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Board: Menopause 07-25-2016, 12:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 140
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Newbie, postmenopausal with ovarian cyst

I know how this can strike fear... been there and it did not end well. I was over-treated / "everything taken out" which has done much more harm than good! When my gyn (whom I'd respected for 20...
Board: Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 07-24-2016, 09:47 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 113
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Invacive cervical cancer

I'm sorry for this diagnosis! I wish I had some words of wisdom but didn't have cervical cancer (or any other type of cancer) although I did have an abnormal pap many years ago that resolved itself....
Board: Women's Health 07-21-2016, 08:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 186
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Cure for period pain/menstrual cramps!!

Wow...I'm glad you finally discovered this! Thanks so much for sharing!

Vitamin D is a hormone and important for a number of aspects of health. It seems low levels are pretty common with people...
Board: Bowel Disorders 07-20-2016, 05:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 471
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Fistula ... surgery experience?

Hopefully you've found more information by now about the recovery for this surgery. I don't have personal experience with fistula but you certainly don't want to risk undoing the repairs by not...
Board: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 07-20-2016, 04:59 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,221
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Help! I'm confused and don't understand!!!!!!

I'm sorry your doctor was a jerk. How frustrating to have been dealing with this for so long and then be treated this way! I've had a similar experience yet hate the thought of starting over with a...
Board: Women's Health 07-18-2016, 06:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 175
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Large clots in period, help!

I tended to have clots with my periods too so it's not unusual.
Board: Menopause 07-15-2016, 06:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 309
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Hot flashes

There really isn't any "normal" when it comes to hot flashes or any other menopause symptoms. Each woman can have very different symptoms at varying degrees or no symptoms at all!

I cannot...
Board: Hysterectomy 07-15-2016, 05:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 374
Posted By STLouisgal
Board: Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 07-13-2016, 01:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 231
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Should I be worried???

I don't know the typical lapse between having a biopsy and getting the results but it would seem the results should be in by this time. So maybe the lab failed to notify your doctor of the results or...
Board: Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 07-10-2016, 10:43 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 183
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Pelvic Radiation side effects

I'm sorry you're faced with this! Based on your comment that the "isolated tumor cells are not considered cancerous" it does seem perplexing that the one oncologist recommends radiation and chemo....
Board: Women's Health 07-06-2016, 05:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 248
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Ovarian Cyst - separations and nodule

I'm sorry you're dealing with this and it's causing so much anxiety! The good thing is that the odds are clearly in your favor. Ovarian cysts are quite common and almost always benign. Gynecologic...
Board: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 07-05-2016, 06:38 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 550
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: IBS or cancer?

Since your pain is in your right upper abdomen, has your gallbladder been checked?
Board: Bowel Disorders 07-01-2016, 12:38 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 223
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Fecal Incontinence

Hi Amber. I've had loose bowels for 10 years. It all started with an unnecessary hysterectomy. It was pretty bad for close to a year when I sometimes went as many as 8 times a day. I don't recall at...
Board: Hysterectomy 07-01-2016, 12:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 374
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Partial vs. Total hysterectomy

Was surgery and a biopsy done to diagnose the endometriosis? It's my understanding that's the only way to definitively diagnose it. Being that you are likely close to menopause, any pain being caused...
Board: Bowel Disorders 06-30-2016, 08:12 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 284
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Poop Is Stuck and Wont come out??

Thanks for posting. It may very well help someone.



This pretty much mimics the "squatty potty's" position. Some people say the squatty potty is a big help for constipation.
Board: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 06-21-2016, 05:19 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,221
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Help! I'm confused and don't understand!!!!!!

It always seems so difficult to get a diagnosis with bowel issues. Have you been checked for Celiac Disease? There's a blood test for Celiac antibodies. If that's positive then an endoscopy to biopsy...
Board: Women's Health 06-18-2016, 09:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 489
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Large ovarian cyst

Our minds do tend to go to the worst case scenario (cancer). But thankfully, very few women ever get ovarian cancer. The large majority of ovarian cysts and tumors are benign. There are certain...
Board: Women's Health 06-18-2016, 10:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 489
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Large ovarian cyst

I totally understand your reluctance to undergo surgery. I was close to menopause when I went to my gyn of 20 years with pelvic pain. I had a 9.5cm ovarian cyst that looked somewhat suspicious. I was...
Board: Menopause 06-17-2016, 09:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 406
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Bleeding after menopause. Is surgery the only answer?

