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Menopause

Hysterectomy at 23 now 46 need guidance

11/17/2007

Question:

I had to have a hysterectomy at age 23 after haveing my second child. The Doctor removed absolutely everything but one ovary, the hysterectomy was required due to a severe infection after a tubal ligation. I have been on hormone replacement since the surgery as my remaining ovary does not produce a sufficient amount of hormone. I have been having recently many disturbing problems that my doctor has been trying to help me identify the causes of them. In doing research on menopause, I was wondering if I listed some of these problems, maybe you could give me some guidence into resolving the symptoms. I recently started waking up with rapid heart racing between the hours of 3 am and 5 am usually. I have very poor levels of concentration and memory scrambles, more than loss of memory. I am often light headed, not really dizzy. I have tingling in my left side of my face and left hand occasionally. I have been fully tested for my heart, and have taken stress tests as well. As a preventative measure my doctors have placed me on a low dose betta blocker. The heart testing results were fine. The other morning upon waking with the rapid heart rate I got up to use the restroom and then became so chilled to the bone, that when I tried to speak to my husband my teeth were chattering. I have been so frustrated with these symptoms and it interferes with my business on some days. If you have any suggestions as to where I might find some answers, I would greatly appreciate it.

Answer:

Heart arrythmias are not considered a symptom of menopause.  If the beta blocker is not controlling the rapid heart rate, follow up with your primary care doctor to find something that will work for you.

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Response by:

Margery   Gass, MD Margery Gass, MD
Formely, Professor, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati