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mood swings after hysterectomy

I HAD A HYSTERECTOMY 7 WEEKS AGO,I STILL HAVE 1 OVARY LEFT. I HAVE BEEN HAVING TERRIBLE MOOD SWINGS AND ANXIETY SINCE THE SURGERY.ONE MINUTE IM AS HAPPY AS CAN BE AND THEN THE NEXT I FEEL LIKE THROWING THINGS AT THE WALL AND THE NEXT IM BALLING MY EYES OUT. I'VE NEVER HAD A PANIC ATTACK BEFORE BUT NOW I DO, I THINK. SOMETIMES WHEN IM DRIVING I GET AN OVERWEALMING FEAR OF CRASHING OR HAVING SOME KIND OF FREAK ACCIDENT, LIKE AN OVERPASS CRASHING ON TO MY CAR.I ALSO HAVE FEELINGS OF SOMETHING HAPPENING TO MY CHILDREN.IM SURE IT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH MY HORMONE LEVELS, AND HRT IS NOT AN OPTION BECAUSE OF HI RISK FOR CANCER. IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE THAT WILL HELP ME THAT I CAN MENTION TO MY OB? ANY ANSWERS WILL HELP THANKS LADIES
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HI TROID THERE ARE SOME OVER THE COUNTER MEDICINES YOU CAN TAKE,TO HELP.BUT WITH YOU STILL HAVING ONE OVARY LEFT YOU REALLY SHOULDN'T BE FEELING THIS WAY,BECAUSE THAT OVARY IS STILL GIVING OUT ENOUGH HORMONES FOR YOUR BODY TO ADJUST.STILL TALKING TO YOUR OB WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA.YOU REALLY DON'T NEED HORMONE REPLACEMENT WITH ONE OVARY STILL INTACT!!!BUT THE OVER THE COUNTER MEDICINES ARE NOT EXACTLY HORMONE REPLACEMENTS THEY JUST YOU WITH MOOD SWINGS AND OTHER UNORDINARY THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING THAT YOU FEEL ARE REFLECTING FROM THE HYSTERECTOMY.YOU NEED TO TALK TO YOUR OB BEFORE STARTING ANY KIND OF MEDICINES,ALL THOUGH THIS IS OVER THE COUNTER IT IS STILL WISE TO CONSULT WITH YOUR DOC.TAKE CARE OF YOUR SELF.AND STOP BEING SO PARANOID!TNT406
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PARANOID????WHY WOULD YOU SAY THAT?
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I had my hysterectomy in 2002 and I went through something just like this. I didn't want anyone around me and then I wondered why no one was there. Just relax and take it easy. They body just needs time to adjust to the new insides. (fyi: I still have one ovary and it is still working just fine) If it bothers you too much go ahead and talk to your dr. and see if they have any ideas to help with the adjustment. Good luck! Hang in there it will get better.
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REREAD YOUR POST:OVER PASS FALLING ON MY CAR.THAT IS BEING PARANOID.IT NEVER USE TO BOTHER YOU SO WHY LET IT NOW.AFAID OF CRASHING,YOU HAVE NEVER CRASHED I PRESUME,SO WHY WORRY ABOUT IT.YOUR CHILDREN ARE SAFE,KNOW ONE IS GOING TO HURT THEM.YOU KNOW WHERE THEY ARE THEY ARE AT 24 HOURS A DAY.THAT IS BEING PARANOID.WORRYING OVER LITTLE THINGS,CALM DOWN YOU ARE FINE.YOU STILL HAVE ONE OVARY AND IT IS WORKING JUST FINE.YOU MIGHT HAVE DEPRESSION GOING ON RIGHT NOW,MAYBE YOU ARE HAVING A HARD TIME DEALING WITH THE LOSS OF YOUR UTERUS AND ONE OF YOUR OVARIES.YOU NEED TO TALK TO A SPECIALIST ABOUT THIS IN STEAD OF A REGULAR DOCTOR.THEY WILL BE ABLE TO HELP YOU MORE.I AM NOT SAYING YOU ARE CRAZY,SOME WOMEN DO HAVE A MORE DIFFICULT TIME ACCEPTING THE LOSS OF THERE UTERUS AND OVARIES.TALK TO YOUR OB AND GET A RECOMMENDATION TO A GOOD SPECIALIST THAT CAN HELP YOU.TNT406
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I have had the same surgery back in "98 odr "99.I too went through some of the same fellings of happy one minute and depressed the next.It does go away after time or at least gets better I should say.I was wondering if anyone on here that has had this surgery has had any problems as far as losing their sex drive?It seems like one minute I can be in the mood and then the next I don't even want to be touched to the point I get irratated.
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I've been looking on Internet and it seems mood swings and panick attacks are due to rapid variation of estrogen. Some say uterus stores the hormones produced over night, others say after a hysterectomy some of the vessels that feed the ovaries and cut. Rapid decrease causes anger or fear, rapid increase causes joy. There is a degree of estrogen the brain considers normal.
I guess ERT can't be prescribed too soon after surgery as the body did not decide yet what is the normal level it'll stabilise to.
If it is true uterus is a storage for hormones then a nap at noon makes you feel better.
I have a friend who had bad problems with estrogen at menopause - osteoporosis. She started eating all sorts of grains, anything as natural as possible - the kind of soy that boils in 4 hours. No more problems at all. In Japan very few women have sympthoms at menopause (caused by low estrogen) cos their culture uses soy a lot. It is true any kind of estrogen exageration can lead to cancer if there is a predisposition. But in your case I think your normal level is much higher then it is now.
Try to avoid stress. Easy exercising, like walking, makes our ovary strong
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I just had a hysterectomy 4 weeks ago and I have both my ovaries.  

