Menopause with Chronic Hepatitis C

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Heppy
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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 2/2/2008 5:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello,
 
I was diagnosed with Hepatitis C in 1999, and just found out that I am menopausal as of two days ago. I thought that this was good news because I could not explain the hair loss, skin problems, and the hot/cold feelings. I went to my health food store, and they told me to take Black Cohosh. Before I opened the bottle, I looked it up and called my pharmacist and both said that it would damage my liver. Does anyone have chronic Hepatitis C, and take something for there menopause that doesn't hurt their liver? It doesn't seem like anyone has an option for me. I hope everyone is doing well here.
 
Heppy :-)
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1Shelly1
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   Posted 2/3/2008 5:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Happy, Natural medicines are tricky so be careful with them. I wholeheartedly believe in their use but we have to be very cautious too. I am glad you spoke to your Dr and pharmacist before you took the Cohosh. I heard that soy products are useful for decreasing some menopausal symptoms. You could research that on the web and find out. Soy is a bean but comes in different forms now, from powdered soy to soy tabs, and soy milk. I know that it is also used by naturpaths to decrease bad cholesterol, help with nail and hair growth, and several other things. AS far as the dosages are concerned I am not sure how much is required to actually benefit you. However you should also know that soy is a protein so if you are on a low protein diet then soy is not for you. It may help you to know that the general belief is that symptoms of menopause are genetic. You may want to ask your mom-grandmother-sisters-about their symptoms. Everyone is a little diffrent but overall it may help you to figure out duration of symptoms as well as severity that they all had. In my case I had symptoms for about 2 years but I decided to just let nature take its course. I am too fearful of the side effects of hormone replacement therapy so that was not an option for me. (by choice) I do know that many women get their thyroid checked annually when they have their physicals to ruleout a hypoactive thyroid as the cause of their fatigue and hairloss. Hope this helps a little.
Shelly

CaryF
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 505
   Posted 2/4/2008 1:13 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi,

I have chronic Hep C, take HRT and synthroid. I plan to be on HRT for 3-5 years as Drs. advise.

Best, Cary

 

 

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