I am certain that somewhere along my journey of trying to learn more about thyroid disease, I have read an article that withdrawal from Oestrogen is just one of the many triggers for thyroid problems (in my case Graves/Hyperthyroidism) but I can't for the life of me find it again !
I had been on HRT since the age of 32 having had large ovarian cysts removed (at age of 21 and then age 32). The second operation as well as removal of cysts on both ovaries included removal of both fallopian tubes and one ovary plus part of the second ovary, so I was left with half an ovary and my womb. This resulted in early menopause and I was put on HRT. I was on HRT for the next 21 or so years and it was stopped at that time by my GP who reviewed my medications when prescribing a pain management regime for Spinal Stenosis which I had been diagnosed with and that involved taking almost 20 tablets per day (a combination of painkillers and steroids). I think I should say by the way that this particular GP frowned upon the fact that I had been on HRT for so long as (he said) there were many risks involved - that said it was only a few weeks ago that HRT headlined the News on TV and promoted a discussion on Loose Women about the fors and againsts of it and how long it should be prescribed for and the "fors" far out weighed the againsts and was backed by many GP's and Specialists of the subject.
So my 21 years of in my case "bliss" (HRT) ended about 7 years ago.
Now since that time (you see in HINDSIGHT) could have been the onset of what I have now - Graves. Since I stopped taking HRT in 2008, not straight away but perhaps from 18 months onwards I started having swollen legs and ankles (something the Endo asked me about on my first appointment in 2013), hot flushes, loss of weight (but not enough to start alarm bells) and worst of all dryness of the vagina which was absolutely excruciatingly painful and I became SO stressed at this because I just didn't know what was happening to me. It was SO painful that I had to sit with my legs apart to try and alleviate some of the pain. Just prior to the onset of this dryness I had had a very bad urinary problem that was left untreated and I thought it was a result of that (having been going to the loo over 30 times a day for a couple of days). I eventually made an appointment to see a GP because I was in so much pain and I was so stressed. After an examination (also extremely painful) I was diagnosed with a dry vagina and Vagifem Hormone pessaries 3 times a week were prescribed and which I have to take "forever" because like Graves Disease, it never goes away it's treated condition.
My husband is convinced that me being taken off HRT has been the trigger for this thyroid disease that I am now having to contend with (well actually myself, husband and family are having to contend with !!). I tend to agree especially taking into consideration not only the stress of the very painful Spinal Stenosis at the point of stopping HRT but also the return of some of the menopausal symptoms and plus one or two more ! Only a few years before the onset of Spinal Stenosis, I had been very unwell and had a malignant bowel tumour removed. An operation that took me 12 months to recover fully from, caused Post Operative Trauma (hair started falling out etc) and 5 years of going for CaT scans and colonoscopies until I got the 5 yearly "all clear" !
Your thoughts on withdrawal from HRT please ?