweaking and time. And if, for example, a hormone is too high, then symptoms can be the same as if they are too low.
BHRT is a great thing. It helped lot of my friends after hysterectomies. I had hysterectomy (radical one) but did not take anything for replacing hormones.In my age I didn't want to. Instead I changed my diet drastically and stopped using anything that had chemicals in it.I mean anything.Started on VITAMINS and MINERALS right away ...I had few hot flushes but nothing like my gyno explained I will have.Vitamin C helps a lot and so Vit D in large amounts.They tested me for Vit D 25-Hydroxy Vit D test at first and I was at 22 now I am at 110 after taking vitamins and eating well.BHRT really It is not another quack...like some people would call it. I believe that nature is supplying medicne for every sickness we have the only thing that nature did not antcipated was radical removal of some vital organs.My doctor was supposed to leave me one ovary but he decided to take it out. When I asked why he said it was standard procedure.
I hope this will give you some light on some things natural way. Hopw you are doing well.
If your doctor is dismissing you and not listening to you then I would suggest a new doctor, maybe a female would be more interested. ALso this drooping eye makes me think you had a stroke...I can't understand the dropy eye being related to hormones. The other symptoms sound like hormne related. However, it could be symptoms for something else also and I think you should have a thorough work up to discount anything more serious and or get this hormone issue dealt with. Keep me posted.
I forgot to add that after my radical hysterectomy I had strange symptoms on my R side from head to toe and I still sometimes have a headache on my R side or shooting pain in my R leg or I will have twitching(spelling) in my R eye or lip or sharp pain in my R pelvic area. I never had these before my surgery..ever. . These also can be related to my ovarian cancer of the R ovary. Doctors would tell me is stress ralated but I know it is related to my hysterctomy and cancer dx. I am not saying you might have cancer but do not ignore your symptoms and find another doctor who will take your symptoms seriously.. They tend to always say "Oh this I am sure is nothing, it's all in your head" geeee I just hate when they say that. I went through few doctors before I found one I like and he is GREAT. His visit with me lasts however long it takes!!!...usually nurses book 15 to 20 minuts max I get about 40 minutes to 1 hour with all my questions and he is not rushing me at all. Hugs, Sunes.
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