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    Surgically induced menopause
    An_245607 posted:
    I had my oophorectomy in 2006 at the age of 41. I was immediately placed on HRT which I have maintained until March 23, 2012. During my HRT I experienced weight gain, osteopenia and adult acne. It has been 9 weeks since I have had any hormone and I am miserable a lot of the time. My OB/GYN explained that my menopause may be a bit more severe than that of a natural progressive menopause; I did not expect this! I am constantly flaring up with hot flashes/flushes combo which not only raises my body temperature to UNBEARABLE it also causes my face, neck, chest, arms and legs to turn bad sunburn red , causes insomnia,drenches me in sweat, makes me sick to my stomach and chilled too. How long will these severe symptoms last? I have met with my physician but he told me he could not predict how long this would last. If any of you have went through this and can offer some sage advice I would greatly like to hear from you.
    Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
    Dear An_245607,
    Unfortunately, your physician is correct in that the duration of symptoms is unpredictable. A couple of suggestions: have you tried any over the counter remedies? Things like black cohosh (like Remifemin) and soy/or isoflavone supplements (like Icool) can help with symptoms. Another option is to go back onto some HRT, perhaps at a lower dose, to see if you can alleviate some of the symptoms. I always discourage folks from going off of HRT altogether in the warmer months; so if you do want to go off of HRT altogether, why not continue some for the summer, and then try again in October or November?
    Hope you feel better soon,
    Good luck,
    Mary Jane
    iris4me responded:
    Holy cow didn't they wean you off your hormones?

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