In the middle of the night I wake up warm, not sweaty, but I feel like I can't get air that well and I am having some panick issues too.  

My family will be going to Yosemite next week on our yearly vacation and I am going to stay with my sis.  I did not want my family to miss out on the trip, yet, because I have been leaning and counting on them so heavily, I feel I might be lost with out them. My sis wants to take care of me, so no worries there.  

In the middle of the night when I wake up I am overwhelmed with the dark, being alone and not sleeping.  I have been praying over this and researching the situation.  I have cut back on the progesterone I was taking before the surgery for 8 yrs (600mg of natural compounded progesterone for cycle control) so I am pretty sure this is hormonal, but I want to keep my progesterone intake low.  I have been using a cream at 100mg.  So last night I took a 200mg pill and went right to sleep.

This blog has helped encourage me that my hunch about the hormones is correct and I appreciate all your comments.

Does anyone have input about the progesterone.  One doctor says no, it could be a cancer receptor, and my other doctor says it will help calm me and help with sleep.  I don't have any cancer scare going on, but I want to be wise and b alanced!!  (And as soon as I can I plan to get back to the gym, but right now I can only pace!!  HAHA
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I had a hysterectomy the 22 August I am 51 Had gone through menopause. All was removed but one ovary.  Since Friday I been having bad mood swings.  Crying over everything  All of sudden I have to have a male white kitten have 2 fixed females that are almost 2 years old.  I am sensitve person but the last few days I am super sensitive  Just not sure what is going on!
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Don't let anyone tell you that what you are feeling isn't "right" or that you are just being "paranoid."  What you are going through is real and should be recognized and treated as such.  There are people out there who are first to criticize and perhaps they had no major set backs, so f'n what!!!
I am 45, just had a hysterectomy with one ovar left and all was smooth sailing up to about 3 weeks ago ( my surgery was about 4 wks ago).  I am way too happy to have had it done compared to all the pain and discomfort.  The problem now: I'm a raving lunatic and newly married! I cry over anything, my reality is so far from everyone else's.  My mood swings are over the top!  I was absolutely NOT PREPARED for this!For anyone to say oh hell you have one ovary left and there is no reason to be this way is way out of their f'n gourd!!!  This is what is happeing to me and to my new husband and family.  My marriage is almost on the rocks because I am so out of contol emotionally.  HELP!!!!  I know something is not right with me, I sure wasn't like this before surgery.  How do you decide what to take when you know you need a fix ASAP and don't have all the time in the world to research it?????
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I remember a few days after I had my hysterectomy, just standing in the kitchen crying.  I had no reason to cry.........I just felt so sad. My husband and kids were like, "What's wrong?"  I was like, "I don't know".   I couldn't explain it!!   Also, take into consideration that you can't do anything major for 6 weeks.  That was hard for me!!  Having a hysterectomy is hard on your hormones.  But, this will pass and you will feel GREAT!!  I went through the same thing, your body will adjust!  It has been over two years for me and I feel great!  GOOD LUCK!!
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I have never been in this kind of room before but do not know what else to do.  I am 7 weeks post partial hysterectomy.  My recovery was a bit bumpy and of course I am still pushing myself.   I still get horrible shooking pains where my uterus "used to be" now it is in a lab in CA so they tell me.  My reason for the post is I have two young children 4 and 3.  Since the surgury I am yelling at them and my husband something horrible.  Don't get me wrong I yelled prior but lately I have no patience at all.  I am emotional too.  I am starting to yell, feel like a horrible parent and then you would think i would stop yelling but no.  I do not really understand what is going on with me. I thought I was not suppose to experience this if I had one ovary still in.  Any suggestions?  Any over the counter "chill mom out pills"?  

