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#1 cascais


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Posted 26 February 2019 - 04:11 PM

Any of you take HRT ( Hormone replacement therapy) and Levothyroxine ?


i recently had my second ( and last ovary ) out, due to torsion (ouch), so even though i am not technically in menopause, it will hit anytime now.

The Gyneas wanted me to start Hrt straight away, but when you read the leaflet it scares the hell out of you... anyhow, i started it after about 10 days, and within a day or 2 i would have the most awful headache... i would go to bed with one, wake up with it, to the point when you need to be under pain drugs 24/7  and even at that not being able to function... so I ended up stopping again- for now.

i i know i need to take something for 10 years, and alternatives therapies have been mentioned, but this is a minefield, and i don t know anything about it... the more they try to explain  the more they confuse me...

they also mentioned putting a coil for the progesterone and  just taking oestrogen,  but i am not sure , the coil is 5 years.. so im a bit worried ...

so right now i take nothing !

i 'm waiting on doing some bloods to see what the actual levels are, before i take anything... 

anyone on Hrt ? have you had issues ? particularly with headaches ? what do you take ?


so, back to thyroid.. i have read in the medication leaflets and  various websites that the thyroids meds need to be adjusted afterwards... anyone know  what the relation is between all of those...?


Thanks !


2011 ovarian torsion- ovary removal (left) 

dnc 2016 (gynea)

complete thyrodectomy  in july 2017 ( heart palpitations, also 2 nodules on thyroid found), thyroid found to be quite enlarged .

january 2018, ovarian dermoid cyst found

may 2018- colonsocopy - 1 small polyp removed

november 2018 ovarian torsion 2- ovary removal (right)

january 2019 -endoscopy- gastritis and hiatus hernia found

march 2019 scheduled for gynea surgery (pelvic floor)


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Posted 27 February 2019 - 02:47 PM

How old are you?


Are you struggling with menopausal symptoms?


I went to a doc for my unrelenting insomnia and he wanted me on estrogen but I only took for a short period due to the higher risks of cancer.  I've also taken progesterone orally and honestly didn't notice much difference.

Free T-4 and Free T-3 are absolutely necessary to properly dose yourself.
My experience is that 1/2 - 3/4 of range is your goal for optimal treatment

My Journey... 7 years to receive a diagnosis. TT 2004 after 4.5 years on Tapazole that had to be adjusted monthly - endo ran labs every 4 weeks. Remission was never going to happen for me so I opted for surgery to remove. Final DX by surgeon was Hashitoxicosis, TPO antibodies over 2000 and TSI 316% within the year prior to surgery. I never had a ultrasound or any lab testing to rule out cancer - pathology was negative. Post surgery I was kept hypo for many years - until I figured out how to dose my self, relying on where I fell in the FT-4 and FT-3 labs. I run TSH below range due to positive TBII antibodies. Horrible time adjusting to addition of Cytomel = patience pays off when adding this drug to the mix.

The happy ending ---> Stable dose since 1/10 Unithroid 125mcg, Cytomel 12.5mcg - labs I can live with.

None of the information on is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Information shared is based on my personal experiences and should not be considered medical advice. Please consult a physician before adjusting any medication.

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