To HRT or not to Hrt that is the question!!

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Hi Ladies,

Well can you believe it??  Some of you ladies will already know I've been on HRT for 31/2 years and it really agreed with me.  That was up until I had a scan and found I have fibroids so one of the doctors at my surgery advised me to stop the HRT.  I weaned off gradually and eventually stopped by the end of January.  Long story short.......all my symptoms have returned.  I'm sweating like a pig, come out the shower and potter around my bedroom and the sweat pours down my back.  Can have a hot flush at anytime and anywhere.  Moods all over the place and put on just over a stone in weight.  Just feel yuck sad    I felt so much better when I was on the HRT!!  Energetic, bubbly personality, lost weight without even trying and the icing on the cake.....great sex! lol

So.....popped along to the doctors and saw a lady doctor. Not old enough to know what the menopause is like as yet!  She basically told me that I probably had fibroids before I even went on the HRT and if I wanted she would give me another prescription and see how I go!!  She is referring me to a gyne just for a 'chat' and to see what he/she can offer me.

I'm now in a quandary....what do I do?  I'd like to go back on the HRT or do I wait until I see the gyne?  Took me some time to wean off and when the gyne finds out I did wean off they may tell me off for going back on!!

The GP's don't have any idea about menopause do they??!!

Any suggestions ladies?  I just know for sure I felt a whole load better when I was on the HRT!

E. x 

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    i went to my doc to ask for HRT because i wanted to feel all the good things you listed above, she said i just needed to get out more and drink more water!!!!!!

     

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      i wonder how old your female GP was?  'get out more' sounds patronising enough. But to think drinking more water is the cure-all.....!

      Maybe go see someone else in your Practice.  Or, if you can, go see that nice young female GP who's willing to give Elaine127 her life backsmile!!

      Sx

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    I would see your gyne as they are better placed to advise than a GP on these matters. But from what I have read on the internet as 50% of women have fibroids in later life it seems to be OK to take HRT but may not be if the Fibroids are very large.

    I wanted to provide you with a link to a website but this website rejects my message if I put the link on. So just search Fibroids and HRT on the net.

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      Hi Deb,

      My largest fibroid is just under 5cms and the rest are multiple smaller ones.  I probably did have them before I started HRT I just didn't know about them!  I will google and see what I find.  Thanks x

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    Hi Elaine, I've just started HRT yesterday & I have a fibroid. My gyno reluctantly gave me HRT in January this year because of the chronic symptoms I'm suffering from, told him I was worried bout losing my job as I felt too ill to work. Anyway I was still having periods - quite heavy as well, he told me that HRT can cause bleeding if your not far enough into menopause. Long story short. Took the HRT for a few days then the flooding started called GP and he told me to stop taking the med, let nature take its course (sounds nice & natural 😡) symptoms got much worse, no bleeding for 3 months, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, mood swings, negative thoughts, cramp in stomach & now really bad dizziness. Went to see female doc yesterday, I was actually physically vibrating, fatigue so bad could hardly walk upstairs to clinic. Anyway put back on HRT - prempak- c low dose. Doc said even if it causes bleeding to try & persevere cause it will eventually stop. Had tab yesterday & today & I feel better already,I hope this continues to be the case, why suffer? Why do some woman feel the need to suffer & brag that they've done it all the NATURAL way. 🙉 give me the meds & worry bout the future when it happens. X
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      Hi brenda,

      I was on the same as you - Prempak C, the lower dose.  I just loved it smile  Really agreed with me and made me feel great.  I hope you find it helps.  As Jayneejay says it does postpone menopause (or is supposed to) but I still had peri symptoms while on the HRT.  It didn't do much for my sweats but at least my mood lifted and I was more like my bubbly self.  I'm taking all the usual herbal meds plus all the vitamins but still feel yuck sad

      I agree with you why should we suffer?  Trouble is I went to all the bother of gradually weaning off which took months so I guess waiting a few more weeks to see a gyno won't hurt.  Maybe I will see what they say before I rush to the chemist with my new prescription.