Thanks,

CA
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I had a hysterectomy in Sept of 2006.  I am now experiencing some of the things the other ladies on here are experiencing only it seems everyone else experienced them a lot sooner than I did.  I cry over the littlest things.  My finacee thinks something is wrong with us and thinks that he is doing something wrong.  I can't explain the feelings I am having so it is hard for him to understand.  I wake up numerous times throughout the night sometimes I am sweating so bad I have to change clothes.  I have called the doctor and set up an appointment to talk with her about these problems.  Does anyone have any suggestions?  I am only 30 years old, isn't that too soon to be going through menopause?
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I just want to thank everyone for their comments and support. I had my hysterectomy about one month ago now. At first I experienced all of the pain you experience when you have your body messed with. I too still have one ovary and was told that because of that I would have no hormonal problems. Hmmmm, seems like that is wrong!!! I feel like I'm crawling out of my skin, I feel anxious and crazy. I have had panick attacks in the past and I take xanax for that, but xanax is not working right now at all. Usually one xanax will knock me out cold for at least 8 hours. I took one about 4 hours ago now and I'm still not asleep. I am also an emotional person normally so it's not unlike me to cry....but this is ridiculous, I'm depressed and even t.v. makes me cry....happy or sad. I am moody and I feel like a crazy woman. I have an appointment with my surgeon this week for a check up and I didn't want to tell him what was going on, he assured me that one ovary would take care of all hormonal issues. Obviously not. I don't know that I have menopause, I'm not sweating or having hot flashes but this anxiety, crying, depression and moodiness is something that needs to be handled and he needs to know. Anyways, I want to thank everyone again for at least letting me know that it's not just me. Good luck to everyone and I hope that one day Doctor's will know enough to predict these things happening and give us some hope........maybe we should start a one ovary support group lol
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I must say that this has helped me... I am 38 and a mother of 4 boys, and my youngest is 6 mo I am still nursing I had my hysterectomey 4weeks ago  I do have both of my overies but it just now that I am feeling like a raging mad women... Don't get me wrong I know that people think that because I am a mom of 4 boys that is normal.  But I know myself and I have never in mylife felt the rage of anger that pops up! and sometimes for no reason.... I am forgetful, sleepless and just not myself I have called my doctor and will be seeing her today.  I am thankful for everyones in put and seeing that we are not alone.  
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I am a 33 year old mother of 3 girls my youngest being 2 my oldest 17, I too had a hysterectomy almost 9 months ago and my feelings of depression are only getting worse,I am experiencing much of the same symptoms as everyone else not sleeping loss of patience and feelings of wanting to come out of my own skin, I too have one ovary left,my dr. never discussed me have any of these feelings or offered me any meds after my surgery if there is anyone who can give me any advice on treatments I would greatly appreciate it.
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I am 30 years old , i have no children i had a total hysterectomy on 13/11/2008 since having the operation i have suffered with terrible depression, panick attacks. I am currently on antidepression tablets but dont seem to be doing much, i am constantly paronoid, my anger level is through the roof. I can cry at the drop of an hat, this is causesing major problems between me and my partner as he is being driven up the wall by my constant nature of accusing him of finding other women attractive as my self worth has hit the ground..... Is this normal?????
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Sorry this is going to sound like a comerical but I swear by it. Look into bioidentical hormone therapy.  It will change your life.  They saved my sanity after my complete hysterectomy 6 years ago.
