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What A Fun Thing To Add To An Already Impressive Plethora!

I'm a large woman, 48 years old. Partial hysterectomy when I was 30. Everything has been smooth sailing until now in that regard. Now, I'm quite miserable.
A bit more background: I'm a PTSD patient with fibromyalgia, so the mood swings & frustration aren't exactly new territory. You know that time that Britney Spears shaved her head? Yeah, I'm right there right now.....
Just had a stress test done on my heart & it's wonderful & healthy but the doc doesn't want me on HRT. He says the risks are too high. And I get that - I'm terrified of alleviating today's symptom in exchange for tomorrow's horrific diagnosis. The hot flashes are the worst of all of it. I've always loved my long hair but a buzz cut is looking really good.
I am glad to be part of this group for the community. Least I know I'm not alone.
feathermoon feathermoon 46-50, F 5 Responses May 11, 2011

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Hey, Marji - I've been on Amitriptylin for years for my fibro. I take 50 mg a day, but have taken as high as 100 mg. Worst side effect? It makes me feel like I'm starving! How about you?

I started taking .25 of estradiol today. I just feel like I have no choice. I've been suffering with this on & off for about five years but it's really getting a lot worse.

Maybe that means it's close to being over? What are your experiences, ladies?

Feathermoon, You go ahead and be vain about your hair! We have to have something we love about ourselves while the rest of us is falling apart LOL! I'm sorry you are going through this, thank you for sharing more deeply about the menopause. I know it's personal. Take care of you :)

Thanks, y'all. I can't shave my hair. I'm in Texas; I'd fry, lol.

The doc is worried about heart & breast cancer concerns with HRT. Yeah, I have fibro & I'm huge, but mild exercise really does help. I go through phases where the hot flashes are horrid but that's the worst of it. I don't turn into a raving ***** like I've heard others talk about doing. Thank God. I don't want my hubby to be scared of me! :)

I had an appointment to get a trim this week but decided against it. I think I'll be more comfy if I grow my bangs out & can put them up. Honestly, my hair is in the best shape of its whole life. God help me; I'm big but I'm vain to a certain extent, lol.

Thanks, y'all. I can't shave my hair. I'm in Texas; I'd fry, lol.

The doc is worried about heart & breast cancer concerns with HRT. Yeah, I have fibro & I'm huge, but mild exercise really does help. I go through phases where the hot flashes are horrid but that's the worst of it. I don't turn into a raving ***** like I've heard others talk about doing. Thank God. I don't want my hubby to be scared of me! :)

I had an appointment to get a trim this week but decided against it. I think I'll be more comfy if I grow my bangs out & can put them up. Honestly, my hair is in the best shape of its whole life. God help me; I'm big but I'm vain to a certain extent, lol.

Feathermoon, I also have Fibro as you know. Does it get worse with the Menopause? I'm terrified of going through menopause because of all the other health issues; I'm afraid it's going to be horrible, I'm already in enough pain and foggy enough (LOL). Please don't shave your head, I would kill for beautiful hair, the Lupus has left mine all thin and nasty!

I'm glad you are here with us too, it's a great place to vent and tell our stories. Are there any other alternatives you can take to help with the hot-flashes and mood swings? Maybe people on here will have some good answers for you? What are the risks of the HRT that the Dr is concerned about?

I am glad that your heart is healthy :) That is wonderful news!

Hang in there, we will listen to whatever you want to dish out! And we care! So please don't shave your head, u may get a sunburn!!! Then you'll have to wear sunblock, and keep shaving as it grows back, sounds like a lot of work to me! I'm just trying to lighten the mood and make you smile! I'm truly sorry you have to go through this. Take care of yourself :)