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JANIECAKES44 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/27/13 9:19 P

That's what I had 1 year and 2 months ago...a total hysterectomy. I am definitely going to goggle endocrinologists in the Gulf Coast Mississippi area and see what I come up with. I have learned from my husband, who is an administration advisor specializing in small businesses administration of benefits and tax codes; plus, years of experience in health, life, disability, long term care, retirement, medicare, and supplements; to always find out what my insurance will or will not pay for AND to always find out what the cash rate for seeing a specialist. Sometimes a specialist may need a referal and in network for insurance to pay for it. Also, a lot of times the specialist that is in network (especially here in MS) can be more than 3 hours away; when there is one right around the corner. :)

Anyway, I know that losing weight after this type of surgery was going to be slow; but holy cow! LOL!! I think my grandmother who is still alive and uses a walker can go faster than that. (giggle). :)

I will keep everyone posted on how it is going and what I find out. However, I have noticed that I have been a steady 219.1 since March 29th. I guess that's good news;but I am so ready for it to start inching its way to my ideal weight goal.

Don't worry about learning to cook at your age. I was the head "chef" in our family when I was younger; then, I got married and lazy; then, divorce and started taking care of me and relearned to how to cook all over again. I am still learning. I like using my weight watchers food scale that I bought 6 years ago; however, I am just now learning how to use the steamer insert that you can get your pans to steam your vegetables. Still need practice with that. :)

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4/27/13 9:10 P

Thank you so much! I didn't think about an endocrinologist! Doh! :) Keep you posted on how that went. :)

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4/27/13 6:46 P

Definitely get in to a good doc and get all of your hormone and vitamin levels checked - it's freaky what the effects can be of being low in iron, or folate, or Vitamin D. The suggestion of an endocrinologist is a very good one. I was extremely low in all of the 3 that I mentioned, and honestly had a hard time even staying awake most days.

I had a complete hysterectomy including ovaries 9 months ago, and am not on any hormones. It was really obvious that the hormone drop had an effect on me - about 4 months after the surgery I suddenly put on 20 lbs in 3 weeks, after my weight had been steady for over 10 years.

I can't say that I have had any issues with watching what I'm eating, but that's probably because I'm focusing more on the nutrients that I'm ingesting, and on learning to cook so as to make my nutritition as delicious as possible. This is a whole new adventure for me (yes, I really did make it to the age of 46 without learning to cook), so I'm seeing the fun side of "watching what I eat", and not seeing it as a chore.

I'm not setting any records for speed of weight loss (somewhere in the vicinity of 1 to 2 lbs per week), but that's perfectly fine with me. I'm definitely lazy, and have some medical restrictions on exercise, so that also is impacting how fast I'm losing.

You've got it right that the first order of business is to find out if there are any hormonal or other medical issues that are impacting you. Once you've got that straightened out, I think you'll have a much easier time in figuring out what will work best for you on the weight-loss front, although you may still find losing to be slower than what you were used to before menopause.

Hope all is well with you medically, and best wishes for figuring it all out!

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4/27/13 6:26 P

Good for you for taking charge of your health care and not settling for incomplete answers/help from your doctor. You might want to see if you can get a referral to an endocrinologist and specifically asking for one who specializes in women's health.

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4/27/13 4:21 P

haven't had any of the experiences you described so no helpful tips to offer but I do want to wish you well on the journey, baby steps, just take baby steps.

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4/27/13 3:23 P

Ever since I have decided to get back into doing Sparkpeople; I am finding it harder to NOT get depressed and to not watch what I am eating. Everyone has their theories--husband: laziness and not prioritizing right; other family and friends: maybe it is my thyroid and the fact that I had a total hyserectomy over 1 year ago and now my hormones are all messed up. I am taking zoloft--small dose and estrogen; however, I feel like that the hormone issue is where it is at. I have read a lot of things about how a woman goes into menopause that she has a way harder time losing the weight.

Ugh!!! I had to change doctors and when I went to see my new doctor; it was only long enough to get my history, do my exam, give me prescriptions for my current meds, and a prescription to go and get my mamogram done. She didn't really take the time to discuss any of my concerns with her at all. So, now I am working to go back to the doctor that performed my surgery and also, going to call this new doctor to give me an order to go and have a complete hormone panel done. I want to know and damn it I want a doctor, who is suppose to be about womens health--not just the ones that can have babies; to be a huge priority!!! Sorry, had to vent that.

Any comments, thoughts, ideas, and whatever else from anyone out there in Sparkland?! I can really use these from the people who are in my shoes--losing and/or maintaining their weight and are in menopause. emoticon

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