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Board: Hair Loss / Alopecia 07-29-2015, 01:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 471
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Hair loss ... fibroids causing?

I have not had any success with derms either. They don't seem to know much about hair loss and tend to discount the effects. It is so traumatic losing our hair!
Board: Women's Health 07-29-2015, 10:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 112
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: 2nd sacrocolpopexy surgery

I feel for what you are going through and the possibility of surgery. I also had a hysterectomy (9 years ago) and am distressed by my prolapsing vagina / vaginal vault. It is like a crumpled up shirt...
Board: Hysterectomy 07-28-2015, 06:06 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 80
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: hysterectomy 8 years ago now spotting

That must have been a shock! Vaginal atrophy can cause light spotting but it sounds like the bleeding is heavier than that. If you have endometriosis, I have read that endo on the vaginal cuff can...
Board: Hair Loss / Alopecia 07-27-2015, 08:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 471
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Hair loss ... fibroids causing?

My strands are thinner / finer too. And my hair is very dry and doesn't have nearly as much shine. I was on spironolactone briefly but it made my mouth drier and my blood pressure lower (which is...
Board: Hair Loss / Alopecia 07-27-2015, 12:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 471
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Hair loss ... fibroids causing?

I feel for both of you! I have lost a lot of hair too. I have read that you need a ferritin level of at least 70 for hair regrowth. Thyroid problems can also cause hair loss so if you have any other...
Board: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 07-27-2015, 11:10 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 165
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: What do i have

Have you had any tests to check gallbladder function?
Board: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 07-27-2015, 11:08 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 100
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Ibs-d and Bentyl

I know how awful it is to have unrelenting diarrhea! I don't know anything about Bentyl. I do not think Imodium is intended for long-term use and it is contraindicated for diarrhea associated with...
Board: Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 07-27-2015, 09:45 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 170
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Worried!

It can be difficult to diagnose the cause of pelvic pain. Women tend to assume it is gynecological but it could be gastrointestinal. When I had a large ovarian cyst, the pain came on rather suddenly...
Board: Women's Health 07-27-2015, 06:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 119
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Post Laparoscopic Resection Rectopexy

You had a lot of cutting done so it is no surprise you have so much inflammation. Inflammation can cause irritation of nerves. The pain that starts in your lower right back and runs down your thigh...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 07-18-2015, 08:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 185
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Need some help maybe some relief

Have you been checked for thyroid nodules or goiters? Those can feel like a "frog in your throat" and make swallowing difficult.
Board: Menopause 07-17-2015, 07:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 322
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Non-stop periods

I am not sure how effective HRT is for regulating the cycle. Are you saying you can take HRT but not a low dose birth control pill? Some other options for heavy or prolonged bleeding are non-hormonal...
Board: Hormone Problems 07-15-2015, 05:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 192
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: What is going on with my hormones, please help!

How frustrating that you still don't have a diagnosis! Although I am no medical professional, I too thought Cushing's as I read your post. I have read that it can be difficult to diagnose and there...
Board: Hair Problems 07-09-2015, 08:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 274
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Hair and Skin Problem

I know how devastating this is and I was much older (49) when my hair started falling out and graying! Is there a clinic at your college? It seems many colleges include clinic services in their fees....
Board: Hair Problems 07-09-2015, 08:23 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 192
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: woman w/no body hair/full head hair

What you are experiencing could be due to loss of ovarian hormones. If your ovaries were removed with your hysterectomy and you have been on HRT, you may need a change in dose or delivery route. If...
Board: Women's Health 07-05-2015, 08:28 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 162
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Missed Periods

If your hypothyroidism is the cause of your missed periods, it can take some time for the meds to regulate your cycle. Also, the starting dose of thyroid medication is oftentimes not the optimal...
Board: Hormone Problems 07-02-2015, 12:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 138
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: 7
Views: 447
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: 257
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: 315
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: 478
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: 605
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: 209
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: 604
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: 252
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: 283
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: 183
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: 604
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: 418
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: 605
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: 283
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: 283
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: 283
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: 175
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: 279
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: 685
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: 170
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: 262
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: Thyroid Disorders 05-19-2015, 06:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 579
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: 579
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: 579
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: 493
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: 579
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: 111
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: 257
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: 308
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: 493
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: 308
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: 321
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: 6
Views: 332
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: 321
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...
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