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Introduce yourself to the rest of the ladies - Women's Health
Hello, I had squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix age 30 and hoping forthcoming smear will confirm I'm still in remission.
I'm 2 years in remission following thyroid cancer and currently in remission for bipolar depression diagnosed in my late teens/early twenties. I'm an administrator on Thyroid UK.
I'm Gem and I will be 75 in August. Live in Dorset. Been member of Thyroid UK for some years. 2 years ago diagnosed with Temporal Arteritis and treated with massive amount of steroids which seems to have sorted that out as far as I can tell but left me with bone density problem, 8 collapsed vertebrae with extreme pain and now hooked on narcotic drug which I'm desperate to withdraw from because of addiction and side effects. Its nice to meet you all.
Hi my name is Mags. I have an under active thyroid and also copd. I live and work in town called Forres.
I am 59 years old from India diagonised and treated for breast cancer in 2012. Had a recurrence of the cancer ony liver and now undergoing intravenous and oral chemotherapy. Like joining this forum where we come to know each other's problems though in all practical purposes we can hardly take away each other's personal agony ( physical). Hope to get some real life stories sharing of agony which
Makes one closer thru heart to each other. A big wave to all!
Hi I'm Ruth -managed to get to 52 so far. I've been diagnosed with a range of auto Immune conditions, suffered from "ladies issues" all my life - starting with a ruptured ovarian cyst in my teens, miscarriages, couple of cancer scares. Now I just accept that I didn't take very good care of myself when I was younger and so I'm falling to pieces earlier than I should. still I'm still breathing - with the help of my inhalers and take some tablets that work and others that seem to just stop the side effects of others.
Hello All, my name is Eileen. I am 58 years of age. I was diagnosed as hypothyroid around 10 years ago and last year discovered I have a tortuous colon, which means I have an extra bit of colon that sits near my right kidney and produces IBS type symptoms when it flares up. On reading other posts here, I am very fortunate indeed.
Hi I'm Nicky
I've just turned 47 and was diagnosed with paroxysmal Atriul fibrillation a few months ago - struck out of the blue! Constantly on a diet and also started running. Probably the slowest 5K runner in the world (darn those beta blockers!). Also have a wonky right arm having broken both elbows about 18 months ago - never do anything by halves girls!
Hi everyone, I am Linda and I live in Central Scotland. I am 55 and have 3 children and 4 grandchildren, with number 5 due in early November. Up to today I have been a Primary teacher, supporting learners across the school. Today I am being medically retired, though there is no sign of a pension as yet, from a job I love so much.
I have lymphoedema in both legs and fibromyalgia, I also suffer with bursitis, chronic anxiety and depression and pre existing chronic neck pain. Added to this I had a fall down stairs about 10 weeks ago which has left me with damage to the rotator cuff in my left shoulder. Otherwise I am healthy I am looking forward to being part of a supportive group of people interested in being well.
Hi, I'm Sarah
I had a severe PPH minutes after the birth of my son, 2 blood transfusions, some kind of procedure to stop the bleeding, 5 days in hospital, plus iron tablets and injections to administer at home. Simply put I nearly died.
That was 2 1/2 yrs ago, I'm 39 and we are thinking about having another baby, god willing, but I am afraid of the birth and not being around to look after my son, new baby and husband. It is something I worry about a lot and it's taking the joy out of the life I do have.
I would like to hear from those who have experienced a similar trauma.
Good morning everyone, have only been on HU for a few months - 1 year ago i was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis - I had no idea it was an autoimmune disease - I do now. I also am a member of raynaud's and ibs. Just got settled on meds for RA but still struggling, looking through the posts though I realise that there are things out there that people suffer from that I didn't even know existed. I look forward to being part of a supportive female network.
Hi I'm Lizzy, I live in East Anglia, I'm married and have 3 children and six grandchildren. I'm a member of HU because I have COPD Bronchiectasis, high blood pressure and cholesterol amongst other things, and arthritis in my right ankle and lumbar spinal stenosis which has referred pain to my hips so walking gets a bit tedious at times. I've just got back from a lovely 5 days in a caravan with my husband, daughter, son-in-law and twin granddaughters, 2 1/2 years old. Happy to meet everyone on this new site and say HALLO to you all. Take care Lizzy.
Hi Simone and thanks for the invite.
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hi im ann !! i am 72yrs old and from greenwich , london and all things considered i am not too bad health wise ( at the moment ) . i have an under active thyroid , cervical spondylosis . heart murmur ( leaky valve ) . onset of osteo-artheritis i think it comes from the spondylosis in my neck .swollen ankles ( odema ), all at the moment under control , just hope it stays that way !!! but in life its not promised . i have not heard of some of the things you other people have but im sure i will learn about them from you all , nice to meet you
Hi. I'm 52 and have been with HU since January 2013 when I joined the quit support group to stop smoking. 3 months into the quit and I also joined the thyroid group as I thought my overactive thyroid was flaring up again but must have been a false alarm. I was diagnosed with an overactive thyroid in 2009 after suffering for many months with very swollen ankles. I tried giving up smoking then, thinking the ankle swelling was caused by poor circulation. However a couple of months into the quit and I started shaking a lot, getting breathless and lost over a stone in a month. I was then diagnosed with an over active thyroid (graves disease) and put on beta blockers and carbimazole tablets. By this time I had started smoking again but was warned that people with thyroid problems can end up with a serious eye problem made more of a risk by smoking. I nodded in agreement that it would be a good idea to stop smoking and carried on.