Absent hyperplasia or cancer, I don't know why you'd need any intervention much less ablation or hysterectomy which can cause a whole new set of problems...seems overkill. Maybe she assumes you're...
Board: Bowel Disorders 06-16-2016, 06:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 354
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: So scared for surgery tomorrow

Have you tried taking Metamucil during these weeks? That may help. Hysterectomy would be an extreme "solution." It is associated with a number of negative effects, bladder and bowel changes for...
Board: Bowel Disorders 06-16-2016, 05:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 354
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: So scared for surgery tomorrow

I guess your body "cemented" the decision to cancel by getting sick! There's nothing worse than going into something with dread and then having your worst nightmares or at least concerns come true.
...
Board: Bowel Disorders 06-15-2016, 06:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 354
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: So scared for surgery tomorrow

I feel for you! I was in a similar situation 10 years ago (a different type of surgery altogether - not even bowel related). I was not comfortable with the doctor's plan but in my case I had trusted...
Board: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 06-15-2016, 09:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 482
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Is it REALLY IBS??

Has any doctor palpitated your neck to feel for thyroid swelling or nodules or goiters? It's possible though to have a thyroid problem in the absence of swelling or growths. The presence of TPO...
Board: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 06-15-2016, 06:11 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 482
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Is it REALLY IBS??

Some of your symptoms are common in people with thyroid problems. You said your thyroid checked out as normal. Did they check antibodies? If you have one autoimmune condition (such as Celiac) you are...
Board: Cancer: Uterine 06-14-2016, 07:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 601
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: No Periods But Endometrial Lining 12mm

Glad to hear it came back and all is well! Hopefully, the cyst will resolve as most do. You should sleep well tonight!
Board: Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 06-14-2016, 02:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 329
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Very concerned about ultrasound!

I didn't have ovarian cancer but did have a large ovarian cyst which ended up being benign which is the case for most ovarian cysts and tumors. Of course the chances of cancer are greater in women...
Board: Cancer: Uterine 06-14-2016, 01:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 601
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: No Periods But Endometrial Lining 12mm

It's not unusual for the lining to build up during perimenopause when we don't ovulate regularly (which is why cycles become unpredictable). During our "normal" reproductive years (before peri), the...
Board: Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 06-11-2016, 12:54 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 257
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Advice needed re: wife's Ultrascan and surgery

I'm sorry you and your wife are going through this! I was in your wife's shoes 10 years ago when I was 49. I had a 9.5cm "complex mass" with scan characteristics similar to your wife's but also with...
Board: Hysterectomy 06-11-2016, 06:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 471
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: 5 weeks

Glad to hear your recovery is going well! Like you said, it can take close to a year for full recovery. Hopefully, the ovary shock will be only temporary or at least not full blown ovarian failure...
Board: Menopause 06-09-2016, 06:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 629
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Never ending period

It's good you're getting some iron in your multi-vitamin. I don't know what the recommended dose would be in your situation. It may be worth getting some blood work when you see your doctor later...
Board: Menopause 06-08-2016, 07:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 427
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: New here

Thank you for your kind words.

That's too bad that BC pills didn't work for you in the past. I wonder if you'd do better with micronized progesterone (brand name Prometrium) instead of one of the...
Board: Menopause 06-08-2016, 02:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 629
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Never ending period

It's not unusual to have erratic cycles with unpredictable bleeding during peri. Pretty much anything goes - missed periods, more frequent bleeding, bleeding that goes on and on...you name it, it can...
Board: Menopause 06-08-2016, 08:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 427
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: New here

Frannie - I can SO relate to the crushing depression! I am also in surgical "menopause" but in my case my gyn of 20 years removed BOTH ovaries, tubes, and my uterus for a benign ovarian cyst. That...
Board: Menopause 06-06-2016, 02:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 419
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Novasure procedure and postmenopusal women

It's not unusual for bleeding to return after years of none after ablation if the ovaries are still in reproductive mode (haven't switched to their menopausal / endocrine mode). The ovaries continue...
Board: Women's Health 06-05-2016, 08:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 604
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: I don't know what's wrong with my girlfriend?

