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Board: Thyroid Disorders 05-19-2015, 06:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 380
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: New ... need help with lab results and what they mean

Unfortunately, it is hard to know how much is thyroid related versus ovary removal related. The ovaries produce more than estrogen and estrogen "replacement" therapy (ERT) is not the same as having...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 05-19-2015, 05:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 380
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: New ... need help with lab results and what they mean

You are welcome. Maybe your PCP or gynecologist will prescribe thyroid meds. Although endocrinologists would seem to be the best doctors for this, they tend to treat by TSH alone in which case you...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 05-19-2015, 05:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 380
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: New ... need help with lab results and what they mean

Is the estradiol helping any of your symptoms? It may not be the best fit for you or not a high enough dose.

You should definitely take a vitamin D3 supplement since you are deficient (vitamin D...
Board: Hysterectomy 05-19-2015, 10:06 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 200
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Partial Hysterectomy

Since your only symptom (difficulty with BM's) is around the time of your period, have you tried taking magnesium or a stool softener?

Are you even sure that the fibroids are the cause of your...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 05-19-2015, 09:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 380
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: New ... need help with lab results and what they mean

My ears were burning! I regret to say that I can give you an earful about the effects of hysterectomy and surgical menopause!

Your symptoms may be, at least in part, due to the loss of your...
Board: Women's Health 05-18-2015, 02:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 66
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: D&C VS. Hysterectomy

suekca - It sounds like your experience with surgical menopause has not been nearly as severe as mine. Count yourself lucky! My most severe symptoms were not hot flashes or night sweats but...
Board: Women's Health 05-14-2015, 06:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 224
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: post oopherectomy mystery

My thoughts too - It could be ovarian remnant syndrome. As far as the "dark spotting" if she still has her uterus (sounds like it was not removed) then bleeding is always a possibility. And if she...
Board: Women's Health 05-13-2015, 05:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 239
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Prolapse Uterine

Wow, that is great that the kegels helped in such a short amount of time. Best of luck with the pelvic floor therapy. Keep us posted on your progress.
Board: Cancer: Uterine 05-11-2015, 05:50 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 300
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: post menopausal bleed

I am sorry you are dealing with this! I know from experience of my own gynecologic problem that the mind tends to go to worst case scenario. But there is a whole continuum from something benign (such...
Board: Women's Health 05-11-2015, 05:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 239
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Prolapse Uterine

Congrats on the 50 lb. weight loss! I am glad to hear the kegels have resolved the urine leakage! May I ask how long you have been doing kegels? I need to start doing them myself!

I can...
Board: Pituitary Disease 04-30-2015, 01:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 252
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: High prolactin

Based on your previously posted range of 102- 496, 1500 seems very high. Plus each re-test showed an increase. You may want to consider seeing another doctor.
Board: Women's Health 04-30-2015, 10:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 230
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Bleeding from fibroids or is it a period?

NSAID's or Rx Lysteda (both non-hormonal) or birth control pills (hormonal) are usually effective for heavy bleeding. Of course, birth control pills have an added benefit of regulating the cycle....
Board: Pituitary Disease 04-30-2015, 06:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 252
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: High prolactin

An abnormal growth (almost always benign) called a prolactinoma on the pituitary is one of the primary causes of an elevated prolactin level. There are other conditions, and even some drugs, that can...
Board: Women's Health 04-30-2015, 06:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 230
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Bleeding from fibroids or is it a period?

Irregular bleeding is common with fibroids but being that you are 43, it could also be caused by perimenopause. Fibroids are benign growths in over 99% of cases so there should not be any need to...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-28-2015, 09:02 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 267
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Help Interpreting Lab Results

Some variation in TSH is normal; however, thyroid nodules can cause wider fluctuations and are often an indication of Hashimoto's which can be diagnosed by thyroid antibody blood tests (TPO and...
Board: Women's Health 04-27-2015, 10:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 221
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Retroverted uterus - problems?

A retroverted uterus did not cause any problems for me...never knew I had one until it just happened to be mentioned during an annual exam.
Board: Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 04-25-2015, 06:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 260
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Cervical biopsy

I know sometimes our minds go to the worst case scenario which causes even more stress and angst. And it is no wonder your mind is taking you in this direction with all you have been through with...
Board: Menopause 04-21-2015, 08:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 698
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: My life in menopause ... UGH!

