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first 2 weeks was an emotional rollercoaster ride along with diarreah. Then, my appetitite for sweets and junk waned, which is positive. My skin felt better; softer and not dry. The vaginal dryness and irritation went away, after about 10 years of suffering. There was better circulation there which means better experiences. I am not sure sensitive nipples is that positive, since I don't get to choose when or how long they are sensitive.

I am having better sleep cycles. But, my hair has been falling out more, which could be age, Im 59. The women and men in my family do not and did not suffer hair loss... neither do 8 aunts 7 uncles or either parent. Lots of healthy bushy heads in my family. I have 3 older sisters and 4 brothers.

The worst side effect is the emotional swings coupled with diarreah...

Every couple of weeks I have about 36 hours of emotional episode... nervous, anxious, angry... basically nuts. I don't know how this stuff is designed to deliver which hormone in whatever quantities but it would seem to me that I may be getting too much testosterone? I can do without the emotional trauma at my age. It's like I'm experiencing the first part of PMS and I hated it then too. I take 30mg cymbalta and have for abt 15 yrs. 60 mg full dose gives me those nasty brain zaps and also can make me nervous so that's why the half dose works better for me.

Another side effect is blurry vision that comes for a while then clears up. Annoying if you are an artist or want to read or do any other hobby that requires good vision... or taking a trip out of state going thru 3 major cities during horrible stormy weather. Yes, I did that. Had to stop for the gut rot too. Whine, whine and more whine but these can be serious symptoms, especially if you don't have a stable, understanding husband like I do. These emotions will even drive you to leave such a relationship without ANY grounds or reason whatsoever. You are upset and strung out but have no control. This being said... One should really consider the mess that one could get into with the side effects and take precautions. My checkup and consultation is coming up and I hope these issues are addressed... because the positive effects of HRT is worth a little inconvenience but NOT my marriage.

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    Your problem may be caused by too high a dose or too low a dose of the drug. The greatest risk to health arises from the abuse of growth hormone, that is, when it is not needed or in too high a dosage (source hghtherapydoctor.us/hgh-therapy-for-women/). It is also possible that you need to change the drug to get rid of side effects. Different preporata have different side effects so it can help. With these questions it is better to consult a doctor and talk about it. Perhaps he will change your course, but only after the tests.

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      Your problem may be caused by too high a dose or too low a dose of the drug. The greatest risk to health arises from the abuse of growth hormone, that is, when it is not needed or in too high a dosage (source https://hghtherapydoctor.us/hgh-therapy-for-women/). It is also possible that you need to change the drug to get rid of side effects. Different preporata have different side effects so it can help. With these questions it is better to consult a doctor and talk about it. Perhaps he will change your course, but only after the tests.

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      Thank you for information. I kno nothing abt HGH. It sounds interesting but from what I know of sports people, it could increase heart rate and become addictive? I'm 60 and have RA fixing to start xeljanz. So i dont think my doctor would consider it safe for me. I am on estrogen & testosterone bc I hope it will improve osteoporosis and RA. But from the link you sent, HGH sounds interesting from the claims made there. Muscle skin and hair regeneration always sounds good to older people but why wouldnt my doctors EVER have suggested it? To every or any ageing patient? I mean, it's been around for yrs and ageing people continue to atrophy and fall apart while HGH could stay or reverse these effects? I'm very sceptical.

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      Hi spurgeon1,

      HGH is something that could be very beneficial for many of us. Problem is, its very expensive. It was abused by sports people and the cost of using it skyrocketed for that misuse making it unattainable for most of us that are not sports stars or actors. It is almost 1000.00 a month and even if your lucky enough to have insurance that will consider covering it if its deemed medically necessary, the copay is still crazy somewhere between 300.00-700.00 out of pocket a month. I was reading some of the issues you are having. You say you have been on cymbalta for about 15 years. Have you looked at the side effects of long term cymbalta use? Some of the side effects can happen when you wean yourself off of it too by the looks of it. This could be more of your issue than the hormones you are taking. Just throwing this out to you to ck into as a source. How much testosterone are you on? Are you taking any supplements along with your hormone replacement? Reason I ask is I had hair loss too at 55 and my holistic dr added DIM, stinging nettles and Alpha lipoc acid to my hormones replacement. The combination solved my hair issue. I am on testosterone and estrodial too ( now on pellets ) and have only positive effects from it. Are you on bio identical hormones treatment? Hope some of this is helpful to you. Good Luck

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      Oooh thanx for this news. I didnt kno abt long term cymbalta effects but abt a yr ago I had shakiness and brain zaps that were quite startling and disorienting so I cut myself to half, 30 mg, I tried to go off but cried all the time and felt sorry for myself for dumb reasons or fabricated ones. I may try every other day and try to slowly wean off. I've always known these are bad for us. Maskers. I will ask my RA doc abt the HGH. If it can help with fatigue and weakness I would love that. When I stand or try to squat, my knees shake! I did bioTe 1st time last oct. But this month told them testosterone was too much for me bc of symptoms after 1st implant. So they went down to half testosterone and reduced the estrogen 25% I think. I had no bad symptoms except my hair loss is still at abt 50%. I take biotin and DIM. Also, I heard collagen peptide powder was good so I make myself drink that dirty sock water but it may be helping as less hair is showing in my little white sink. It seems my Doctors haven't been interested in HRT or trying to help with ravages of menopause or fallout from it. Women are forced to go to forums to find helpful advice on many health issues. This makes me wonder abt face to face and hands on physicians and whether they can actually understand results of blood testing and its implications not to mention the effects of ageing. I feel insignificant and helpless on top of stupid; bc I'm paying for being 'treated' by them.

      I really appreciate what you've shared. I'm looking for a new physician bc my current knows nothing abt RA issues. Most dont. I bet my RA specialist will give me the GH if he thinks I will do better with it. We dont worry abt expense where health is concerned. Thank you again:]

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      This is why I chose to go to a holistic doctor. I was lucky and found one that was a GP for 22 years before changing over to the holistic approach. Kinda get the best of both worlds if you can find one of these around. They seem to be more knowledgeable into women's issues in menopause and aging. They do very thorough lab work and give you just what your body needs. Its a delicate balance that if done right can be a really marvelous thing. I've been lucky with no issues, first starting with creams and then to the pellets. Yes, our health is so important as we get into these years. I know many women don't consider the idea of a holistic or alternative doctor or bio identical hormones because their insurance don't cover it but as you say when our health is concerned go for it if you can. I totally agree. I'm almost 4 years post menopause and I feel great! I have had to pay out of pocket for everything and although expensive at first, it has been worth every penny to me. I am 58 and I see many women much younger than me having a hard time. Women don't need to suffer if you get with the right doctor that knows what their doing. I do the collagen and biotin too. But I am still a believer in those three initial supplements, DIM, stinging nettles and Alpha Lipoic Acid.

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