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I just don't get it...
Sorry to post again, ladies - but I'm nearly 5 years into surgical menopause and NOTHING is getting better! I would have thought by now things would have settled, at least a bit. I know some of you other surgical menopause ladies have messaged me and are still struggling after a similar amount of time, too.
I think I need to decide if I should do HRT again, but frankly I find the start up effects pretty horrendous and have never really got any relief - I have no idea what I'm doing wrong. I am in the UK btw, so we don't have compounded HRT's here, but do have body identical. I am thinking of just going with 1mg estradiol tablets, but am scared to start. I have tried patches and gel previously, but just don't absorb them.
The symptoms I am dealing with are (in order of what's bothering me the most):
Crippling anxiety - every day.
Suicidal thoughts, and severe crying spells.
Feelings like I am going mad.
Hideous hot flushes, with adrenaline surges that feel like full on panic attacks.
Total lack of energy.
Weight gain of nearly 3 stone since surgery - my thyroid is OK, no diabetes and I eat a very healthy diet and only 1200 calories per day.
Dry, itchy eyes.
Dry skin and hair.
Headaches and migraine with aura.
Tight, stiff muscles.
I would have thought - as my hormones are no longer cycling - that I should have settled at a low level and not be getting some of this by now.
Does this mean that 'this is it' now then? Is this how it's going to be forever? Because if so, I really can't bear to live like this.....
Oh - and I actually hate my surgeon for not telling me how bad this was going to be. He said surgical menopause 'at my age' (I was 46 at the time of surgery) really wouldn't be any problem. Like a fool, I believed him......😥
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