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Hysterectomy and muscle loss/dry skin

By October 17, 2011 - 8:31pm
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Hi - I had a complete hysterectomy in April of this year. I am hoping someone out there can give me some advice regarding dry skin and muscle tone loss. I am 30lbs heavier than I was when I got married, but prior to my hysterectomy my legs/muscle tone was always there, despite my weight..since the surgery all muscle tone is gone in my thighs, my skin is incredibly loose and much more wrinkled ...all muscle tone is gone and I'm incredibly upset. I tried the estrogen patch but had an allergic reaction. I am lucky that I do not have any hot flashes, just mild night sweats at times...other than that I am good. Please tell me what I can do to prevent this loss of muscle and my face aging before I am due. I am only 46. Thank you.

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You are not crazy. I had my hysto two years ago and almost immediately noticed the saggy, dry skin and loss of muscle tone. As for the person above who stated that exercise and drinking water would help, it does not. I would with a trainer two days a week and take Zumba classes two days a week, also drink at least a gallon of water per day. What has helped is topical testosterone compound, but expensive, about $100 per month, an estrogen replacement but that has its own risks, good multi-vitamin and Vit-D, plus a collagen supplement.

You should exercise to reduce bone loss and help thwart several other age related diseases. Testosterone can cause hair growth, tender breasts and mood swings. You'll need to work with your Dr to adjust the dosage to get max benefit without becoming a hairy, bad-tempered monster. Good luck, not much info out there for women. If this affected men, there would be boat loads of info available.

June 21, 2014 - 9:52am

Hi EmptyMom,

Thank you for your question! I couldn't find anything that linked a hysterectomy to muscle loss. However, when you are over 40, you need to perform certain exercises to help build muscle and prevent loss of muscle mass. I found this article that I think you will find helpful: http://www.livestrong.com/article/79385-build-muscle-over/

As for dry skin-- drink LOTS and LOTS of water, avoid hot showers and baths, use aloe vera lotion and/or Vitamin E after you shower.

Hope this helps!


October 18, 2011 - 7:15am
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