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Board: Hormone Problems 07-02-2015, 12:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 111
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: High progesterone and normal estradiol after menopause

I have only had blood / serum hormone testing, not saliva. I have heard that saliva testing can yield very different results from blood testing.
Board: Bowel Disorders 07-02-2015, 11:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 180
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Constipated for 3+ weeks, help!

I am one who usually does not have a BM every day but usually every 2 or 3 days but have gone longer than that without one. I take a magnesium capsule at night if I go too long without a BM. I never...
Board: Endometriosis 07-01-2015, 09:16 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 160
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Endometric polyp .. worried: (

I am sorry no one responded. Most polyps are benign (non-cancerous) although they can cause heavy and irregular bleeding. They can be "snipped off" sort of like removing a skin tag via a fairly...
Board: Hysterectomy 06-29-2015, 09:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 154
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: hypoglycemic after hysterectomy

I am sorry you are suffering post hysterectomy. Everything went haywire after my hysterectomy too. For over a year, I would have episodes of shakiness and sometimes dizzyness especially in the...
Board: Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 06-29-2015, 08:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 197
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Ovarian cancer or cyst??

Sorry you are dealing with this. Ovarian cysts can cause the symptoms you are experiencing including spotting from the hormonal changes. Ovarian cysts are very common and rarely are they cancerous if...
Board: Cancer: Uterine 06-19-2015, 07:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 391
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Worried, can anyone give me your thoughts?

Glad to hear they found the cause and are going to remove it. And as you know from experience, a D&C is a relatively simple procedure. Hope all goes well and you don't have to go through this again!
Board: Hysterectomy 06-18-2015, 10:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 171
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Discharge after 30 years

This could be vaginal atrophy or irritation of an estrogen deficient urethra that may have prolapsed. That would explain your ob/gyn wanting you on Premarin cream. Maybe you need to use it more...
Board: Menopause 06-15-2015, 08:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 517
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Hair loss

Thank you for your kind words. Yes, better put your parts under lock and key ha ha!! I hope you figure out the hair loss and find something that helps. Please share if you do! I will do the same.
Board: Sexual Health - Women 06-15-2015, 06:07 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 190
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Nervous it could be something more...

Since your gyn did not notice anything, it's probably nothing concerning. I had the opposite situation. I had a small cyst in my vagina for many years and would not have known it was there if my gyn...
Board: Women's Health 06-15-2015, 05:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 260
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: bilateral complex ovarian cysts

Yes it is terrible and happens more than women realize. One thing I failed to mention is that birth control pills are sometimes effective at shrinking cysts and preventing them from forming.
Board: Women's Health 06-15-2015, 05:45 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 162
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: CA-125 result-- what does it mean?

Hi Vine. I am sorry for what appears to be troubling information. Although CA-125 is considered an ovarian cancer marker, it is not accurate at diagnosing ovarian cancer although it may be somewhat...
Board: Menopause 06-15-2015, 05:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 517
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Hair loss

I have lost a lot of hair too. It all started with an unwarranted hysterectomy 9 years ago. It is like a switch that got turned on and won't turn off! Have you had your thyroid checked?
Board: Thyroid Disorders 06-14-2015, 08:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 378
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Help with lab work

Hi. I am also a St. Louisan. Your discussion caught my eye because I have had the same problem in that my TSH suppresses easily on Armour but my free T3 and free T4 also decrease to levels lower than...
Board: Cancer: Uterine 06-13-2015, 04:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 391
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Worried, can anyone give me your thoughts?

I am sorry you are dealing with this. Yes, the fibroids could be the cause of the bleeding. And fibroids or polyps can also make the lining appear thicker than it is. It must be really frustrating...
Board: Women's Health 06-11-2015, 05:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 260
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: bilateral complex ovarian cysts

They removed both ovaries and my uterus. My long-time gynecologist used ovarian cancer scare tactics and said surgery needed to be done quickly. Unbeknownst to me until I was in pre-op and being...
Board: Women's Health 06-09-2015, 09:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 260
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: bilateral complex ovarian cysts

If you do have endometriosis and decide to have surgery, endometriosis specialists who do excision are considered the experts at removing the implants / lesions.

I had a 9.5cm complex ovarian cyst...
Board: Women's Health 06-09-2015, 07:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 260
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: bilateral complex ovarian cysts

I am sorry you are going through this! Is your doctor planning to remove the ovarian cysts (cystectomy) and leave your ovaries? Unfortunately, women too often lose ovaries for benign ovarian cysts....
Board: Hysterectomy 06-09-2015, 07:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 158
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: NovaSure

I cannot speak from personal experience because I did not have Novasure or any other type of endometrial ablation. However, in researching adverse effects of hysterectomy and other gynecologic...
Board: Menopause 06-08-2015, 06:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 208
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Post Menopausal Bleeding

Fibroids and ovarian cysts are common and both are almost always benign even in post-menopausal women. You can easily have one without the other (if that is what you mean by "are they linked"?)....
Board: Women's Health 06-03-2015, 08:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 646
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Recurrent BV

Boric acid, in addition to the standard treatments, may be helpful for recurrent BV. Be sure to work with your doctor if you want to try this.
Board: Women's Health 06-03-2015, 08:04 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 145
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Tilted Uterus

I had a retroverted uterus and never experienced pain with exams, sex, or anything else.
Board: Women's Health 06-01-2015, 07:38 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 242
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Infected ovarian cyst? What's going on?

The free fluid could be from a cyst that ruptured or the existing 1cm cyst could be leaking. This can cause an infection so could be the cause of your high WBC. Were you prescribed antibiotics or is...
Board: Women's Health 05-27-2015, 07:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 305
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: my hair

Did you recently start or stop a medication? Certain medications or dose changes can cause hair loss.
Board: Thyroid Disorders 05-19-2015, 06:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 547
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: 547
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: 547
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: 3
Views: 428
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: 547
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: 95
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: 242
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: 285
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: 441
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: 285
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: 293
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: 261
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: 293
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: 261
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: 315
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: 232
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: 348
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: 824
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: 533
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: 588
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: 824
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: 330
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: 340
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: 354
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: 313
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: 354
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.
...
Board: Women's Health 04-08-2015, 06:27 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 324
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...
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