Warnings...this is yucky female stuff...
As some of you know I have been going through perimenopausal for the last two years and am having a rough time of it. The doctor seems to have to increase or change the HTR medication I have been on about every six months or so...still inspite of the problems the hot flashes and night sweats and anxiety aren't nearly as bad as when this first started. But I go through spells where I am just sick...can't sleep..all sorts of problems.
But any today I had an appointment (which was moved up) because I am having so many problems. She took me off the latest HTR she was trying which was a patch and I am trying femhrt now. I know its spelled weird. Anyway one of the problems is right before she switched me to this I had started spotting...got on this and had a regular period, which I haven't had a period in a long time. Anyway I keep having spotting problems so they did a pap smear and an Endometrial biopsy. To try to find out why I am spotting so much like this. It could be my hormones are out of whack..which I think they are...or cancer or possibly from a fibroid the doctor thinks she found during the examine. So now I have to go in for a sonogram to see if its a fibroid ..then what I don't know. Its its causing the spotting and that's all..not affecting me too much I don't see why it can't be left alone as what I am reading is as a woman goes through menopause it will shrink and just literally go away on its own.
Oh I found this: Uterine bleeding problems. With less progesterone to regulate the growth of the endometrium, the uterine lining may become thicker before itís shed, resulting in very heavy periods. Also, fibroids (benign tumors of the uterine wall) and endometriosis (the migration of endometrial tissue to other pelvic structures), both of which are fueled by estrogen, may become more troublesome. troublesome he says....!!! naw...
Anyway...the doctor talked about taking me off of HRT all together as she doesn't think its helping much, in which I went like this.. This is better then it was, but yea, things aren't going very well...so I am on the verge of trying natural estrogen and progesterone and wanted advise from those that have used those creams before. I have used the progesterone cream when my body was normal... It stopped the truly horrible PMS I was having and the horrible cramps. It was wonderful!
But I haven't used the estrogen cream. Now we have talked about natural treatment for this before, but I really can't afford to buy a bunch of stuff...pills, herbs, vitamins. If I can keep it down to those two things that last longer then a month too, then I could afford that. This is what I would like to check out plus of course please share any information about anything I have mentioned here too.
One of the problems I have been having is a very upset stomach. Just hurting..or very upset. Not really heart burn and it doesn't match ulcers so I don't think its that. And diarrhea and constipation. From what I read the fibroid can cause constipation.. I told the doc about this but she thought I needed to talk to my regular doctor about that. But after I got home I looked and saw that patch can cause all the stomach problems I have been having. All of them can actually and cause spotting too... So who knows, maybe I am just having side affects from this HTR.
So anyway I would appreciate your prayers and any advise too of course. One of the other things is feeling so horribly tired ...probably only two or three days out of the week do I feel ok. Part of that is the nights I don't sleep well of course but even when I do I still feel so tired. Its a real struggle to get through the days sometimes...well alot of times. Oh and no I really don't think I have cancer at all. I think its all this other stuff so I am not worried about that at all.