      Thanks x

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      Oh brenda 

      I dont think ladies brag they do it all natural, some, .like me have to, 

      as high risk and have female cancers in family ..

      and had endometriosis in the past ..

      we have no choices and have to stay positive and go natural, or we would fall apart.

      I still personally wouldnt take HRT anyway,  Especially Prempak

      ( personally) thats pregnant mares urine HRT and cruelly done, we are not horses, so really you should respect peoples choices and know their reasons .. 

      Some ladies want natural and over and done with.. They dont want HRT to then postpose menopause and fo through all this again in their later life.

      i had a ten year peri and it was not easy, i have done ten years researching everything for my own peace of mind and educate myself on the matter ... No bragging... Thats the way it is ..

      jay

       

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      I'm mearly expressing my opinion and experiences here.... I work with woman and have friends who do really brag about being au naturelle, they sit & preach and remind you of all the disadavantages of taking HRT and  how menopause is not an illness it's a transitional period in a womans life and how woman of days gone by rolled there sleeves up and just got on with it.. Well i've got a job, a husband,children, care for elderly parents etc....like many other people.. I know some woman are more at risk than others and the implications of taking HRT outweigh the benefits, but PLEASE ladies PLEASE  respect our decision as well to take the medication - which we're lucky to have to help us to get through this traumatic time as normal as possible.  Good Health to everyone x
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      i agree.  i read an article saying "women have been doing this for thousands of years.  it's just a natural progression..."  yes, well, like you said, we have 10 times the stress that they had thousands of years ago.  we have chemicals in our toiletries, air, water and food.  some of us have depression/anxiety, obesity, diabetes, hypothyroidism and heart disease to contend with on top of all this "natural progression".  i WISH i could go back and undo some things that would alleviate some of the symptoms that are exacerbated by my hypothyroidism.  i wish i had been less anxious... in the meantime,  if we DON'T have to suffer, why should we?   
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      Hi Kristi, don't beat yourself up about the past keeping going onwards and upwards, I cried all morning cause I woke up dizzy, had it last weekend as well, it's the one symptom I find unbearable, 4th day now of HRT, hoping all settles down, went to hairdressers 💇 & my sister had to help me to lie back to get colour washed out of hair lol. Do you get dizzy with menopause ? 😔
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      i feel like i'm off balance most of the time, usually when i turn to go in another direction too fast.  i just have to remember to take it slow.  my mom had multiple falls due to vertigo.  she has dementia and the doc says the falls (took a nasty one to the head) may have contributed.  also, she ate A LOT of sugar foods, candies, cakes... all the time.  watch the sugar and the caffeine.  **what i meant by taking something back that i'd done in the past:  yoyo dieting while being an emotional wreck (prone to anxiety/depression most of my life).  it caused hormones to go crazy and pretty much is the reason my thyroid is screwed; always up and down.  combine that with perimenopause...yikes!  
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    Hi hun

    Maybe wait and see what tour Gyno says, i would if it was me,

    Only Gyno's really know in my opinion..  Whats best... GP's are just that ... general practitioners, not specialists in Gyno ..

    when HRT is stopped the menopause symptoms do return, HRT only postpones the symptoms until its stopped in later years, its whether you can cope with it.

    good luck hun

    jay x

     

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      Hi Jay,

      I know what you're saying but I had a much better quality of life when I was on the HRT.  I'm not 100% sure that it does postpone menopause as I still suffered with the hot sweats and weird periods even when taking it.  I was only on a low dose though.  I think my own hormones still gave me the peri symptoms but the low dose HRT just took the edge off enough to control it.  I really don't know anymore??  Just confused with the different info off every doctor in my surgery!

      I think I will wait until I see what the Consultant says then take it from there.  A few more weeks won't hurt me.  Just don't know who to believe anymore???!!!

      E. x

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      Elaine 

      its all down to personal choice ..

      we all do whats best for us .. Personally ... As long as people know the risks and the benefits and awre what exactly they are taking then they make their own minds up 

      jay 

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