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I have been on HR...
I have been on HR therapy for 8 yrs. I am 48.I currently am on amour thyroid and an anti -depressant. This is my cocktail. Bi-Est 5/5 10 mg.cream 1/2 ml.daily.oral progesterone 200 mg.at nite. Amour thyroid 60 mg. morn. Citalopram anti- dep. 20 mg. Every Mo. 3 wks into the mo. I have low back pain , cramping , bloating , gas , skin breaking out all , fatigue ,
depression , weight gain. It lasts about 8 days. When I apply the bi-est it seems to make the symptoms worse. I went had blood test and they said it was low except for thyriod looked good. I had an ultra sound and all is normal. normal paps too.My practioner has no answers . Help !!!! Of course my levels were low as I stopped the HR 24hrs prior to blood work. What a waste of money. can some one help me ???
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Hello,
How long have you been menopausal?
Have you had a dexa scan?
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
no ?
OB GYN Doctor: Dr. Owen, OB/GYN (Doctor) replied 8 years ago
How long have you been menopausal?
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago

5 yrs. I stopped having menses.

OB GYN Doctor: Dr. Owen, OB/GYN (Doctor) replied 8 years ago
Hello,
Usually after about 2 years of using HRT, the recommendation is to ween off the HRT (HR) because of risk of breast cancer, and also because it does not seem to work for many women longer than 2 to 5 years and you are at that point.
I would recommend that you get a Dexa Scan to check to see if you have any osteoporosis or osteopenia. And, perhaps taking vitamins, Calcium and Vitamin D would be beneficial for you.
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago

I dis agree it works but every woman is different. I could not funtion at all. Thats not an option . But finding some one qualified would be nice. I currently take Multi , Calcium and mag. w vit D. My diet is exellent my weight is 134. I exercise. Do not smoke or drink. Sleep really good. I need some more qualified than you. ??

OB GYN Doctor: Dr. Owen, OB/GYN (Doctor) replied 8 years ago
Hello,
There are other HRT options too - such as bioidentical hormones, and also there are food items and here is a website that can help:
http://www.holisticonline.com/Remedies/hrt/hrt_food_and_estrogen.htm
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
I am on bio -identical ???? I have nerver taken any thing else. Is there a woman available ? An expert in bio- identical hr. ?
OB GYN Doctor: Dr. Owen, OB/GYN (Doctor) replied 8 years ago
Hello,
What you really need to look at is looking into taking one problem at a time- because medications whether or not they are natural, bioidentical, artificial, etc - they all have side effects and these side effects can change over time - and you should look at what you want to improve - because each of your symptoms can be affected by one type of medication and then might improve or even worsen with another.
Also, you should be realistic - as symptoms are not always improved with medication - and life style changes should also be considered -
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