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possitive
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   Posted 4/1/2006 9:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ladies,I had my ovaries removed 3 weeks ago and i was told that i would go into immediate menopause,I already had hot flashes from Tamoxifan but i havent noticed any difference yet with my ovaries out.Has anyone of you had your ovaries removed and what was your expierence with it?  Tammy

wackygal
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   Posted 4/2/2006 5:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Tammy- I had mine out in december 04. other than hot flashes, i have honestly noticed no other symptoms... no weird mood changes or anything like that at all. oh- unless you count a few more gray hairs! ha
i will tell you that my nighttime hotflashes are made worse by caffeine, spicy foods, chocolate, and alcohol, but you probably already knew that.
hugs!
stefanie
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 To do what I do"

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Lmmackey
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   Posted 4/3/2006 6:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Tammy, can't help but would love it if you could tell me how the surgery was, how long it took, and how recovery has been. I may be doing that fairly soon myself. Glad to hear you aren't having any more troubles than the tam had given you! That should be all you'll feel! Ellen says Vitamin E helps with those!

Thanks,
Laure'
The finger of God touches your life when you make a friend.
----Mary Dawson Hughes---


possitive
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   Posted 4/3/2006 5:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Laure,The surgery for ovaries was they went through my belly button,a small incision on let abdomen and incision below my belly button.(laproscopic) I also had my bladder repaired so my recovery time is longer,but for ovaries alone its less recovery time.I was glad to have them removed because now the onc.has told me that i have done everything i could do to help from not getting a recurrence,anything to keep those hormones away. Tammy

Lmmackey
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   Posted 4/3/2006 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Awesome, Tammy. I'm glad that you seem so possitive about all of this. I really rely on your experience and i'll let you know what happens with me. Doing everything to keep this bc at bay is really important to me, being young as I am, or even if I wasn't. Thanks for sharing!

Laure'
The finger of God touches your life when you make a friend.
----Mary Dawson Hughes---


possitive
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   Posted 4/4/2006 8:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Laure,if the doctor suggest you have them removed,you will feel alot better just knowing that you did one more thing to keep this darn disease away.I havent noticed any difference with menopause by having them out.I hope you have them out because i know you will feel better just knowing that the hormones wont be produced from there anymore.Someone was saying that hormones also come from fat cells,i was going to talk to my onco.about this.I will let you know if i feel any changes(menopause). Tammy

coopfesta
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   Posted 4/4/2006 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
My onc's this cute little guy.  In yiddish, you'd call him a nebbish, a sweet (usually not the burly type, shall we say) guy who is willing to have a woman be the boss.   Anyway, he just just lit up when I told him I was considering an oopher.  You could tell he felt funny about being so happy about the possiblity, like he'd be offending me because he was happy I might become barren (the super-sensitive type).  I guess he didn't realize that his lighting up at the thought of my doing an intervention is exactly what I want him to do!!!!!
 
ANYWAY, I had no symptoms from the oopher except the hot flashes (I definately swear by the vitamin E (400 2X/day).  There is a nasty leftover scar tissue damage from the hyster I had a the same time.  I had it done laproscopically, with two holes near my hip bones, but a little more inside, about where the ovaries would be.  The machine they used was called a morselator, and I really wasn't squeemish about what was going to be done (stop reading if you're squeemish).  They took my uterus out through a tiny hole because they crushed it up inside my body.  That's how they do the oophers too, I think. 
 
The main side effect of menopause I've heard the most about is diminishing bone density.  I feel more creeky than I did before the cancer, but that could be long term effects of chemo, or aging, the confounds are to numerous to conclude that it's the menopause.  That's one, then of course, there's the Edith Bunker thing (power surges)  Of all our mysterious female problems, this is the one they think about with the mood swings and the power surges.  Maybe it's a good time to get exactly what you want from that DH or DS or any man.  You're probably not going crazy, just adjusting to the hormonal change.
 
 
of course, you may be going crazy, have I mentioned I'm going into private practice???????
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius

Ellen


Lmmackey
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   Posted 4/4/2006 1:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had laparoscopic surgery before to remove my gallbladder and they pumped my abdomen full of co2. Do they do that with an oopher done laparoscopically? Getting rid of the co2, both trying to awaken and eliminating it from my body was very difficult and it supressed my breathing almost to the point of not breathing. All the alarms went off and I'm told the docs came running to revive me. I don't want to do that again!

Thanks for the info. Tammy I know I will feel better if I do have them taken out, since I'm having a heck of a time stopping my ovaries chemically with Lupron. They just don't want to stop! I'm just SO chicken about another surgery, recovery, and co2.

Laure'
The finger of God touches your life when you make a friend.
----Mary Dawson Hughes---


Frayda
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   Posted 4/4/2006 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   

I had my ovaries removed 3 years ago laproscopically.  I was a little crampy and gassy for a day or two. I also had 4 little incisions.  It took a couple of months for the hot flashes to come (you have some residual estrogen that lingers for a while),  and they would strike like clock work at 4 in the morning! That lasted about 6 months. Then the vaginal dryness set in. That was very irritating and my dr. said a low dose of localized estrogen would be ok. I use the e-string, a silicone ring that releases estrogen for 3 months. There are also vaginal suppositories (vagifem) that do the same thing. These types of estrogen do not get absorbed, so they are ok to use (otherwise, why remove the ovaries, duh!) but they do require a prescription. I did have a bone density last year and all is well.  Tums is a great source of extra calcium. Frayda

 


possitive
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   Posted 4/5/2006 5:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Laure,they did fill my stomach with air but if they didnt tell me ,I wouldnt have known it because i didnt have any problems with it.You will do fine.God will be there with you. Thank you Frayda for the info. Tammy
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