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Hi. I am 32 years old and have been searching for an answer to my problem for years. Since my first period, they were always extremely painful, long, and heavy. At 16 I had my first laparoscopy done to get rid of the cysts and endometreosis to help the pain. At 17 I had my first miscarriage. At 19 I had another laparoscopy for the pain. At 22 I had another to aid in helping me get pregnant. 2 miscarriages later, I finally had my son is 2007. In 2009 I had to get a hysterectomy (cervix and uterus out only) because of the damage that had been done through all of the years...now...backtracking to 2004 (I was 24) I woke up one morning with this feeling of lightheadedness, it felt like vertigo but the room wasn't spinning. A fuzzy feeling in my head, and pain behind my eyes that felt like I had been straining my eyes to look at something for days. I went through hell and back with my doctor trying to figure out the problem. It got to the point to where I could no longer work. I went to an ENT, I had an mri, lot's of bloodwork, (i apologize, it was so long ago, i don't remember what was checked) but my doctor did not give up on me and was extremely thorough in trying to figure me out. Finally, he prescribed me a combination of valium and meclazine (what is in bonine..the motion sickness pill) just to see if it may be my inner ear...and ever since then I have been taking the combination 3-4 times a day. Since then my doctor and I have just left it a lone because the pills take away some of the problem. but somedays, like today..it get's really bad to the point of making me think the meds aren't working anymore. I want to mention that after my hysterectomy none of my symptoms got better. I did have my hormone levels checked in the year of trying to figure out what was wrong..but here's the crazy part. When I found out I was pregnant I obviously couldn't take the meds anymore. and through my whole pregnancy, i never had the problems. not once. they came back THE MOMENT that I started my first period after giving birth. I had a massage today and the therapist did a lot of work on the pain in my stomach...the ovaries, the bladder, all of that. I don't know if this may have exxagerated my problem? I no longer have periods now since my hysterectomy but the problems with my lightheadedness, dizziness, fuzziness, and the strain behind my eyes, seem to be worse when I think is the time when I would usually have my period. I am DESPERATE for help here at this point in my life. It has been too long and I am too young to have days like this. It is making my symptoms 10x worse by looking at this computer to type this!!! So, I was reading about perimenopause, and I don't know if this could be the answer. Also, although my hormone levels were checked when all of this started years ago, (through blood work) (my primary also said that my levels could have been ok at the moment, but can change constantly) could I still have been and still be experiencing low or high progesterone levels??? PLEASE..I beg for help.
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replied September 2nd, 2011
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You really should have your levels checked again and find a doctor and a compounding pharmacist that knows what they are doing with hormones.

It is a known fact that in five years after a partial hysterectomy that 50% of all women will go through ovarian failure. I had my partial hyster in late 08 and had already suffered with peri symptoms before that. Since the surgery my Progesterone and Estrogen are falling fast.

Lack of progesterone can do a number on some women and it is well worth you checking into. There is a fabulous website out there for peri and meno with loads of information. If you google perimenopause forum, it should be the first website that pulls up.

Hormones change constantly and yes when you have one test it might be in range BUT in range doesn't mean that they are optimal. There are Doctors out there that will treat low ranges even if they are in "range". Having had a hyster a couple of years ago, they really should be watching your levels for ovarian failure. Also considering your female issues dating back. You owe yourself a good blood work up.

They should at least test the 4 different thyroid hormones, progesterone, Estradiol, Estrone, DHEA, Testosterone (free and bound) and have them toss in B12 and Vitamin D too! Blood serum really is the better way to test, some will try to get you to do the saliva.

I could write for hours about all of the things that low progesterone has caused me but I won't go into it. If the Doctor tells you that you are to young, you run like mad and find another one that will check your levels.
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replied September 3rd, 2011
Thank you so very much. I didn't think that someone would take the time to read my lengthy post!On Monday I will be making an appointment to have this bloodwork done. In the meantime, how would they treat low progesterone? And as far as them needing to check me for ovarian failure after my hyster, I think it's scary that none of my Dr's ever mentioned that. It's as if the job was done...and everyone just moved on! Thank you again!
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replied September 4th, 2011
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It is up to you and your doctor on which route you want to go. Personally I chose to go with Biodenticals which are compounded in a special pharmacy. Some insurance will pay for a portion of these and others will not. There are prescriptions as well that you can get through the regular pharmacy.

Doctors don't mention it because probably 75% of them have no clue what they are doing since ya know this is a NATURAL thing for our bodies to go through. Just because it is natural doesn't mean I want to suffer lol! Sadly they aren't out there trying to find us gals our little blue wonder pill like the men have.

I would start with your gyn and tell them what you are going through and ask about getting your levels tested.
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replied September 4th, 2011
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BTW I was only 35 when all of this started for me! Now 41 and have the blood work of a woman 15 years older than me : ( . You deserve a better quality of life and hopefully by checking your levels you can find an answer. If it isn't hormones then at least you can weed that one out. With so many female issues in the past, can almost bet there will be something a muss.

If you need any advice, just reply here and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Check out that website I mentioned but don't get to involved in the drama rama on the forum. Those women can be very menopausal lol.
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replied September 4th, 2011
Thank you so much davinci817 Smile After feeling this way for 8 years, my determination to finding out what is wrong with me has come back. It was such a battle that first year that I was just happy to get some sort of relief. I will gladly accept your offer for more advice when I need it! You are awesome!
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replied September 4th, 2011
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Ha ha, not awesome! Just a woman that has been to hell and back with hormones and Doctors that wouldn't listen. The catch all answer is always an SSRI and some benzodiazepine! I was fed prozac for a year and it didn't fix one thing but make me fat and lethargic. Susane Sommers has a cute saying in a talk she did...."I don't know one woman that is deficient in Prozac"!!! So true but they think that is the answer for our womanly woes! If there is away to send you a private message on here, will send you my FB information and connect you to our private peri/meno group. They area all from the website I gave you...and the the nice ones from there at that lol. There are a few younger women and those numbers climb with each year. We gals are just going through this so much earlier these days.
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