I was on the carbimazole for 18 months, gradually reducing the dosage and "touch wood" haven't had any problems with it since. Since then in 2010 I dieted and lost 3 1/2 stones with Weightwatchers online. I have put a stone of it back, but have weighed the same for the last 12 months and am happy with my weight. In 2009 I took up cycling for exercise and still cycle regularly to date. (about 2 or 3 times a week). It's lasted far longer than any gym membership I've ever taken out.
In January 2013 after my dentist told me I was in serious danger of losing my teeth very soon as a result of advanced gum disease, probably caused by, but certainly not helped by smoking, I reluctantly decided to have another bash at giving up. It's been a hard slog and I am still addicted to nicotine via an e-cig but I have now managed to finally ditch the nicotine lozenges that I was also taking regularly. Thankfully I only put on about 6lb as a result of stopping smoking, I know many people pile on the weight when they stop. I have now been stopped smoking for 17 months, though as I say, not nicotine free yet.
After reading everyone's intro's I feel very lucky to be in pretty good health at the moment and am hoping to keep it that way where possible.
Hi Viz. I only use the e-cig now but its taken me 12 months to ditch nicotine lozenges too, I didn't think I could ever get off them. Why don't you join Quit Support on Health Unlocked. It's a very active community and you could just read all the comments and stuff for a while, it might just help you to try the e-cig again. Check with your specialist first, but how about NRT lozenges plus an e-cig at first. Just don't use them both at the same time I've done that a couple of times - ugh not nice, you could never overdose on nicotine it makes you feel really sick.
My name is Sue. I live in West Yorkshire.
I have fibromyalgia, an under active thyroid, angioedema, ( for which I carry an EpiPen), migraine,and I suffer anxiety and panic attacks.
I am a member on the Fibromyalgia community and 2 others.
I am 52 years young going through the menopause, I have a prolapse and am waiting ing for surgery.
Apart from all that I am fine.
hi I am 58 and had cervical cancer at 29 and had to have a hysterectomy, which by the following year I was Diagnosed as hypothyroid and spent the next twenty years on 125 mcg levothyroxine until at menapause my body stopped converting the thyroxine and I packed in smoking after 39 years. The day I stopped smoking I joined the gym and made sure I did not overeat but piled 4 stone on in a year, that's what made me visit the doctor several times only to be told I was overeating or exercise more. After the docs stupidity I went to a private doctor and was prescribed an alternative medication which basically saved my life.
Hi,, ive just returned back as its very helpful on here and nice to know im not alone. im 52 and have been having Migraine and Menopausal problems. Bit of a tough time as im sure you ladies will understand!. Girl Power!!.
hi im new im joanne im 22 years old
i have been on that many contraception such as the pill , the patch , the implant , the injection.
i have been taken off them because i have migraines which put me to bed basically for the day or maybe more.
i recently just got off the injection as it has made me put on weight and kept having bleeding during the injection. i havent had a period since i got off the injection ... now i am producing milk in my breasts i have tested to see if im pregnant but the test says im not pregnant at all.
what should i do ?
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PERI-MENOPAUSE - My first day on this forum. Would love to hear from women going through the Peri-menopause as am finding it so difficult. The worst is my insomnia which I have had for 6 weeks. On the nights I don't take sleeping pills am surviving on as little as 40 mins sleep some nights. Its a struggle to work, do anything and have lost my joy. Am about to start HRT today so praying that it cures my sleep problem. Thanks
Hi my name is Rachel,
when reading the introductions on here, i realise how fortunate i am, and that in itself is a gift.
I have nocturnal epilepsy, which is medicated and controlled. However, I do need to take care and ensure i avoid triggers.
ive had gallstones travel upto my livet after my gall bladder was removed. spent many months on morphine.
As a result of cameras and keyhole surgery and weight gain i developed an large umbilical hernia. this needed fixing twice. and still has a small protrusion.
this holds me back exercising as one of the meshes slipped during a walk.
I also suffer badly from SAD.
nothing as dramatic as many of you ladies, and i find you an inspiration.
My name is Tammy and I'm 48 and feel I'm in pretty good health other than the fact that I'm always exhausted. I'm yawning all the time. I take a multi-vitamin as well as an omega but still feel sluggish. I work in a physical job which I have no problem keeping up I just feel like maybe age maybe catching up with me. I'm looking to get feedback from other women in their 40's about this whole energy thing!
Hi, my name is Phoebe and I am 26 and had an unplanned Ectopic pregnancy in 2016 which meant I had to have surgery to remove one of my Fallopian tubes. I have recently chosen to be off invasive birth control methods for various personal and hormonal reasons. I would like to speak with other women who have been through unplanned pregnancies and might be feeling anxious about their health and future pregnancies and also would like to get some advice about post-op birth control methods. I have found sexual health clinics incredibly helpful but would like to know what works for other people before I decide whether or not to move onto another method.