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46 yr. old female no energy help?

Posted by Cindy C.

I had a hysterectomy in June. Removed uterus but left everything else. Since the hysterectomy I find I have no energy at all. I am taking a multivitamin but does not seem to help. Any suggestions?
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Have you talked to your doctor?. While I could go on all day about a healthy diet, exercise and supplements, this may be something that you need to talk to your doctor about. If he isn't receptive. Find a new doc.
Find an alternative doctor. All a lot of regular doctors know how to do is cut things out or prescribe pills. You might look into an alternative doctor (i.e., naturopath) who specializes in women. I don't know about hysterectomies but I think natural doctors recommend topical progesterone cream for menopause instead of hormone pills. This is cream that you would rub into your skin and I think it is safer than hormone pills and can be quite effective for female hormone loss.
Candida? . A lot of people get candida after surgery either because of the stress or the antibiotics taken. Talk to an alternative doctor or someone who specializes in candida to find out if you may be victim to this yeast overgrowth.

Surgery or other traumas can sometimes be a trigger for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), an immune system disorder.  However, with CFS there are normally other symptoms besides fatigue (despite its name).  These symptoms may include recurring sore throats or swollen glands, muscle or joint pain, headaches, flu-like aches and/or feverish feeling, sleep problems, and/or exercise intolerance (sudden, severe worsening of symptoms within hours or days after exercise or other exertion).  In fact, exercise intolerance is a unique, defining characteristic of CFS.

If you have some of these symptoms and think that CFS is a possibility, you might want to try the Do I Have CFS? self-assessment at the CFIDS Association website (CFIDS is another name for CFS).  Here's the link:

 Fatigue is a very common symptom that can be caused by a wide variety of different sources, including anemia, MS, lupus, and many other conditions.  Whether or not CFS seems to fit your symptoms, you should see your doctor.  Describe ALL new or recurring symptoms.  Your doctor should test you for a variety of conditions that can cause fatigue.  Here's a list, provided by the CFIDS Association: 

There is no test (yet) to confirm CFS, but if your symptoms fit the CFS definition and all of your other tests are negative, then your doctor may diagnose you based on your symptoms.

Fatigue is such a common and varied symptom of so many conditions that it can be difficult to find the cause.  Don't give up!  If your doctor isn't willing to work with you to get to the bottom of your symptoms, then find another.  Something has changed for you, and there is a medical explanation, but it may take a lot of persistence to find it so that you can start treating the underlying cause.

Good luck.  If you have other questions about CFS in particular, please feel free to ask me, either through this site or by visiting my blog at

Sue Jackson

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