by S Nel
I am glad we found your website - it is just great!
I have a long story – will try to make it short. I am now 50 years old. I had very sudden onset of menopause at about 45 due to the use of Methotrexate that my Rumatologist prescribed. I was diagnosed with Spondyloarthropathy. After that my Gynaecologist prescribed Vit D (My reading was 17)- very strong dose once a week (Calciferal approximately 50,000 IU) which helps me a lot today.
Then I experience a lot of illness due to weakened immunity due to the Methotrexate. I had recurring bladder infections all the time which really made me very sick and tired.
I went to a Specialist at that time which did a scope etc etc. She found that due to very low estrogen levels (due to the sudden menopause) my bladder wall and membranes are very weakened. So she prescribed the Estrogen Patches (Estraderm TTS) which she said I should use at least for 5 years for my problem to resolve. I was also on antibiotics permanently but I found a wonderful product called D Mannose Plus which cured my bladder problems. So I stopped the antibiotics completely and since beginning of this year I also stopped all the arthritis medications because I believe it made me sicker. Today I feel a lot better and am almost pain free with using natural products & treatments.
My dilemma now is that I suddenly got a nasty allergy (itching over my whole body and thrush) and I think it is due to the Estraderm. I stopped it a few days ago and do not plan to take Estrogen again. How long will it take to get rid of the allergy? I have been using Progesterone cream with the Estrogen but I feel that I do not know what I am doing at this stage. How much should I use when I am in full Menopause? And for how long? The only symptoms of Menopause that bothers me when I do not use Estrogen is hot flushes, tiredness, some feelings of depression(not severe at all) and I have picked up weight which I really struggle to get rid of. I even joined Weight Watchers but loose about 200gr per week (very de-motivating) - I forgot to mentioned that I also have a Mirena inserted about 3 years ago.
I am desperate for advice on this because my doctors just keep on telling me I should carry on with the estrogen and after studying your website I don’t think it’s the best option.
Thank you for your interest in our health.
Sannett Nel (South Africa)