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Hooray!! So I'm not going insane! (Once again)  2 years Prior to my hysto I had a severe breakdown, no one knew what was going on.... after the 2 year span and 5 weeks before having to have the op my Doc discovered through  blood tests that I was Pre menopausal!
So the past two years were due to my hormones being out of whack but it just wasn't showing ( I seriously thought I was losing the plot)
Now 4 weeks after my op I am feeling pretty much the same as all you other women out there and as horrible as this may sound I am so happy to see we are all going through the same bloody thing!!! There obviously is light at the end of the tunnel!! I can't wait....
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I don't under stand. I had a Hysterectomy about 10 weeks ago, they left both overies but had to take alot off of both. I am 29 years old, my 4 kids are my life but I can't stand them at times. I have always has alot of patents but anymore I wonder whats wrong with me. My husban is the love of a life time and I can't stand him either. I just get so angry over nothing really. Will this go away?
                                                   Sherry
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I have been on antidepressants for about nine years and a very low dose of zanax once a day when needed. No problem, but since I had a full hysterectomy including cervix (very large tumor) in March I am losing it. I read the first letter and it's as if I wrote it. I knew I would have some mood swings and crying fits but now the paranoia is setting in and I'm getting worse. I thought my meds stopped working until my son pointed out that I was thrown into instant menopause like a cannonball. He said this person he sees is not the same as the one before the surgery. I actually thought I would have to put myself in a psych ward. I am seeing my ob tonite. HRT is not an option for me due to the risks and I don't want to adjust my other meds since it took a while for me to find the right combo. It's a relief to find I am not the ony one, not that I'm glad we are going through this. I will try the soy and yams but if the Dr. has a better solution than we have I will surely pass it on. Hang in there everyone. I am 53.
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wow. so glad to know im not alone. I had a partial hysterectomy in Oct 2009. I still have both ovaries so like everyone else my dr says it not hormonal. I have been extremely angry and moody since. I have 3 children and a wonderful husband and I truly feel sorry for them. I can totally blow up over the slightest thing and lose it. After pitching my fit, i feel horrible for the way i spoke to them so i break down and cry for hours. Ive always had patience and now i dont have any. I know im being difficult and i am impossible to get along with but i dont know what to do. Its not like i can stop the way i feel. Im going to my reg dr next wk to see if maybe he can do something for me,  Anyone know of anything over the counter i can take til then?  Dawn
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I am a raging fool.  Had my uterus removed and keep both ovaries 6 weeks ago and I have had major mood swings, yelling and anger issues.  I don't know what to do. My poor family has taken the brunt of all of this.  My husband finally got up the nerve to ask me if I thought the surgery had anything to do with my mood swings.  Never really thought about it becasue I still have my ovaries and didn't think hormones would be a problem, but now I think it very well could be.  If anyone gets advice from their dr on what to do, please share!!
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Hi i had my uterus removed along with my cervix and fallopian tubes 10 days ago and i have been going from calm to mad to crying in just a few seconds, everything is annoying me i feel like my skin is crawling. My Dr said just dont get angry this is a process!! I kept my ovaries as well and i asked him about hormones but he said you dont need them. Btw i am 37
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I am 34 and had a hysterectomy 2 weeks ago, over the last 4 or 5 days, I too have been having major mood swings....sometimes I feel as if I am going crazy.  But now that I have read all these posts, I know that I am not alone, and I know that I am not going crazy,  I will definitly talk to my GYN ASAP !   Thanks everybody !

Deanne
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Oh and BTW, I have one ovary left also !
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