From puberty, my periods were never normal. After 13 years of pain, erractic bleeding & miscarriages, I had a hysterectomy at age 25, due to Endometriosis & PCOS. Because of the Endo, I was not able to start estrogen replacement until 6mo-1 year after the surgery but I never tolerated it, in any form. Surgical menopause was awful. In the next 8.5 years I gained 155 pds. Doctors watched my weight gain, and at first explained it away as hormonal changes from the surgery, but as I got heavier they grew concerned, as nothing we tried worked at reverse the weight gain. In 2002 I had a RNY gastric bypass and lost most of the weight I had gained. I was told that I might (and I did) experience hot flashes, etc., due to the weight loss, as estrogen can be stored in fat cells. Now, nearly 19 years after the hysterectomy, I've suddenly started having all of the menopausal symptoms I had right after the surgery. The hot flashes & night sweats are brutal & I have to keep my apartment like a freezer. I'm also having mood swings, nausea, cramps(!!), lower back pain, and swelling in my ankles. Some days I feel like I'm pregnant, and other days I feel like I did right after the hysterectomy. I'm totally mystified. I've talked to my doctor, but he says I'm at the age where I should be having these symptoms. I pointed out to him that I've already dealt with this with the hysterectomy & removal of both ovaries, but he doesn't seem to think its a problem. I've also been to a GI, for the nausea, but nothing he has done has helped either. Does anyone have any suggestions?View Thread
Yes that's correct. However, I've been told I'm no longer a candidate for ERT because mom had breast cancer and is the first person in our family to have it. Although I have repeatedly had blood work to test the thyroid and adrenals, its been at least 8 months, and these symptoms started maybe 2 months ago, with no dramatic changes to my life or health.View Thread
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