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This Is For The Older Women Out There. Did You Ever Take Hormone Replacement Therapy?

This Is For The Older Women Out There. Did You Ever Take Hormone Replacement Therapy?

My seizures started at 52. I have no idea why, other than that it was a very stressful time. It was also when my perimenopause kicked more into high gear. I'm trying to figure out what side effects are from my meds and what is from hormones. I started HRT last month. I do have more energy, but get stressed easily. I haven't had headaches in a long time and now they are back. I'm just not sure which is worse; HRT or no HRT but epilepsy side effects. I do know that HRT can interfere withโ€ฆ read more

A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Hi there Nicole. Several years ago my Gyn recommended the hormone replacement tx, but during my last visit, she indicated that the HRT meds do contribute to Cancer. I've been using a product called "WS MenoSense." It's a dietary formula that I take twice per day. I bought it at The Vitamin Shoppe (in St. Pete). Go on line to check it out. Shalom. Maire'

posted 5 months ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Hi Nicole,
I have to tell you that you look really good for your age. I thought that you were in your 30's. It looks like you stay active and eat healthy.
I'll be turning 66 in April. Like you, my seizures always occurred right around my period, which is something I always mentioned to my neurologist and gynecologist. They were always deaf to this. I was put on birth control, for a short period of time, in my mid 20's, because the gynecologist thought that it would help alleviate the really bad cramps, I would suffer from. Needless to say that it didn't work. It wasn't until I started taking Naproxen, right before my period, that I finally got some relief.
Unbeknownst to me, I went through menopause in my mid 30's. I only found out about it because I was trying to have a second child, and I wasn't getting pregnant. I went to see my gynecologist, who was also a fertility specialist, who did a blood test. He told me that getting pregnant wasn't going to happen because I was post menopausal. I was only 41. I was not asked about being put on hormone replacement therapy. I guess that it was because I was no longer having some of the symptoms that come with menopause. I did have a lot of anxiety, night sweats, headaches, and insomnia, in my mid 30's. I would wake up, in the middle of the night, drenched in perspiration. I thought that it was caused by my long, thick hair, so I started putting it up, so it wouldn't rest on my back. It didn't help, I was getting up, taking a shower and changing pajamas, at 2 or 3 in the morning. I never thought to mention it to my primary doctor. He would have had to have done blood work to determine that I was going through menopause. Given my age, it wouldn't have crossed his mind, my mind. He prescribed a couple of meds that were supposed to help with the anxiety and insomnia. I've been taking Paxil, ever since. It helped with the insomnia for a short period of time. It wasn't until I had my brain surgery that the anxiety, headaches, stomach problems, and seizures, went away.
I later found out that early menopause is common in women with temporal lobe epilepsy, which is what I suffered from.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer, at the age of 55, in 2011. I wasn't put on HRT, which is common for breast cancer, because it carries a higher cancer risk, and also because I was also post menopausal. I have been cancer free since 2011.

posted 5 months ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

So I am 33 years old and I dealt with seizures around my periods didn't realize it was happening around my periods until my Doctor had me start tracking when I had seizures keeping a log of them. So I also track my periods on a period app just to keep up with when my periods about to start. So I started tracking my periods about three years ago, and come to find out my seizures were happening every time around my periods every month. I would have about 4 to 5 seizures a month... and well I started looking at when I was having seizures and figured out they were happening about a week before my period or when I was ovulating. So my Doctor finally agreed that this had to be something hormonal related now this was about three years ago.. but he didn't know what to do about the hormone part. So I went to see my obgyn and told her what was going on and she put me on progestrone I been on it for about two years now, and it's helped a lot it helps my hormones and my periods. She said well i'm not a neurolgoist but I have seen women who have seizures that is child bareing age and they can play a big roll in seizures. So I started taking progestrone about two years ago and it helped but I still was having seizures but they wasn't as often I was taking lamictal and so my Doctor decided to change my medicine to keppra and lamictal twice a day. This was June 2020 and I been seizure free for one year and 6 months since being on keppra and lamictal, and I take the progestrone hormone medicine once a month for 12 days the week before my period. I highly suggest talking to your obgyn about hormone medicine I take the pill form of progestrone.

edited, originally posted 5 months ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Iโ€™m peri menopausal where my periods are irregular and I can have no periods for a few months then they Come back for a few it all started when I turned 40 Iโ€™m now 45 my mum was put on HRT once and she didnโ€™t like it so she got took off it and just put up with the hot flushes x x

posted 5 months ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Great cancer free! I have temporal lobe epilepsy too. Granmal siezure free since January 2019.THANK GOD! Keep believing in yourself! My prayers continue with FAITH TRUST STRENGTH HOPE JOY LAUGHTER HAPPINESS and LOVE ALWAYS LOVE๐Ÿ’–โ˜๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐ŸปโœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ˜™

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