New Symptoms from Hormonal Changes?
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Q:  New Symptoms from Hormonal Changes?

I have been diagnosed for nearly ten years and until recently I have been regulated fairly well on medication. I have a continuum of issues and take quite a few meds: Currently I am taking buspar 45mg, luvox 100 mg, lithium 4 capsules a day, seroquel 350mg/day, abilify 30 mgs.  For the past 9 mos to a year I have had increased obsessing in my mind, increased anxiety, paranoia (mild) and fearfulness (related to job performance, social situations), These are new symptons - I had a hysterectomy January of 2002; uterus only removed, do you think these new symptoms could be from hormonal changes? I  have tried to research and it seems maybe is the best answer I can come up with right now.  I had a blood clot from birth control pills 3 years ago so I am not sure what I can take if I do need hormonal therapy. Any help you can give me will be very much appreciated. 


Dear Kim -- 
Can't tell.  Could be the Luvox; or some new hormonal event, which could be related to the hysterectomy, or perhaps because you're entering an age range in which hormones shift ("perimenopause", if you're entering your mid-40's; and for some women earlier; see
Menopause and Bipolar Disorder if you haven't been there yet, for more basics on this.)   I'm benefiting from your note more than you will from mine, I fear:  this letter is going on my growing list of people with similar symptoms with a possible hormonal basis behind it (presuming the Luvox is not new).  For now, I'm afraid there is no clear answer to your question. 

Dr. Phelps

Published March, 2003


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