Heavy periods with clotting
Wray, I am 42 years old. In 2004, I had a tubal ligation after my son was born. Shortly afterward, my periods started getting very heavy with clotting.
I had a balloon ablation done in 2006 which relieved symptoms for about a year. Then the clotting came back with a vengeance accompanied by intense pain during my period. I was living on Vicodin one week out of the month!
My ob/gyn diagnosed me with Adenomyosis and recommended partial hysterectomy, leaving the ovaries, which I had done in September of 2008. The first few months postop I had mild hot flashes but then everything seemed to settle down for a while. By about 8 or 9 months postop, I was experiencing PMS like nothing before, mood swings, crying, rage and irrational thoughts.
I went back to the ob/gyn who said I should be "fine" because we left my ovaries intact. He tried me on Yaz which made it worse. I continued to suffer complete personality change 2 weeks out of every month. My family doctor switched me from Wellbutrin to Celexa. Slight improvement but not enough. I went to a reproductive endocrinologist who prescribed estradiol. My bloodwork suggested that I was currently not in menopause but he wanted to treat my symptoms. The reaction I had to that was frightening, crazy night sweats, extreme panic, heart palpitations. I stopped immediately.
Finally, I spoke to my midwife and she prescribed progesterone capsules from a compounding pharmacy and I take those (100mg) in morning and evening. I think it helped somewhat but it's hard to judge around the stressful Christmas season. At least I didn't have an extremely bad reaction! I'm wondering if I should be using the cream as well as capsules? Let me know your thoughts! Thank you.