30 years old and had my whole life turned upside down after a partial oophorectomy
It all started one fateful day after suffering for 3 days in excruciating pain which presented itself as symptoms of a bladder infection. So I go to the ER with a cyst so large it's the size of small melon that had twisted inside me and was blocking blood flow to my fallopian tubes. I had surgery immediately this was about 1 month and half ago. Come to find out they removed my right ovary which they didn't even tell me my sister told me. So it was a shock to me emotionally and physically. I was on cloud nine though after the surgery because of the pain that I was experiencing for so long before for that year. The symptoms I experienced before were: pain in my right shoulder, chest pains, insomnia, fatigue, depression, pain on my right hip (to the point I couldn't sleep on my right side) pinching pain in my lower back (plus it doesn't help I work retail so I'm on my feet all day) Burning pain specific to where my right ovary sits, and stomach pains that would wake me at night and in the morning. So to get rid of the cyst I thought would fix all my problems but I was soooo wrong.
After my first rushed appointment with my ob-gyn she barely answered any questions (since it was just a follow-up visit). So here I am so lost and confused unsure if I am even able to have kids or what are my options nothing has been fully explained to me. My next visit she decides to put me on birth control Minastril 24 fe while also prescribing me progesterone in a gel capsule form. After telling her about all my symptoms of depression, anxiety and insomnia she seemed confident that the progesterone would fix alot of those issues.
Come to find out my pharmacist did warn me about adverse effects of taking birth control and progesterone because they might cancel each other out and to just keep an eye on my symptoms.
Now here I am about 1 and a half month into my failed hormone therapy:( The dose of progesterone in the pill might of only been 40 mg something that now that I'm reading this website that will not help any of my symptoms. Plus all it did is give me a new long list of new side effects: Irritability, Insomnia, Hot Flashes, Extreme chronic fatigue, slurred speech, Extreme Anxiety attacks, Claustrophobia, Foggy thoughts, Upset Stomach, Loss of Appetite, Accelerated Heart Rate....
So as you can imagine I'm dealing with a lot. Til I just decided to stop taking all the medication none of it was helping me. No more progesterone gel capsule as it has was man hormones (progestin is that the right spelling?)and that is not helpful. From what I have read the cream is more effective and I've started that for the last 3 days. About 5 pumps in the morning and 5 at night I'm still figuring it out. About around 180-200mg seems to be a good number for me.
My confusion is that I'm a young person just turned 30 and I want to know how long do I need to keep taking progesterone? I will be taking my progesterone and estrogen level hormone test this upcoming week. But I wish the ob-gyn tested my hormone level before putting me on birth control and progesterone gel capsule and she put me on the lowest dose from which I read gives you the worst symptoms and you need to start on higher doses.
If I only have 1 ovary do I still take a break from progesterone cream for 1 week? Cause 1 night I stopped taking my progesterone and I suffered a really intense anxiety attack. Is it safe for me to take it during my period??? I just wish I knew how long I have to be on the progesterone cream....Sorry it's been such a long post. This has been the worst suffering for me and I really need information and support to get me through. Thank you for taking the time to read this.