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hormones. what I should do or what I should ask my doctor?

I am 58 years old. I had my uterus & cervix removed at age 36, they left my ovaries. I had the ovaries removed 5 years ago along with my gallbladder. I do not remember why my doctor removed the ovaries, I do not think I was having bleeding or pain. Since February of this year I have been having a low grade fever, everyday on & off all day. It ranges from 99.1 to 100.2. I had non Hodgkin lymphoma 4 1/2 years ago, So I have been through numerous tests to make sure the cancer isn't back. I even went to an infectious doctor & they can not find any infection anywhere. My oncologist seems to think it is hormonal so he tested my estrogen level & it came back <5. My primary doctor never wanted to give me hormones because of my age & the fact that I smoked. Until recently I didn't think I needed them. I have read good & bad things about taking hormones. But now I sweat when I am doing strenuous work & I never used to. I can actually feel my temperature is going up. I have never had hot flashes or night sweats. I do not sleep well at all & my joints ache so much they wake me up from sleep. I am moody & I just don't feel right. I did finally quit smoking 3 months ago & feel pretty good about that. I am already over weight & now I gained 10 more pounds since I quit smoking. So I am afraid to take hormones because I heard you gain a lot of weight. Can you help me decide on what I should do or what I should ask my doctor?
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replied June 7th, 2014
Welcome to ehealthforum,
The underlying cause for your symptoms needs to be determined by going ahead with further evaluation (including hormonal tests to check your reproductive hormones, thyroid hormone levels, ultrasound scan to rule out progression of your NHL, etc). Further treatment options can be suggested based on your examination findings and evaluation results. If the symptoms of having sweating with minor works, feeling increase in body temperature are new and after removal of your ovaries, these could be attributed as menopausal symptoms (menopausal onset after surgical removal of ovaries), getting started on HRT should help with controlling your symptoms. Visit your doctor/gynecologist for further evaluation, clarification and assistance.
Take care.

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