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tired after hysterectomy @age 60.

By Anonymous July 22, 2014 - 10:04am
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I have always been sensitive to my horomone. At 50 I was pre manapausal and I was fortunate enough to get bioidentical estrogen patches and a progesterone IUD. This worked well until aboaut age 58.5 when I started gaining weigh for no reason, I was tired and my joints hurt. I have always been active and I just lost my get up and go. I sought the help of an RN hormone specialist who said I had adrenal fatique and that I needed more progesterone. My inner voice questioned the progesterone because I had hada depo-rovera injection for birth control in my early 30's and gained 12 lbs in 2 weeks., but I was desparate to feel better. When she suggested that I start to take prednisone to "balance" my adrenals, I called our endocrinologist for consultation. He was very supportive and told me not to take the prenisone and to stop the progesterone and have the IUD removed,because even the smalles amout was causing me to feel tired and

bloated. In ocstober of 2013 I had a total hysterectomy and bladder suspension which I really needed. I recovered for 8 weeks and then went back to work full time. I am a nursing supervisor the hospital. I have never been over weight by 20 Lbs for this long in my entire life,just normal weight gain with my 4 pregnancies. I was doing hot yoga 4 x a week several years ago, I walk in the hospital alone 3.66 miles a day,Now it seems that I cannot summon the energy to get up early and go to the gym, and when I do work out hard it takes me a wee to recover I am so tired. I am on a estrogen patch 0.035 I just reduced it from0.050 about 2 weeks ago because my breasts had increase by at full cup size. Is this just part of becoming 60?
My brain just can't accept this. Can you help??

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Hi Anon,

Welcome to EmpowHER and thanks for your question! You have been through so much and I understand your desire to get answers and return to your normal routine. You have surpassed the average recovery time for a hysterectomy, which is 6 weeks. Weight gain and fatigue are not lasting side effects of a hysterectomy, though they are more common as you age and your metabolism slows down.

Are you also experiencing low moods? A hysterectomy is a major surgery that can have emotional side effects, including depression, which can manifest as fatigue and weight gain. Hormone therapy also causes fatigue and weight gain. Please discuss your concerns with your doctor. You may need to have your iron levels tested, get tips to help boost your metabolism, re-evaluate your estrogen dosage, or be accessed for depression.

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Best Wishes,


July 24, 2014 - 7:12pm
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