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Monday, December 9, 2013
How long do symptoms last post-surgery?
I had a total hysterectomy 2.5 years ago after a long history of ectopic pregnancy and ovarian cysts. I took oral HRT for the first six months post surgery and then switched to transdermal patches when oral HRT proved ineffective in alleviating menopausal symptoms. The patches also proved problematic. With a low dose, I still experienced menopausal symptoms such as anxiety, depression, hot flushes and night sweats. At a high dose, I experienced nausea and weird dreams. My blood sugar levels fluctuated and I was diagnosed as insulin resistant. For the past three months I have been using herbal remedies prescribed by a naturopath. I have also been exercising more and adhering to a low-carb, low- sugar diet. This has been more effective in alleviating day time symptoms - and I no longer get up and throw up - but I still have occasional hot flushes and persistent night sweats. How long do menopausal symptons usually last post-surgery? Will they ever end or do I just have to get used to them?
The most common pattern is for hot flashes to become less intense and less frequent. They may take several years to completely fade away. Some women have an occasional hot flash forever.
Margery Gass, MD
Formely, Professor, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati