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Unread 05-05-2009, 08:51 PM
sore breasts, water retention, & weight gain..ahhh!

I am hoping someone can help me, or at least point me in the right direction from opinion. I am taking estrogel -which in my opinion has done wonders in helping me to remain sane since my hysterectomy, 11/8/07. I have been on climara patches, estradiol, & estratest - all which failed terribly, for my system. I started the estrogel (one pump per day) on Oct 31st. I have done ok, rather than my weight not budging at all. The last month or so.. my weight has increased (15 pds total since surgery), I have lots of water retention, and I can barely touch my breasts, because they are so sore.
What is going on?!?!?! Has anyone experienced this?
I really didn't want to call my Dr yet again. I was told by her last time that if the estrogel does not work, I will probably have to go to the city to a specialist for help.

I do have PCOS/Insulin Resistance. I take spirolactone, and metformin as well.

HELP, please!?!?
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Unread 05-06-2009, 08:53 AM
Re: sore breasts, water retention, & weight gain..ahhh!

Some women find relief with progesterone cream, though I don't know if it is possible to add that to the mix of everything that you are doing now, and for some women progesterone can make them more bloated. I used an otc product that works for me though. Hope you find an answer soon!
Unread 05-06-2009, 09:43 AM
Re: sore breasts, water retention, & weight gain..ahhh!

The sore breasts and bloating can be too much estrogen (estrogen dominance?) - or even symptoms of too much progesterone. If you can find a good balance between the two, things will improve. If you're not using progesterone, perhaps you can add that (there are good OTC progesterone creams if you don't want Rx).

As you gain weight, you generally need a bit less estrogen, so you could try a bit less and see if it helps your symptoms. I would definitely check with your dr first but sounds like things are no longer in balance. Perhaps you could ask for hormone testing and see where all levels are at, might be easier to diagnose what is out of balance and needs adjustment. If they check hormones, ask to check thyroid function too.
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Unread 05-06-2009, 01:01 PM
Re: sore breasts, water retention, & weight gain..ahhh!

I just started the EstroGel a week ago and after speaking to my doc's nurse this morning, it seems I moved up too fast by going from one pump onto two so quickly. I have bloating, diarhea and am starting to have sore breasts. She suggested that I go back down to one pump as I was probably introducing too much estrogen, too quickly.

Calypso mentions that the heavier you are the less estrogen needed....I thought it would be the complete opposite.

Hope you get to feeling better soon and I will watch for your posts to see what makes you feel better. I am so hoping that the Estrogel will be the answer for me. Not to good at finding my way around here, but, I am posting as I go, as well. Take Care,
Unread 05-06-2009, 01:03 PM
Re: sore breasts, water retention, & weight gain..ahhh!

Oh, I didn't see if you kept your ovaries or not. Another friend of mine says that since I have one ovary left to not be suprised if I feel an "estrogen overload" when my ovar does decide to be active.
Unread 05-07-2009, 07:17 AM
Re: sore breasts, water retention, & weight gain..ahhh!

Wow.. I did not know that, as far as the heavier you are, the less estrogen is needed?!?! That is good to know. Obviously my one pump which I do daily , may be too much.
Out of everything that I have tried, the estrogel works the absolute best for me. Mentally I do feel more like myself than I did on the climara patch, estradiol, or estratest.
I do have a call into my Dr, as I am curious as to what she will say.

Both of my ovaries have been removed. I have nothing left in there! =(

I am very glad that I do not have the heavy clotting, and bleeding or the pain from endometrosis... but I have to admit, this has been a major roller coaster ride for me. I wished that I would have done more homework on the hormone replacement before following through with this surgery.
The battle from PCOS/Insulin Resistance is a HUGE one, and this has doubled my efforts. =(
Unread 05-07-2009, 07:19 AM
Re: sore breasts, water retention, & weight gain..ahhh!

and... I also have asked four different times if my Dr would do some bloodwork so we can see where everything is, and what may need adjusting. They will not do it. I am not exactly sure why??
They mention that it is more reliable to just work off of symptoms. I do not think that is working too well for me. =(

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