Monday, March 15, 2010
As some of you know, I had to have a full hysterectomy last Summer. By "full" I mean that my Uterus and both of my ovaries were removed. I had fibroid tumors that were growing at the speed of light and my uterus was the size of a woman carrying a 22 week old fetus by the time I had my surgery. Anyway, this operation threw me into what is called 'surgical menopause'. I was fine for about 10 days and then WHAM! I was a basket case. I started taking a synthetic hormone since I do not like the way the mares are treated to excrete what is needed to make the Premarine (spelling??) hormone. (for those of you who do not know - this most popular hormone is made from mares urine)
The synthetic drug did NOTHING for me. I might as well have been taking sugar pills. I was miserable. I was having 10-20 hot flashes a day and crying my eyes out. My hot flashes did not feel hot like "temperature hot" but hot like someone had cut me open and implanted Jalapeno peppers inside of me!
I had no choice but to change my meds to a low dose patch of Premarine. It took about 2 days, but I felt much better on this drug. My crying episodes stopped and my hot flashes went down to just a couple per week.
Six months after my surgery though, I was still having hot flashes and they seemed to be on the increase - now at least 1 per day. Add to this, I felt a horrible sense of dread. Now - I am one of the most upbeat, positive, love to laugh people out there. I have never had a problem with depression, so this was quite new to me. I hated being alone. I found myself much more sensitive and easily got my feelings hurt.
I contacted my doctor and again we have changed my hormone meds. I was just wondering if any of you ladies have experienced this? If so, can you share your experiences with me. If you don't want to post it on the blog - please e-mail me at email@example.com