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JamieAnn
04-03-2011, 07:20 PM
Hi Everyone,

I'm 6 months post up and doing really great. My back feels more even and normal as the weeks go on. I can tell my muscles are stronger, and I can do more and more. I do, however, still have a lot of the stinging/burning/sharp pains on the right side of my fusion. It seems to be the worst when I "over do it" - like clean the house or bend and reach too much. But from what I've read on this forum this all seems normal.

The one thing I am getting frustrated with is my hormones still being very off at this stage. I asked my surgeon a few months ago about this and he said "anything is possible" and that it's common for hormones to be thrown off by this surgery.. but he didn't have any thoughts on when it might get back to normal or what I can do.

Mainly for the women here, how long did it take for your hormones to regulate after surgery - including menstrual cycle? For me it's not only my cycle but I'm also having issues with acne and mood swings, too.

Any thoughts on regulating my hormones in general would be greatly appreciated. I'm not sure if there's anything I should be doing or just ride it out and wait.

Thanks,
Jamie

debbei
04-03-2011, 07:51 PM
Hi Jamie,

I think it took 3 months for my cycle to return.

Lilysaidwhat
04-04-2011, 09:03 AM
I thought the mood swings were related to surgery recovery and not hormones - I tend to cry much more than normal.

I had a second period 2 days after returning home from the hospital post-op (my period ended 1 week earlier) but is now back on schedule, so that has not been an issue.

JamieAnn
04-04-2011, 12:07 PM
Yes, mood swings in the initial 4-8 weeks after surgery are definitely from the surgery itself and the drugs/pain killers. I had bouts of depression and crying at about 4-6 weeks post op but I was still taking Dilaudid so that's very normal.

I'm talking about hormones being off at 6 months post op.

Thanks everyone!

asccbodypro
04-04-2011, 02:02 PM
[QUOTE=JamieAnn;119812]Hi Everyone,

The one thing I am getting frustrated with is my hormones still being very off at this stage. I asked my surgeon a few months ago about this and he said "anything is possible" and that it's common for hormones to be thrown off by this surgery.. but he didn't have any thoughts on when it might get back to normal or what I can do.

Mainly for the women here, how long did it take for your hormones to regulate after surgery - including menstrual cycle? For me it's not only my cycle but I'm also having issues with acne and mood swings, too.

Jaime,

I'm with you on this one....I feel that my surgery completely changed how my body is now functioning. I think I would have an easier time dealing with the lingering pain and new issues with my necks if my hormones weren't so out of wack. Unfortunately there seems to be no remedy given by doc's other than take an antidepressant. Which by the way I tried a few for the pain effects, at pretty good doses, and they certainly ddn't help the hormonal issue. Hope things get better for you as time goes by :O)

KathK
04-05-2011, 06:50 PM
Jamie,
Thanks for posting this. I am "with you" on this one! My cycle has not returned and it has been 8 months since my surgery. I have also had hot flashes and night sweats. I just went to see a gynecologist today. She drew blood to test my hormone levels. I'll see her again in another month, and, hopefully, will find out what's going on. I am now 47, so, for me, the surgery might have kicked me into menopause. However, you are much younger than me if I remember correctly. If you feel up to it, you might want to get your hormone levels checked. I'll let you know what I find out.

For the record, it's a bit of a challenge to log roll to get horizontal on a little exam table (smiles).

LindaRacine
04-05-2011, 07:58 PM
Hi...

After any big trauma, illness, or surgery, one's hormones can go very whacky. I know several people who went into early menopause after one of these. About 10 years ago, I had a very serious illness. I was only sick for about a month, but it sent me head first into menopause. Unfortunately, I've had hot flashes ever since!

--Linda

jrnyc
04-06-2011, 08:19 AM
well, for anyone who doesn't come back from the effect on their hormones...i would recommend bio identical hormones..
not to rush anyone ...perhaps many women will have their hormones back where they belong after some months...
but for anyone who doesn't, i can tell you from my own experience taking bio identicals for about 6 years now...they saved my life!
and they are nothing like the synthetics! i tried the "usual" hormones first, for several years...absolutely no comparison!

jess

TiffanyK
04-06-2011, 08:42 PM
Jamie-

Until I read your post here I never really connected my mood swings to the surgery. I had mood swings when I was a teenager, but they leveled out at some point. Since the surgery they've been off the charts for me. The past two months have been the worst. They were so bad that I've gone from complete drama queen to breaking down crying about feeling like a bad mother. However, this past week I've seem to be leveling out again (and I confirmed this with my husband to make sure it wasn't just me). As for the menstrual cycle, I had my first one the day after my surgery (lucky me). It wasn't consistent for a few months, but seems to be on a new pattern now. I was on a 32 day cycle before surgery and now it's 29. I'm at 8 months post-op so maybe things will return to normal soon for you.

mgs
04-06-2011, 08:56 PM
I turned 50 a few days after my revision surgery. I did not experience any mood swings, etc after any of my surgeries, nor any disruption in my cycle. (If surgery had kicked me into menopause, it would have been more than fine with me. No such luck.)

KathK
04-07-2011, 08:56 PM
When I saw the GYN about hormones on Tuesday, she went ahead and did an exam and a pap test. Is a pap test one where I should have taken antibiotics prior to the test? It would be helpful if surgeons would provide a few more examples/details on these things.....

Linda, do you know?

Thanks!!!!

debbei
04-08-2011, 07:26 AM
When I saw the GYN about hormones on Tuesday, she went ahead and did an exam and a pap test. Is a pap test one where I should have taken antibiotics prior to the test? It would be helpful if surgeons would provide a few more examples/details on these things.....

Linda, do you know?

Thanks!!!!

Not for a pap, as far as I know.

KathK
04-08-2011, 08:44 AM
Thanks, Debbei,
I did call the surgeon's office this morning, and you are correct, antibiotics are not needed prior to a pap test.
Thanks, again!