I understand more than you know :( I hope you can find some semblance of your "old self" soon!
Board: Menopause 04-19-2015, 08:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 459
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Help! Honest Opinion Needed!

I have been on HRT since 2006 after an unwarranted hysterectomy. The HRT prescribed by my surgeon left me with just about every symptom "in the book" but his office refused to see me / hung up on me...
Board: Menopause 04-16-2015, 06:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 528
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: menopause and hrt questions

If you have your uterus, you should take a progestin or progesterone with the estrogen. Estrogen alone will cause the uterine lining to thicken which increases risk for abnormal cells to develop....
Board: Menopause 04-16-2015, 07:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 698
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: My life in menopause ... UGH!

I know how you feel! I also had a hysterectomy in 2006 but my ovaries were removed. My hair has been falling out ever since although I have had some periods of reduced shedding. Body hair has also...
Board: Women's Health 04-14-2015, 06:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 306
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: bleeding after sex with normal ultrasound

Sorry for your troubles! Tubals can alter hormone production causing menstrual cycle changes and they don't always happen immediately. Heavier and longer periods seem to be the most common complaint.
Board: Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 04-13-2015, 05:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 238
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Large Complex Multiseptated Ovarian Cyst

Thank you for sharing. I am glad to hear it was not cancer. I also had a mucinous cystadenoma the size of yours.
Board: Bowel Disorders 04-11-2015, 09:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 320
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Anitbiotic diarrhoea

It is no wonder you wanted to go home...2 weeks in a hospital would be torture for me! I had not thought about asking a pharmacist but that is a good idea as they are usually more helpful (and...
Board: Bowel Disorders 04-11-2015, 08:13 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 277
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Prolapse March 2015

I have not had pelvic organ prolapse (POP) surgery but I understand it is a difficult recovery and that a fairly high percentage end up prolapsing again. If mesh is used, you have the risk of mesh...
Board: Bowel Disorders 04-11-2015, 07:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 320
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Anitbiotic diarrhoea

Taking a good probiotic can help rebuild the good bacteria in your gut that was eradicated (along with the bad) by the antibiotics. Hospital acquired infections are another cause of diarrhea.
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Board: Women's Health 04-08-2015, 06:27 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 294
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Endo lining ... too large.

I know our minds tend to think the worst but oftentimes it isn't gloom and doom. Plus it can put us in a compromising position when deciding on next steps / treatment.

Hopefully, this bleeding is...
Board: Menopause 04-06-2015, 02:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 528
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: menopause and hrt questions

I also had a hysterectomy (in 2006). And, like you, it triggered bowel problems which were pretty severe. I also lost a lot of hair (and still do) but my leg and underarm hair still grow. For me, the...
Board: Hysterectomy 04-01-2015, 05:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 603
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: uterine fibroids leading to hysterectomy

It is awful that you have been in so much pain and are faced with this especially at such a young age, irrespective of the childbearing issue.

Since you have endometriosis, couldn't a lot of this...
Board: Women's Health 04-01-2015, 12:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 200
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: 7 Month period/irregular cycles

I am sorry you are going through all this! I hope you can find a specialist who can determine the cause and appropriate treatment! Let us know how your Stanford appointment goes.
Board: Menopause 03-30-2015, 12:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 300
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Calling all menopausal women with hysterectomies

I am on generic Estrace tablets.
Board: Menopause 03-30-2015, 12:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 544
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: surgery induced menopause - worse for anyone?

I am glad the Evamist is working for you!
Board: Menopause 03-30-2015, 08:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 300
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Calling all menopausal women with hysterectomies

I had a hysterectomy 9 years ago and what a nightmare it has been! I have been "stable" on HRT for close to 8 years but I do worry about the "bottom dropping out." I have heard of this happening and...
Board: Menopause 03-30-2015, 07:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 544
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: surgery induced menopause - worse for anyone?

