I had my appointment today with the doctor who will give me bioidentical. He explained things unreal. First he said when you have a hysterectomy they should NEVER remove the ovaries unless they are diseased. He then drew some charts. Showing when we are younger, child bearing years your body produces estrogen, progestren and testostorone (I know I messed up the spelling there.) Anyway my brain is asking for these hormones, but I have NONE so I am irritable, moody, lose control, cry...and the doctors give you estrogen. Still not feeling better, they tell you to take an antibiotic. He said this is such a huge change. Hot flashes he compared to drug withdrawls because my brain is screaming for hormones. With out these, loss of muscle, fat gain, and cholesterol shoots up. Can cause heart problems, vein's, skin not as stretchy as before. You feel like you have to do everything and nobody helps. No energy, trouble sleeping... BINGO - he hit everything right on the head. Then I said - I live with three boys who don't believe in menopause..... Are you ready/????? This doctor man (older doctor) said "go cut their testicles off, and then ask them how they feel in a few days". hahahaha.... He asked if my doctor ever did blood tests. Nope. So, he did a hormone panel and I go back in a week for results. Then he will prescribe MY missing hormones and monitor every few months. He did say that this doesn't work overnight. 6 - 8 weeks, PLUS I need to eat better. But HOW do you eat better when I work Midnight to noon? I can't cook at work. And I like bread, potatoes, chocolate, caffeine. Those are what he told me to stop eating. I use to walk up to 10 miles a day. Work out twice a day just because I loved it. He asked when I stopped....When I had my surgery. I couldn't walk or do excersize after, I had to heal. And then never did again. So I came hime and told my husband if he gets mad at me for being irritable I am going to cut his nuts off. The look on his face was perfect. LOL. Then I explained. I am excited. Maybe I am not losing my mind. Maybe I don't need drugs. I am hoping this works out.