Hysterectomy, Memory Loss
Answered by: Christine Dennis
Question from: Susan
Posted on: October 15, 2008

I’m hoping you can help me. I have had 5 surgeries in the past 1.5 years, rectocele, complete hysterectomy, bladder surgery and mesh repair (3x) and now I was recently told by a Windsor Dr. that I have to go to London for to have another surgery due to a vaginal prolapse, anyways, since I had an emergency hysterectomy at 47, (I am now 49)...I have had horrible hot flashes now for the past year, after my surgeries, and my memory is my biggest concern. I feel so fuzzy, so confused, hard to focus, I cannot read a single sentence sometimes without skipping through, my lack of concentration is scary, and I used to be an avid reader with a great vocabulary early on in childhood. I lost my job in Detroit 5 months ago and yesterday was just offered a job, and am excited about starting but nervous about how to handle this memory/brain issue... Is there anything I can do, take to help my memory, brain regain its pre-menopausal state? I am concerned that I will not be in peak performance to learn a new job, etc., with the hot flashes not helping me either...I would appreciate your input and direction, thank you!

The first thing is that your body is not coping with the changes and the stress of the surgeries. Then to add insult to injury, the stress in your job area of your life is not helping. Hot flashes are caused from the body being sensitive to the hormonal changes, including blood sugar changes, that can occur from physical, emotional or spiritual stress. The fuzzy mind and lack of concentration and memory are symptoms of these changes a well.

The first thing you need to do is to be extremely diligent with keeping your blood sugar levels even. To do this it is necessary to eat smaller but more frequent meals, avoiding all simple carbohydrates - sugar and refined foods. Secondly, it is important that you are getting essential fatty acids daily in your diet. Flax seed oil and walnut oil are good sources and can be added to meals after it is served out on to your plate. Three times per day is best. Nervine tonic teas such as rosemary or thyme can help to relieve the fuzziness and poor memory in the meantime.

For more information on blood sugar regulation, please see: http://www.richters.com/qa-search.cgi?search=blood%20sugar

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