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Am so glad to have found this group! Have been a member of this site since my gallbladder was removed 18 months ago! I'm nearly 45 had my bowel removed at 22 due to ulcerative colitis and had a bag and had it reversed 2 years later. I had good health for 10 years until I got a mirena coil fitted for contraceptive purposes and it caused my hormones to go crazy and bleed for a year and had to have it removed. Unfortunately it triggered my bowel to act up and I was put on steroids for 3 years and ended up in hospital with severe adrenal issues from the steroids. My hormones have not been right since and attended an endocrinologist who put me on dhea as my levels were very low due to the steroids. I felt well for a while and became pregnant and had my son in 2010. Since then I've been having what I now know is perimenopause symptoms. Headaches, horrendous bone pain, night sweats, hot flushes,nausea, middle of night waking and my periods coming every 21-25 days. I developed gallstones and had my gallbladder removed only to get much worse and spent last year vomiting on and off with horrendous nausea and diarrhea. I then found out I had a 9cm cyst on my ovary that was there in 2014 when they found the gallstone but forgot to tell me. They said surgery was too risky due to my history so I went to an acupuncturist who for the first time explained to me what was happening to my body and how all these things were connected to a hormone imbalance. Like many here my gynaecologist, GP and surgeon fobbed me off and actually told me it was a rare side effect of having my gallbladder removed! I took some herbs and milk thistle as recommended by the acupuncturist and I started to feel better so much so that I stopped taking them 8 weeks later and within 6 weeks all my
Symptoms came back. I went to a second gynaecologist who told me the cyst was making me sick. I started researching it and asked my GP to check my progesterone and estrogen levels as well as other hormones. My progesterone was on the floor and my estrogen was low too but the gynaecologist wasn't concerned and I had the cyst aspired but still felt unwell and the acupuncturist put me on other herbs which helped somewhat. I decided then to go to a clinic specialising in hormone and fertility issues and they recommended b complex and a hormone saliva test over a full cycle. I stopped the herbs and supplements when doing the test and started feeling unwell again from mid cycle and my period didn't come until day 38! This has happened a few times in the last 9 months. I've also had brown spotting midcycle on a few occasions for a day. However on day 13 of this cycle the brown spotting started followed by bleeding a few days later. This is still happening 8 days later now and I have a horrendous headache and dizzyness and nausea. I got the results of my saliva tests the other day and my progesterone is very low as is my testosterone and my estrogen was erratic low and then on one or 2 days high. On the peak days both progesterone and estrogen were low. They said I didn't ovulate but am still producing estrogen but in spurts. They recommended I get my GP to test my fsh levels as they think I'm near menopause now. They recommended dietary changes a few months ago which have helped the night sweats and flushes and I'm back taking the b complex which helps with the insomnia. I also take tumeric, fish oil, vit d, magnesium oil, vit c, probiotics and Manuka honey. My diarrhea thankfully settled down and I now get constipated which is very unusual with only having the small bowel. The clinic said they will recommended either black cohosh or Agnus castus based on my blood results although my fsh levels were OK in January I'm not sure if it's a reliable test. I'm so annoyed at my endocrinologist in particular as it turns out he never checked my estrogen and progesterone levels in the 8 years I attended him. I'm just wondering about this bleeding I'm getting now and if anyone can shed any light and also is there a light at the end of the tunnel? The anxiety I experienced last year in Particular was frightening and I've never suffered from it in my life and of course my GP wanted me to take anti depressants! Can anyone recommend something natural that helped them? Maca gave me really high blood pressure and anything that's a stimulant doesn't agree with me. I am praying that this won't go on for much longer. Sorry for the very long post. Tia
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