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HRT (hormone replacement therapy) & pain

Feb 20, 2017 8:47 PM

Since coming out 2 years ago as transgender, I've wanted to go on HRT to help with my gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria is the condition of feeling one's emotional and psychological identity as male or female to be opposite to one's biological sex [Google]. But I'm very worried about going on HRT because my specific condition started just as I hit female puberty.. let me just say, that year was so terribly rough. If any one words of wisdom or in couragment, feel free to comment. There's like 1 study over HRT and chronic pain out there which I've read through, but if anyone's personally gone through this experience, please message me!

Feb 21, 2017 5:26 PM

I can't speak to the transgender issues, but I am familiar with hormone replacement and pain. I have been taking bio-identical hormones as part of my treatment for fibro and other autoimmune chronic pain. The hormone balancing has been one of the most successful things I have tried to control my pain. I would suggest you seek out a doctor who specializes in hormone therapy and ask a million questions. I'm not sure how treating a genetically female body with male hormones will impact your pain. However, some hormones (like thyroid, adrenals, serotonin) are not male/female specific and can make a big impact on how you feel both physically and emotionally. Good luck!

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