With all this bleeding has she been checked for a bleeding disorder? If "sensitive skin" means she bruises easily that could be another possible indication of a bleeding disorder. Nosebleeds can...
Board: Women's Health 06-03-2016, 10:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 598
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: I'm scared about abnormal uterine cells in my pap

That does seem odd that you could go from normal to CIN III that quickly. A second opinion may be worthwhile. Keep in mind that just like ob/gyns can have different levels of experience / expertise...
Board: Aging Issues 06-01-2016, 02:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 481
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Thinning of skin

I also had a hysterectomy 10 years ago (at age 49) and my skin thinned DRAMATICALLY in a matter of months. The veins on my hands and feet became prominent and I also noticed some on my forehead and...
Board: Bowel Disorders 06-01-2016, 07:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 674
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: 3-4 BM's after waking in the AM

I feel for you! I have similar issues. Mine all started after a hysterectomy in 2006...never had bowel issues before that. It was really bad the first year or so post-op. I had severe...
Board: Women's Health 05-27-2016, 05:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 296
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: PCOS? Cancer? Help!

I'm sorry you are going through this. Did your doctor give any indication of what the ridge might be? I wonder if it was caused by the Mirena sort of like a scab that develops when you cut or scrape...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 05-27-2016, 08:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 375
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Hashimoto and lack of hair

If you are in menopause, that may explain it too. I know quite a few post-menopausal women who say they no longer need to shave their legs or don't need to nearly as often. Not the case for me...
Board: Women's Health 05-25-2016, 06:33 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 255
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: HELP and Advice on Hemorrhagic Ovarian Cysts

So sorry you are dealing with this. I've been in your shoes but my cyst was close to 10cm.

Most ovarian cysts do go away on their own including hemorrhagic ones. Everything I've read indicates...
Board: Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 05-24-2016, 05:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 344
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Can a kidney infection affect a pap?

Since you've been diligent about getting your paps, your chances are good that if there is something abnormal it's very treatable. Good luck and keep us posted.
Board: Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 05-24-2016, 02:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 344
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Can a kidney infection affect a pap?

Some benign conditions including bacterial and yeast infections can cause abnormal pap results which is why doctors sometimes recommend repeating the pap in a certain number of months. Ditto for...
Board: Women's Health 05-23-2016, 06:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 598
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: I'm scared about abnormal uterine cells in my pap

Glad to hear the uterine biopsy was negative! Hopefully, the polyps will be too! Interesting that they did not remove the "very large one." I wonder why.

I hadn't heard of doing a CA-125 test...
Board: Hysterectomy 05-22-2016, 06:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 276
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Insomnia

So sorry, I know how awful that is...been there too!

You are still early post-op so this may be temporary from the anesthesia and other drugs they gave you. Sleep issues seem to be a fairly...
Board: Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 05-21-2016, 04:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 255
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Need input or thoughts

Sorry you are dealing with this! I've been in your shoes although not exact situation because I'd never had an endometrioma.

They cannot always tell the type of cyst from an ultrasound. Maybe the...
Board: Digestive Disorders 05-20-2016, 09:07 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 279
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Fatty stools with orange oil

I've had problems with fatty stools too but don't have pain or nausea. It started 10 years ago after an unwarranted hysterectomy. I had severe diarrhea as well which gradually improved but I still...
Board: Menopause 05-18-2016, 07:27 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 406
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Lab Results - Please Help

I can relate! Everything about me fell apart after my hysterectomy. But my ovaries were removed too so it was obvious why every part of me was affected and it was almost immediate.

Your lab...
Board: Menopause 05-18-2016, 06:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 518
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Bleeding after two years of menopause

Definitely have this checked out. But to give you some peace of mind, I've been surprised to hear of quite a few women who've had post-meno bleeding that ended up being nothing serious. Some have...
Board: Bowel Disorders 05-17-2016, 02:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 217
Posted By STLouisgal
Re: Painful abdominal cramping once a month not GYN related

It's possible you're suffering the effects of ablation especially since you've also had a tubal. It might be "post ablation syndrome" or "post ablation tubal sterilization syndrome." One study I...
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