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Calling all ladies who have had a hysterectomy and still have their ovaries! I am sitting here bloated like a ballon, craving chocolate, and salt. Have what they call “ghost” cramps. WTF!!! Anyone else experience this who kept their ovaries with a hysterectomy? I know it could be worse at least I’m not getting a period, but can a woman get a break!

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      Daffygirl wrote Feb 18, 2009
    • Have had a hysterectomy, altho doc took the ovaries (they were the problem)however met with a health care professional last week; she indicated that just as an amputee will have “phantom limb” so will a woman have “phantom cramps.” I remember having “cramps” the first fews years after the surgery - thought I was nuts - seems I was normal! No solutions for you - I’ve been on HRT for years and am changing to bioidentical; the HRT did nothing to relieve the cravings or “cramps.” And as an FYI - don’t think because you’ve had a hysterectomy (altho you do still have the ovaries - so maybe you’ll be lucky) you won’t experience menopause again; I’m hre to tell you not only do you get a repeat but, at least in my case, the second time was MUCH worse. Sorry.




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      Jomi wrote Feb 18, 2009
    • I still have my left ovary. I was dying yesterday.  They still produce hormones so you still have some cramps and I would always crave chocolate wether I had any ovaries or not, I think.  It runs in my veins!!tongue out




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      Mary Clark wrote Feb 18, 2009
    • I’ve had a hysterectomy...11 years ago I think Friday. I still have my ovaries.  For the most part I have not really had all that much trouble with them until maybe one time this fall...I had a melt down.  I contributed it to my hormones.  Occasionally I might can tell that I’m ovulating.

      The chocolate cravings..the weight gain...all came with the hysterectomy.  I gained 50 pounds since I had mine...and it’s been pure hell trying to get rid of it.  Medication contributed as well.  

      According to my bloodwork his past fall..my hormone levels are fine but my dr. says he has too many women come into his office complaining about the same things and their bloodwork says they are fine.




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      Esther Bloom wrote Feb 18, 2009
    • I don,t have either and I still get those.... Its been14 yearsestaticestaticestaticestaticestatic




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      Jacquie6363 wrote Feb 18, 2009
    • Still have my ovaries, I don’t get the cramps as even with a monthly I hardly did get craps, but I do get that chocolate craving, every month, like clockwork.




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      Mary Clark wrote Feb 18, 2009
    • Peeper1997...that is what my doctor said to me.  He has women that has bloodwork to state they are within the normal range on their hormone levels but he knows that something else is still going on despite the results.  He agreed that I probably did have some issues going on but when you don’t have bloodwork to tell you where the deficiencies are...it’s hard to prescribe anything.  I’m staying on top of it.

      My weight gain is a product of medication, hysterectomy, seditary lifestyle, and poor food choices. Plus...some of the hidden things that cause weight gain...that we consume daily without knowing or choosing not to see.




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      Leadinladytracy wrote Feb 19, 2009
    • Ladies  

      Thank you for confirming for me that I am not losing my mind. Now that I know it is normal, I know I have to do the same things I did when I was getting my period so that this time will be a bit more pleasant.

      I have to make sure I workout, drink lots of water and yada yada yada.

      Again, thank you.




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