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 Post subject: Reaction to Depo Privera
PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 10:18 pm 

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I've always suffered from PMS and am now 40. I've had very little acknowledgement or support from my GP. The Gp put me on Prozac 5 years ago, but last month I decided to take the Depo-Privera injection as it would switch me off and not make me feel any worse. All over Christmas I've had every possible symptom of PMDD that you can imagine. Most of them worse than I've ever had. I've gone back to my GP to be referred to a specialist at the Chelsea and Westminster hospital, but she said no and that they can treat me at the surgery without hormones. To counter the effects of the Depo-Privera, she doubled the dose of Prozac which made me feel like I was living in a haze and made it very difficult to work. We've now halved the dose of Prozac again, but it's not enough to counter the effects of the Depo-Privera. I'm in a vicious cycle! I'm on the verge of going on the sick from work as it's made me feel so awful.
I will now have to pay to go private to see a gyno specialist who I hope will be able to identify the correct treatment for me.

Has anyone else ever gone through this?

Thank-you for reading. Happy New Year to all.


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 Post subject: Re: Reaction to Depo Privera
PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 10:55 pm 

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Hi Rosie,

Sorry to hear you've reacted to the Depo Provera (I'm guessing it's the contraceptive?), however I am not entirely surprised as it is progesterone based and many women with PMS cannot tolerate progesterone at all. Did your GP give you a reason for refusing to refer you? That seems unfair and clearly they have tried Prozac and Depo and neither have worked for you. What' the next step in their plan?

I certainly had to argue with my GP to get a referral to a specialist and suggesting that I would report them for being obstructive (to my treatment) seemed to give them the push they needed.

I was lucky and got started on GnRH analogues straight away which really do switch off the ovaries and stop any sort of cyclical symptoms.

Is it worth going back to your GP and asking again as you have reached breaking point? Having to pay for treatment which is freely available on the NHS is a disgrace and your GP is there to help you.

also, are you charting all you symptoms? The specialists at C&W tend to like 3 months of charts to see what's what. If you're not, why not start today.

I hope you get the treatment you need soon. Jx

38 years old. Suffered PMDD for many many years. Had very successful treatment on GnRH Analogues and oestrogen only HRT. Had TAH + BSO 15/11/12 for severe complex atypical hyperplasia. Hopefully now completely symptom free permanently.

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 Post subject: Re: Reaction to Depo Privera
PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 2:03 pm 

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Hi Rosie,

Just wanted to let you know that I tried Depo Priveria when I was 19 and had quite an adverse reaction to it - though at the time I didn't realise it was PMS.

Please do go back to your GP, mine is exactly the same and won't listen to me at all, but its great to know that I have the backing of NAPs when I go. You might want to really push the boat out and ask for the details of the local Health and Wellbeing Boards to contact them about this issue (it should scare the GP a littel :D )

Don't give up x

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 Post subject: Re: Reaction to Depo Privera
PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 3:37 pm 

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I would echo what the others have said. Depo provera is the worst thing you can give someone with bad pms. Try and see a different GP but, whoever you go back and see, insist that they refer you to the Chelsea and Westminster. If you insist then they will have to do it. Theres no good reason not to. Contact your local PCT if they still say no. Sometimes you have to push to get to see the right person and it'll be worth it in the end. Don't feel like you're being a nuisance because you're not. The team really know their stuff and can help you far better than a GP. Best of luck. xxx

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