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Old 03-24-2012, 02:31 PM   #26
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Re: Interesting Development. Need advice!

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I'm also interested. I never had any significant hormone testing done, just a basic test and they said it was fine. But I have often wondered if my anxiety was hormone related too since it began in puberty and reached a peak post partum. Interesting. Our foods are so over processed it's no wonder our hormones are out of synch.
Let me be a voice of reason on this one. When someone is dealing with anxiety, the first "answer" given by a doctor is "it's an emotional problem"....the second answer is "it's hormones". Hormones don't just get crazy one day, but they are something that docs like because they can measure them. The reality is that hormones are rarely the problem, and playing with hormone supplementation can open up another can of worms.
If one has had regular periods, or a pregnancy one can assume the hormones are fine. A short period of amenhorrea during times of stress is normal too, and there's nothing more stressful than weaning.

Just something to keep in mind. It would be very reassuring to have a "reason" for anxiety/depression, but that reason is rarely cut and dried.
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:46 AM   #27
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Re: Interesting Development. Need advice!

I had cysts while on Lexapro and they were not going away. I also had some swollen/inflamed/pressure type feeling in my lower abdomen. After I think almost a year I was sent to a fertility specialist who diagnosed me with endometriosis (which I am not implying you have, just telling my story).

I had laproscopic surgery to remove it in 2009 (where they comfirmed it was pretty extensive) after which time I went on birth control. They told me that going on the BC would help to keep it at bay. They also told me not to wait to have children (I was engaged at the time). I stayed on the birth control until July of 2011 when I started coming off the Lexapro (came off completely in late August), since my husband and I were planning on getting pregnant.

I had bloodwork done by the specialist around the time of the endo to test my levels of hormones and they were ok. I just had it done again a few weeks ago and they said it was ok but I am going to a natural pharmacist and he said that the bloodwork is not as reliable as a saliva test...so I am dong that now..figured it can't hurt.

I know I really put my body through a lot going off BC and coming off Lexapro at the same time. I wish I knew what I know now, then...how different this situation could have been.

Interested to see what comes up in your test Aurealjade.
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:53 AM   #28
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Re: Interesting Development. Need advice!

I also have been to the gyno recently and have a cyst again ..they are watching it and I need to go back for a re-check in about a month
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Zoloft 2005-2006, 50 mg (fast wean over 6 wks I believe) for unknown neuro. issues and anxiety by neurologist
High anxiety, crying, panic attacks, losing weight, a.m. gagging. Did this for 8-9 months.

Put on 10 mg Lexapro Aug 07- Aug 2011
Aug 2011 - 10mg every other day for 2 weeks, every 2 days, every 3, then 1/2 every other, every 2, every 3). Weaned over 1.5 months.
Took 5 mg for 2 days Dec 11 & 12, had bad reaction
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:11 AM   #29
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No, I think you have cysts on your ovaries. Nothing more, nothing less and nothing uncommon in many women. They were going to rear their heads at some point, regardless.

I have uterine fibroids. Guess when mine started to act up? Exactly one month after my last dose of Paxil. I took 20 mgs of Paxil for 10 years and if Paxil caused fibroids, or even made them more pronounced, I'd sure as heck have known about it before I stopped at 1 mg. Fact is, fibroids are hereditary and my biological mother had them and had a hysterectomy when she was 48 because of them. Mine started acting up at age 40, close to the same time as hers. Again, everything that happens to us can't be blamed on SSRI use; it's not logical and it's not factual.
i have a fibroid- so does my Mother. like ovarian cysts, fibroids are common in women.

i agree you cant blame everything on an SSRI.
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