Struggling - HELP

Ali71Ali71 Posts: 3

2014 at the age of 34 I was in a critical condition & in intensive care & it turned out I had Ovarian Cysts. One side 13cm diameter & the other 11cm. I had to have my Ovaries & Tubes removed. I was on Evoril Conti patches for a couple of years. In 2015 I had to have another op to have my Gallbladder removed. Last year again I was rushed in to hospital. Due to scarring tissue, all my intestines were blocked & twisted & I needed surgery again & they also had to remove part of my bowel. I was off work for 3 months. Another op a few months later to remove Fibroids. Since the bowel op my life with the Menopause has been a nightmare. I'm being seen by the Menopause clinic but they keep changing my medication & I'm still struggling. Anxiety, depression, constantly feeling tired. Bleeding frequently, forgetful to name a few symptoms. Just feel so empty & can't see the positives in anything anymore. I used to be such a happy person & positive. Just not coping. Anyone else had these issues.

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  • Julie20Julie20 Posts: 235 mod

    Hi @Ali71

    I'm so sorry to hear of everything you have had to go through already, how often are you seeing the specialist and are they doing blood tests each time you go ? It seems to be taking them a long time to even out your medication, are they changing the actual HRT or just the doses ?

  • Ali71Ali71 Posts: 3
    edited December 2019

    Hi. They have changed the the medication a few times and dosage. It has been going on for so long I've lost track of it all. Initially it was just the doctor, after about a year I got referred to the Menopause Clinic. I saw the Specialist once and she put me on different tablets and gel. 3 months later for the follow up it was a nurse practitioner not the specialist. We discussed what I was taking. Gel and tablets. I had been told to take the tablets for days 1 to 25 then stop and start again on the 1st of the month but use the gel continually. She said that wasn't correct and I should be taking them with no break and that is why I was bleeding. That is what was on the prescription and my other half was with me and he said that is definitely what I was told. So the first three months of this new medication was almost a waste of time. She said the notes differed to what I'd been told and what was on the medication from the chemist. She doubled the tablet dosage 200g daily and increased to the maximum gel dosage of 4 pumps a day and things have got worse. I'm not due to see them again until the end of January. I just feel like I'm going round in circles. I've lost confidence in what they are doing. I did have a blood test before seeing the Specialist and my estrogen levels were extremely low. I have actually asked myself now to have a blood test which I'm having Wednesday to ask if they can check the levels again as I remembered the first time I was the Specialist she said they would do a blood test of things didn't improve but the nurse practitioner didn't mention it. It is all such a mess.

  • Julie20Julie20 Posts: 235 mod

    Unfortunately it is very hard to get the medication and dosage correct as no two women are the same. I do think you need to have the bloods again, you also need thyroid levels checked and B12 also vitamin D levels. All of these problems have the same side effects as menopause symptoms, once these are all checked the GP or specialist should be able to concentrate on getting you the correct medication, you also need to remember that it can take up to 6 months to start feeling better. X

  • Ali71Ali71 Posts: 3

    Thank you for your advice x

  • Julie20Julie20 Posts: 235 mod

    Hi @Ali71

    Keep me updated on how you are feeling and if you manage to get bloods done x

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