I am 9 years out from an unwarranted hysterectomy and oophorectomy at age 49. I could not have imagined the ensuing nightmare. But it makes sense now having since learned that surgical menopause is...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-28-2015, 03:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 551
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: What in the world is this mess?

As far as your face becoming round, that can be due to the 50lb. weight gain or could be the "moon" face that can happen with hypothyroidism or Cushing Syndrome. Of course, I am no doctor so there...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-28-2015, 08:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 551
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: What in the world is this mess?

Welcome Savonna. I am sorry for all your troubles! I know how frustrating it is to go from doctor to doctor and get no definitive answers and no relief whilst spending more and more money.

I see...
Board: Menopause 03-25-2015, 05:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 943
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Thinning Hair? Hair changes? Anyone else?

I also developed sections of gray (in the front) within months of my hysterectomy.

I have not heard of vitamin D helping hair but it is important overall and many need to supplement to keep a...
Board: Hysterectomy 03-24-2015, 07:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,509
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Hysterectomy advice (uterine fibroids)

I cannot advise you but will throw out some things to consider based on what I have learned over the years since my gynecologic experience.

Maybe I am missing something here. Why the concern for...
Board: Menopause 03-24-2015, 06:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 943
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Thinning Hair? Hair changes? Anyone else?

Both TSH values are in range by two of the big national labs where top of the range is 4.5. Most doctors look solely at TSH but some consider bio-available (free) thyroid hormone T4 and T3 levels to...
Board: Menopause 03-24-2015, 10:18 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 943
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Thinning Hair? Hair changes? Anyone else?

One other thought - Thyroid problems can cause hair loss. And hypothyroidism seems to be more common after menopause. So that may be worth investigating with your doctor.
Board: Menopause 03-24-2015, 08:25 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 237
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Menopause

I know how you feel...it has been a nightmare for me too! I am in surgical menopause. My naturally menopausal sisters and cousins sailed through menopause and have not had the rapid aging I have...
Board: Menopause 03-24-2015, 08:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 279
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Postmenopausal, on Estring some bleed spot

Sorry you are going through this! I have heard of vaginal estrogen being the suspected cause of post-menopausal bleeding even though it is intended to only supply the vaginal tissues with estrogen....
Board: Menopause 03-23-2015, 11:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 943
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Thinning Hair? Hair changes? Anyone else?

The hormonal changes of perimenopause and menopause can affect the hair as far as thinning, texture, and shine. I am in surgical menopause :( and lost a lot of hair very quickly post-op even though I...
Board: Women's Health 03-23-2015, 06:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 300
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: loss of cycle (again)

You could be starting perimenopause. The changes in your cycle, the dryness/itching and waking up extremely hot are common symptoms of the hormone changes associated with perimenopause. 44 is on the...
Board: Hysterectomy 03-18-2015, 05:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,509
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Hysterectomy advice (uterine fibroids)

Did you mean to say "...because they may know how to remove her fibroids without taking the uterus?" Although fibroids can grow outside the uterus, I have not heard of it being necessary to remove...
Board: Bowel Disorders 03-16-2015, 07:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 553
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: complications from small bowel obstruction

Glad to hear a positive update! Hope all continues to "go" well!
Board: Bowel Disorders 03-15-2015, 08:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 553
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: complications from small bowel obstruction

I have read so much about bowel function since my bowels have been abnormal for the 9 years since my hysterectomy.

Ileus is a non-mechanical blockage of the small or large intestine. Normal bowel...
Board: Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 03-13-2015, 06:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 492
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: High grade biopsy

Hopefully, you will get some answers soon as to why the high grade result. Heck, it could even be that they gave you another patient's results - that sort of thing does happen sometimes. Or, as I...
Board: Women's Health 03-12-2015, 09:09 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 231
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: lightIrregular vaginal Bleeding 4 weeks straight

When they did your bloodwork, did they check testosterone and glucose levels? The excess facial and body hair is a classic sign of excess testosterone which may or may not be associated with insulin...
Board: Women's Health 03-12-2015, 08:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 212
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Ovarian cyst,

I always thought CT scan and MRI were more accurate than transvaginal ultrasound in viewing ovarian cysts. But I read somewhere that CT scan is not more accurate (have not read anything about MRI)....
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